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Publisher's Summary

Dan Starkey takes on the mantle of William Hope Hodgson's supernatural detective, Thomas Carnacki, in this collection of enhanced audiobook readings: 'The Gateway of the Monster', 'The House Among the Laurels', 'The Whistling Room', 'The Horse of the Invisible', 'The Searcher of the End House' and 'The Thing Invisible'.
Directed by Scott Handcock.
Public Domain (P)2016 Big Finish Productions
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Critic Reviews

"This is a straight, very faithful rendition of the original stories by William Hope Hodgson, and very well produced. No unnecessary updating, no loss of Hodgson's period language or descriptions. Spot on." (Grey Dog Tales)
"Neil Gardner and Tanja Glittenberg, the collection's sound designers, are to be congratulated. They've outdone themselves with this release." (Occult Detective Quarterly, Issue 1)
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3 out of 5 stars
By M. Barnard on 01-12-18

A Disappointment Due To 'Atmospheric' Music

I waited for some time for this to hit release, having had a longtime familiarity with Hodgson's stories and others subsequently written, using these central characters.

Unfortunately, I did not realize that there was music added in the background to 'enhance' the reading. This ruined the read for me. I want a straight reading on an audio book, and frankly the addition of music to any degree within the body of the text is distracting for me and (inn this case) completely breaks the mood.

I have a number of Big Finish recordings in my library, and this isn't as large an issue as it is on these more atmospheric stories. To be fair, I've had similar issues with a couple of collections of M.R; James' work from another publisher -- though in that case it's an insistence of bridging the gaps between the stories with 'mood' music.

While it is good to finally see a collection of Carnacki tales in release, this one did not work for me. I lasted approximately six minutes into the initial story before I was so vexed that I gave up and switched my player to a historical test.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nigel on 10-11-17

100 year old ghost stories

Thomas Carnacki, voiced by Dan Starkey, is an occult detective. The premise of the stories is that Carnacki invites his friends, which includes Dodgson (played by Joseph Kloska), to come and listen to his recent investigations into the supernatural. There are six such stories.

98% of each story is the single voice of Dan Starkey with Joseph Kloska’s character, Dodgson, interjecting at the beginning and end.

Written over 100 years ago, they are rather mild horror stories, similar to that written by M.R.James. And for me that’s their main weakness, just not scary enough. Though I would listen to more just for Dan Starkey who is a fantastic voice actor.

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