Read (Carnacki Heaven and Hell) Author William Meikle
K Holmes pastiche Sherlock Holmes Revenant I knew I had to read these storiesMeikle does a great job capturing the spirit of the original Carnacki He follows the somewhat formulaic story structure set up by Hodgson and weaves a set of pretty impressive talesEven so a couple of the stories stood out as particularly impressiveI found The Lusitania and The Sisters
Mercy to be especially haunting The Haunted Oak certainly did not end the way I had expected And Lovecraftian The Dark Island had me guessing until the end4 STARS 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 Thomas Carnacki the entirely humane unlike Sherlock Holmes but resolute methodical ghost hunter had appeared in the pages of The Idler 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 Subseuently we have had several works recent as well as somewhat older that make passing reference to Carnacki or use him as one of the period characters met by the other protagonists There has also been a full fledged collection from Ash Tree Press containing some of the finest pastiches that could have been easily been penned by Hodgson himself William Meikle s stories portraying Carnacki belong to an altogether different league His stories are denser in terms of action rather than philosophy dealing with threats that are far physical than spiritual They also incorporate the horrific elements of Cthulhu mythos without dropping all those groan inducing names Thanks to Dark Regions Press we have got most of Meikle s Carnacki stories at least those published until 2011 in this beautiful edition literally enriched by Wayne Miller s brilliant illustrationsThe stories in this collection are1 The Blooded Ikwla2 The Larkhill Barrow3 The Sisters of Mercy4 The Hellfire Mirror5 The Tomb of Pygea6 The Beast of Glamis7 The Lusitania8 The Haunted Oak9 The Shoreditch Worm10 The Dark IslandTrying to summarise these stories individually would be unfair Rather I can only reuest lovers of good ghosthorror stories to latch on to this book find out a cozy comfortable place and then enjoy the stories one at a time are classic stories without gore or sex but with a rolling narrative that s best enjoyable in small dosage Highly Scend and to
of Mercy to be especially haunting The Haunted Oak certainly did not end the way I had expected And
listenthe lusitania a cruise ship is berthed in Lusitania A cruise ship is berthed in deserted by passengers and crew stuck in port until Carnacki can remove the cause of their terror; apparitions of disaster and shipwreckThe Haunted Oak Ghosts of the recent dead walk beneath its spreading boughs and the Church needs Carnacki's expertise But some things are best left to take their course natural or supernaturalThe Shoreditch Worm When one of the churches of London changes its chimes something old starts to wake Can Carnacki stop it before it is too lateThe Dark Island Carnacki uncovers a gateway to a dark realm of magic and myth where the far future of our planet can be touched and seen if a man has the stomach for itMeet Carnacki Ghosthunter.
Ere 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 probably wouldn t have included it doesn t distract at all And Carnacki s four friends who were VERY anonymous in the original stories get rudimentary personalities Arkwright is a bit of a twitI am generally fond of pastiches
SHERLOCK HOLMES LOVECRAFTIAN TALES ETC AND THIS IS ONEHolmes Lovecraftian tales etc and this is one the best I ve read for uite some time This collection suffers from the flaw of all the Carnacki stories Carnacki gathers his FRIENDS TOGETHER TO TELL HIM HIS together to tell him his tales so ou 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 toldEven frustrating Meikle doesn t stray from the formula repeating the same paragraphs from story to story as Carnacki sets up his scientific defenses It s a shame because Carnacki is such a fascinating character He s a man of science who employs electric lights and a Faraday cage to chase away things from the Outer Realms and et he doesn t believe in ghosts or the existence of the soul after death even in the face of repeated exposure to themSome of the stories in his book were outstanding especially the The Beast of Glamis and The Lusitania I enjoyed reading most of the others but as much as I love Doctor Taverner and John Silence I think I ve read my last Carnacki book 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 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 originalsI hope Meikle will eventually revisit CarnackiI have to start by saying that I am guilty of not having read all of William Hope Hodgson s original Carnacki stories I have though read enough of them to piue my interest in the topic So after reading and enjoying William Meikle s Sherloc. Called up out of Salisbury Plain; an ancient darkness that will haunt our dreamsThe Sisters of Mercy Battle hardened old soldiers lie sick abed in fear for their souls Only someone with intimate knowledge of the powers of darkness can help themThe Hellfire Mirror The rituals of an infamous club have left their mark on a mirror leading Carnacki into a fight to stop his own home from being overrun with the forces of darknessThe Beast of Glamys Danger to the daughter of a Scottish Lord leads Carnacki to a remote castle and the uncovering of the secret behind a legend that has persisted for centuriesThe Tomb of Pygea Something serpentine whispers in the dark under Admiralty Arch and only Carnacki has the skills and the nerve to de.
SUMMARY ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ William MeikleGood stuffAnother excellent collection of Carnacki Tales From Meikle He tales from Meikle He the original essence and adds his own flair to the tales Check it out Having read the original Carnacki tales and
fascinated with thewith the and stories I wanted to find out 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 perspectives and ideas to Carnacki without stripping the character of originally established notions Highly recommended it s one of the best pastiches I ve read 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 uite 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 The current work has no hoaxes I m not sure the stories have uite the vividness of Hodgson s whistling room or Ye Hogge House on the Borderland but they are very enjoyable BTW if ou have never read the original stories they are five stars William Meikle s stories featuring the occult detective Carnacki are 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 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 subjected to such awkward dinners and the long winded self absorbed recitations of Carnacki s exploits that followed Part of the enjoyment of Meikle s stories is seeing how he pokes fun at the originals but always fondly The Kindle version of this collection is marred by some major formatting issues however with two long stories completely duplicated 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 th. Carnacki Heaven and Hell by William Meikle is the fourth entry in our ongoing Ghost House imprint It includes six interior illustrations from artist Wayne MillerAll new tales of William Hope Hodgson's CarnackiMeet an Edwardian occult detective who goes where no other gentleman will dare Nine stories and a novella that take Carnacki deep into neolithic barrows into the crypts of ancient cathedrals and see him fighting the elemental powers of darkness on his own termsThe Blooded Iklwa A malevolent spirit is intent on blood Can Carnacki identify the source of the attacks and stop the Zulu blade from its nightly haunting Or will his client be forced to suffer a death of a thousand cutsThe Larkhill Barrow A pounding terror has been.