The Ghost Piratese

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The Ghost Piratese (Paperback, 2005,

Paperback, 176 pages

English language

Published Oct. 31, 2005 by

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As with "The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'", William Hope Hodgson makes excellent use of his experience as a sailor, serving up an atmospheric ghost story. Apart from the nautical theme, however, "The Ghost Pirates" is a very different book from "The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'", and in some ways an inferior one.

The highlights of this book are without a doubt the dialogue and the atmosphere. "The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'" lacked any spoken dialogue, so its inclusion here is a nice change. The jargon-sprinkled sea salt conversations are at times hard to follow, but they feel authentic and flavorful. Some reviewers bemoan the lack of a glossary of nautical terms--Hodgson doesn't go to any effort to explain capstans and binnacles to the reader--but I didn't feel as if missing out on a word here or there impacted my enjoyment of the overall story.

While the plot …

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  • Horror & ghost stories
  • Fiction - Horror
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  • Horror
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