The Searcher of the End House by William Hope Hodgson is a 1910 short story which features Carnaki, a detective who specializes in the supernatural. You can read it online here or listen to it read to you at the bottom of this post. It begins,
It was still evening, as I remember, and the four of us, Jessop, Arkright, Taylor and I, looked disappointedly at Carnacki, where he sat silent in his great chair.
We had come in response to the usual card of invitation, which —as you know— we have come to consider as a sure prelude to a good story; and now, after telling us the short incident of the Three Straw Platters, he had lapsed into a contented silence, and the night not half gone, as I have hinted.
However, as it chanced, some pitying fate jogged Carnacki's elbow, or his memory, and he began again, in his queer level way:
—"The 'Straw Platters' business reminds me of the 'Searcher' Case, which I have sometimes thought might interest you. It was some time ago, in fact a deuce of a long time ago, that the thing happened; and my experience of what I might term 'curious' things was very small at that time.
"I was living with my mother when it occurred, in a small house just outside of Appledorn, on the South Coast. The house was the last of a row of detached cottage villas, each house standing in its own garden; and very dainty little places they were, very old, and most of them smothered in roses; and all with those quaint old leaded windows, and doors of genuine oak. You must try to picture them for the sake of their complete niceness.
"Now I must remind you at the beginning that my mother and I had lived in that little house for two years; and in the whole of that time there had not been a single peculiar happening to worry us.
"And then, something happened.
...I will search elsewhere.ReplyDelete
I think the house on the end might be a good place to be :)Delete
It is amazing what you can find online!ReplyDelete
There's more out there than I could ever've imagined!Delete
I will try it, sounds rather intriguing. ValerieReplyDelete
I like these old mystery/detective stories.Delete
I left a comment and it just disappeared. I listened to this all the way through. The child played such a majopr part, you almost forget the house. This was not what I expected.ReplyDelete
I think the Carnaki stories are wonderful!Delete