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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: http://williamhopehodgson.wifeo.com/

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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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00067]S.T. Joshi has kindly sent me a copy of his review of CARNACKI: THE NEW ADVENTURES which will be appearing in an upcoming issue of DEAD RECKONINGS from Hippocampus Press.  It is a very favorable review and S.T. says many nice things about the various contributions in the book.  Coming from S.T. Joshi, it is great praise indeed!

Here is a brief excerpt from the review:

Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder (1913) is far from being William Hope Hodgson’s best book, but it has emerged as one of his most popular. Perhaps this is not surprising. Although the short novel The House on the Borderland (1908) is perhaps Hodgson’s signature work, with its unforgettable central section depicting the narrator’s drifting through spectacular cosmic vistas of space and time, Carnacki has the appeal of a charismatic recurring character and exemplifies the provocative fusion of two seemingly disparate genres—the supernatural tale and the detective story. It may be true that Hodgson deliberately catered to popular taste in his creation of the occult detective Thomas Carnacki—he published the first Carnacki tales in the Idler in 1910, only two years after Algernon Blackwood’s John Silence—Physician Extraordinary reached the bestseller lists—and it may also be true that some of Carnacki’s bag of occult contrivances (such as the Electric Pentacle and the Saaamaaa Ritual) are almost self-parodically comical; but it is equally true that no one, to my knowledge, has written John Silence pastiches, whereas the book under review is only the latest contribution to a growing body of new Thomas Carnacki adventures.

I will advise when the review is published.  By that time, the 2nd edition of the book will be available so this seems as good a time as any to remind everyone that the 1st edition will be removed from Amazon tomorrow (4/15/14) so if you haven’t gotten a copy and want one of the soon to be scarce first edition, you have about 24 hours to order one!


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blogpost200This 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!

indexComing 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:


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!


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