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The House on the Borderland
Title : The House on the Borderland
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ISBN : 9781426438288
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 156

A manuscript is found: filled with small, precise writing and smelling of pit-water, it tells the story of an old recluse and his strange home - and its even stranger, jade-green double, seen by the recluse on an otherworldly plain where gigantic gods and monsters roam.Soon his more earthly home is no less terrible than his bizarre vision, as swine-like creatures boil fromA manuscript is found: filled with small, precise writing and smelling of pit-water, it tells the story of an old recluse and his strange home - and its even stranger, jade-green double, seen by the recluse on an otherworldly plain where gigantic gods and monsters roam.Soon his more earthly home is no less terrible than his bizarre vision, as swine-like creatures boil from a cavern beneath the ground and besiege it. But a still greater horror will face the recluse - more inexorable, merciless and awful than any creature that can be fought or killed.A classic of the first water - H. P. Lovecraft


The House on the Borderland Reviews

  • Evgeny

    Another short read between big buddy reads - another miss; details follow. Two guys found some ruins in an isolated spot in Ireland (I strongly suspect such places do not exist anymore). The place was gloomy, oppressive, and just plain spooky. The only thing to find - other than stones - was a manuscript which content makes up the whole story except for the first and last chapters. So the manuscript's author bought this house and moved in. After some time paranormal events began taking place. Th [...]

  • Lyn

    Very interesting, I at first thought that he was influenced by Lovecraft, but Hodgson predates Lovecraft! Weird, creepy, with some long slow periods, but entertaining and thought provoking. I can see how many artists since have been influenced and of course this may be a generational influence for the genre. The time lapse sequence is DECADES ahead of its time.

  • Henry Avila

    In an isolated area of West Ireland, far from big towns or roads and crowds, there was a huge unwanted house, that the local people from the nearby little village of Kraighten, said was haunted, the time before the dawn of the Twentieth Century, apparently more than a score of years then. Two strangers came to the seldom visited territory, since the natives don't speak English, and the the outsiders can't communicate in Gaelic, there is a little problem. But it doesn't matter, the two have plent [...]

  • bup

    Have you ever wondered what a place would be like where you were outside of time and space, neither dead nor alive? Where you could observe the mechanisms of the universe and see the death of our planet and sun? Where you could commune with souls of the dead in the black, silent sea of sleep?Well, it would be full of adverbs. An infinitude of adverbs.Do you like adverbs? William Hope Hodgson did. Do you like to start sentences with a sudden adverb and a comma? William Hope Hodgson liked that, to [...]

  • J.G. Keely

    Read, write, and study books for long enough, and you'll eventually start to recognize how stories work. You'll find yourself saying things like "Oh, this character's going to die soon because the author just resolved the ongoing tension they had with the hero" or "Ah, the mysterious stranger must actually be the orphan child of the Baron that people keep talking about". To people who don't know how to do it, it seems like a magic trick, but the only thing you need to do is pay attention to deta [...]

  • Char

    This is a story about an ancient manuscript found by two men on a camping trip. The manuscript actually is the story. I'm not going into the plot itself as the description already does that, but I did want to mention a few things.The story was a bit slow to start out, and there was a long sort of boring out of body experience. Even though I found this part a bit long winded, I can see the seeds of Lovecraft's Cthulu mythos within.(Lovecraft has said that William Hope Hodgson was a big influence [...]

  • knig

    This book is two stories, jointly and severally independent of each other, spliced together haphazardly in the middle and left trailing off into nothing doing at the end, almost as if Hodgson had ‘ tinkered, tailored, soldiered, spied’ to his content, and finally got so bored of the whole melange he just left the tangled mess of shards on the floor and walked.The first part sees an ageing recluse, ensconced in a ‘haunted’ house (every village in Ireland has them), battling a horde of swi [...]

  • Mike (the Paladin)

    I am a great "fan" of H.P. Lovecraftt in most cases when I read books or works from authors that are credited as influences on him, I'm not that taken. The same is true here. The young men arrive in the village where they aren't exactly welcomedd eventually find themselves in the sinister house in the sinister place reading the sinister manuscript. Apparently the writer had at some point suffered a very bad experience with pork The book does manage to build a certain amount of darkness and despa [...]

  • Caleb

    Here's how I feel about William Hope Hodgson generally:Writing as he did at the beginning of the 20th century, Hodgson's creativity in the realm of supernatural horror is impressive given what few authors preceded him in the genre. Although he wrote many stories that partook of elements common to supernatural fiction of his era (i.emost of his short stories, including the Carnacki stories), he also broke new ground. Moving beyond the ghost stories which had, for the most part, made up the genre [...]

  • Mangrii

    La historia nos sitúa en Kraighten, una escondida área en el Oeste de Irlanda donde un par de tranquilos excursionistas pasan sus días pescando y paseando. Un día de repente se topan con las ruinas de un antigua caserón en una extraña zona con un pozo, donde indagando un poco encuentran un viejo manuscrito escondido entre los escombros, huyendo rápidamente del lugar por las siniestras sensaciones que les provoca. Esa misma noche comienzan a leer el libro, un extraño relato sobre las sini [...]

  • Oscar

    Dos amigos están de excursión por tierras irlandesas, cuando en uno de sus paseos tropiezan con los restos de una mansión. Investigando entre las ruinas, se encuentran con un manuscrito algo deteriorado. Al regresar a su tienda, han de atravesar el bosque que rodea la mansión, y es entonces cuando sienten la maldad que esconde el lugar. Al regresar, leen el manuscrito, que resulta estar escrito por el que fue habitante de la mansión. Los sucesos que nos relata están llenos de visiones cós [...]

  • Murat Dural

    Hiç haberim olmayan bir yazar ve bilinmeyen bir kitap daha. Sevgili Yankı Enki'nin özellikle tavsiyesi üzerine aldım ve okudum. Bugüne kadar tavsiye ettiği hiçbir şey beni üzmedi, pişman etmedi. Nokta vuruş oldu. Kitaba dönecek olursak, korku seviyor musunuz? O zaman kesinlikle(!) bu kitabı kaçırmamalısınız. Lovecraft seviyorsanız kaçırmamalısınız. Duru ve kitabın içine sizi çeken bir hayal gücü, dil, anlatım. Kusursuz tekinsizlik. Şiddetle tavsiye ederim :)

  • Sophie

    The similarities of this novel with the atmosphere and the writing style of Lovecraft's stories were palpable. However, in Hodgson's work, the horror was more realistic and quite intense.

  • Steve

    Hodgson's influence on Lovecraft, and many other writers of weird fiction, is apparent from the start. Borderland opens with a couple of guys on fishing trip in the wilds of Ireland. The setting reminds me a bit of Blackwood's The Willows, with its forbidding wilderness, but also of Dracula's opening, with its nearly alien town folk, who seem to know the land is diseased, bad. Soon a ruined house (mansion?) is stumbled across, and part of a manuscript (I love evil books and manuscripts). But all [...]

  • Arinn Dembo

    “From the Manuscript, discovered in 1877 by Messrs Tonnison and Berreggnog, in the Ruins that lie to the South of the Village of Kraighten, in the West of Ireland. Set out here, with Notes…”It is closing in on a hundred years since this classic work of eerie fiction was first published, and even a century removed I’m still not quite sure what to think of it. The House on the Borderland is one of those titles which comes up naturally in the course of one’s education in horror; the book [...]

  • Mark

    3.5 / 5Recommended to me by The Gentleman From Providence himself, HP Lovecraft, this is, like many of Lovecraft's, one of those Was The Author Mad stories. It happened that just as I began this, a smoke detector in my building, in an apartment I have no access to, began chirping loudly day and night, begging to have its battery changed. I've reported it countless times over the past week but have yet to see any resolution. The chirping is rhythmic and over very little time could serve to drive [...]

  • Kayıp Rıhtım

    Sınırdaki Ev için her ne kadar “tuhaf kurgu” diyor olsak da, bu kitabı belirgin bir kalıba sokmak hem zor ve hem de esere yapılacak büyük bir haksızlık olur. Kitap, İrlanda'nın ıssız kırsalında kamp yapan iki arkadaşın, tekinsiz bir ağaçlığın ortasındaki bir harabede buldukları bir el yazmasıyla başlıyor. Buraya kadar iki arkadaştan birinin ağzından anlatılan olaylar, daha sonra tamamen el yazmasından aktarılıyor. Asıl olaylar da burada başlıyor.El yazma [...]

  • Rebecca Gransden

    I can see why this was taken up by the psychotropic vanguards/bores but don't let that put you off. This is a borderland experience that dismisses any self-conscious aggrandising notions of bursting though those doors of perception. Indeed, any doors are, as someone else said about this, representations in allegiance with Platonic Form.The plot bookends the central bulk of the narrative; a manuscript relayed through a mystery editor. The manuscript is found by two Victorian guys on a fishing tri [...]

  • Nickolas the Kid

    Πολύ πρωτότυπο βιβλίο!!! Ένα σκοτεινό ταξίδι μέσα στον χωροχρόνο. Ένα κλειστοφοβικό μυθιστόρημαΟι περιγραφές του σύμπαντος και η σχέση τους με το Σπίτι είναι μοναδικές και δημιουργούν ανάμικτα συναισθήματα.Το γραμμα λοιπόν που βρίσκουν οι 2 φίλοι είναι ένα ταξίδι που εμέν [...]

  • Sandy

    William Hope Hodgson's first published novel, "The Boats of the Glen Carrig" (1907), is a tale of survival after a foundering at sea, replete with carnivorous trees, crab monsters, bipedal slugmen and giant octopi. In his now-classic second novel, "The House on the Borderland," which was released the following year, Hodgson, remarkably, upped the ante, and the result is one of the first instances of "cosmic horror" in literature, and a stunning amalgam of sci-fi and macabre fantasy. An inspirati [...]

  • Terence

    I think Caleb's review (/book/show/22) of William Hodgson's The House on the Borderland pretty much sums up what I felt reading this novel. You can easily see the influence Hodgson may have wielded on H.P. Lovecraft's cosmos, where the best humankind can hope for is indifference from the great powers of the universe. What's missing is any breath of "soul." Even if the universe couldn't care less, at the very least the reader should be able to identify with the character or feel some of his fear. [...]

  • Bruce

    I decided to start and read some older books that I have never heard of before. Going for the fantastical and horrific I came across The House on the Borderland. At first this book was splendid with an air of mystery and horror that I had not expected. I even had nightmares about the pig men that arrive. Not expecting a nightmare from a novel written so many years ago I eagerly devoured the rest of the book. What was left was an eerie cosmic voyage that almost ruined the novel for me. I am unsur [...]

  • Marts(Thinker)

    Encompassing a tale from a discovered manuscript in a really strange far off place

  • Ubik

    Man what potential this had! The formative story of the two vacationers was a decent startup and I absolutely loved the beginning of the manuscript, but then it fell flat and never came back for me. It was so descriptive and creepy in the beginning, but then it meandered into a mega-long description of the passing of time. I found myself reading and then skimming just to get past that portion. There were also elements of the story that came and went out of nowhere leaving me scratching my head. [...]

  • Jay

    First, I'm amazed no one has seen fit to adapt this novel to film. Second, I've read this novel multiple times since I bought the 35-cent Ace Books edition at a drugstore in Mayville, NY when I was 13. You never forget it. Now, if you were to combine H. P. Lovecraft, Julio Cortazar (his story "House Taken Over" may have been inspired by this book) with the siege mentality of "Straw Dogs" or "I am Legend" (book, not movie) you would have "The House on Borderland." Written over 100 years ago befor [...]

  • Jean-marcel

    From the moment I saw the poem "Shoon of the Dead" that adorns the beginning of the text, I knew I was in for something very special. While there have been many commentaries written about the novel, claiming it to be "weird, trippy, imaginative, obscure", I don't think many have really been successful in coming to terms with the metaphysics underpinning the text and finding the thread of reason among the often-assumed-to-be random occurrences and astral journeys that befall the protagonist in th [...]

  • Printable Tire

    The first thing that strikes me, about this book, are grammatical, and punctual matters.I read a cheap, mysterious paperback edition, from the 70’s. The editor, for whatever reason, decided to include the bulk of the story, after the initial framing story, in quotation marks. (I mean here the real editor, not the fictitious one that appears halfway in the story to explain in science-mode what the old man means when he seems to speak against the laws of physics, and as a feeble and worn-out att [...]

  • Scott

    W. H. Hodgson (1887–1918) holds the record for tying up Harry Houdini the longest: it took the magician/escapologist two hours to untangled Hodgson's unusual and intricate knots. This talent for the unexpected and perplexing carries over into Hodgson's fiction, which dazzles the reader with its imaginative brilliance and bizarre twists and turns.The House on the Borderland (1908) is one of the eeriest – and trippiest – books I've ever read and enjoyed. Hodgson tells the story of a recluse [...]

  • Robert Adam Gilmour

    Not just one of my favourite books but one of my favourite things in general. Powerful imagery, a great setting, heavy atmosphere, some really chilling moments and an incredible sense of scale. I love stories that have a completely unpredictable sequence of events and give a sense that hundreds of bizarre things could have happened.My only real complaint is I wish it were longer and had more creatures of different types. No matter how much more Hodgson could have shown, there would always be a s [...]

  • Olivier Delaye

    A timeless treasure of Gothic literature written more than 100 years ago that never ceases to impress me, short though it is.