Saturday, August 18, 2012

(Recommended Reads) 'A Life on the Borderland – The Life of William Hope Hodgson' by Sam Gafford

...His first published novel, The Boats of the Glen Carrig, appeared in 1907 followed by The House on the Borderland in 1908, The Ghost Pirates in 1909 and The Night Land in 1912. Recent criticism has presented the theory that these novels were written in the reverse order of publication which would make The Night Land (a SF masterpiece) as possibly his first novel and The Boats of the Glen Carrig (a combination of adventure and horror) his last novel. Each one of these novels is a remarkable achievement. Together, they form much of Hodgson’s legacy. In The Boats of the Glen Carrig, an adventure on the high sea takes the reader through many supernatural events and ends in WHH’s own infamous Sargasso Sea, a part of the ocean choked by immoveable seaweed and giant sea monsters. The Ghost Pirates chronicles the last voyage of a cursed vessel and the specters that haunt it. In The House on the Borderland, a man finds himself in an isolated house that is besieged by outside forces and features passages of incredibly imaginative science fiction. Hodgson’s masterpiece, The Night Land, presents an Earth in the far future when the sun has burnt out, humanity lives in a giant metal pyramid and there are great evils that walk the land....


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