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About Rick Kennett
Rick Kennett is an Australian writer of science fiction, horror, and ghost stories with several published books and many stories in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies, and podcasts. The novella The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and the novella In Quinn's Paddock feature his reoccurring character Ernie Pine, the “reluctant ghost-hunter." Another reoccurring character is genetically engineered Martian space girl Cy De Gerch, who appears in the novel Presumed Dead and the collection Thirty Minutes for New Hell. Some of Kennett's work is science fiction, but some of his science fiction stories feature ghosts, thus his work crosses genre boundaries that are often kept separate.
The St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers points out that Kennett is "really the one Australian writer to have produced a substantial body of work in the ghost-story field." While Rob Hood and Terry Dowling have also produced significant quantities of ghost stories, Kennett's concentration on the genre makes him the leading specialist in Australia.
Reggie Oliver, reviewing 472 Cheyne Walk: Carnacki, the Untold Stories, has called Kennett "prodigally inventive" and Peter Worthy of Black Book webzine has called the book "a dazzling continuation of William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost-Finder."
For more about Rick and his work, please visit his website at http://rickkennett.wordpress.com.
In the photo, Rick is seated with Chico Kidd, co-author of No. 472 Cheyne Walk: Carnacki, The Untold Stories.
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Like the detective stories of Sherlock Holmes, the Carnacki tales contain several references to other, never-described cases. These references — never elaborated upon by Hodgson — intrigued writers A. F. (Chico) Kidd and Rick Kennett, who, in Great Britain and Australia respectively, decided to try to fill in some of the details. They proceeded independently until Rick, attempting to write a Carnacki tale titled 'The Steeple Monster', realised that he needed the asistance of someone versed in bells and bell towers. Chico was invited to collaborate on the tale; and she agreed, adding that she had written a few Carnacki pastiches of her own. . . .
Their first four stories were published by the Ghost Story Society in 1992, in a booklet entitled No 472 CHEYNE WALK. Since then both authors have continued to explore the mysterious world of Carnacki, and the result is the present volume, which adds a further eight tales to the four originally published in 1992. These tales take Carnacki as far afield as Australia, and provide details of his early life, and the experiences which set him in pursuit of the other-worldly. There is even an opportunity, in 'Arkright's Tale', for one of Carnacki's regular dinner companions to demonstrate how much he has learned from his friend; and introduce us to a very special guest, who himself knows a thing or two about the supernatural.
~ Marty Young, Australian Specfic In Focus
“Kennett weaves a beguiling atmosphere through that holds the attention unerringly until the culmination of the tale. He has a knack for environment and ambience that he brings to bear with each and every story.”
~ Peter Worthy, Black Books ezine
Two bush walkers hear a rain-sodden forest speak at midnight in “The Dark and What it Said.”
M.R. James is revisited in “Anningley Hall, Early Morning” and “Dolls for Another Day.”
The mine-sweeper Barringji, a latter day Mary
Celeste, drifts out of a storm that killed three other ships.
In “Chinese Whispers” a parlour game goes
Mr. Lewisham sees Hell through a keyhole.
Ernie Pine is a ghost-hunter who hates being a ghost-hunter.
She sits watching, thinking it is another six year old, but can’t decide if it’s a boy or girl. The skin on the blotchy-red face is stretched and shiny. The eyes are lost in deep sockets, the mouth is toothy in a perpetual grin and the nostrils on the hooked nose open and close, as if sniffing for her.
As a cadet on Mars:
Hitting the general frequency, Cy yelled words she thought she’d never hear herself say: “Guard Point South! Intruder alert! Intruder alert!”
As a gunnery officer in space:
Peters glanced at De Gerch. She didn't seem to be listening to Scanner Room at all, and her breathing came shallow and rapid in his earphones. Captain Brown, watching his weapons repeater, saw the cross-hairs leave the target, go hunting across the screen. Frowning, he leaned forward, cold with doubt.
As captain of a starship:
“Mr Peters ...” Captain Cy De Gerch hesitated an instant, then said what she'd always wanted to say: “Engage! Engage! Engage!”
A free wheeling teenager, genetically engineered to meld with a starship's weaponry system:
Antigone Pitra flinched with offence and shock.
“Oh, I hope so,” said Cy. “I hope I'm utterly certifiable.”