Hodgson, William Hope
- The House on the Borderland And Other Novels
Arkham House, Sauk City, 1946.
First edition. Hardcover, large octavo, 639pp. Some overall browning to pastedowns and initial pages, dustiness to text block edges; else very good in dustwrapper worn at edges, few tiny tears; not price-clipped; colour illustration bright and unimpeded; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive archival film and white paper backing. A remarkable copy. This omnibus collection takes its title from what is perhaps the best of the four novels (The Boats of the Glen Carrig; The House on the Borderland; The Ghost Pirates and The Nightland) despite its lack of form; but all four of the novels merit attention in the genre of the weird and fantastic. Primarily the romanticist, Hodgson could not overcome a strong predilection for the weird. The Night Land is as much a fantasy as it is a romance, a fantasy of the world millions of years in the future. A thread of romance creeps into even the House on the Borderland, indeed, only The Ghost Pirates lacks the customary romantic element, and perhaps, because of this it stands out as the most consecutive narrative of the four.
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