The Collected Fiction, Vol. 2: The House on the Borderland and Other Mysterious Places

The Collected Fiction Vol The House on the Borderland and Other Mysterious Places The second of a five volume set collecting all of Hodgson s published fiction Each volume contains one of Hodgson s novels along with a selection of thematically linked short fiction Skyhorse Publish

  • Title: The Collected Fiction, Vol. 2: The House on the Borderland and Other Mysterious Places
  • Author: William Hope Hodgson Jason Van Hollander
  • ISBN: 9781892389404
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The second of a five volume set collecting all of Hodgson s published fiction Each volume contains one of Hodgson s novels, along with a selection of thematically linked short fiction.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction space opera, time travel, hard SF, alienThe second of a five volume set collecting all of Hodgson s published fiction Each volume contains one of Hodgson s novels, along with a selection of thematically linked short fiction.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near future dystopia , fantasy grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history , and horror zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural , and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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    1. This second volume in Night Shade Books' excellent Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson contains The House on the Borderland, all of the "Carnacki, the Ghost Finder" tales, and some miscellaneous short stories. While the book begins on a very strong note, it loses steam towards the endWhile I prefer The Night Land and Boats of the Glen Carrig, The House on the Borderland is an incredibly atmospheric work of weird horror. It chronicles the bizarre events experienced by a so-called "Recluse" [...]

    2. The second in Night Shade Press' five-volume collection of Hodgson's fiction. The highlight of the collection was the short novel House on the Borderland, which I hadn't read before. It really felt more like a series of vignettes than a single narrative -- after about two layers of framing story, we get to a manuscript about the House's former occupant, who was apparently subject to a series of increasingly strange visions and manifestations, some of which took place in distant realms of space & [...]

    3. The House on the Borderland is the story of an old recluse who lives in a strange old house with his sister Mary and faithful dog Pepper. Or rather the finding and retelling of their tale. The cool thing about this book is that it is completely original, there was no precedent that this is based off. This isn't a ghost story. It's a story of madness, of weird creatures, of other dimensions, and of the end of the universe. If I were to liken this style to anyone or anything else it would have to [...]

    4. If you're going to buy any of the volumes of this series, presuming you've arrived at Hodgson the way most people have as an influence on the style of "weird fiction" that was later made famous by Lovecraft and the rest, then this will probably be the one to get, although if you have enough of a passing interest in a writer who died a hundred years ago to go and seek out a five volume collection of his works, then you might qualify as someone who has slightly more than a "passing interest". Alth [...]

    5. I'm a big fan of William Hope Hodgson, and previous to reading this I'd already read all of his Carnacki stories. This volume collects his Carnacki stories, along with probably his most famous novel-length work the titular House on the Borderland, as well as some mystery stories that appear supernatural at first glance but wind up with naturalistic explanations. The Carnacki stories are great, of course, and I even enjoyed some of the other shorts ("The Terror of the Water Tank" was particularly [...]

    6. Only finished House on the Borderland for now, keeping the other stories for when the mood strikes. It was remarkable, very original and not at all the archetypal weird fiction granddaddy I thought I was in for. However, the last 1/4 excluding the final few pages was very overwrought, and had its conceptual coolness bludgeoned to death by about a twenty-five page excess.A pretty striking example of horror as cosmological (in the ancient way) rather than strictly supernatural.

    7. I had enjoyed the Carnacki stories, I had also enjoyed some of the shorter stories, but the titular and legendary novel had found me somewhat out-of-breath, because the events kept piling up agonisingly, without things getting resolved (to my satisfaction). Yes, it was definitely a terrific precursor of mythos-related literature that was eventually rolled into motion by HPL, but at any given point of time I would go for the stories, rather than the longer works. What's your take?

    8. If you ever wonder if H. P. Lovecraft was unique, or first with his vision, Hodgson answers the question. In many ways House on the Boderland prefigures most of the Lovecraft tropes. Alhtough occasionally uneven The Collected Fiction, Vol. 2 is an excellent example of the best of Hodgsonry much worth the effort. Rating 5 out of 5 stars.

    9. I really did not like this. HP Lovecraft fans should enjoy it, though. It is also good for anyone who prefers all-out weirdness to plot and character.

    10. The title novel is just one of the strangest stories I have ever read. It still disturbs me on re-reading. Obviously an influence on H.P. Lovecraft.

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