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William Hope Hodgson

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Aug 16, 2007, 3:03am

Currently reading a new collection of short stories by Hodgson called
"Adrift on the Haunted Seas". Very similar to "Boats of the Glen Carrig".
I highly recommend Hodgson. "House on the Borderland" is one of the strangest novels ever written with one of the strangest monsters in literature.

Aug 21, 2007, 12:01pm

I don't have this collection but Doug Anderson is an excellent editor and one of the most knowledgable people around on weird fantasy, so I'd bet it's good value.

I like Hodgson. Even the stories that have flaws (and quite a few of them do) I still find highly compelling, and he can really evoke the weird.

Nov 26, 2008, 11:35am

I share your thoughts and praise of The House on the Borderland - hence this intrusion to recommend, without reservation, the film Dead Birds. The setting couldn't be any different cosmetically - taking place in the 1860s semi-USA, involving homicidal bankrobbing deserters from the Confederate Army. But the influence of the novel, once the troupe of riff-raff arrives at "the house", is strongly present.

Jun 10, 2009, 5:44am

I have a copy of 'House on the Borderland' but haven't dipped into it for many years. Will have to re-read it!
Have you read Carnacki the Ghost-Finder??

Jun 26, 2009, 10:45pm

I read Carnacki the Ghost-Finder a while ago. Unfortunately,
the little grey cells refuse to recall anything. Must be my advanced decrepitude.

Nov 15, 2009, 9:01pm

Hello all, first posting here. I am currently reading Carnacki the Ghost Finder. No doubt others here have discovered the Wordsworth Mystery and Supernatural series? So far I have also picked up collections of Edith Nesbit and Marjorie Bowen in this series.

Mar 26, 2010, 4:26pm

Ah yet another author I've yet to read!

Mar 29, 2010, 10:00am

Yes, I can really recommend Wordworth Editions Mystery and Supernatural. A great series with a lot of stuff I´d never heard about. Carnacki was good, most of it, but there was another story of his (Hodgsons) that I unfortunately can´t remember the name of that was even better. It was something about a ghost ship. (I know, it sounds a bit stupid, but was in fact really good.) It might have been called The Ghost Pirates.

Jun 20, 2010, 10:20am

Great to see this series mentioned - the Wordsworth series has been a great source of new stories. When you've been reading ghost stories for a while, it seems harder as time goes by to find "new" stories - at least new to you.
I just wish there were more places to find this series; I've only found it at Half Price Books!

Jun 22, 2010, 11:04am

I've ordered a couple online, but yeah, the only store I've seen them in is HPB. Sometimes they cut deals with publishers or distributers on remainders, but these don't seem to be remainders. I notice they sell rather briskly at my local HPBs. I waited too long on the Henry James, and ended up having to buy it online.

Jul 4, 2010, 5:11am

#9 You can find them all at Amazon.co.uk. About 3£ each.

Jul 19, 2010, 6:50pm

Thanks for the tip - I've only ordered from Amazon/US, but I'm sure they can help technophobe Americans buy stuff!

Jul 20, 2010, 12:22am

better - get in the US thru ABE (abe.com) - most of the titles are dirt cheap (1.00@ + shipping)

it's a great series

Edited: Sep 17, 2010, 9:46am

I just found Uncanny Stories by May Sinclair in the Wordsworth series at the used-bookstore where I work. I think I have three in that series now, Gertrude Atherton, Marjorie Bowen and now May Sinclair. I agree, they're a wonderful series. I'm always on the lookout for more of them. But then, I'm always on the lookout for more ghost stories I haven't read. Thanks to this thread I read Carnaki on Project Gutenberg yesterday, good stories!

Sep 30, 2010, 11:07am

Agreed. You just can´t get too many of them.

Feb 2, 2011, 4:39am

Currently reading House on the Borderland
Am in slow reading mode at the moment tho

Feb 2, 2011, 10:23am

Hope you enjoy it. It's really quite a bizarre novel.

I scour the horror/sci fi shelves of my local bookstores for copies of WHH, usually to no avail. I was lucky this past weekend to find some pristine older UK paperbacks of Carnacki the Ghost-Hunter and The Ghost Pirates (albeit with hideously ugly covers). I've only read one of the Carnacki stories, and was quite underwhelmed, but it didn't appear to be considered the best of the lot.

Edited: Feb 2, 2011, 4:03pm

BTW, earlier today I also found a copy of Wordsworth's Crowley story collection, The Drug and Other Stories. Looking forward to seeing how The Great Beast comes across as an author of short stories.

I have no idea what's up with the touchstones...