This is the 200th post of the William Hope Hodgson blog!
(Truthfully, we should have hit this milestone a while ago but I’ve been a bit busy.)
For 199 posts, I’ve extolled the virtues of Hodgson’s work and explored many facets of his life as well as other Hodgson connected items. Hopefully, we’ll be around for another 200 more!
Actually, 2014 is shaping up to be a big year for Hodgson. There are at least two important collections due to be released, a major donation of Hodgson papers to be unveiled, and possibly even a media project of some kind. Things are afoot in the Hodgson world!
Coming out in May is a collection of Hodgson’s fiction from Centipede Press: THE CENTIPEDE PRESS LIBRARY OF WEIRD FICTION: WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON. Here is the description from Amazon:
“This collection of William Hope Hodgson contains the novels The House on the Borderland and The Ghost Pirates along with twenty one short stories, including “The Voice in the Night” and the Carnacki stories. There is an excellent introduction by S.T. Joshi and rare photographs of Hodgson.”
This is a hardcover book weighing in at a MASSIVE 900 pages! Despite the page count, it is suprisingly affordable at only $40. I am greatly anticipating this collection (which originally was supposed to come out last December) and will review it here as soon as I can get my hot little hands on a copy! You can pre-order it from Amazon here:
Also coming out this year (at a date undetermined) is:
WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON: VOICES FROM THE BORDERLAND
Seven Decades of Criticism on the Master of Cosmic Horror
This collection contains articles by A. Langley Searles, Emily Alder, S.T. Joshi, Mark Valentine, Benjamin Szumskyj, Andy Sawyer, Phillip A. Ellis, Marcos Legaria, Henrik Harksen and myself. It also includes a massive bibliography that S. T. Joshi and I have been working on (with assistance from many others) for literally decades. I think that the biblio alone will be quite an eye-opener.
This book will be appearing from Hippocampus Press but I am unsure if it will be hardcover or only paperback. I will pass along new details as I learn them. Sadly, it is not currently listed on the website for Hippocampus Press.
These are in addition to the two articles on WHH that I recently had published. “HPL & WHH” in WEIRD FICTION REVIEW #4 and “The Man Who Saved Hodgson” in NAMELESS #3.
We are very close to publishing the special definitive edition of Hodgson’s CARNACKI THE GHOST-FINDER which reprints the original 1913 edition of this classic along with the three stories added by August Derleth to the Arkham House version. Also included is an introduction by myself detailing the importance of these stories, Carnacki’s influence through the years and the last word on the authorship of “The Hog”. I hope to have this available for ordering by the end of April.
Lastly, I have been contacted by a source who indicates that there may be a special media project involving Hodgson coming along soon. I cannot give more details than this but the second that arrangements are finalized, I’ll report it here! It could potentially be a very exciting project!
So it looks that as we move towards the 100th anniversary of Hodgson’s death in 2018, Hodgson is beginning to get the attention he deserves. But we have to keep on fighting the good fight. I encourage everyone to buy the Centipede and Hippocampus Press volumes. Only by showing publishers that there is a demand can we keep Hodgson’s work available and alive. Perhaps, in 2018, we may even be able to convince Penguin to produce a volume of Hodgson’s fiction as they’ve done for Lovecraft and now Clark Ashton Smith!