The Captain of the Pole-Star

The Captain of the Pole-Star

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of detective Sherlock Holmes, is the father of crime fiction. However, he was also an accomplished teller of tales featuring the weird, the supernatural, and the horrific, and 'The Captain of the Pole-Star' is one of the best examples of his weird fiction.
The Captain of the Pole-Star is a collection of strange mystery tales that are all independent, sometimes involving ship voyages, shipwrecks, amnesia, lost love, grand thefts, comedy, and fairy tales.
Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. It was between 1876 and 1881, while studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh, that he began writing short stories, and his first piece was published in Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal before he was 20. In 1882, Conan Doyle opened an independent medical practice in Southsea, near Portsmouth. It was here, while waiting for patients, that he turned to writing fiction again, composing his first novel, The Narrative of John Smith.
In his later years, following the death of his son in World War I, Conan Doyle became deeply interested in spiritualism and psychic phenomena, producing several works on the subjects and engaging in a very public friendship and falling out with the American magician Harry Houdini. He died of a heart attack while living in East Sussex in 1930, aged 71.

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  • Philip

    I can completely understand how AC Doyle was an influence on Lovecraft after reading this and Lot 249. This is a frightening tale that in some ways is reminiscent of both Cthulhu and Mountains of Madn...

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  • Marts  (Thinker)

    A bit of a strange short story ...

  • Glen

    Brilliant stuff ... Probably requires a little patience ... But certainly if you have the imagination it's easy to imagine yourself in the ice flows with a captain of questionable sanity ......

  • Robert Bussie

    The boat is sailing for whales after the whaling season is over. However the captain is sure that there are still whales to be caught even as the weather turns dangerous and may trap the boat and crew...

  • Riya Bhatia

    Captain Craige is out for whales even after the whaling season is far gone. He sees an apparition and the other crew on the boat start seeing the apparitions, something that seems like neither a man o...

  • LGandT

    This is the first non Sherlock tale by Doyle I have read {audiobook} I suppose he always makes nice imagery, but honestly you could clearly tell it was written by the same author. Doctor writing a nar...

  • Michael

    Mediocre ghost story. Or maybe I just expected more from Conan Doyle. "Captain of the Pole-Star" is great at creating a mood, it just never pays off with a satisfying revelation about why these events...

  • Arkrayder

    This short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a suspenseful little tale. It tells of a whaling ship which has become trapped in an ice floe and slowly has to make its way through as the ice separates....

  • Tedi

    Listened to this on Kate Howe's booktube channel and really enjoyed it! I don't know if I would have liked it half so well if not for that. Both the story and music set the mood. About the ending...I ...