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El Mortzestus, un velero de tres palos, tiene fama de ser una embarcación con mala estrella. Sin embargo, todo parece ir bien al principio... excepto por las sombras. Y es que al anochecer a veces se ven sombras rondando por las cubiertas y en lo alto de la arboladura, unas sombras confusas y extrañas...William Hope Hodgson, uno de los mejores escritores de relatos ambientEl Mortzestus, un velero de tres palos, tiene fama de ser una embarcación con mala estrella. Sin embargo, todo parece ir bien al principio... excepto por las sombras. Y es que al anochecer a veces se ven sombras rondando por las cubiertas y en lo alto de la arboladura, unas sombras confusas y extrañas...William Hope Hodgson, uno de los mejores escritores de relatos ambientados en el mar, nos deleita durante más de doscientas páginas con una de las mejores historias de fantasmas de la literatura fantástica (sin duda la mejor de cuantas suceden en el mar) y logra mantener la tensión y el ambiente fantasmagórico en un tour de force que se prolonga página tras página.Presentamos también el relato El navío silencioso, que era el final original de la novela, y que nos brinda la oportunidad de leer dos excelentes conclusiones para la misma historia.H.P. Lovecraft, admirador incondicional de Hodgson, dijo a propósito de Los piratas fantasmas: «Es un relato poderoso sobre un barco condenado y espectral... Con su dominio de la ciencia marinera y su hábil selección de alusiones e incidentes para sugerir horrores latentes en la naturaleza, este libro alcanza a veces cimas envidiables de fuerza»....

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ISBN : 9788477022862
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Los piratas fantasmas Reviews

  • Henry Avila
    2019-03-09 04:41

    There is something strange about the sailing ship the Mortzestus, people in hush voices give hints, on the beach to him in San Francisco at the turn of the century, ( 20th that is) but do not say what, it does feel vaguely uneasy when Mr. Jessop signs on board, rumors or no rumors he misses home, England, still baffling though why all the previous crew has deserted the vessel, even the officers except one, young Williams, a British man who wants to be paid, and he tells the curious sailor, too many shadows seen... They head south on the long voyage around the horn, the stormy tip of South America, ( no Panama Canal then) back to Britain, if all goes well, things at first do until a weird mist appears, it engulfs the ship and quickly leaves, then a hand falls off the Mast crashing on the distant deck below, smashing his body into oblivion...word spreads this ship is haunted, sounds heard, vague images of the unreal seen by the unbelievers, most of the sailors laugh it off as silliness not Mr. Jessop, he has viewed them too many times, things coming on board out of the sea, over the rails . Nevertheless these apparitions continue, more accidents occur, then on watch in a quiet night Jessop sees a green light nearby, another ship signaling? Tells the second mate Mr.Tulipson, pointing at the object but it fades away, this happens three times, the officer thinks the sleepy man was dreaming or is going insane , sends him down to his bunk and replaced by another. In an earlier incident, he looks at an ominous, phantom ship passing by, lets go of the wheel and the vessel completely turns around, traveling on the opposite direction north instead of south, the alert, angry captain called here the "old man ,"is justifiably furious, curses the discombobulated Jessop, he, the dazed man quietly goes into the darkness to his bed...This is unreal, there has to be an explanation , ghosts are not anything but fairy tales, told by those who like to scare people who enjoy them...The weather has been unusually calm, light breezes hit the sails, the seas too, waves not high, this should be a the perfect trip, yet oddly, no other ships are seen in the busy shipping lanes... He, Jessop tells the captain and the second mate , his wild theory of what's going on, backed up by another sailor, they do not laugh now, the countless, deadly episodes , are too fresh on everyone's minds... This fine voyage into the unknown, by this talented writer, is for the readers who love strange, macabre, ghostly tales, and like to read at night with just a small light on, alone, suspend reality, and believe in the unbelievable....it won't harm you, well not too much...the mind is resilient.

  • Sandy
    2019-03-16 23:30

    William Hope Hodgson's first published novel, "The Boats of the Glen Carrig" (1907), is a story of survival after a disaster at sea, and of the monstrous plant and animal life-forms that the survivors encountered while trying to reach home. In his second book, the now-classic "The House on the Borderland" (1908), Hodgson described an old recluse's battle against swine creatures from the bowels of the Earth, and the old man's subsequent cosmic journey through both time and space. And in his third novel, 1909's "The Ghost Pirates," Hodgson returned to that milieu for which eight hard years at sea had provided such an extensive background. The book takes the form of a narrative told by able-bodied seaman Jessop, who had been sailing on the Mortzestus from San Francisco to (what we can only presume to be) England. As its name suggests, the ship has something of the spirit of death about her, and is deemed by most sailors to be unlucky. But surely none of her previous transits had ever gone as badly as the one Jessop describes. Ghostly images seen on the deck at night, and some minor accidents involving sails and rigging, only set the stage for more serious occurrences, and Hodgson soon ratchets up the suspense with some mysterious killings and unexplainable phantasms, all leading up to a murderous attack by the eldritch buccaneers of the title. As in his previous two books, Hodgson masterfully creates an atmosphere of creeping unease. With hardly a wasted word (the whole book runs to less than 140 pages; its very first sentence is "He began without any circumlocution"), Hodgson manages to sustain this jittery feeling over the novel's duration, while also letting us get to know the ship's crew and her officers. Interestingly, the Second Mate is described very sympathetically by Hodgson--he is one of the coolest-headed, most decent characters on board--despite the fact that Hodgson, when a cabin boy at the age of 14, supposedly suffered terrible treatment from his Second Mate. The Second here, Mr. Tulipson, almost strikes one as the idealized officer that Hodgson wishes he'd served under 18 years before.As a snapshot of what life was really like for the sailors of around 100 years ago, the book is also exemplary. Hodgson, at one time a Third Mate himself, really knew the life inside and out, and his shipboard descriptions smack of authenticity. It would certainly help a modern-day landlubber, when reading "The Ghost Pirates," to have an UNabridged dictionary handy, to look up all the many nautical terms that Hodgson casually dishes out; words such as "futtock shroud," "washboard," "bunt gasket," "jackstay," "clewline," "dogwatch," "taffrail," "crosstree," "ratline," "craneline," "bollard," "paunch mat," "shakings," "jibboom," "spanker boom" and "crossjack." Looking up all these terms will slow the reader down, perhaps, but will also surely repay his or her efforts with a richer, in-depth experience. As a primer of life at sea and as a creepy fantasy of the unexplainable (and I should perhaps mention here that the bizarre happenings in this novel, like those in "The House on the Borderland," are barely explained by the author; some events in this mysterious world, it must be inferred, just cannot be rationalized), "The Ghost Pirates" succeeds marvelously. Though sadly out of print at the current time (like most of the other Hodgson titles), it is well worth seeking out.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-15 23:46

    "The thing, whatever it was, had come more forward over the rail; but now, before the light, it recoiled with a queer, horrible litheness. It slid back, and down, and so out of sight. I have only a confused notion of a wet glistening Something, and two vile eyes."

  • Camille Stein
    2019-03-16 05:49

    Cuento coral donde el mar se nos muestra como espacio cerrado y opresivo, enigmático receptáculo de lo desconocido y ominoso. Aunque la profusión de términos náuticos y terminología marinera hace naufragar algunos de los momentos de mayor tensión dramática, Hodgson posee la capacidad para sugerir lo invisible, para situarnos en la piel y en los ojos de quien observa y cree descubrir poco a poco las sutilezas de tragedias venideras, desgranando racionalmente hechos que paulatinamente se descubren ajenos a la razón. Es la forma y no la magnitud del horror mismo y su descripción, es la predisposición en que se sitúa al lector, el verdadero logro del escritor que invoca lo sobrenatural. 'EL navío silencioso' era el final original, el último capítulo: Hodgson lo suprimió con la intención de venderlo como relato independiente y añadió otro desenlace a 'Los piratas fantasmas'. Recomiendo leer ambas conclusiones para un disfrute completo de la odisea del navío y de su tripulación. Bienvenidos al 'Mortzestus' y su extraña singladura.

  • Stefania
    2019-03-09 02:27

    libretto e autore per me sconosciuti ma che si sono rivelati molto carini.però non leggetelo di sera, io continuo ancora a girarmi indietro per vedere se c'è qualche fantasma alle mie spalle!

  • Michael
    2019-02-26 21:41

    I first read this book in the '80s and had fond memories of it. Having just re-read it (Dec 09), I was pleasantly surprised that it was every bit as good as I remembered it.Having been published in 1905, this is not a graphic horror story, rather it is an atmospheric supernatural tale that builds tension through hints and suggestions; half-seen, half-imagined horrors. That the author, Hodgson, was in the British Navy for several years adds to the realism of his depiction of life aboard a sailing ship of the early 20th century, although his use of some technical naval terms does get you running for the dictionary.On the whole, a very enjoyable read. Ghosts and pirates: it does what it says on the tin!

  • ein Leichter
    2019-02-21 04:40

    Hodgson is easily one of my favorites. Someone needs to publish an edition of this book that includes a glossary of nautical terms and an accompanying diagram of a ship.

  • Chuck
    2019-03-19 21:34

    4-starsI liked this one a lot. I wish I could find more of this "hauntings at sea" type of thing. The only drawback was all the nautical terminology I wasn't sure about. Overall, it was a great Halloween read.

  • Aaron Novelo
    2019-03-04 04:45

    Una joyita, quizá el mejor relato de terror marítimo.

  • Joel Ayala Alicea
    2019-03-11 23:32

    This is the last installmente in what later came to be known as Trilogy of the abyss or Hodgson trilogy. But the reader should know that even though its very author regarded them as a trilogy the three novels -The boats of the Glen Carrig, The house on the borderland and The ghost pirates- may be read in any order whatsoever, because they differ in scope and theme; although the first and the last one share a common setting, the sea, the stories are quite different. So, having said, I must definitely agree with those savvy in the genre who claim that this is the best ghost story set in the sea. I've been a Hodgson fan ever since I read The house in the borderland -which according to his biographers is along with The night land, his best work- and after reading this trilogy I'm more than happy to say that I wasn't wrong. –- Esta es la última parte de lo que más tarde llegó a conocerse como La trilogía del abismo o Trilogía de Hodgson. Debo aclarar que aunque el propio autor las cataloga como tal, esta tres novelas -Los botes del Glen Carrig, La casa en el confí de la tierra y Los piratas fantasmas- se pueden leer en cualquier orden que el lector prefiera, ya que difieren en contenido y temática; aunque la primera y la última compartan un mismo escenario, el mar, las historias son muy diferentes. Así pues, no puedo más que concordar totalmente con aquellos conocedores del género que afirman que esta es la mejor historia de fantasmas ambientada en el mar. He sido fanático de Hodgson desde que leí La casa en el confín de la tierra – que según sus biógrafos es, junto con El reino de la noche, su mejor obra- y después de terminar de leer esta trilogía me alegra decir que no me equivoqué con él.

  • Nikki
    2019-03-23 21:46

    Another horror/fantasy blend. There's not much by way of explanation in this one: the first line of the first chapter kind of sums it up: "He began without any circumlocution." Hodgson builds up the setting quite well, the slow beginning of the supernatural events and the spreading fear and paranoia. There's a lot of concrete detail about life on board a ship that serves to make it very much like realism, and then all hell breaks loose. The hows and whys of it aren't explained, only the events. Creepy and urgent at times, and a bit quicker paced than The Boats of the Glen Carrig and The House on the Borderland. There are more named characters, in this one, though they're not very distinct from one another -- I might remember a few of them, Williams and Tammy for example, but mostly they were just Generic Sailors. There's also dialogue, unlike in the other two books I've read by Hodgson, which does seem to get things going a bit more urgently.Atmospheric, and well-described in places -- not exactly fast-paced compared to modern novels, though.

  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    2019-03-06 03:45

    Wow. I loved the slow-building, claustrophobic atmosphere of dread in this one. It's such a start setting - men at sea on a cargo ship, miles from land. The ship has a bad reputation, and the men soon start to find out why as mysterious lights in the distance, shadowy figures on board, strange shapes below the waves and inexplicable deaths start to pile up. The dense nautical jargon adds to the effect, to the authenticity of the voice and in contrasting the workaday practicality of professional terminology with the outre happenings on board. The events are made more chilling by the narrator's speculations on what is happening and the way they evade conventional supernaturalism for something much more unprecedented and incomprehensible. Characters are picked out in just enough detail - not a lot, to be sure - to make us feel involved in the fate of these men. All in all, a marvellously paced and controlled tale of the uncanny.

  • Ben Loory
    2019-03-04 02:44

    not nearly as spectacular (or spectacularly weird) as hodgson's The House on the Borderland, but it moves right along and does finally explode into full visionary horror mode in (fittingly enough) chapter thirteen, "the shadow in the sea," in and after which it is great. it's the kind of story that grows larger in your mind once it's done and just seems better and better and better. some pretty amazing imagery. over a hundred years old and still reads as completely original.

  • Doreen Petersen
    2019-03-13 22:23

    Quick easy read. I liked it.

  • Cathy
    2019-03-19 03:49

    The Ghost Pirates: a truly riveting ghost story, set aboard an increasingly deadly tall ship with shadows that come to life after the sun has set. Not since the Woman in White have I read such wonderfully well written spooky tale. The effect was even better having recently researched the architecture of tall ships. Without that basic knowledge of sail and mast names, the story would've lost some of its effectiveness. But I could see in my head how high they would've climbed to reach the gallant versus royal sails - a feat I certainly would never want to undertake, especially not at night and with the underlying ghostly threat aboard the Mortzestus. A very worthy read, and do so in the dark! But if you don't know the basic layout of a tall ship, be sure to look it up before starting this book. You'll be happy you did when you're able to see the shadows come to life high amongst the rigging as you read the campfire worthy scary tale of The Ghost Pirates.

  • Justin
    2019-02-25 03:32

    I always did like a horror tale wherein the main character is a completely normal guy dealing with abnormal circumstances.This was a good, spooky read. Told completely from the point of of the sole survivor, no explanation is given for the strange events that befall the cursed sailing vessel. It's a quick read with reasonably good pacing. I'd agree with other reviewers here in that this is the archetypal ghost story.I was happy to have downloaded this for free on my Kindle, because - being from the point of view of a common 19th century sailor - I needed a bit of help to get through the nautical lingo.

  • Simon
    2019-03-15 00:37

    A voyage on a sailing ship is beset by ghostly happenings that impinge more and more upon the daily life of the crew. I thought it would be just my cup of tea but, all in all, it didn't really work for me. Such a story as this needs a well crafted atmosphere and a careful buildup of tension that I feel was somewhat lacking here. I also found it difficult to visualise what was happening some of the time due to the heavy use of nautical terminology. I imagine you may well get more out of this book if you are a keen sailor.I might have rated it higher though until I ran into the flat ending that left me feeling dissatisfied. Not Hodgson's best work in my opinion.

  • Brian
    2019-03-01 23:44

    My favorite band of all time (right now), Into Another, has a song called William on their best album Ignaurus. It's a song about William Hope Hodgson. So since I love this band, this album, and this song, yet have not read any of his books, I started reading this one. It's definitely an old book, but easy and fun to read. but candidly, if it didn't have this connection to Into Another I wouldn't really be stoked on it

  • Reynard
    2019-03-04 04:31

    Proprio una bella sorpresa questo libro di Hodgson; quanto gli sono debitori tanti film e opere moderne! Nonostante sia del 1909 la scrittura non ne risente affatto. L'ambientazione marittima è di forte impatto, emozionante e vivida. Un racconto del terrore che mi ha ricordato alcune novelle di Poe, e sicuramente migliore del pur godibile Gordon Pym. Dovrò assolutamente leggere altro di questo scrittore.

  • Scott Whitney
    2019-03-13 02:47

    I started reading this one thinking it would be just another pirate book that would be entertaining for a little while. The first break I had to take from reading had me thinking about the book for a while. I picked it up as soon as I could again. My next break I had to take was under protest, I had to finish this book. I stayed up late into the night to get to the last page. A very good read.

  • Ken
    2019-02-20 21:39

    Another suspenseful novel by Hodgson involving ordinary people against quasi-demonic hordes. My big complaint with this book is that clearly Hodgson is an accomplished seaman, and he doesn't dumb down the jargon for readers not familiar with sailing vessels. Consequently, I couldn't fully follow the action; I could only get a general sense of what was going on.

  • Maureen
    2019-03-05 01:49

    A lot of the language, nautical terms the men use in describing the ship, were lost on me, but you can get a good idea of what he's talking about, even if you've never set foot on a ship. Chilling in the overt evil, and the men's loss of control of their own fate.

  • arg/machine
    2019-03-16 04:45

    This freaky novel is now in the public domain, with a free electronic copy available here.

  • Luckngrace
    2019-03-24 02:43

    A classic ghost story, great for readers of short books, scary but not heart-attack scary. Can probably read in a day or two, I did.

  • Boris
    2019-03-02 04:22

    Another delightful tale of nautical horror from William Hope Hodgson.

  • Jason Schneeberger
    2019-03-16 00:39

    This book was extremely lame! Ugh, I'm glad it was short and I didn't waste too much time on it.

  • Alison
    2019-02-27 23:27

    An old ghost story, which is well worth a read.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-02 04:23

    This was a good book how ever I do wish the author had done more to make it more interesting. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.

  • Robert Adam Gilmour
    2019-02-28 04:39

    The best written and least flawed of Hodgson's novels but also the least essential. Still very much worth your time. The build-up and the ending are good.

  • AnXin
    2019-03-22 05:21

    An entertaining nautical ghost tale, not quite the conventional one since the author has his own view concerning the supernatural beings that torment the boat crew. Although enjoyable it is does lack a bit of shock factor, but is still a must-read for those interested in strange tales.