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2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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CARNACKI: THE NEW ADVENTURES NOW AVAILABLE!


Carnacki_newadv1Yes, after far too long than it should have taken, the new collection CARNACKI: THE NEW ADVENTURES is now available for order!

You can order it directly from Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/CARNACKI-The-Adventures-Sam-Gafford/dp/0615943004/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1387903855&sr=8-6&keywords=carnacki

There is also a Kindle version available here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HHCHVU6

I’d like to thank everyone who has made this book possible.  Especially, of course, the fine contributors to the collection:

William Meikle

Josh Reynolds

P.V. Ross

Robert Pohle

Fred Blosser

Robert Jefferson

Buck Weiss

Charles Rutledge

Jim Beard

Amy K. Marshall

Robert M. Price

M.J. Starling

and the wonderful design skills of M. S. Corley!

I hope that everyone enjoys this book as it is truly a labor of love for Hodgson and his nigh-immortal character.  Who knows?  Maybe there will even be a SECOND VOLUME!

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THE CARNACKI: NEW ADVENTURES COVER REVEALED!!


Yes, here’s your first look at the cover to the upcoming CARNACKI: THE NEW ADVENTURES anthology!  It’s by the excellent artist/designer M.S. Corley and I think you’ll all agree that he did a splendid job! 

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I hope to have the book available on Amazon within the week but that all depends on finishing the final edits and shuffling this through CreateSpace.  I will announce when it is available for ordering.

Feel free to boost the signal and share this cover anywhere you like! 

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URGENT MESSAGE FOR CARNACKI: THE NEW ADVENTURES CONTRIBUTORS!!!!!!!!!!!


Since Sunday, I have been unable to access my yahoo email.  Because of this, I cannot access the emails of proof corrections which have been sent.

PLEASE, if you have sent me your corrections, RESEND them to this email: the_great_gaffsam@yahoo.com which, for the moment, is still working.

This interruption was completely unanticipated and has thrown the processing for the final text of this book into complete chaos.  If we have any hope of making a publication date this month, and hopefully by next week, I need to hear from you NOW!

Sorry for the alarm but I am completely frustrated with this situation and yahoo has been absolutely no help in this situation.

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New Hodgson Anthology Coming Soon!


41a52vtZ9FL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_S.T. Joshi has informed me that his new collection of Hodgson’s fiction, titled simply William Hope Hodgson, will be available from the publisher on January 14, 2014.  It’s being published by Centipede Press which did a huge, slip-cased omnibus edition of Hodgson some time ago but this volume is considerably less expensive and part of a series edited by Joshi called “Library of Weird Fiction”.  I believe the other volumes are collections of Lovecraft, Blackwood and Poe so ol’ WHH is in some fine company indeed!

The book can currently be pre-ordered via Amazon at this link:

http://www.amazon.com/William-Hope-Hodgson/dp/1613470495/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386184626&sr=8-1&keywords=william+hope+hodgson+joshi

Amazon is currently listing it at $45.60 which is a 24% off of the cover price.  I highly recommend that everyone order this book not only for the stories but also the introduction by S.T. Joshi as well as what are billed as “rare photographs of Hodgson”.

The collection includes THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND and THE GHOST PIRATES as well as a selection of the short fiction.  I know that S.T. has taken great pains to make sure that the texts are accurate and reflect, where possible, first appearances.  Let’s give this edition a lot of support so that hopefully we will see more Hodgson volumes in the future!

 

 

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Contents for CARNACKI: THE NEW ADVENTURES


I’m still wrestling with the copy-editing but I’m thrilled to announce the final contents for the upcoming CARNACKI: THE NEW ADVENTURES!  It’s going to be a great collection and I’m sure that everyone will enjoy these excellent stories.

First, here’s a great new logo for the collection by M.S. Corley!

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And here is the table of contents!

CARNACKI: CAPTAIN GAULT’S NEMESIS

by William Meikle

 

MONMOUTH’S GIANTS

by Josh Reymolds

 

A GASLIGHT HORROR

by P. V. Ross

 

CARNACKI AND THE PRESIDENT’S VAMPIRE

by Robert Pohle

 

THE SPAR: A STORY OF CARNACKI

by Fred Blosser

 

THE BRAES OF THE BLACKSTARR

by Robert Jefferson

 

THE MAGICIAN’S STUDY

by Buck Weiss

 

HOW THEY MET THEMSELVES

by Charles R. Rutledge

 

THE HAUNTING OF TRANQUIL HOUSE

by Jim Beard

 

THE GHOSTS OF KUSKULANG

by Amy K. Marshall

 

A JOB FOR CARNACKI

by Robert M. Price

 

AUDIENCE WITH THE GHOST-FINDER

by M. J. Starling

 

Fine writers all!  Watch this space for the announcement of when the book will be on sale.  I’m still hoping to have it available this month (December) but publishing gremlins abound this time of year.

 

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RARE Hodgson dust jacket!


I recently heard from Richard Humphries, a Hodgson collector, who had an interesting question.

He was wondering if there were any existing dust jackets for the Holden & Hardingham edition of CAPTAIN GAULT or if it were scarce?

Doing a little investigation, I found that I could not find any examples of this particular dust jacket in any of my references.  Also, the internet was similarly bereft.  I could find no postings of a cover and certainly no edition with dust jacket currently listed for sale anywhere.

Therefore, the conclusion was that this dust jacket is indeed rare and scarce which would affect the book’s value considerably.

Mr. Humphries was kind enough to provide a scan of the cover and permission to reprint it here.  It is indeed an interesting cover and, although I cannot pinpoint which story it illustrates, it does keep somewhat to the theme of Gault having to deal with troublesome women!

I hope you all enjoy this peek at a true Hodgson rarity!

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