New Book on Hodgson Available

Laurent Quievy writes to tell us his new book about Hodgson is now available!

Called “Qui suis-je? Hodgson”, it is a new French publication about our favorite writer. So once again the French appreciate a writer of weird literature before we do here in America. Although there are collections of articles about Hodgson (including the new Hippocampus Press collection due out soon), there has not been a full-length book study of Hodgson.

Unfortunately, I cannot read French but I hope that an English translation will be forthcoming soon.  You can read more about it at this like:

Laurent also sent along this flyer. Perhaps someone kind reader of this blog could translate the highlights of this text?
WHH flyer





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5 responses to “New Book on Hodgson Available

  1. The Hodgson book from Hippocampus is well out. I received mine last week.

  2. Laurent Quiévy

    Your translation is excellent ! “Refusal ! Refusal ! Refusal !” refers to the beginning of the literary carreer of WHH, when the rejections of Hodgson’s manuscripts were innumerable. In his letters to C.Kernahan, he complains of that frustrating situation with an obsessive regularity. “Exterior supernatural” opposes to the psychological supernatural. So it refers to a kind of supernatural writings where the monsters or phenomena are real, and not the result of disturbed minds. Laurent Quiévy.

    • Guillaume L.

      Thank you for your kind comments and explanations.
      I do hope to be able to get a copy of your book soon enough. Its publishing is very good news indeed: despite Sam Gafford’s complimentary remarks, I think Hodgson is still very much underappreciated here in France.

  3. Guillaume L.


    I’ve just discovered your site through a post by Mark Valentine on Wormwoodiana. Great work. I thought I could attempt a sort of translation of the flyer, though I’m not too sure about the result.

    The left column goes more or less thus:

    William Hope Hodgson was born in 1877 in Essex County, in England. As a young man, he rebels against his father, a strong tempered minister who denies him a maritime career. Against paternal advice, at 13, he becomes an apprentice in merchant navy, but his sweet dream of ocean adventures turns into a nightmare: life and work conditions on board are dreadful.

    This terrible disillusionment will have a profound impact on the future writer. In his supernatural works, the hellish sea, peopled by hideous monsters attacking terrified sailors, is omnipresent, somewhat making of Hodgson “the Conrad of supernatural horror”. Yet, the dark genius of Hodgson manifests itself at its more powerful in his two non-maritime supernatural horror novels: The House on the Borderland and The Night Land constitute two unforgettable reading experiences. Hodgson is also the creator of Thomas Carnacki, occult detective, and closely related to Algernon Blackwood’s John Silence.

    With this “Qui suis-je? Hodgson” (Who am I ? Hodgson), the author offers to French readers a critical biography, up to date, far from hagiography and avoiding certain commonly spread false beliefs about Hodgson. He shows how the English writer searched to detach his brand of supernatural horror from Christian mythology and European folklore to inscribe it in a time of scientific and technological development that he

    And the Table of Contents, on the right, means something like this:

    PART 1
    1. The rebel son. 2. The years of apprenticeship at sea. 3. The spark of genius. 4. “REFUSAL. REFUSAL. REFUSAL” 5. Literary career. 6. Eden and Hell.

    PART 2
    1. The challenge of “exterior supernatural” 2. The scientifically rationalized supernatural of William Hope Hodgson. 3. The relative failure of the scientifically rationalized supernatural. 4. “The realism of the unreal”. 5. Hodgsonian horror: effects and means. 6. Hodgsonian themes: 1) The monstrous sea. 2) Cosmic horror. 3) The pain of separated lovers.


    1. Timeline. 2. Genealogical tree of Hodgson family. 3. Some judgments on Hodgson 4. Our reading of The House on the Borderland 5. Bibliography

    Astrological study of William Hope Hodgson, by Marin de Charette

    Not too sure about the “refusal refusal refusal” part (the word is rather polysemic in French and could mean a number of things – moreover, it seems to refer to a particular sentence uttered, I guess, by Hodgson, and that I do not know of) or the “exterior supernatural” (once again, it seems to refer to some precise concept).

    I hope it helps, though. Sorry about any solecisms. Feel free to turn it into more idiomatic English.

    Keep up the good work!

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