Kolchak the Night Stalker: Compendium Hardcover – Oct 4 2011
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Max Allan Collins is the author of the Shamus Award-winning Nathan Heller historical thrillers; his other books include the New York Times bestseller Saving Private Ryan and the bestselling CSI series. His comics writing ranges from the graphic novel Road to Perdition, source of the Tom Hanks film, to long runs as scripter of the Dick Tracy comic strip and his own innovative Ms. Tree. Collins is also a screenwriter and a leading Indie filmmaker. He lives in Iowa with his wife, writer Barbara Collins, and their son, Nathan.
Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for adults and younger readers. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.
Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934 2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. Born in Chicago, he spent his youth immersed in pulp fiction and classic cinema two forms of popular entertainment which he would make his life s work. After college and a stint in the army, Kaminsky wrote film criticism and biographies of the great actors and directors of Hollywood s Golden Age. In 1977, when a planned biography of Charlton Heston fell through, Kaminsky wrote "Bullet for a Star", his first Toby Peters novel, beginning a fiction career that would last the rest of his life.Kaminsky penned twenty-four novels starring the detective, whom he described as the anti-Philip Marlowe. In 1981 s "Death of a Dissident", Kaminsky debuted Moscow police detective Porfiry Rostnikov, whose stories were praised for their accurate depiction of Soviet life. His other two series starred Abe Lieberman, a hardened Chicago cop, and Lew Fonseca, a process server. In all, Kaminsky wrote more than sixty novels. He died in St. Louis in 2009.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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?
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.