The Dreamer in the Night Land

Welcome to the William Hope Hodgson blog!

My name is Sam Gafford and I am the administrator of this blog.  I have started this as an attempt to bring more people to the many writings of William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918).  My hope is that this will lead not only to more popularity for Hodgson’s work but also a rise in scholarly interest and examination of his writings.

It hasn’t always been easy to be either a fan of Hodgson’s work or even write about it.  Sometimes it seems as if the deck is stacked against Hodgson and yet, nearly 100 years after his death, his work still prevails and is still there for those willing to look for it.

I plan on using this blog for many things and looking at many aspects of Hodgson’s life and writing.  I also will update readers on new editions of Hodgson, new articles appearing and any news of interest to Hodgsonians.  We will start with the next blog post which will be a brief biography of Hodgson.  From there, we will examine his stories, his life, his influence and even his reputation and history after his death in WWI France.

Hodgson was an extremely unique individual.  From his time apprenticed in the Merchant Navy through his life-long interest in ‘physical culture’ to his writing, he remained truly “Hodgson”.



Filed under Hodgson, Uncategorized, William Hope Hodgson

12 responses to “The Dreamer in the Night Land

  1. Would you know if the current “Wordsworth-Editions” book of, Carnacki stories, is the COMPLETE Carnacki short stories?

    • I do not have this edition myself but, after consulting the listing for it on Amazon, I would say that it is a COMPLETE edition. When the collection was first published in 1913, it only contained 6 stories. Later editions after the Mycroft & Moran edition (1947) added 3 more stories; “The Find”, “The Haunted Jarvee” and “The Hog”. The Wordsworth edition states that it contains 9 stories so I would say that it is complete.

  2. Goodluck with your new blog.
    Im just about to start reading “House on the Borderland”

  3. Daniel

    I’ve a few Ballentine and other printings of his Hodgson’s work if you want some more images donated to your site. I doubt anything is very “rare” but they’re yours if you want them~

  4. I have recently updated my lecture on the Houdini v Hodgson challenge at Blackburn, Lancashire in 1902. Following this I have read “The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder” by Hodgson which is quite readable. I find his longer fantasy novels hard going.

    • Roger! Glad you replied! I finally finished my article on Hodgson and Houdini thanks to your kind help. I’ve credited you in the article and will send you a copy. It is scheduled to appear later this year in WEIRD FICTION REVIEW and in an anthology of Hodgson criticism next year as well. Thanks for commenting!

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