The Camera Fiend

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Author: E.W. Hornung
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,747 / 206 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 4,567
Added to site: 2009.09.27 25389

The fascinating subject of Psychic Photography, combined with a thrilling detective story and a boy and girl romance, produces a book that portrays the real enthusiasm and mad devotion of a true photographer to his work, and holds the interest of its readers throughout.

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only two things in the window that interested him at all, and they were not both temptations. One was an old rosewood camera, and Pocket was interested in cameras old and new; but the thing that tempted him was a little revolver at five-and-six, with what looked like a box of cartridges beside it, apparently thrown in for the price. A revolver to take back to school! A revolver to fire in picked places on the slow walks with a slow companion which were all the exercise this unfortunate fellow could take! A revolver and cartridges complete, so that one could try it now, in no time, with Guy and Vivian at the end of their garden in St. John's Wood Park! And all very likely for five bob if one bargained a bit!

Pocket took out his purse and saw what a hole the expenditure of any such sum would make. But what was that if it filled a gap in his life? Of coure it would have been breaking a school rule, but he was prepared to take the consequences if found out; it need not involve his notion of dishonour. Stil


Average Rating of 4.3 from 4 reviews: *****
Henry L. Ratliff

Plot bullets

  • A young boy becomes involved in another man's obsession.

  • What might the camera be able to register, besides the visible and the normal?

  • What lengths might a man go to for the answer?

Joe P

Very good reading.

Written in 1911 but feels very modern.

Linda Otto

A 17-year-old asthmatic boy who longs for adventure finds just that--in spades! Along the way he is forced to grow up. Unusual book. A page turner. Enjoy!


Great fun! Well-written and with a twist at the end which the seasoned reader of detective novels from this era should be able to work out. The characters are believable and the plot moves at a good pace. Well worth reading.

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