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About the Author: William Hope Hodgson

William Hope Hodgson was an English author He produced a large body of work, consisting of essays, short fiction, and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction, and science fiction Early in his writing career he dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime He also attracted some notice as a photographer and achiev



10 thoughts on “The House on the Borderland

  1. says:

    Another short read between big buddy reads another miss details follow Two guys found some ruins in an isolated spot in Ireland I strongly suspect such places do not exist any The place was gloomy, oppressive, and just plain spooky The only thing to find other than stones was a manuscript which content makes up the whole story except for the first and last chapters So the manuscript s author bought this house and moved in After some time paranormal events began taking place There were three different ones constituting separate stories with fourth uniting them all I would not go into details, but the second one was completely unexpected and the third one we only get to see in short fragments are that portion of manuscript was destroyed When I started to read I only knew that this was one of H.P Lovecraft s inspiration Sounds good, right The first two comments that come to my mind after finishing are what a letdown and such a waste of potential As a horror writer Lovecraft beats the crap out of this Even if I can see the influence and there are a couple of interesting ideas the whole tale falls flat Speaking about inspirations I am willing to bet William Hope Hodgson was in turn inspired by H.G Wells as I found a passage in this book taken practically verbatim from one of Wells work I will not tell which to avoid spoilers I am not sure what people of the early twentieth century considered to be scary Later on they were kept scared by communists, these days a simple mentioning of terrorists or pedophiles makes people completely lose their marbles Anyhow the book has neither and thus is not scary at all it is mostly boring with the biggest positive trait being its small size My verdict it is not completely hopeless, but I would not miss anything in life by not reading it.


  2. says:

    Very interesting, I at first thought that he was influenced by Lovecraft, but Hodgson predates Lovecraft Weird, creepy, with some long slow periods, but entertaining and thought provoking I can see how many artists since have been influenced and of course this may be a generational influence for the genre The time lapse sequence is DECADES ahead of its time.


  3. says:

    In an isolated area of West Ireland, far from big towns or roads and crowds, there was a huge unwanted house, that the local people from the nearby little village of Kraighten, said was haunted, the time before the dawn of the Twentieth Century, apparently than a score of years then Two strangers came to the seldom visited territory, since the natives don t speak English, and the the outsiders can t communicate in Gaelic, there is a little problem But it doesn t matter, the two have plenty of food and equipment for their fishing vacation Finding a small river and the fish are biting, all is good Sleeping in their tent, nothing to worry about, just wait for their driver to come back, in a couple of weeks,fun in the sun, relax, get away from the hectic life of the big city How wrong can you get One day following the stream down for a change, in the direction of the sea it vanishes before them The men look around puzzled, finally see a mist, thick, hiding the surroundings with many rainbows caused by the Sun s rays, and come to a massive pit Strange rumbling noises are heard, something s wailing below, the men have found the river as it flows to the bottom of the chasm, a hundred feet underneath Going further around they arrive at an immense, gloomy, desolate and now dead garden of fruit trees A short distance away, the deserted ancient creepy house, that has almost fallen into the pit, the two brave young men go inside to investigate, everything s a wreck, dust, debris scattered everywhere in the rooms in what s left of the mansion, that hasn t descended to the bottomless gigantic hole Digging with their bare hands, the outsiders soon discover under all that dirty garbage, a large manuscript that is mostly intact Reading the pages by candlelight, after going back to camp across the cursed woods, in their small cramped tent the fishermen stay up all night, the two can t help it The tale is that of an unnamed old man, and his sister Mary He has bought the odd house, very cheaply, doesn t ask many questions and stays away from the locals , they think him mad His food is brought monthly to his home, the lonely man has his faithful dog Pepper, to keep him company Quiet Mary, is the elderly housekeeper and the years slowly go by without trouble, until unwisely but understandable curious , the old man takes a look inside the pit, weird sounds had come from the unseen bottom With his rifle and dog along, in the dark endless tunnel, Pepper is badly bitten by a hideous swine thing , that walks on his hind legs After many adventures in the pit, the old man runs for his life as a bunch of these creatures, from deep under the surface attack him, if only he can get back home, spotting his sister he yells at her, to go to the house she complies very quickly, who wouldn t Frightening bizarre dreams, visions of a dying Earth follow, real or unreal The old man will not leave, he is the bravest man in the worldA novel that is uniquely unusual , for the connoisseur only of this type of entertainmentnot a warning but a truism


  4. says:

    The cover and interior illustrations are by John Coulthart, accompanied by a newly commissioned soundtrack by Jon Mueller Not stopping there, Alan Moore contributed a new introduction, while Iain Sinclair is looking after the afterword Everyone who participated in this project has a passion for Hodgson s cosmic masterwork As an added bonus, the book will be fully signed by all contributors.The book is signed by John CoulthartIain Sinclair Alan Moorewith a facsimile signature by William Hope Hodgson The accompanying CD is signed by Jon MuellerThe package is also accompanied by several postcards and the whole package is wonderfully and strikingly produced.Contentsvii Fear of a Porous Border William Hope Hodgson s Liminal Masterpiece Alan Moore005 The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson167 An Aberrant Afterword Blowing Dust in the House of Incest Iain Sinclair197 AcknowledgementsCD Track ListingI From That Strange Source of LightII The Speed of My Passing SpiritIII Then a Door Opened Somewhere Ahead


  5. says:

    Have you ever wondered what a place would be like where you were outside of time and space, neither dead nor alive Where you could observe the mechanisms of the universe and see the death of our planet and sun Where you could commune with souls of the dead in the black, silent sea of sleep Well, it would be full of adverbs An infinitude of adverbs.Do you like adverbs William Hope Hodgson did Do you like to start sentences with a sudden adverb and a comma William Hope Hodgson liked that, too.I wrote a small app to chew up the Gutenberg version of this book and count the adverbs just the ly adverbs , and count how often he dangled them Here are some of William s favorites the first number is the total count of how often he used them in this 27 chapter book, the second number is my rough count of how often he dangled them slowly 66, 37suddenly 60, 45presently 49, 47gradually 40, 36quickly 39, 19scarcely 22, 0steadily 20, 10evidently 16, 11curiously 15, 4quietly 14, 9rapidly 14, 3strangely 14, 2nearly 13, 0cautiously 13, 9intently 13, 6swiftly 13, 3silently 12, 9probably 12, 6finally 12, 10immediately 11, 6apparently 11, 3dimly 10, 6utterly 10, 0really 10, 0He used many adverbs than these, of course He used only 78 times, which should be in first place, but only doesn t slow down the writing much, and doesn t draw attention to itself the way other ly adverbs do So I didn t count it One of my favorites was multitudinously, although he only used it once not to introduce a sentence, since I know you were wondering.His total counts for modifying verbs, instead of choosing a different verb that may not have required modification drum roll 1,277 In a book of 27 chapters That s 47 per chapter And he dangled 524 of them An impressive 19 per chapter If I ever get swept away from this plane before I slough off my mortal coil, and am tranported to a dark place outside time and space, where I can observe the mechanisms of the universe, neither alive nor dead, and can commune with the souls of the dead in the silent sea of sleep, and I see William Hope Hodgson wading in the black, undampening waters there, I m going to presently, carefully, slowly, gradually or perhaps quickly and suddenly but really, literally, soundly, thoroughly beat him with adverbs Multitudinously The dangling count was the count of adverbs immediately followed by a comma, colon, semicolon, or question mark That may have over counted, but I let him slide on being followed by hyphens, which he did at times So that helps him a bit Trust me when I tell you he began many sentences, Adverbly,


  6. says:

    Read, write, and study books for long enough, and you ll eventually start to recognize how stories work You ll find yourself saying things like Oh, this character s going to die soon because the author just resolved the ongoing tension they had with the hero or Ah, the mysterious stranger must actually be the orphan child of the Baron that people keep talking about To people who don t know how to do it, it seems like a magic trick, but the only thing you need to do is pay attention to details and to ask yourself where is this story going to go next , and it becomes surprisingly obvious.Anyone who has read one of those endless Cthulhu collections which contain one story by Lovecraft, two by the editor, and the rest by nameless authors knows that horror stories are particularly prone to follow certain patterns If the character finds a big, carven stone gate in a cave, you can bet he s going to go in there and discover some weird, ancient stuff If the old farmer won t let him see the barn, you know there s something bad in there.And at first, reading The House on the Borderland, one of the all time classic works of supernatural horror, I thought I had things pinned down pretty well We ease into a familiar old evil creatures story for the first third, with our main character getting and weirded out by all the strange things happening around his old house However, if you d asked me to predict the rest of the book based on the beginning, I wouldn t have come anywhere close.Suddenly we re wrapped up in time and dimensions, in a kind of grand metaphysical horror that seems to be completely removed from everything that happened before, and it s only at the end that it all finally comes back around and the reader is able to piece together just what has been going on.Usually, early, influential works in a genre are fairly straightforward often, they are fumbling, as the author tries to figure out what it is they are trying to say Hodgson s story, on the other hand, is wild, imaginative, and unfettered than any modern horror tale I ve read It really stretches the limits of the reader s comprehension, and leaves behind many intriguingly incomprehensible images.It is sometimes a bit slow going, though nothing like the plodding repetition of his other well known book, The Night Land Indeed, the whole setup of House on the Borderland plays much better into Hodgson s habits as a writer Hodgson was a weird dude, and he s at his best writing unstable, unsettling characters rather than idealized heroes and saccharine romance.There is also the problem that some of the horror elements seem a bit silly Of course, if you saw them in real life, in the flesh, they would be terrifying, but Hodgson isn t always able to bring home to the reader the pure weirdness of it, to shake us up enough that we are able to see it with fresh eyes That s something every great horror author must be able to do in order to be effective, particularly in the early parts of the story, where seemingly normal but odd things are slowly building to a head However, many of the ideas and images Hodgson gives us are perfectly unsettling on their own, without any need for an intermediary.If I was ever concerned that the supernatural elements I put into my period horror stories are too strange for that era , I clearly need not worry No one is going to out weird Hodgson any time soon nor, I think, do any other living writers provide much of a threat to his well earned reputation.


  7. says:

    This is a story about an ancient manuscript found by two men on a camping trip The manuscript actually is the story I m not going into the plot itself as the description already does that, but I did want to mention a few things.The story was a bit slow to start out, and there was a long sort of boring out of body experience Even though I found this part a bit long winded, I can see the seeds of Lovecraft s Cthulu mythos within Lovecraft has said that William Hope Hodgson was a big influence on him After the protagonist returns to his body things go bat shit crazy There are some phenomenally scary scenes and wild things going on.Then, another long interval another OOB experience that was just weird I enjoyed this section because it really delved into space The amount of knowledge displayed by this author about our solar system and how it works is amazing since this book was written in the early 1900s All in all though, I enjoyed this story I would recommend it to anyone interested in Lovecraft.


  8. says:

    Well, that was odd I m using odd as a fairly neutral term, here This story was bizarre, but not in a way that was thought provoking or funny AS a whole the story never really went anywhere Seriously, why even include a lost Love if she only gets a couple paragraphs It had mildly interesting bits, and the swine things were creepy The cosmic descriptions were too long and got boring, but otherwise, it was okay, I guess.The strange, isolated house, the mysterious crevice, and the atmosphere of dread and suspense surrounding them were the strongest part.I read this because it was a major influence on Lovecraft and some other fantasy authors I like, so in that sense I m glad to check it off my to read list I ve also read a couple of Hodgson s Carnacki stories and they were a bit better although still on my waste of a good concept list What s up with early horror writers narrating everything post facto so there s no suspense


  9. says:

    Here s how I feel about William Hope Hodgson generally Writing as he did at the beginning of the 20th century, Hodgson s creativity in the realm of supernatural horror is impressive given what few authors preceded him in the genre Although he wrote many stories that partook of elements common to supernatural fiction of his era i.e.,most of his short stories, including the Carnacki stories , he also broke new ground Moving beyond the ghost stories which had, for the most part, made up the genre before him, he created landscapes and creatures that feel not just super natural but really extra natural, coming from a completely different reality, either unrestrained by morality or subject to a construction so alien as to be unknowable, that is just recognizable enough to be terrifying Hodgson s landscapes and creatures are very similar to the Cthulian creations of H.P.Lovecraft, a later admirer of Hodgson, in that they are gigantic in their physical and temporal dimensions His universe is far older and larger than human and earth centered histories allow, and subject to forces and intelligence completely removed from human concerns or anthropomorphized deity.If Hodgson worked merely as a set designer or painter of still images he would have been difficult to match However, he wrote narrative prose and this choice of medium is his downfall Hodgson couldn t write a human character to save his life and the pacing of his stories is excruciatingly slow Although female characters in stories from this era and genre are typically pretty flat, Hodgson s are so flat as to be almost unrecognizable as human His male narrators are almost unidentifiable emotionally, never demonstrating much fear or empathy for others The inaccessibility of his characters robs Hodgson s stories of much of the fear that the other elements enable Finishing a Hodgson novel is an exercise in endurance The good elements are very good and the bad are horrible The House on the Borderland The creatures, the demons in the mountains, the cavern, the trapdoor were excellent The protagonist was bizarre and uninteresting.


  10. says:

    This book is two stories, jointly and severally independent of each other, spliced together haphazardly in the middle and left trailing off into nothing doing at the end, almost as if Hodgson had tinkered, tailored, soldiered, spied to his content, and finally got so bored of the whole melange he just left the tangled mess of shards on the floor and walked.The first part sees an ageing recluse, ensconced in a haunted house every village in Ireland has them , battling a horde of swine men thingies who dwell in pits and channels underneath the house If there is any mention of Lovecraft being influenced by this book, this must be this section that did it in The Lurking Fear Lovecraft somehow manages to come up with the novel idea of a haunted house on a hill, underscored by by tunnels and channels and overridden by whitish monkey thingies Now, where have I read that before.Whereas Lovecraft comes up with an ingenious explanation of the origin of his thingamadgits, Hodgson sees no reason to go into such details Who, what, where, when.these trifling questions are not to bothered with Swine men, I tell you What do you want to know One interesting snippet here why is the protag s sister so frightened of him at one point The second part is a psychedelic journey into time travel, which begins promising and turns stale, a little like a houseguest who s outstayed their welcome The sun, the moon, the stars, the orbs..for over half the book, planets seem to be whizzing around in some macabre dance again, to no discernible purpose.And then..Nothing The end.I understand this book has its die hard fans And, its not necessarily a bad read Just a little too all over the place, don t know whats goings, suspect Hodgson doesn t either, loose endy for me.


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