The free Audience with the Ghost Finder playtext ebook, originally released on 14 October 2013, is now in its second edition – just in time for the second production of the play, at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden, 22-24 October 2013.
Sam Gafford, editor of the William Hope Hodgson blog, kindly granted permission to include his own biography of Hodgson. The Hodgson biography in the first edition was adapted from his Wikipedia entry; Mr Gafford’s is far more complete and better researched. Why not visit his blog and say thanks – and read all about the better and lesser known works of William Hope Hodgson, his life and other spooky, nautical, literary ephemera?
In less pleasing news, it’s come to light that three of Hodgson’s tales of Carnacki, the ghost finder – The Hog, The Haunted Jarvee and The Find – are still protected by copyright in the United Kingdom, where the Audience with the Ghost Finder ebook is (technically and legally speaking) being published. These three stories were published after Hodgson’s death, so the copyrights expire 70 years after the relevant inheritor’s death, not 70 years after Hodgson’s own death as with the other six stories. The Hog, The Haunted Jarvee and The Find will enter the public domain in the UK in 2040.
They are, however, already in the public domain in the United States of America. So while they’ve been removed from this second edition of Audience with the Ghost Finder, the book now includes links to American websites where you can read and download the missing stories for free in a variety of formats.