William Hope Hodgson was born 140 years ago today, on November 15, 1877. He was killed by an artillery shell in 1918 while fighting for the British in WWI.
Hodgson wrote in a number of related genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as straight nautical adventure.
The novels The House on the Borderland and The Night Land are among his best known works, although they are not considered easy reading as they were deliberately written in an archaic style.
Perhaps currently the most popular of Hodgson’s works are the stories of Carnacki the Ghost-Finder. These are slightly different than the typical occult detective story in that not all the of cases Carnacki investigates turn out to be due to supernatural causes. Sometimes the solutions are more mundane. To my mind, this makes them more interesting.
The 2017 World Fantasy Convention ended a week ago as I write this. It was in San Antonio, which is a 6 hour drive from where I live. I got back Sunday night and returned to San Antonio Tuesday morning for another event, which is why I’m a little late in writing this report. WFC started on Thursday and ran through Sunday, making it an excellent weekend.
I’ll give a brief overview of some of the panels I attended, then make some general statements. Continue reading →