I’d just like to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and joyful New Year!
This blog has only been active for a little over 6 months but I feel we’ve done a lot of good work here in bring Hodgson to a wider audience. Next year holds the promise of even more publications! Not only will 2013 bring SARGASSO, the first magazine devoted to the life and work of WHH, but I know of several important Hodgson projects that are also in the pipeline for the coming year. I can’t really talk about them at the moment but they are all very exciting and one particular anthology promises to put Hodgson on the scholarly map once and for all! It’s going to be an amazing year!
1913 was, of course, an important year for Hodgson. Not only did it see the first book publication of his Carnacki stories but it was the year of his marriage to Bessie Farnworth. The happy couple moved to France soon after and would be there until the threat of war sent them back to England in 1914. Sadly, we do not know what Hodgson thought of the war but his patriotism is evident by his insistence upon rejoining the British army after several injuries that could have allowed him to go back home.
With 1913, Hodgson enters the final stage of his life. His greatest works are behind him by this point with all four novels, Carnacki, and major short stories having been written. Although he would continue writing, nothing would equal the vibrant imagination of his earlier work.
And so we enter a New Year full of possibilities and opportunities. I’d like to thank all of you for reading this blog, contributing your thoughts and material, and look forward to another year of all things Hodgsonian!