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Reply #20 on: October 08, 2010, 03:05:25 AM
Yeah, I actually looked for some Hodgson in the Classic Tales archive and didn't find anything.  That is why it is so cool that Podcastle pulled this gem out of the Public Domain.  I hope we get more Carnaci in the future.

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Reply #21 on: October 08, 2010, 02:24:18 PM
Loved, loved, loved this one.  Carnacki caught my eye a couple years ago from several references in the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" comics, but the intro to this story actually made me realize I'd read a Carnacki story somewhere in the distant past, because I explicitly remember the use of the electric pentacle and the uncovering of a false haunting.  (Which makes this story all the cooler, as it means Carnacki is neither Scooby-Doo (always uncovering the supernatural as false) nor X-files (always uncovering the supernatural as legit), though I do generalize.)  I'd even heard of The Whistling Room through a reference in Gravel, but the actual story exceeded my expectations.  The antiquated parapsycology terminology, the exceedingly slow build with ponderous backstory and foundation, and the wonderful climactic reveal wherein we discover that the title was intended to be taken literally, all struck harmonious chords for me.

Paul S. Jenkins's reading was a perfect match for the subject matter as well, speaking as he does with a Poe-like reserve and old-world sensibility, even during the disparate action sequences, fitting perfectly with the fact that Carnacki is narrating the vast majority of the story.


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Reply #22 on: October 08, 2010, 03:41:48 PM
It was pretty nice, but I found my attention wandering.  I suspect the slightly archaic style was to blame; I find it much easier to read such circumlocutions than to listen to them.  (Though I do enjoy reading them.)

I find the opposite - if I had to read through Carnacki's exposition I might not have finished it. 

I think I might play this for my daughter closing in on Hallowe'en though - it feels like it belongs in a spooky story collection.

Also, the double exposition at the end detailing the origin of the Whistling Room irked me as well, even for this style.


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Reply #23 on: October 08, 2010, 05:33:12 PM
I really enjoyed this story, I tend not to like Victorian/Edwardian fiction due to it's extreme long-windedness, one of the worst examples being Wilkie Collins The Moonstone, which suffers when collected together as a novel from the fact Collins was writing a serial, where stopping every few chapters to review the story so far wouldn't have seemed so bad when people would have waited a month or two for the next chapter. But this, like the Sherlock Holmes short stories just powered through. I'm on the side of those who liked the reference to other adventures, like Doctor Watson's tease about 'the Giant Rat of Sumatra', whether real or not they made the Carnackiverse seem deeper and richer to me, and the fact this was the first time I had met the gentleman I didn't feel adrift with references I didn't know, they didn't seem to inhibit the understanding of the story. I am also on the side (the corner) of people who want to build a time machine so they can go back in time and give Mister Hodgson a thesaurus.


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Reply #24 on: October 08, 2010, 05:43:44 PM
Well, I liked this a lot. I thought it was a very fun listen and am definitely going to check out more Carnicki stories.


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Reply #25 on: October 08, 2010, 06:00:08 PM
I liked this one because of how well its served its functions as a Halloween-month story. Few podcasted stories (even on Pseudopod) have made me feel this much dread.


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Reply #26 on: October 08, 2010, 06:14:15 PM
This one was a bit too creepy for me. But I suppose I should just stay away from all the story-telling podcasts in October!


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Reply #27 on: October 08, 2010, 10:04:36 PM
Awesome read, great story. reminds me of Lovecraft, Poe and even a few of Howard's ghost stories

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Reply #28 on: October 09, 2010, 01:18:36 AM
I really enjoyed the story, but found my attention drifting a lot.  I think part of it was the language but also the voice style.  It fit the genre perfectly but didn't really engage my ear.


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Reply #29 on: October 09, 2010, 04:36:14 AM
I really enjoyed this story.  I recently discovered the Drabblecast (and quickly listened to all the episodes available on iTunes.)  I was especially sucked in by the Lovecraft month episodes, and for the last few days I have been hungry for more of that sort of horror fiction.  This story satisfied that urge quite nicely.


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Reply #30 on: October 10, 2010, 04:22:37 PM
Wow, steampunky-supernatural-mystery...
why wasn't it obsessed with dirigibles, tea-table manners and brass goggles?
Oh, because it was written by somebody actually alive then.

Fun, fun, fun. This story is fun in the way only pulpy-type fiction from an era when people actually read can be...


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Reply #31 on: October 12, 2010, 03:23:39 AM
I quite enjoyed this story, enough to get me to comment after months of wading through the archives and listening to the new casts.  I like the feel of Lovecraft but not the execution and in WHH I find a style of writing I'm much more in tune with but still the delightful fantastic horror of Lovecraftesq mythos.

Thanks to the editors for dredging this author up, I'll be sure to hunt down more of his work.

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Reply #32 on: October 15, 2010, 03:19:28 PM
I will definitely be looking for more of this author on Gutenberg and other sites.  I loved the old-style mystery, and the narration was excellent.  I'll be hearing the character voices every time I read these.

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Reply #33 on: October 16, 2010, 11:13:21 AM
I enjoyed this one immensely.  I guess it has something do with the kind of scientific spiritualism that was so common at the end of the 19th century--the same period of Freud, Jung, and the genesis of modern psychology.  Taking that Victorian classificatory eye for detail and attempting to apply it to everything under the sun and within the human heart/mind.

The authorial voice so clearly belongs to that culture, and I suppose there's something oddly comforting about a person taking refuge in details and theories while in the midst of ghosts and the supernatural.


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Reply #34 on: October 20, 2010, 12:22:51 PM
Wow - I LOVED this one, I'm surprised at how many people didn't like it. And the reading was superb, perfect for the time and style. Guess no story is for everyone...

I'll definitely be looking for more Hodgson. Anyone know if there are more audio versions of Carnacki tales available anywhere?


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Reply #35 on: October 22, 2010, 07:48:36 AM
I may have missed some key clue here, but what WOULD have happened if she had?



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Reply #36 on: October 22, 2010, 11:38:23 PM
I may have missed some key clue here, but what WOULD have happened if she had?
Presumably something painful and fatal.

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Reply #37 on: October 25, 2010, 04:44:46 AM
I do like seeing the occasional classic tale pulled out and dusted off.  (Like "The Cask of Amontillado" a while back.)  Like others, I especially dug the scientific spiritualism, especially since that's a mindset I've been making use of for my next novel.

But oh, dear lord -- if an adjective is good enough to use once, surely it's good enough to use twelve or sixteen times!  I'm pretty sure I've got my RDA of the word "hooning" for, oh, the next three years.


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Reply #38 on: October 25, 2010, 02:23:22 PM
I loved this story! It took me back to my Poe-obsessed days. I really love this narrator too, great job Paul S. Jenkins! I loved his reading of "Come Lady Death", as well.


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Reply #39 on: October 26, 2010, 09:34:24 PM
 ;D really loved this episode.  Loved the Sherlock Holmes feel.  Also, reminded me of Shirley Jackson's Haunting of Hill House