2 Extreme Nightmares: The Night Land and The Boats of the Glen Carrig

2 Extreme Nightmares: The Night Land and The Boats of the Glen Carrig

by William Hope Hodgson

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2 Extreme Nightmares: The Night Land and The Boats of the Glen Carrig by William Hope Hodgson

This 1,000-plus page volume of nightmarish horror contains two terror/ fantasy masterpieces by William Hope Hodgson, the man the great H.P. Lovecraft modeled his work after.

The first novel is "The Night Land," which is a classic horror novel first published in 1912. As a work of fantasy it belongs to the Dying Earth subgenre.
The importance of The Night Land was recognized by its later revival in paperback by Ballantine Books, which republished the work in two parts as the forty-ninth and fiftieth volumes of its celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in July, 1972.
H. P. Lovecraft's essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature" describes the novel as "one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written."

The second novel in this dual nightmare edition is "The Boats of the 'Glen Garrig.'" First published in 1907. Its importance was recognized in its later revival in paperback by Ballantine Books as the twenty-fifth volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in February, 1971.

The novel is written in an archaic style, and is presented as a true account, written in 1757, of events occurring earlier. The narrator is a passenger who was traveling on the ship Glen Carrig, which was lost at sea when it struck "a hidden rock." The story is about the adventures of the survivors, who escaped the wreck in two lifeboats.

Boats is primarily a survival and adventure story with elements of horror, in the form of monsters.Boats in its strong use of concrete detail evokes a lost world, and is also an interesting case study in human relationships and class mores, as the class distinctions between the narrator and the crew members are broken down by the shared situation they find themselves in, but are eventually re-established.

Both stories are gems of horror and so much more.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012368874
Publisher: Publisher of One
Publication date: 03/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 487 KB

About the Author

William Hope Hodgson (Nov. 15, 1877 – Apr. 1918) was a prolific English author who wrote in the Gothic/sci-fi style, which the great H.P. Lovecraft said greatly influenced him. Early in Hodson's career he wrote unique and dark poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He was also a talented photographer and a bodybuilder. He died in World War I at the age of 40.

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