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William Hope Hodgson (1877–1918)

Author of The House on the Borderland

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Works by William Hope Hodgson

The House on the Borderland (1908) 1,465 copies
Carnacki: The Ghost Finder (1947) 563 copies
The Night Land (1912) 490 copies
The Ghost Pirates (1909) 267 copies
The Night Land Volume 1 (1900) 106 copies
The Night Land Volume 2 (1900) 85 copies
Out of the Storm (1975) 38 copies
L'orrore del mare (1995) 37 copies
The Voice in the Night [SS collection] (1907) — Author — 32 copies
Deep Waters (1967) 30 copies
Masters of Terror (1977) 29 copies
The Dream of X (1977) 25 copies
The Gateway of the Monster (1910) 18 copies
Terrors of the Sea (1996) 17 copies
The Derelict (1912) 12 copies
Trilogía del abismo (2005) 8 copies
Men of the Deep Waters (2006) 8 copies
From The Tideless Sea (1978) 8 copies
Captain Gault (1918) 6 copies
Poems of the Sea (1977) 6 copies
The voice of the ocean (2009) 5 copies
The Hog (1947) 5 copies
The Thing Invisible (1912) 5 copies
The Stone Ship (2014) 5 copies
Ghost Pirates and Others (2012) 4 copies
The Find (1947) 4 copies
The Haunted Jarvee (1929) 4 copies
Jack Grey Second Mate (2014) 3 copies
El Reino de la Noche (2015) 3 copies
I den ondes makt (1977) — Contributor — 3 copies
A Tropical Horror (1905) 3 copies
Sea Horses (2004) 2 copies
The Storm 2 copies
The Inn of the Black Crow (1915) 2 copies
Una voz en la noche (2003) 2 copies
Sinirdaki Ev (2022) 2 copies
Vraket : [fem ruggiga skräcknoveller] (1980) — Contributor — 2 copies
La entrada del monstruo (2004) 2 copies
Bullion! (1911) 2 copies
Ballade 1 copy
Les spectres pirates (2014) 1 copy
Sailormen 1 copy
My Lady's Jewels (2013) 1 copy
The Red Herring (2014) 1 copy
The Drum Of Saccharine (2014) 1 copy
The Raft 1 copy
The Promise 1 copy
Captain Dang 1 copy
Old Golly 1 copy
By The Lee 1 copy

Associated Works

Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (2003) — Contributor — 605 copies
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories (1993) — Contributor — 440 copies
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Early Detective Stories (1970) — Contributor — 311 copies
H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror (1993) — Contributor — 307 copies
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000) — Contributor — 294 copies
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contributor — 291 copies
Weird Tales (1988) — Contributor — 269 copies
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories for Late at Night (1961) — Contributor — 260 copies
Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural (1968) — Contributor — 226 copies
The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives (1995) — Contributor — 223 copies
100 Creepy Little Creature Stories (1994) — Contributor — 182 copies
The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime (2009) — Contributor — 180 copies
The Mammoth Book of Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories (1995) — Contributor — 167 copies
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 164 copies
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Contributor — 140 copies
The Dragon Done It (2008) — Contributor — 134 copies
Chilling Horror Short Stories (2016) — Contributor — 131 copies
Irish Tales of Terror (1988) — Contributor — 125 copies
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 109 copies
Phantastic Book of Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Dark Horse Book of Monsters (2006) — Contributor — 97 copies
Dark Detectives: An Anthology of Supernatural Mysteries (1999) — Contributor — 91 copies
Evil Roots: Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic (2019) — Contributor — 88 copies
Deep Waters: Mysteries on the Waves (2019) — Contributor — 83 copies
Murder Mayhem Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2016) — Contributor — 82 copies
Foreign Devils (2002) — Contributor, some editions — 80 copies
Great Short Tales of Mystery and Terror (1982) — Contributor — 79 copies
65 Great Spine Chillers (1988) — Contributor — 78 copies
Supernatural Horror Short Stories (2017) — Contributor — 74 copies
Haunted House Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contributor — 67 copies
Great Ghost Stories (1936) — Contributor — 67 copies
Famous Fantastic Mysteries (1991) — Contributor — 64 copies
The World's Greatest Horror Stories (1994) — Contributor — 63 copies
The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1964) — Contributor — 61 copies
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Contributor — 59 copies
From the Depths and Other Strange Tales of the Sea (2018) — Contributor — 57 copies
Pirates & Ghosts Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2017) — Contributor — 54 copies
The Century's Best Horror Fiction Volume 1 (2011) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Black Veil and Other Tales of Supernatural Sleuths (2007) — Contributor — 49 copies
Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories (2020) — Contributor — 48 copies
Ten Tales Calculated to Give You Shudders (1972) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936) — Contributor — 47 copies
Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (2014) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Ghost Slayers: Thrilling Tales of Occult Detection (2022) — Contributor — 43 copies
The Screaming Skull and Other Classic Horror Stories (2010) — Contributor — 37 copies
Hauntings and Horrors: Ten Grisly Tales (1969) — Contributor — 36 copies
Endless Apocalypse Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2018) — Contributor — 36 copies
The Baen Big Book of Monsters (2014) — Contributor — 34 copies
Terror by Gaslight: More Victorian Tales of Terror (1975) — Contributor — 34 copies
Dark Mind, Dark Heart (1962) — Contributor — 32 copies
Over the Edge (1964) — Contributor — 32 copies
Sea-Cursed: Thirty Terrifying Tales of the Deep (1994) — Contributor — 31 copies
Mysterious Sea Stories (1985) — Contributor — 30 copies
King Solomon's Mines and Other Adventure Classics (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Heavy Weather: Tempestuous Tales of Stranger Climes (2021) — Contributor — 29 copies
Horror Hunters (1971) — Contributor — 28 copies
Rogues' Gallery: The Great Criminals of Modern Fiction (1945) — Contributor — 27 copies
A Skeleton At the Helm (2008) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Occult Detective Megapack: 29 Classic Stories (2013) — Contributor — 25 copies
A Dying Planet Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2020) — Contributor — 24 copies
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Contributor — 23 copies
Travellers by Night (1967) — Contributor — 23 copies
Murhamystiikkaa : okkulttisia etsivätarinoita (2014) — Author — 21 copies
A century of horror stories (1935) — Contributor — 18 copies
Wild Night Company: Irish Tales of Terror (1970) — Contributor — 17 copies
Monster Mix (1968) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Horror Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Horror Stories (2011) — Contributor — 17 copies
Lost Souls Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2018) — Contributor — 16 copies
Gaslit Nightmares: No. 2 (1991) — Contributor — 16 copies
The Taste of Fear: Thirteen Eerie Tales of Horror (1976) — Contributor — 14 copies
Dark Holidays: A Collection of Ghost Stories (2006) — Contributor — 13 copies
Creature!: A Chrestomathy of "Monstery" (1981) — Contributor — 13 copies
William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Eternal Love (2003) — Contributor — 12 copies
Voices from the Radium Age (MIT Press / Radium Age) (2022) — Contributor — 10 copies
Cries of Terror (1976) — Contributor — 9 copies
Brighton Shock (2010) — Contributor — 9 copies
Forgotten Tales of Terror (1978) — Contributor — 9 copies
M Is for Monster: A Modern Bestiary of Classic Monsters (2011) — Contributor — 9 copies
I grandi romanzi dell'orrore (1996) — Author — 8 copies
The Thrill of Horror: 22 Terrifying Tales (1975) — Contributor — 8 copies
Ghostly, grim and gruesome: An anthology (1976) — Contributor — 7 copies
They Walk Again (1932) — Contributor — 6 copies
Haunts, Haunts, Haunts (1977) — Contributor — 6 copies
Creepies, Creepies, Creepies (1977) — Contributor — 5 copies
Flere chok — some editions — 3 copies
Por los mares encantados (2004) — Contributor — 3 copies
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
Adventure [Vol. 2 No. 3, July 1911] (1911) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 4 No. 6, October 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy


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William Hope Hodgson in The Weird Tradition (September 2011)
Carnacki - Ghost Finder by W H Hodgson in Baker Street and Beyond (April 2008)


An entertaining, almost Lovecraftian, tale about a visit to a derelict ship that turns out to have a few surprises aboard.
Unkletom | 1 other review | Jan 17, 2024 |
DNF at 20%. This is a personal reflection more than a review.

I fully respect the history and influence of this book and absolutely cannot imagine what it must have been like for HP Lovecraft and others to have read this at the time, as well as the more recent effect on a young and impressionable Terry Pratchett.

This is one of those books I want to love, but just can't. It falls perfectly in that period that has moved out of the verbose and decadent gothic sensibility into the weird and cosmic I genuinely love the descendents of, but can't find the enjoyment in the strangely long-winded in text, yet terse of emotion and description of the time. Saying pale pig faced people are coming to get me is a scary concept and the idea must have been wild at the time, but when the writing of it happening is not conveying the character's feelings in a way that is accessible for me and the events of the action ate bracing, while the manner it is described is dry and instructional it just doesn't move me.

I understand that this is vastly a me problem and I DNF'd early, so maybe it gets wild and visceral later, but I don't care. I want to and personally feeling it is a failing of myself that there is so much are out there that I can intellectually enjoy the idea of and respect, but utterly fail to be moved by. The neurodivergences play their part, but I'm just a fussy bugger. It's funny, I read a book I don't enjoy and I question whether I even know how to read or whether I even enjoy reading, but then I find something I like and I'm up in the wee hours reading and then reaching for that book first thing upon waking.

Ultimately, for historians of fantasy and horror, especially cosmic and weird tales this is essential reading. Many thoroughly enjoy this, from the virulently racist Lovecraft to the gorgeously progressive and loving Pratchett. If you love Lovecraft and Wells, and their drier offerings still do it for you then I do think you'll love this. If the ponderous and bland of prose, regardless of the excitement and nightmares of the content, fail to keep you entertained maybe you won't. All I know is this wasn't my cup of tea in actuality, despite being a full mug of coffee in theory. Does that work even in the slightest? I truly don't care.
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RatGrrrl | 46 other reviews | Dec 20, 2023 |
“And then, all at once, I had a horrible sense that something was moving in the place.” — The Thing Invisible

First published in 1912, and a year later collected in English writer William Hope Hodgson’s, Carnacki, Ghost-Finder, The Thing Invisible is a fun and atmospheric read perfect for a dark and stormy night. Thomas Carnacki was a detective who specialized in investigating crimes and events which, at least on the surface, appeared to have only a supernatural explanation. He apparently neither believed nor disbelieved, and as shown in this story, was as fearful as the next man when confronted with an otherworldly possibility. This is the only story in the series I really felt this way about. The others seemed darker, and there were always pentagrams and other occult things of the time. To me, they had a darker tone, but not the fun mystery atmosphere of this one.

Hodgson uses an after-the-fact explanation to great effect as he invites four friends by note (not three, as stated in Penzler’s Locked-Room Mysteries) to join him for an accounting of his most recent hair-raising case. The device is a touch of genius by Hodgson, giving the reader a sense of sitting next to Jessop, Arkwright, Taylor and the unnamed narrator who begins the story before Carnacki recounts the ghostly case.

The setting is wonderful: a chapel next to the castle of Sir Alfred Jarnock in South Kent. Carnacki has just returned and spins an atmospheric tale for his friends, detailing his adventure as he attempted to get to the bottom of a knife attack on Jarnock’s butler, Bellet. The attack happened at night, but in full view of the Rector, Jarnock and his son. No one else was in the chapel. More disturbing, the weapon which hangs in the church and struck Bellet’s left breast with great force, is the Waeful Dagger, which has a reputation for being haunted. On the dagger is an inscription about vengeance and striking, and a carved talisman. The dagger is said to have the ability to act on its very own…

After speaking with the principals, and concluding from an inspection of the roof that there is no secret, obscured way into the chapel to explain the presence of an outsider, Carnacki knows he must spend an evening in there alone. Jarnock Sr. believes it’s too dangerous, and he may be correct. But Carnacki finds a way around his objection. Armed with a revolver, and protected only by a knight’s suit of armor, he waits in the dark, hoping to discover one way or the other whether there is a supernatural explanation, or an earthly one. This is where Hodgson is at his very best:

“I stepped out of the pew into the aisle, and here I came to an abrupt pause, for an almost invincible, sick repugnance was fighting me back from the upper part of the Chapel. A constant, queer prickling went up and down my spine, and a dull ache took me in the small of the back, as I fought with myself to conquer this sudden new feeling of terror and horror.”

Will Carnacki survive the night? What happens when the knife goes missing, on its own? Will either of the plates from the camera Carnacki has set up capture what lurks in the Void? Only those four men Carnacki shoos out the door once his tale is told — and of course the reader — will ever know the truth.

Fun, spooky, humorous and exciting, this is a wonderful story which had me wanting to read more of Carnacki’s accounts. The Thing Invisible, however, turned out to be the only one up my alley as per mood, content, and solution; the other Carnacki stories had too much occult stuff, and were extrememly repetitive in nature. The Thing Invisible however, is a fun little novelette, an old-fashioned tale perfect with some hot chocolate on a dark and stormy night. Enjoy.
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Matt_Ransom | Oct 6, 2023 |
DNF. The quasi-archaic style is reminiscent of Lord Dunsany or William Morris. I got about halfway through the novel (The Night Land) and lost interest. The journey of the protagonist just went on and on, the same things happening over and over. I skipped to the short stories which were included at the end. They weren't bad, but they weren't particularly memorable. I prefer Hodgson's nautical fiction, or The House on the Borderlands.
TheGalaxyGirl | 2 other reviews | Aug 14, 2023 |



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