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CARNACKI: THE NEW ADVENTURES 2nd Edition now available!


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00067]Thanks to the efforts of S.T. Joshi and David Schultz, the 2nd edition of CARNACKI: THE NEW ADVENTURES is now available!  This edition features all new formatting as well as intensive copy editing to present an all new printing of this popular book.  The contents remain the same as the first edition (now out of print and no longer available) but in a much more pleasing presentation.

Copies are available from Amazon in print and Kindle editions.  You can find the ordering information HERE.

Thanks again to all who have helped make this book so successful and keep watching this blog for news of the all-new collection called CARNACKI: THE LOST CASES!

 

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SARGASSO #2 news


1 sargassoWell, the deadline for submissions to SARGASSO #2 wrapped up on May 15th and, I must admit, I was a little disappointed.  Frankly, I need more material.  Although I have some very nice articles by people like Mark Valentine, Jane Frank and others, I still need more if I’m going to make this issue like the first one.

So, I’m sending out the call AGAIN!  If you have anything you’d like to submit for SARGASSO, now is the time to do it!  I especially need some Hodgsonian fiction and artwork.  I’m also open to reviews of Hodgson books (new and old) and more articles.

But I can’t keep the doors open for much longer!  If you have something ready now, send it in!  If you have an idea for something you’d like to submit, let me know so I can work with you on getting it in on time.

We are scheduled to go to press with the issue in November so there is some time left but not a whole lot.  The first issue of SARGASSO proved that there was an interest in and demand for Hodgsonian studies so let’s keep that momentum going!

Contact me at: lordshazam@yahoo.com and please put “SARGASSO 2” in the subject line.

Thanks, everyone!

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“Abridged”?


1Dream_of_xWe all know that Hodgson died in 1918 leaving a vast body of work both published and unpublished.

Shortly after, his widow arranged for the publishing of two volumes of his poetry but the big event would come in 1920-21 when Holden & Hardingham reprinted all of Hodgson’s books.

Virtually all of these reprints are the same as the first editions of the books… with one exception.

The 1921 Holden & Hardingham edition of THE NIGHT LAND is abridged.

Now this may seem like a minor thing but it begs the question as to who, exactly, did the abridgement of the original novel?

Remember, Hodgson had been dead for a few years at this point and no other abridgement of THE NIGHT LAND appeared during his life time.  The version that Hodgson created for the copyright volume was titled, “The Dream of X”.  It would be later published under that name in 1977 but is such a radical abridgement that it virtually stands as a separate story.

The abridged version by H&H is over 250 pages long which proves that it is not a variation of “The Dream of X”.  So the question remains: Who did the abridging?

There are three possible answers:

  1. Hodgson himself.  Although possible, this is unlikely because we have no record of any abridgement being marketed by Hodgson before his death.  THE NIGHT LAND was not published in America until the Ace paperback in 1962 and wouldn’t Hodgson have tried to sell an abridgement if he had done one?  Therefore, this answer is unlikely.
  2. Hodgson’s widow.  Bessie had her own experience working in an editorial office of a magazine before her marriage to WHH.  It is possible that she took it upon herself to do the work.  However, again, there is no indication that such an abridgement existed in Hodgson’s papers or that she ever marketed such a thing during her years as Hodgson’s literary executor. Which leaves…
  3. Someone at Holden & Hardingham.  This is the most likely explanation.  Faced with a gigantic text, they likely had one of their editors whittle it down to a more serviceable size for printing.  Remember also that H&H were largely printers of ‘cheap’ editions that were not too large nor meant to survive too long.  What remains is whether that ‘abridgement’ is any good and that, I’m afraid, is a question for another time!

 

 

 

 

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In Memorium


awhhAs we celebrate Memorial Day here in America, let us also remember the life and sacrifice of William Hope Hodgson who died on April 19, 1918.  A Lt in the Royal Artillery Corp., Hodgson and another office suffered a direct hit from a German mortar shell which left barely enough for burial at the spot of their deaths.  Hodgson was just one of many writers who lost their lives during WWI, leaving us without the work they might have accomplished later.  He, and so many other millions through the years, have given their lives in service of their countries and to preserve our freedoms.

 

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THE CENTIPEDE PRESS LIBRARY OF WEIRD FICTION: William Hope Hodgson


hodgson cpI have just received a copy of the new Hodgson anthology from Centipede Press!  It is indeed a handsome volume (as are all volumes in this series).  This is a very nice hardcover that weighs in at over 700 pages.  There are some photographs which may be new to some readers highlighting S.T. Joshi’s introduction.  I will be doing an in-depth review of this book soon but, first, for those who have wondered, here is the table of contents:

 

Introduction by S.T. Joshi

THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND

THE GHOST PIRATES

“The Goddess of Death”

“A Tropical Horror”

“From the Tideless Sea”

“The Mystery of the Derelict”

“The Voice in the Night”

“Out of the Storm”

“The Gateway of the Monster”

“The House Among the Laurels”

“The Whistling Room”

“The Horse of the Invisible”

“The Searcher of the End House”

“The Thing Invisible”

“The Finding of the Graiken

“The Haunted Pampero

“Demons of the Sea”

“The Haunted Jarvee

“The Hog”

“The Riven Night”

“The Room of Fear”

Bibliography

That’s a pretty meaty collection for only $60 and Amazon currently lists it at only $38.  It’s a great introduction for readers new to Hodgson so spread the word!

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Samuel Hodgson (1846-1900)


William Hope Hodgson’s father, Samuel Hodgson, is a cypher.  We know very little of the man himself beyond some dates and events.  We know where he was born, where he went to school, when he was ordained, where he served and when he died.  But we don’t know much of the man’s personality, thoughts or beliefs.  Still, he loomed large in the life of WHH and all of his family.

WHH’s relationship with his father is thought to have been strained.  Sam Moskowitz relates instances of the two often fighting and perhaps this is what led to WHH’s running away from home to join the Merchant Marine at the youthful age of 13.  Samuel Hodgson’s temper may also be why he was assigned to so many different posts during his career.

One of the things that we do know is that Samuel Hodgson matriculated from Lichfield Theological College in 1869.  This College was located in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and had only been opened twelve years earlier in 1857.   The school was eventually closed in 1972 and most of the buildings were demolished or refurbished.

Lichfield apparently never became a well-known college but a 2008 obituary of the Right Reverend John Yates, who had served as principal of the college in 1966-1971, stated that:

In 1966 he was appointed principal of Lichfield Theological College. This was not one of the foremost clergy training institutions but it had developed some interesting “sandwich” courses, involving its students in parish as well as academic work, and it also catered for older ordination candidates.

Over the next six years Yates continued the college’s work along these lines, and in 1971 he was appointed a prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral.

But a radical reorganisation of the Church of England’s theological colleges led to several closures, Lichfield among these. Yates was at this point invited by Archbishop Coggan of York to become Bishop of Whitby.  (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1580496/The-Right-Reverend-John-Yates.html)

For more information about Lichfield Theological College and some photos, I recommend:

Patrick Comerford’s blog which gives an excellent history of the school along with more recent photos. (http://www.patrickcomerford.com/2012/11/a-busmans-holiday-visiting-former.html)

Annette Rubery’s website which reproduces several wonderful photos of the College from around 1912. (http://www.annetterubery.co.uk/?p=3337)

I do not think that we can underestimate the influence that Samuel had on his family and especially on his most creative child, WHH.  Although we cannot begin to know Samuel at this late point in time, we can at least see some of the locations that he knew.

 

 

 

 

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Carnacki in Sweden!


9789163732386From good friend Martin Andersson comes news that a new edition of CARNACKI, THE GHOST FINDER appeared in Sweden last year.  It was published by GML Forlag which is apparently a small press over there.  You can check it out and order it here:
http://www.gmlforlag.se/p/alla-bocker-sorterade-pa-titel/carnacki-spokdetektiven.html

The brief description translates as:

This book contains six fictional stories about spökdetektiven Thomas Carnacki, written by author William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918); short stories set in a gasupplyst, Edwardian England, and in which Carnacki solves mysteries and fights demons and monsters from an unseen world with the help of, among other things holy water, hårcirklar, the unknown grimoire of Sigsand and an electric pentacle.

My guess is that “spökdetektiven” means “ghost detective” or some such derivation.  I’ve no idea what “hårcirklar” means.

Proving once again that Hodgson and Carnacki have world wide appeal!  This is great to see and stay tuned for some exciting news about upcoming WHH and Carnacki publications that I hope to announce very soon.

 

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