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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147018897X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470188979
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,584,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) was a British author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. He loved to blend genres, and some of his novels are now considered classics in the literature of the fantastic. The House on the Borderland, and The Night Land, in particular are still well-loved, and The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig' is a forgotten gem of the fantastic. He was killed by an artillery shell in World War I. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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And the author sets the scene very well.
Gail Reed
It's a little tough to get through the authentic dialect in the beginning, but it gets better.
Outside Guy
I also only downloaded this book because it was free and ended up really liking it.
Terri Haines

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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By L. McKelvy on September 21, 2009
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The Ghost Pirates was entertaining and holds up incredibly well for its age; I'm actually a bit surprised it has not received an update as a screenplay as it would translate well into a period horror movie. I downloaded this because it was free and fell into the horror genre. I was not disappointed and it is well worth the read. No blood and guts, but plenty of death and supernatural occurrences in the Nautical/Gothic sense. It is written in first-person, and is filled with archaic nautical terms which the Kindles dictionary handles quite nicely (for the most part).

I don't give away detailed plot points in my reviews, but in a nutshell this is a story about a sailor who takes a job on a reputedly haunted ship. It follows the basic formula of disbelief and isolation, followed by a group realization that something is not quite right. Appropriately creepy, it reminds me of something one might hear from The Chowder Society (if you are unfamiliar with that group, read Ghost Story by Peter Straub).
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Terri Haines on March 5, 2010
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I also only downloaded this book because it was free and ended up really liking it. I didn't expect such an old story to be very scary, but the story is pretty frightening. The imagery is compelling. Once you get in the mindset of the time period and the ship location, the story unfurls quickly. After reading this one, I looked up the author's other books for Kindle (there are several) and discovered some are weirder than others, but they all kept my attention and made me think about what would come next in the plot. My only complaint is that the story wasn't longer!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. T. Bowers on July 10, 2010
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This short (1719 locations) novel grabbed me right away and didn't let go until I'd finished it. It is genuinely creepy, and probably shouldn't be read alone in a creeky old house during a midnight thunderstorm. Unless you like that kind of thing. There is a lot of technical nautical detail, but I didn't find it annoying; it just gave the author street (sea?) cred, as far as I was concerned. I can't help thinking that the writers for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean (Black Pearl) might've read this as kids, only the atmosphere in The Ghost Pirates is much more deadly.

For free -- why not?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shanks VINE VOICE on April 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hodgson's preface to this novel is important to understanding his viewpoint:
"This book forms the last of three. The first published was "The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'" ; the second, "The House on the Borderland" ; this, the third, completes what, perhaps, may be termed a trilogy; for, though very different in scope, each of the three books deals with certain conceptions that have an elemental kinship. With this book, the author believes that he closes the door, so far as he is concerned, on a particular phase of constructive thought."
The unifying theme seems to be the dreadful forces that lurk just beneath the veneer of what we, in immense folly, believe to be "reality". Malign forces may surface at any moment to drag us to destruction or worse.
Hodgson's early career at sea allows him to write with total authority and create an atmosphere of such authenticity that when the malignant forces begin to intrude, they are all the more convincing because of the setting into which they are introduced. As with "The Boats of the Glen carrig", Hodgson wastes NO time in getting right to it - the book's first sentence is, "He began without any circumlocution", and the narrator takes us immediately to the ship "Mortzestus", an unlucky ship haunted by "too many shadows". The palpable sense of creeping fear grows into climactic scenes, each one leaving the reader wondering how anyone will survive.
This novel, along with "The House on the Borderland", is spared the weak second half that spoils "The Night Land" and "The Boats of the Glen carrig". Totally engrossing, a cross between an old-fashioned sea story and the cosmic horrors of Lovecraft - you will not be disappointed in this one. Seek it out - be prepared for a wild ride!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JLS on July 4, 2010
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I read this book in one afternoon and part of the next morning. Didn't want to put it down. Some of the dialogues were a little hard to read and I tried to avoid getting stuck on the names of the different parts of the ship. Overall, I give this book 5 stars....especially since it's free!!! :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I first became interested in William Hope Hodgson when I heard that he was an influence on HP Lovecraft, one of my favorite writers. The ideal of maritime ghosts and haunted ships has always had an appeal as well, so I decided to check out "The Ghost Pirates" as my first voyage on Hodgson's shadow-haunted seas.

Hodgson leaves no doubt that a sailing ship is an ideal setting for a weird tale, being entirely bound in the confines of the vessel, and literally no where to run to when things become rough. The hardy breed of the seamen is a strong contrast to Lovecraft's academics and dilettantes, and there is a much firmer hand guiding the story. The sailors on the packet-ship Mortzestus are brave and skilled, yet not warriors by any means, rather tradesmen cast into unknowable circumstances. Jessop is an excellent spokesperson for the book, being a bridge between the upper-class ship's officers and the lower laborers, each with their own ideas and solutions. Hodgson clearly knows his way around a true sailing ship, as the relationships and terminology on board have the ring of authenticity.

Hodgson plays carefully with his cosmic horrors, lifting the veil only enough for a frightening glimpse but not enough to reveal all mysteries. Although called "The Ghost Pirates," these are no departed spirits of men that haunt the Mortzestus but rather something from beyond the realm of rational thought. The inevitiablity of the situation is tense, as the sailors sense the approaching doom while being unable to fathom or prevent it.

After "The Ghost Pirates," I will definitely seek out more of William Hope Hodgson's books, specifically the remainder in this loose trilogy, "The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig' " and "The House on the Borderland."
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