Friday, January 20, 2006

The House on the Borderland

I just received The House on the Borderland and Other Mysterious Places (The Collected Fiction of Willam Hope Hodgson, Volume 1). The House on the Borderland, a long story or novellete, is a weird and dark story that ranks up with Lovecraft's best work; Lovecraft himself reviewed the story very highly. It is almost unclassifiable: somewhere between dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction; think H. G. Wells in a fever dream on laudanum. This edition, published by Night Shade Books in 2004, is wonderfully printed, with silver stamping on the leatherette cover, a sturdy binding, great illustrations, and a highly readable choice of typeface. Best of all it is only $22.05 from Amazon and is eligible for free shipping. Someone in the publishing business may have lost money on this edition, but you can make out like a bandit on the deal. As my budget allows, I will be buying the other three volumes.

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