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The Kolchak Papers: The Original Novels Paperback – Nov 20 2007

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Moonstone (Nov. 20 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933076291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933076294
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,015,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Needed a proofreader Dec 27 2007
By D. O'Dell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As soon as I heard that the Kolchak novels were back in print I ordered them. I have been a Nightstalker and Kolchak fan since I was a kid and enjoyed both of these novels, but I could only give this edition three stars because of so many typos. It looks like nobody proofread it before it was published. They must have used a spellcheck on it because the mistakes were spelled correctly, they were just the wrong word, or a word was left out. The mistakes were very distracting and I would catch myself looking for the next mistake instead of just enjoying the book. I don't know if I will be willing to buy another book published by Moonstone.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Editor? Nov. 28 2007
By JET - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love the fact that these books are back in print but for crying out loud run them by an editor!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Kolchak is back (Yay!), and he can't proof read (Doh!)! Feb. 24 2008
By Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bad edition of an OK book Feb. 14 2009
By Genevieve Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ouch June 1 2009
By Teller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a Kolchack fan from long ago, and appreciate reading the books that started it all, but come on!! The typos and general lack of any editing make it a very distracting read. Please get someone to proofread this before the next edition.