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The House on the Borderland

The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
By: (1877-1918)

In 1877, two gentlemen, Messrs Tonnison and Berreggnog, head into Ireland to spend a week fishing in the village of Kraighten. While there, they discover in the ruins of a very curious house a diary of the man who had once owned it. Its torn pages seem to hint at an evil beyond anything that existed on this side of the curtains of impossibility. This is a classic novel that worked to slowly bridge the gap between the British fantastic and supernatural authors of the later 19th century and modern horror fiction. Classic American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft lists this and other works by Hodgson among his greatest influences.

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THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND

William Hope Hodgson

From the Manuscript discovered in 1877 by Messrs. Tonnison and Berreggnog in the Ruins that lie to the South of the Village of Kraighten, in the West of Ireland. Set out here, with Notes .

TO MY FATHER (Whose feet tread the lost aeons)

Open the door, And listen! Only the wind's muffled roar, And the glisten Of tears 'round the moon. And, in fancy, the tread Of vanishing shoon Out in the night with the Dead.

"Hush! And hark To the sorrowful cry Of the wind in the dark. Hush and hark, without murmur or sigh, To shoon that tread the lost aeons: To the sound that bids you to die. Hush and hark! Hush and Hark!" Shoon of the Dead

AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION TO THE MANUSCRIPT

Many are the hours in which I have pondered upon the story that is set forth in the following pages. I trust that my instincts are not awry when they prompt me to leave the account, in simplicity, as it was handed to me.

And the MS. itself You must picture me, when first it was given into my care, turning it over, curiously, and making a swift, jerky examination... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 6 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 30, 2016
Subject: The house on the borderland .
Excellent reader, more science fiction than ghost story though
Reviewer: - October 23, 2015
Subject: Fabulous story and narrator.
This is a great and fantastical story that is very eventful and thought-provoking. The narrator does a great job as well. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: - September 15, 2013
Subject: Stunning
A most unusual, amazing, wonderful story. Great reader!
Reviewer: - September 4, 2013
Subject: The House on the Borderland
Gothic atmosphere plus strange creatures and an unexpected slingshot into the spaces between worlds make for a nightmarish vacation for the protagonists.
Reviewer: - June 18, 2013
Subject: Blew me away
I was doubly entertained by this story. First by the spooky atmosphere and then by the philosophical delving and an adventure that took me much farther than I expected to go.
Reviewer: - January 6, 2013
Subject: Interesting & Unusual
A story that will hold your attention. One excellent reader for all chapters of the book.


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