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The Kolchak Papers: The Original Novels by Jeff Rice

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. After The Night Stalker became 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, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler are together in one volume.

Cry of Thunder: Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak the Night Stalker by Joe Gentile

Two of the most unique investigators of all time try to untangle the same mystery, 100 years apart from each other. Set in the lawless Wild West, the hidden world of Victorian London, and the present-day hell of Hollywood, Cry of Thunder: Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak the Night Stalker follows Holmes' trail of a man who was wrongfully - and willingly - imprisoned; a shocking New World Order anarchy; a beautiful woman who needs Kolchak to delve into the surreal past; and the shunned man who holds the key.

Kolchak and the Lost World by C. J. Henderson

After convincing a serial killer to confess, newspaper reporter Kolchak is offered an international assignment with massive coverage around the world. With fame and fortune finally within reach, he's ready to cover the story - until he's confronted by a mysterious monk who warns him that "the 72 must always be". What this means is not explained. But before he knows it, Kolchak's dreams are invaded by inexplicable images warning him that every step he takes toward the big story is bringing him closer to death.

©2016 C. J. Henderson and Jeff Rice (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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ABSOLUTLY CLASSIC

This reading was second to none. Johnny Heller is now my favorite voice for Kolchak. The sherlock portions were very well done but that book in particular ended with ALOT of loose ends. other than that everything in this collection is top notch

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The original Kolchak novels plus more

This collection includes the two original Kolchak novels by Jeff rice. These are excellent stories and were among the original monster chasing reporter stories that later influenced such works as the X files. There are also two extra novels, written after the fact by others. These are a bit of a mixed bag. They have their good points, but they feel a little shopworn. Nonetheless it’s a great collection and a very good value.

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Mostly Good

The first two stories are enjoyable... Especially the first/original, if you're a fan of the hard bitten investigator tilting at windmills, a child of the 60's/70's, and/or a died in the wool Kolchak fan... Good stories in their style, and I've been waiting for years for them to be back in print, and I wasn't disappointed, nor was the wait unrewarded... The 2nd pair of stories were disappointing and not terribly interesting... They didn't seem to have any focus, and were vague in plot... The narration is absolutely expert and contributed to a positive reading... I could see Kolchak as he was reading... Perfect!! Had the latter stories been left off the narration woulda made this a 4* offering...

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Narrator not so good

The guy that reads these stories has a weak voice and is annoying. You would think they would have gotten someone with vocal qualities closer to McGavin than the direction they went in. Sorry but it really detracts from the tale to a point that it almost makes me want to quit the story.

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Just... wow.

First off, I'm pretty new to Kolchak on the whole. I've seen one episode of the TV series, and haven't seen either of the movies that were based on the first two books in this collection. But they are fantastic. The other stories that come after are great as well. Particularly, Kolchak and the Lost World was chilling in its climax.

As for the narrator, I think Darrin McGavin (who portrayed Carl Kolchak in both movies and the series) would be quite pleased with his performance.

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mixed bag

1st is the best. 2nd less so. The others are just weird and in my opinion don't seem like Kolchak at all, but rather some entirely new character who just happens to have the same name.

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Loved it.

This is a fun collection of familiar and pastiche stories featuring Kolchak. If you love the character, you will enjoy them.

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Two Classics, Two That Aren't

I really enjoyed the first two novels, which fans will recognize as The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler. I couldn't get through the second story. I found it boring, to be honest, but that's just my opinion. The fourth story was fair, but in the end, unsatisfying.

I'd recommend this collection in spite of the weak second half since the first half is simply stellar.

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Fun listen ...

Fun listen, especially if a fan of the '70's TV series. a very entertaining set of stories.

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Glad I got it, but...

The first two books in this collection are very good. Being the original Kolchak stories, that makes sense. The remaining two books come across as fan fiction of moderate quality. Plot holes, mischaracterizations and rather lazy story telling plague both. Still, I’m glad I got this collection for the two originals alone. They are well worth the annoyance of the other two.

That said, the narrator is excellent in the role of Kolchak. I very much enjoyed his style and presentation of the material.

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  • 03-31-22

good collection

Ive been a Kolchak fan since I first saw the night stalker tv movie when it got released on dvd in the early 00's. The book is much more fleshed out and enjoyable. The sequel Night Strangler is a brilliant story too.
The other two stories feel slightly off to me. While they are reasonably good tales, they don't feel like Kolchak stories and the characters inclusion feels forced, not to mention the bringing up to date of the character although this might be explained away as being the Kolchak from the short lived reboot series.

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  • Where?
  • 06-28-17

Watch the movies instead.

I'd recommend saving the credit and watching the movies instead. The story and narration aren't too bad, but it honestly gets boring after a while.