The House on the Borderland (Heathen Edition)


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Heathen Editions
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.39 inches | 0.48 pounds
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About the Author

William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) was a British author and poet best known for his works of macabre fiction. Early experience as a sailor gave resonance to his novels of the supernatural at sea, The Ghost Pirates and The Boats of the Glen-Carrig, but The House on the Borderland and The Night Land are often singled out for their powerful depiction of eerie, otherworldly horror. The author was a man of many parts, a public speaker, photographer and early advocate of bodybuilding. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Lys in the First World War.


"This extraordinary novel defies categorization. It is galactic adventure, prophetic fantasy, macabre romance and drugless trip, and brilliantly unites its many disturbing elements, easily equaling, if not surpassing, all predecessors and contemporaries (including Jules Verne, Rider Haggard, and H.G. Wells). It is high time Hodgson's masterpiece was made available to the myriad readers he deserves." --Alexis Lykiard

"Hodgson hands us the whole of Time and Space in a couple chapters. The Big Bang in my private universe as a science fiction/fantasy reader and, later, writer . . . this is where the screaming really starts, out in the void, with no-one left to hear." --Terry Pratchett

"Perhaps the greatest of all Mr. Hodgson's works . . . the wanderings of the narrator's spirit through limitless light-years of cosmic space and Kalpas of eternity, and its witnessing of the solar system's final destruction constitute something almost unique in standard literature. A classic of the first water." --H.P. Lovecraft

"Will produce genuine gooseflesh!" --The New York Times

"The tale is quite indescribable; its power is proved by the fascination with which it holds the fancy spellbound." --Daily Telegraph

"An imaginative tour de force whose power transcends its patchwork construction; the cosmic vision sequence makes it equally interesting as a scientific romance, but it definitely strikes what its admirer H. P. Lovecraft sought to define as 'the true note of cosmic horror.'" --Neil Barron

"Hodgson's imagination opens up endless vistas of time and space and rushes down them, headlong, leaving the reader breathless in his wake. The House on the Borderland, with its dizzying leaps through outer and inner space, remains a unique vision. It is good to see Hodgson's work once more receiving the attention it deserves." --Fantasy: The 100 Best Books