The House on the Borderland

The House on the Borderland

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by William Hope Hodgson
     
 

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Classic Haunted House Novel in the Lovecraft Tradition More terrifying than Steven King, more unsettling than Peter Straub, <I>The House on the Borderland</I> is the ultimate haunted house story. Horror grandmaster H. P. Lovecraft hailed it as "something unique in literature ... everywhere there is manifest the author's power to suggest vague, ambushed

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Classic Haunted House Novel in the Lovecraft Tradition More terrifying than Steven King, more unsettling than Peter Straub, <I>The House on the Borderland</I> is the ultimate haunted house story. Horror grandmaster H. P. Lovecraft hailed it as "something unique in literature ... everywhere there is manifest the author's power to suggest vague, ambushed horrors in natural scenery ... a classic of the first water." Editor/Writer/publisher Donald A. Wollheim called it "a classic no one who enjoys imaginative literature should ignore." The House on the Borderland's atmosphere of ineluctable skin--crawling suspense, created by William Hope Hodgson in his too-short career as an author of supernatural horror, is unparalleled. The narrator and his friend, on a fishing trip in a desolate part of Ireland, come upon a ruinous and deserted house set in an unmapped wilderness of forest and stone. Neither speaks the local language, and so are unwarned about the sinister house--or rather, what is left of a house, on the edge of an apparently bottomless chasm. With foreboding, they try to ignore the isolation and unsettling noises from the pit and the surrounding wood. They explore the ruins, and discover there a moldering book, which portrays--but doesn't explain--the unseen life of the brooding house and the ultimate fate of its vanished inhabitants. Hodgson's mastery of mood setting, coupled with his ability to transform an ordinary fishing trip into a journey through the abysses of time, space and Utter Darkness, place <I>The House on the Borderland</I> in a category of its own in the literature of horror.

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ISBN-13:
2940000077177
Publisher:
Renaissance E Books
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
391 KB

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The House On The Borderland 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is clearly Hodgson's masterpiece with savage swine-things who have some curious affinity for the titular house menacing our heroes. Hodgson's choice to reveal enough to whet our appetites for the strange occurrences while leaving just enough for our imaginations to run wild is a good one. The atmosphere and pacing are almost claustrophobic as we come quietly but breathtakingly upon a vision of the far future. Too bad most modern authors lack Hodgson's ability to mix the outre with the mundane just enough to make us dread both while hoping to return to the latter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though quite an odd read there are many memorable scenes. This is truely a masterpiece!! Sometimes a bit slow moving, but it's worth sticking to. You will not be disapointed.
KenBreckenridge More than 1 year ago
This is, overall, a great book. There are some slight errors in this eBook version but it shouldn't hinder comprehension whatsoever.
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