Carnacki, the Ghost Finder

The Whistling Room  by William Hope Hodgson (1912)


Tuesday’s Tale of Terror  October 11, 2016



“Then I heard it, an extraordinary hooning whistle, monstrous and inhuman, coming from far away through corridors to my right.”


October is the month for ghost stories. We love stories about luminous skulls or cavernous tombs, haunted grounds, haunted castles. These other worlds draw us in. Can you hear the call? Is it hovering behind your ear? Chilling your neck? Come into the world of Carnacki the ghost finder.


Do you believe there could be a  hidden mischief in  silence? Carnacki is a ghost hunter. He is invited by  Mr. Tassoc, owner of  Lastrae Castle in Ireland, where a room is said to emit an evil whistle that drives all away in horrific fear. Carnaki agrees to spend a few weeks at the castle to solve the mystery.

“This room had just that same malevolent silence—the beastly quietness of a thing that is looking at you and not seeable itself, and thinks that it has got you. Oh, I recognized it instantly, and I whipped the top off my lantern, so as to have light over the whole room.”




This is one of William Hope Hodgson’s  (1877-1918) most famous ghost story and it delivers all the haunting elements of paranormal phenomena.  He wrote novels and short stories and many explore the borders of human existence and beyond. Lovecraft  said  that Hodgson was ‘second only to Blackwood in his serious treatment of unreality.”  Hodgson certainly deserves revival these days, as he has long been forgotten as one of the most skilled writers of  supernatural mysteries.

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I loved the audio of this story. Settle back and listen to this ghostly storytelling in the spirit of Halloween (30 minutes).



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Other Reading Web Sites to Visit

Slattery’s Art of Horror Magazine

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Monster Librarian 

 Rob Around Books      The Story Reading Ape Blog

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2 responses to “Carnacki, the Ghost Finder

  1. This is one of those stories where one reads the title and thinks it must be a joke, but it does work and it is eerie! I’ve got the collection of all 9 Carnacki stories sitting on my bookshelf. What makes the collection interesting is that Carnacki sometimes finds a supernatural solution, sometimes doesn’t, and sometimes finds no solution at all!

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