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Carnacki (Carnacki #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  83 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
In the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century the fight against evil was in the hands of Sherlock Holmes, John Silence and Allan Quatermain. And one other, a man who carried the fight to the forces of darkness armed only with his wits, his science, and his arcane knowledge.

Meet an Edwardian occult detective who goes where no other gentleman will dare, venturing deep
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Published (first published October 3rd 2010)
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Riju Ganguly
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Carnacki, the entirely humane (unlike Sherlock Holmes) but resolute & methodical ghost-hunter, had appeared in the pages of “The Idler” more than a century ago. In those stories, William Hope Hodgson had provided the world not only with one of the greatest occult detectives, but had also set most of the ‘rules’ that govern the narrative structure of such tales. Subsequently we have had several works (recent as well as somewhat older) that make passing reference to Carnacki, or use him ...more
Jon Recluse
A pitch perfect homage to the original Carnacki. Meikle, whose voice is one of the best in the business, flawlessly "channels" William Hope Hodgson in this excellent addition to the Carnacki canon of stories. Highly recommended.
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story
I am going back and adding an addendum to my initial review on Meikle's Carnacki. Initially I stated that Meikle had captured the spirit of the original Carnacki by William Hope Hodgson. In that statement I was wrong. Meikle's stories are a FAR, FAR cry better than the originals.

I hope Meikle will eventually revisit Carnacki.


I have to start by saying that I am guilty of not having read all of William Hope Hodgson's original Carn
Stuart Neild
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I’m a big fan of the old Carnacki the ghost finder stories and in William Meikle’s Carnacki-Heaven And Hell, we have a collection of stories that won’t disappoint fans of the original work. There’s some excellent stories on offer here, everyone a good one. Highly recommended.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection suffers from the flaw of all the Carnacki stories: Carnacki gathers his friends together to tell him his supernatural tales, so you know from the beginning that he's survived the adventure and not been too traumatized to relate it. It's hard to work up any sense of danger against those constraints. The characters of his listeners remain invisible ciphers, a frame that doesn't add anything to the story being told.

Even more frustrating, Meikle doesn't stray from the formula, repeat
A couple of weeks ago I finished reading Hodgson's original Carnacki stories and liked them so much that I decided to look for some pastiches - surely, I thought, they must exist? Well, they do, but there are not many. Luckily I found this e-book which I enjoyed thoroughly. Meikle gets the style of the original stories so well that it is virtually impossible to distinguish his tales from the ones Hodgson wrote a century ago. In a couple of stories he brings in real world elements that Hodgson pr ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edwardian, horror
William Meikle's stories featuring the occult detective Carnacki are more fun, fast moving, and, frankly, better written than the Edwardian originals. Meikle's characterization of Carnacki retains many of the eccentric traits of William Hope Hodgson's character, but the detective comes across more as a person and less as a bundle of narcissistic personality disorders. (The biggest mystery in the original Carnacki stories was, why would his "friends" repeatedly return to Cheyne Walk to be subject ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Having read the original Carnacki stories by William Hope Hodgson, written around 1912, it was a great delight to find that authors have continued the series of short stories. Or at least, this book by Meikle was quite enjoyable. I will likely read others and hope they are as entertaining. Carnacki is a British Gentlemen who invites his friends over for dinner and tells them of his latest exploits in the supernatural. In the original, there are one or two stories (only six total) that are hoaxes ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone into ghost stories
Shelves: favorites
Having read the original Carnacki tales and fascinated with the character and stories, I wanted to find out more and some research led me to this collection.

I'm glad to say it was money well spent as the writing continues Hodgson's tradition of language and storytelling format. It's a collection of short stories that are exceptionally well-balanced and with the correct atmosphere and tone to live up to the original tales. Mr. Meikle is commendable in his ability to bring fresh stories and fresh
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ghost-Finder files!

In this new volume starring William Hope Hodgson’s supernatural detective, William Meikle follows the same layout. Carnacki invites his four friends Arkwright, Jessop, Taylor, and Dodgson to his home for a dinner and to listen to a tale of his adventures. The story is narrated by Dodgson.

Carnacki uses occult means to solve hauntings. His famous Electric Pentacle, the “Sigsand Manuscript," and the powerful “unknown last line of the Saaamaaa Ritual" are used by Carnacki in h
Henry Eggleton
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heaven and Hell

A collection of stories concerning the supernatural investigator Carnacki. The stories aero interesting, tough I find the style of he character narrating his adventures to his friends as somewhat of a let down myself, however this is personal taste.
The stories themselves have only one fault, th a in each Tory we again are taken through what he does as a ward to protect himself.
Nevertheless these stories deserve to be read and enjoyed as the main character is very interesting.
David Elkin
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Meikle has done a very good job of recreating the tales of Carnacki. He has captured the style and the atmosphere conveyed in the original. A tour de Force and well worth reading, whether on a device or an expensive signed leather copy. his ability to emulate original authors is very unique and I look forward to his Holmes novel
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I'm a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with more than twenty five novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries.

My work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and I have recent short story sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra, Read Short Fiction and Buzzy Mag. When I'm not writing I play guitar, drink beer and dream of fortune and glor
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