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try a bit of edwardian spaciness
on 28 November 2003
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.