A splendid collection of seafarers' tales.
"Choice Spirits", by W. W. Jacobs
"A Descent into the Maelström", by Edgar Allan Poe
"Pickled Herring", by W. W. Jacobs
"The Secret Sharer", by Joseph Conrad
"Mixed Relations", by W. W. Jacobs
"The Upper Berth", by F. Marion Crawford
"The Finest Story in the World", by Rudyard Kipling
"The Test", by W. W. Jacobs
"The Gold Bug", by Edgar Allan Poe
"A Shipwreck Collection", by Ambrose Bierce
"Not on the Passenger List", by Barry Pain
"The Treasure Ship", by Saki
"The Cabin Passenger", by W. W. Jacobs
"MS Found in a Bottle", by Edgar Allan Poe
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A poor mix of mundane tales
I'm a bit biased, because I went into this expecting a bit more ghost stories, tales of phantom ships and drowned men that walk and eerie lights at the head of an unnatural storm. If I encountered just a few more good sea-fairing horror tales, it would have richly improved my experience.
I enjoyed a couple of the offerings, so I'd go for something else by Marion Crawford, for example. Most of the tales were as enjoyable and memorable as a ration of hard tack without grog to wash it down.
The performance wasn't markedly bad, so much as it lacked much to make it special.
It's hard to pin down individual characters, but the offerings from Ambrose Beirce were as underwhelming as ever, and good standbyes like Saki and Poe left me joyless.
The world needs more nautical horror. A collection of ghost ships and sea monsters pains the genre with its absence.
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- Jack "Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse."