WHH Short Fiction: “Carnacki, the Ghost Finder”

Review: “Carnacki, the Ghost Finder”, William Hope Hodgson, 1910.

Cover by Jason Van Hollander

A stringing together, in a condensed form, of four of Carnacki’s cases into one long story. Hodgson did it to maintain his American copyright.

It works better than you would expect.

3 thoughts on “WHH Short Fiction: “Carnacki, the Ghost Finder”

  1. EG April 12, 2020 / 7:16 am

    I wonder if an author couldn’t just literally add one word in the title –even a preposition– or change only the first line or paragraph of a work and take out a new copyright on it.

    By the way, I’ve long been fond of the Carnacki stories, so I was pleased to recently discover the great Algernon Blackwood had his own occult detective in the form of Dr John Silence. At the moment I’m halfway into the second of six novellas or long stories he wrote featuring this character, and I’m finding them highly entertaining and interesting. They’re from around 1908, so they actually predate the Carnacki stories.

    • marzaat April 12, 2020 / 1:47 pm

      I think I have read, at most, one John Silence story. I thinking, in some upcoming critical articles on Hodgson I’ll be reviewing, somebody makes the argument that it was another Blackwood story, and not the John Silence ones, that was Hodgson’s inspiration for Carnacki.

      As to how copyright worked in American at 100 years ago, I really don’t know, but Hodgson did six of those privately printed copyright books in America.

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