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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (10 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406812579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406812572
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,414,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Hope Hodgson (1877–1918) was born in Essex but moved several times with his family, including a stint in County Galway in Ireland – a setting that would later inspire The House on the Borderland. Hodgson made several unsuccessful attempts to run away to sea, until his uncle secured him some work in the Merchant Marine. His association with the ocean would unfold later in his many sea stories. After some initial rejections of his writing work, Hodgson managed to become a full time writer of both novels and short stories, which form a fantastic legacy of adventure, mystery and horror fiction.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2009
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I thought this was a great read, I'd never heard of the author before but had seen it included in a horror listmania on Amazon which I'd tried other books from and enjoyed.

This edition is an Echo Library edition ([...]) and includes the authors introduction, the introduction and chapters themselves, a short poem called grief and endnotes. There is also a page about the echo library itself which are making sought after books available in a mass published format again, it is a slim volume and has a cheap and cheerful appearence, like a facsimile edition.

The story itself is written in a great olde style, combining reflection and description brillantly and giving a clue to a time which is long vanished, including its norms and values (when menaced by strange creatures our protagonist doesnt seek to summon the authorities, he simply reaches for his amply stocked gun rack and gives fight, in a literal sense his home IS his castle).

The main body of the book is a discovered and half destroyed journal recounting strange battle, unworldly or other dimensional travels and coming unstuck from time itself but the beginning and finish of the book are accounts of the discovery of the book itself in a strange ruin on a cliff above a big pit.

Comparisons have been made with H. P. Lovecraft, which is perhaps fair, the style of a first person narrative contained in a discovered journal, of spooky unexplained placed bordering another unworldly place, scant explanation for fantastical experience or bewildering creatures are all present.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2003
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Most of William Hope Hodgson's stuff has badly dated by now, to the point of being unreadable, which is a great shame as he was possessed of a truly amazing scope of imagination. I am pleased to say his greatest work, (in my opinion anyway) "The House On The Borderland", has aged very well though. It is an enthralling, hallucinogenic read which, once you get into the story, will have you gripped right to the end.
Set in a remote part of Ireland it concerns a man, who seems to arrive out of nowhere with his downtrodden sister, to take up residence in a depressing country house. From the moment they arrive strange, bizarre, highly surreal things begin to happen. The narrator becomes obsessed that demonic pig-like creatures are trying to break into his house. When his sister tries to escape from this gloomy madness he locks her in her room. He eventually confines himself to his own room where he descends into a very trippy nightmare in which he envisages the end of the Universe and time itself. This is an incredible read as you get swept along on the psychedelic ride of the narrator's tortured mind.
You won't come to the end any wiser than you were to start with as to just what happened, but that doesn't matter. You will be baffled for ages by exactly what is this place, who is this person, what on earth was going on?!!! If you want an ultimate fantasy read then I recommend you get caught up in the pages of this.
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Since this was written by a writer who was a huge influence on some of my favourite writers, I just had to read it.

Well, I'm of mixed views on it. If a whole chunk (about a third) of the book hadn't been about the journal writer's strange ethereal time travel journey then this would have got a 5* rating.

I loved everything else about the book - the pig creatures, the vast underground caverns, etc - but I got quite bored with the over-written "journey" section.
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H.P. Lovecraft cited William Hope Hodgson as one of his biggest influences and it’s not difficult to see why. The framing device of a narrator and his discovery of a lost diary, astral projection and monstrous god-like beings which inhabit the distant stars – remote and incomprehensible – all play their part here.

Even though the book was published in 1908 it still remains an engaging and vivid work. The sense of menace is overpowering. The threat begins with strange swine-like creatures that attack his home but soon expands into a cosmic horror surpassing old H.P himself for it is more vivid and explicit than anything the gentleman of Providence, Rhode Island ever wrote. There is also an incredible scene where time speeds up to an impossible degree. Some critics have argued this section owes much to H.G. Well's Time Machine. If it does then it far surpasses the original.

House on the Borderland is a short work but somehow leaves the reader feeling they have just read a much longer, epic work. It is one of the most striking books I've ever read and has left such a deep impression in my already overactive imagination that I'm compelled from time to time to revisit it. I've read this one now at least four times.

But one word of warning, don't expect any answers or indeed explanations. There aren't any.
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Published in 1908, the story begins when two gentlemen friends on a fishing trip in Ireland, suddenly come upon the ruined remains of a house near a lake. The two men discover an old diary which belonged to the owner of the house who lived there with his sister Mary and his dog Pepper. As the tale unravels we find evil in the form of hideous humanoid creatures and unmentionable horrors connected to the remote house which occupies a space on the borderland between dimensions. What follows is surely one of the most chilling tales in fantastic literature.
William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) created a new approach to the writing of horror with The House on the Borderland, inspiring and influencing that other great writer of the macabre, H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937). Hodgson draws the reader into the tale with his disturbing vision of the future and the overwhelming turbulence of time and space; the thin veil which parts to reveal the dark entities that inhabit the unseen realms, waiting for an opportunity to penetrate beyond their own time and dimension into ours! A true classic!
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