• The Kolchak Papers

  • The Original Novels
  • By: Jeff Rice
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (673 ratings)

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The Kolchak Papers

By: Jeff Rice
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
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Publisher's Summary

A legend is born. In 1972, Jeff Rice's novel The Night Stalker introduced Carl Kolchak to the world. This spine-tingling novel of supernatural terror became a best seller 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 one of the highest-rated television movies of all time, a sequel, The Night Strangler, was released the following year to great acclaim.

Carl Kolchak, as the world's first paranormal investigator, would prove to be an irresistible draw for viewers and inspire a weekly dramatic television series which debuted in 1974.

A legend returns. 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 volume: The Kolchak Papers!

Twenty-one years before Kolchak inspired Chris Carter to create The X-Files, there was only one paranormal investigator. Now fans everywhere can relive the adventures of Carl Kolchak in this single, remarkable volume!

©2016 Jeff Rice (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Both Original TV Stories in One Edition

This is the novelization of the both television movies of the original Night Stalker films. They were very popular shows that begat the short lived Night Stalker series. Those of us old enough to remember them, this will be a find trip down memory lane. To newbies, this is an example of the series that inspired Chris Carter to create the X-Files. Actor Darren McGavin who played Kolchak appeared in an episode of the X-Files as a tribute.

These adventures feature the hallmarks of the classic storyline. Supernatural events that only Kolchak could stumble into. His tenacity, dogged determination and sense of humor make him a great lovable character who never seems to win. At least he does get a break in the second story, meeting a lovely lady. Johnny Heller is brilliant as Kolchak on the audiobook version, perfectly capturing Kolchak’s wit and wisdom.

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Excellent

Johnny Heller starts reading and just carries the listener away. For those who saw the 1970s televised series this audio version will carry you right back to Darrin McGavin's tough reporter Carl Kolchak. I'm not a vampire fan but I enjoyed the story and the abridged history of vampires I did not find the 2nd attached book nearly as good :-(

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Love that Kolchak

This is great fun. It captures the tone of the original series and Johnny Heller is the perfect narrator for it.

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Kolchak catch's real Vampire!

I liked the TV show as a kid and now I've listened to the books and I think they're great!

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Fantastic!

Kolchak is one of my favorite characters of all time. This was so well done and so much fun, I may listen all over again!

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Brings back childhood memories

Loved the TV Show. Loved the books.
I hate Having to Write More then I want to.

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Johnny Heller is Fantastic

These two stories went down easy. I enjoyed the old tv shows but loved these books. Heller is my new favorite narrator.

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Another winner for Johnny Heller!

Good stories but excellent narration!! Wasn’t sure about it when I started this book but turned out to be a great book with characters to love.

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Decent Little Story

The performance was what really made this fun for me—and listening at 1.8X that increased the intensity. Decent little story.

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Great stuff!

Really enjoyed this one. I remember a little of the series on television, so decided to try the book. The narrator was perfect for this title, it has a sort of noir feeling to the narration that makes it seem like it was from an even earlier era than it was. It aged well, no great loss due to lack of technology. You can actually imagine this kind of cover-up in today's fake news media atmosphere. Who knows, maybe it is a true story, after all, and it beats the heck out of twilight!

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  • Neb
  • 04-12-22

Fangtastic

If you enjoyed the original Kolchak series, as well as being old, you will surely enjoy this faithful retelling of the two most well known stories. The narrator does a great job. Highly recommend this.

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  • Justin K.
  • 12-21-21

Brilliant.

You may have watched the TV movies which were based on these books.

This reading is incredibly faithful to the feeling of the films and gives a little more feeling on top of that too.

I wish Mr Rice had wrote more Kolchak as adventures.

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  • Bijoux
  • 10-21-22

Really enjoyable

Very engaging supernatural sleuth - or reporter in this case - yarn made special by the very human and engaging hard boiled central character. An excellent reader, too.

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  • Tina Theis
  • 10-09-22

Great

I really enjoyed this story, it was well written and very entertaining … it was also well read which always helps …

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  • owen harkin
  • 10-01-22

Hack reporter solves murder mysteries

This was an Audible freebie but one of those wee gems cunningly placed to entice the listener to buy more. A well thought out crime fiction, with an introduction praising the author. I personally thought the introduction adds a small layer of confusion as the main book is told second hand. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the content too.

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  • B.W.
  • 08-19-22

Enjoyed this

Some elements of the two stories might be rather familiar but the author has made good use of the settings: Las Vegas and Seattle to add an extra twist.

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  • Deana Morris
  • 06-25-22

Nostalgic fun

For those of us who remember the TV series, great fun that won’t disappoint as you recall the adventures of that shabby-suited, hard-drinking hack who did battle with every vampire, werewolf and zombie living their best life/death in 1970s USA. Two rattling good yarns well told.

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  • Paul O'reilly
  • 05-11-22

The night stalker is back.

Kolchak the night stalker is one of my favourite stories from my younger days.

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  • Andrew Stonehouse
  • 04-27-22

Not bad at all.

A little short, a little lacking in depth. But enjoyable non the less. At least fifteen words.

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  • Andy F
  • 04-15-22

Pot luck selection but good

This was a free download that I decided to give a try based on encouraging reviews. And it turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable story nicely presented in a style that reminded me of the Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King.

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  • ciorstan
  • 11-08-22

The Night Stalker!

I loved watching The Night Staller when I was a kid. Here are two excellent Kolchak stories.