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Kolchak the Night Stalker: Compendium [Hardcover]

Max Allan Collins , Christopher Golden , Stuart M. Kaminsky
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Oct. 4 2011
Carl Kolchak was TV's first paranormal investigator, albeit a reluctant one. His exploits have been the inspiration for the X-Files and beyond! Kolchak is a talented newspaper reporter who used to handle all of the big stories, but his reputation has taken a few hits over the years as his stories have become more and more strange, surreal, and unknown. He is a relentless truth-seeker, no matter how bizarre that truth may be. The fact that no one believes him, and that his stories rarely get printed anymore, only fuels his desire to get to the beating heart of the matter!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying! July 2 2012
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If you enjoyed the original TV movies and series of Kolchak: The Night Stalker then you will likely enjoy this collection of short stories. Many of the stories read as if they could have made for similar fine episodes if the series had continued for a second season. Once in awhile you might be thrown by references to cellphones and computers because most of these stories are set closer to the present day where Kolchak works for the Hollywood Dispatch, but there are a few stories still set back in the '70s with Kolchak still working for INS in Chicago.

Nonetheless I greatly enjoyed this book. Being short stories (and really a TV episode is also a short story in visual form) you can read one or two at a time and not feel compelled to continue like you might with a novel. And you don't have to read them in any particular order either. But however you read it you will feel part of Kolchak's world as he stalks the night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware Not Original Stories Collects 2 Previous Books Sept. 23 2011
By HershonJones - Published on Amazon.com
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The stories are great however if you've already read/bought the Kolchak Chronicles and the Kolchak Casebook, this hardcover book reprints both books which Amazon at the time I'm writing this neglected to say. So if you don't have the books, this is a great deal with great stories but if you do have the books, your just buying what you already have in another package.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to an immortal cult hero. May 16 2012
By Sergio pescador - Published on Amazon.com
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At first, I was a little disappointed because some of the Authors try to bring Kolchak to the 21st century, and nothing wrong with that, except that the original series had such a cool 70's vibe that reading our man as a ladies' man or using an email account or a cell phone sounds inappropiate and forced, why not an ipad, like the one I am texting this words into, too?
Kolchak was never about technology, his main resource was always his wit and unbreakable courage.
As in any compilation, there are all kinds of works, I won't spoil the fun giving details, but "dark shadows" and Lovecraft fans, like myself, are going to be greatly rewarded. The great is bigger than the bad, and there's just a few mediocre ones that Vincenzo himself wouldn't have let be published.
Over all, a great effort, the intro piece for the 2nd book, is a long, detailed journey of the kolchak mythos.
As a side note, I even dreamed with Kolchak on the 4th day of my 8th day reading marathon.
I only guess why schools don't use these kind of material to increase reading habits?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some okay but needs better editing Oct. 20 2012
By Kelly Jeau G. Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Yes, this book compiles two other previous books (Chronicles and Casebook). I enjoyed many of the stories, some would have made great additions to the TV series. I will say I loved the original series and movies. Jeff Rice's novel did not move me very much, but at least there were not editor mistakes (one you will find right off if you read the contents page and then turn to the story: THE WHY of the MATTER VRS THE WAY OF THE MATTER. This is one minor error but takes away from enjoyment).
I would have to say Darren McGavin made the role his own, as such I fail to see how this series will ever be able to return without him. How can I state this? The new Night Stalker (2006) was canceled after six episodes due to low ratings. However, the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as Syfy), which frequently airs canceled network genre shows (like Stargate) showed all filmed episodes during the summer of 2006. The ratings remained poor on SciFi Channel as well. I am not happy about this theory. I had never understood why the first run series in 1974 was cancelled either. Today, however, I think I understand why. It most likely has to do with the same rating system that killed Star Trek Back then too. They did not have the correct means to identify a good show.
This book, and many others I have found online, are the best source for those who are fans of of Carl Kolchak's The Night Stalker. And I would stand by this book and the others you will find here on Amazon as a great source entertainment, I just wish the editors would take a lot better care in their work. The authors did a good job.Sometime latter I may provide an addition to this with short blurbs on what I thought were the best short stories in this book.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOCTOR PANIC Feb. 20 2012
By Doctor Panic - Published on Amazon.com
This was classic Kolchak, the often bumbling reporter with his seersucker outfits. Never read the first two books, so glad i got this one
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Collection on My Favorite Monster-Hunting Reporter May 12 2014
By William A. Howes - Published on Amazon.com
Everyone is there...the abrasive reporter Carl Kolchak, his soft-tredding editor Tony Vincenzo, office nerd Ron Updike, puzzle-maker Miss Emily, and...monsters! The setting is the same newsroom from the mid-1970's TV movies and one-season TV show, but the INS crew is now working for the seedy tabloid, the Hollywood Dispatch. Assuming it is something of a Weekly World News (the description is pretty vague), that's perfect because monsters were always the supermarket tabloids' forte'. Kolchak is sent out to confront monsters, spirits, and other creatures of the night in 43 stories that carry on the flavor of the original TV shows, drilling down to the monsters everyone else refuses to acknowledge. Only one story seemed to get off the beam, although the author did refer to professional paranormalist Kolchak's newspaper roots. Generally, the stories acknowledge that Kolchak has gained a reputation for monster-hunting that has drawn those cases in his direction...it was, of course, the weakest part of the series (though one fans were willing to overlook). A couple stories may fall short of expectations for you, others you will find to be quite good. That's always to be expected. In short, for fans of the red-headed reporter, it is a book not to be missed.
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