The House on the Borderlands by William Hope Hodgson cover image


'In 1877 Messrs. Tonnison and Berreggnog discovered a
mysteriously preserved manuscript in unstable Ruins to the
South of the Village of Kraighten which may be found in the west
of Ireland. I have the queer, faint, pit-water smell of it in my
nostrils now as I write, and my fingers have subconscious
memories of the soft, "cloggy" feel of the long-damp pages. I
read, and, in reading, lifted the Curtains of the Impossible that
blind the mind, and looked out into the unknown. Amid stiff,
abrupt sentences I wandered; and, presently, I had no fault to
charge against their abrupt tellings; for, better far than my own
ambitious phrasing, is this mutilated story capable of bringing
home all that the old Recluse, of the vanished house, had striven
to tell.'

The fate of the Recluse and of the vanished house, the House
on the Borderlands was laid out in the manuscript exactly as it is
reproduced in this book and in this form it has inspired writers of
horror and fantasy for over a century.

William Hope Hodgson was born in 1877 and was an energetic
and productive writer. The House on the Borderlands was a
major contribution to the horror genre. He was killed by a shell at
Ypres, Belgium in April 1918.
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