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Carnacki - William Meikle 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 [a:William Hope Hodgson|51422|William Hope Hodgson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1246727581p2/51422.jpg]'s original Carnacki stories. I have though read enough of them to pique my interest in the topic. So, after reading and enjoying [a:William Meikle|22123|William Meikle|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1364749054p2/22123.jpg]'s Sherlock Holmes pastiche, [b:Sherlock Holmes Revenant|15874779|Sherlock Holmes Revenant|William Meikle|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1346281366s/15874779.jpg|19351517], I knew I had to read these stories.

Meikle 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 tales.

Even so, a couple of the stories stood out as particularly impressive.

I found, "The Lusitania" and "The Sisters of Mercy" to be especially haunting. "The Haunted Oak" certainly did not end the way I had expected. And, the Lovecraftian "The Dark Island" had me guessing until the end.