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”.