The Horse of the Invisible
December 13, 2009 6:35 AM Subscribe
William Hope Hodgson
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led an almost fictional life. After trying to run away to the sea as a boy, he eventually had careers as a seaman, professional body builder, personal trainer, public lecturer, and an author of weird fiction (much of it available here
). He is also remembered for giving Harry Houdini a hard time
. He died toward the end of World War I, having volunteered, received a discharge due to injuries, and volunteered again.
Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost-Finder
stories mix supernatural and fraud to keep the reader guessing and contain some very stirring descriptions of the experience of fear. His novel The Night Land
has been lovingly treated previously
. In Supernatural Horror in Literature
Lovecraft, while occasionally being harshly critical (especially about Hodgson's attempts at 18th Century language) said "Few can equal him in adumbrating the nearness of nameless forces and monstrous besieging entities through casual hints and insignificant details, or in conveying feelings of the spectral and the abnormal in connection with regions and buildings." Hodgson also got props
from Clark Aston Smith.
For the enthusiasts: a video made up of pictures of Hodgson and covers and illustrations from his fiction
and an essay on time as depicted in The Night Land
and how it relates to the Decadents.