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The sailing ship Mortzestus is far from shore when the wind drops away and a mysterious mist surrounds the ship.

As the days drift by, the observant sailor Jessop spots something half seen creeping over the taff rail. Then men in the rigging are attacked, a man disappears, and everyone starts to get scared. Then Jessop sees something below the water following the ship....

Public Domain (P)2016 Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot

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William Hope Hodgson

Excellent ghostly tale way ahead of it's time, and (surprisingly I found) easily retains it's creepy moments. This narrative has a (also surprisingly) fresh take of a very old subject that makes you wonder... was written so long ago? Sure it was. A story this old, and still this mysterious, tells you it's all about the story teller behind the pen - so many modern computer typed tales come no where near this atmospheric or interesting. I have fallen into the sad state of thinking only "NEW" can be good when it comes to horror.

Yet, I forget I have everything H.P. Lovecraft wrote. Re-read it every few years. I lament nearly every new collection of horror as being "old and tired", while the literature from a hundred years ago sings with brilliant icy-cold ideas.

It must have been these well conceived stories that created such a demand to hear more sea-going ghost stories.
If you've not discovered the writing of William Hope Hodgson this is a great place to start.
Immerse you self in 4 and a half hours of cold, sea-mist and mysterious figures in the fog... John Carpenter would have loved this tale. Well, I bet he actually did as it clearly has inspired films like "The Fog". Lovecraft was also influenced by literature from Mister Hodgson as well.
You should drop the credit and favor yourself with finely aged horror from another age. This tale that reads so many fathoms deeper, darker and smarter... - yeah, just better then the inch deep drivel we usually get today.

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Hodgson's background at sea lends authenticity to the shipboard life on the Mortzestus which is a great contrast to the supernatural aspects of The Ghost Pirates. The growing fear among the men is slow, palpable, and menacing. The crew are menaced by something that few of them can see and the dark nights on the ocean become alarming. Hodgson is really in his element when he writes stories that take place aboard a ship.