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ISBN: 1933076291
Author: Jeff Rice
Language: English
Publisher: Moonstone (November 20, 2007)
Pages: 272
Category: Thrillers & Suspense
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 561
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In 1972, Jeff Rice's novel The Night Stalker introduced Carl Kolchak to the world. Moonstone Books have done a great service to Kolchak fans. The original novels, Night Stalker and Night Strangler, are presented to modern fans as companion pieces to the Moonstone comic line.

In 1972, Jeff Rice's novel The Night Stalker introduced Carl Kolchak to the world. This spine-tingling novel of supernatural terror became an instant bestseller and served as the basis for the film of the same name. They are not perfect, with slightly more than average typographical errors. For modern readers, used to spell check, many of the mis-spellings would slip by.

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The Kolchak Papers: The Original Novels. Aside from a few unkind and uncalled-for references to my character and the general quality of my thinking, you gave a fairly accurate rendition of what I went through

The Kolchak Papers: The Original Novels. Cover painting by Douglas Klauba. Aside from a few unkind and uncalled-for references to my character and the general quality of my thinking, you gave a fairly accurate rendition of what I went through. When I finally light somewhere long enough to receive mail-someplace I can find a job-I’ll get in touch with you and we can discuss how much of the royalty money you’re going to send me. This spine-tingling novel of supernatural terror became an instant bestseller and served as the basis for the film of the same name, starring Darren McGavin and adapted by legendary Twilight Zone screenwriter Richard Matheson.

Narrated by Johnny Heller. A legend is bor. n 1972, Jeff Rice’s novel The Night Stalker introduced Carl Kolchak to the world. Now, after more than three decades out of print, Kolchak’s creator Jeff Rice has released the original novels which sparked the television phenomenon! At last, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler are together in one volum. he Kolchak Papers! Twenty-one years before Kolchak inspired Chris Carter to create The X-Files, there was only one paranormal investigator.

In 1972 Jeff Rice's novel The Night Stalker introduced Carl Kolchak to the world Now, after more than three decades out of print, Jeff Rice has agreed to release the original novel and its sequel, Th. .

In 1972 Jeff Rice's novel The Night Stalker introduced Carl Kolchak to the world. This spine-tingling novel of supernatural terror became an instant bestseller and served as the basis for the film of the same name starring Darren McGavin. Now, after more than three decades out of print, Jeff Rice has agreed to release the original novel and its sequel, The Night Strangler. Hardcover (Slipcase), 6-in. 288 pages, Text Only. NOTE: Limited to 300 copies.

It comes from the book The Kolchak Papers, finished by author Jeff Rice on October 31, 1970. The odds are very good that you’ve never read the novel, but you are very likely to have seen, or at least heard of, its television adaptation, The Night Stalker (1972). I got this book as a Christmas book, and was very eager to read it: would the original novel live up to the fond memories I had of the television movies and subsequent series? The Night Stalker (both novel and movie) follows Carl Kolchak as he investigates a series of murders in Las Vegas that seem to be the work of a single individual.

The main character originated in an unpublished novel, The Kolchak Papers, written by Jeff Rice. The novel was published in 1974 by Pocket Books as a mass-market paperback original under the title The Night Strangler with a close-up photo of the monster's eye to tie in with the movie. In it, a Las Vegas newspaper reporter named Carl Kolchak tracks down and defeats a serial killer who turns out to be a vampire named Janos Skorzeny. Although the reporter uses the name "Carl", the novel reveals that his birth name is "Karel".

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Narrated by: Johnny Heller. In 1972, Jeff Rice's novel The Night Stalker introduced Carl Kolchak to the world. This spine-tingling novel of supernatural terror became an instant best seller and served as the basis for the film of the same name. This book contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names: The Mysterious Mansion, The Tomb of Heiri, Chickamauga, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, The Death of Halpin Frayser, A Halloween Wraith, The Goblin's.

In 1972, Jeff Rice's novel The Night Stalker introduced Carl Kolchak to the world. This spine-tingling novel of supernatural terror became an instant bestseller and served as the basis for the film of the same name, starring Darren McGavin and adapted by legendary Twilight Zone screenwriter Richard Matheson. After The Night Stalker became the one of the highest rated television movies of all time, a sequel, The Night Strangler, was released the following year to great acclaim. Now, after more than three decades out of print, Kolchak's creator Jeff Rice has released the original novels which sparked a television phenomenon! At last, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler are together in one volume...

Comments:

Agagamand
This edition combines the two early short novels by Jeff Rice, the "Night Stalker" and the "Night Strangler". The book is a worthy read and quite entertaining, even though it may tend to veer off a little too far to describe what Kolchak has for dinner or his cover-up gripes (a common theme for our hero).
That being said, the story of a vampire in 1970 Las Vegas is filled with mood and puts the reader firmly in the time and place of Kolchak's journal, and the action is well written and well paced.
Moonstone books have carved a great niche by reviving great pulpy characters from the past such as the Spider, the Phantom and Carl Kolchak,and their library is worth checking out. My two main complaints about this edition though, are the abundance of typos throughout the book as well as the cover design and finish, which are good but do not match the other Kolchak collections by the same publisher, so this edition will not look as good next to it's cousins on your bookshelf.
Shou
The ability to get both novels in one book is great. Here is the original birth place of the Kolchak legend. Like most books, better then the show and a welcome addition to my library. Book arrived in beautiful shape.
Hirah
With a bit of imagination, this book reads like an "extended edition" of the original Kolchak made-for-TV movies. Fans, like myself, will delight in the all-too-human characterization of Carl -- far less altruistic than Darren McGavin's portrayal -- and the added story depth that there just isn't room for in a 90-minute movie-of-the-week.

My only complaint is the typos. In some parts of the book, they're as frequent as one per page. I know that it's not rare for a book to have a typo or two, but whoever was the copy editor on this one needs to be demoted to coffee-boy.
Unnis
I love the fact that these books are back in print but for crying out loud run them by an editor!
Nalmezar
great books
Sharpbrew
I enjoyed the contrast between the grittier novels and the "network standards" version in the series. This Kolchak is fully hard-boiled.
Ceroelyu
According to the cover, this book contains both of Jeff Rice's "original" Carl Kolchak novels, "The Night Stalker" and "The Night Strangler". The term "original" is used somewhat loosely in this situation. Although "The Night Stalker" is an original novel (which was ultimately adapted into the TV movie of the same name by Richard Matheson, best known for his novel "I Am Legend"), "The Night Strangler" is, in fact, a novelization based on the second Carl Kolchak TV movie (which also had a script by Richard Matheson). Having said that, even though I usually hate novelizations on principle, "The Night Strangler" is actually the better of the two stories.

Essentially both "The Night Stalker" and "The Night Strangler" have the same plot. In both novels, journalist Carl Kolchak is trying to catch a supernatural serial killer. In the first book, this killer is a vampire operating in Las Vegas, while in the second book, it's a ghoulish creature operating in Seattle. "The Night Stalker", however, is written in a very passive manner (being a journalist, Kolchak is often not involved in the action, but receives reports of it from people whom he interviews), while in "The Night Strangler", Kolchak is more actively involved in the story and the story is a lot faster paced (presumably this is a by-product of its television roots). The stories themselves are interesting enough but nothing great. The original "Night Stalker" was a good idea, but is primarily famous for giving rise to the TV movie and for inspiring Chris Carter who later went on to create "The X Files". I, personally, found Kolchak to be annoying, and the fact that no one ever seems to believe him, in spite of strong evidence, just made me want to hurl the book across the room. Still, the Kolchak of the books is no different from the TV Kolchak, so if you didn't have problem with the TV movies, you probably won't have any problems here.

Finally, a note on this edition of the book: the Moonstone edition of "The Kolchak Papers" is one of the worst edited books I have ever come across. There are so many typos in this book (at least one every couple of pages) that it became difficult to read at times. Evidently no one proof read this book prior to publication, and yet the publisher still has the audacity to charge a reasonable price for it. This probably isn't enough to stop me from reading any other Moonstone books, if I was interested enough, but would put me of reading a book that I was only half-hearted about.
Moonstone Books have done a great service to Kolchak fans. The original novels, Night Stalker and Night Strangler, are presented to modern fans as companion pieces to the Moonstone comic line.

They are not perfect, with slightly more than average typographical errors. For modern readers, used to spell check, many of the mis-spellings would slip by. More mature readers will catch them however.

Story-wise, Kolchak is at his best on the streets, investigating the paranormal crimes he fist so well. After reading this, it is clear why Kolchak still has a following today. If you like this, give the comics a try!

Jeff Rice's creation will never die.

Tim Lasiuta

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