william hodgson


“There had stood a great house in the centre of the gardens, where now was left only that fragment of ruin. This house had been empty for a great while; years before his—the ancient man's—birth. It was a place shunned by the people of the village, as it had been shunned by their fathers before them. There were many things said about it, and all were of evil. No one ever went near it, either by day or night. In the village it was a synonym of all that is unholy and dreadful.”

William Hope Hodgson, The House on the Borderland

anonymous asked:

Do you have any recommendations with regards to lovecraftian style fiction that's not written by lovecraftian?

Hey! So there are a bunch of recommendations like that here

Some things I have read recently that might appeal are: 

The Dead Mountaineers Inn by Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky

I read this on holiday and I didn’t want it to end at all. Think Agatha Christie meets The Twilight Zone meets Raymond Chandler.  There’s a hardboiled detective, an avalanche, plenty of otherworldly shenanigans and lots of whisky drinking. Easily made it onto my list of favourite books. 

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories edited by Ann and Jeff Vandemeer

This is a doorstop of a book but absolutely worth investing in if you are on the hunt for weird fiction across the decades. I tend to prefer shorter stories when reading within this genre anyway so this is perfect. 

In terms of non-fiction I just picked up The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters and The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment. The Former is a comprehensive collection of reported ghost stories which is particularly good in it’s global scope. The latter is excerpts from all sorts of texts throughout history that deal with magic, each text is accompanied by further reading and a short analysis. 

I would also highly recommend checking out The H.P Lovecraft Literary Podcast and Miskatonic Musings. I have found loads of amazing weird fiction/cosmic horror/gothic literature by listening to both of them. Miskatonic Musings is a great mix of older and newer weird fiction so if you are looking to find contemporary authors I would give them a listen. If you are after older texts The H.P Lovecraft Literary podcast is your best bet. 

Some authors worth looking into: 

Algernon Blackwood, Walter de la Mare, T.E.D. Klein, William Hope Hodgson, Joyce Carol Oates, Shirley Jackson, Livia Llewellyn, Nnedi Okorafor. 

And finally some good online resources:

You should all be reading the Fortean Times too, so if you aren’t and you find yourself wondering what weird and wonderful things are going on, find some back issues of that.

If you ever wanted to get into horror literature but didn’t know where to start, some good stories to start with in my opinion are: 

H.P. Lovecraft - The Dunwich Horror (crazy wizard family has a son who’s a descendant of a god from another dimension, tons of crazy shit goes down)

Algernon Blackwood - The Willows (story about two guys who get lost in the spooky spooky woods and face the terror of isolation and supernatural entities)

Arthur Machen - The Great God Pan (girl gets impregnated by a god and the offspring reeks havoc throughout England)

Matthew Lewis - The Monk (godfather of Gothic fiction, crazy rapist monk, evil witch associate, tons of fantastic dark Catholic imagery, highly recommend)

Joseph Le Fanu - Carmilla (lesbian vampire seduces lonely teenage girl)

William Hope Hodgson - The House On The Borderland (guy moves into an old house with his sister and gets attacked by pig people, travels through different dimensions and watches the universe end)

The Kemono Friends anime is what you get if you were to combine the works of William H. Hodgson, The Island of Dr. Moreau and Jurassic World; and then go back sanitize everything for children and rework it into a show you’d see on PBS or NickJr.
And I think that’s wonderful.


Abandoned first version of HELLBOY: THE ISLAND
Story and art by Mike Mignola
Colors by Dave Stewart

“In the spirit of the old William Hope Hodgson stories. Hellboy is called up out of the sea by witches and finds himself on a spooky island surrounded by fog and wrecked ships. He finds the remains of a sailor who’s killed himself to avoid the fate of his shipmates. His diary tells the tale — despair, madness, and men turned to fungus. And, of course, that night the fungus men attack.“
— Mike Mignola

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Advice on Making Good Creepypasta OCs

So, as it’s about to be the start of the Spookiest Time Of The Year, by which I mean the Halloween season, by which I mean the beginning of August…

Boy does Halloween season start earlier and earlier every year, and yet nobody ever complains about it like they do Christmas. I suppose that a holiday about self-expression and weirdness is probably more welcome exposure-wise than a holiday about conformity and tradition, but that’s for another post.

Anyhoo, since it’s Almost Time, I figured I might as well do an advice guide on how to make some good Creepypasta OCs. Because, when created from scratch as characters rather than emerging from a “main” creepypasta, most of them tend to be Usual Deviantart Characters + Warmed Over Slasher Movie Cliches. And while that has its charm, I think we can do better.

So, what is my advice? Follow me after the break!

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A Halloween treat, if there ever was one—Gary Gianni’s MonsterMen and Other Scary Stories from Dark Horse Books. Time for film director and occult detective Lawrence St. George to save the world from zombie cowboys, squid pirates, and abominable snowmen. Gianni’s delightfully creepy art draws influence from Gustave Doré, “Ghastly” Graham Ingles, and Hal Foster (in fact, Gianni drew Foster’s iconic Prince Valiant comic strip from 2004 to 2012). This volume also includes five illustrated tales of classic terror from the likes of Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki the Ghost Hunter.

franzferdinand2  asked:

Since you were talking about RW Chambers over on your twitter, what would be your list for a horror fiction primer that aims to go past the obvious starting places of King or Lovecraft?

Yeah, it’s pretty weird: one i09 article and suddenly everyone on my Facebook newsfeed is an expert on The King in Yellow.

Anyway, yeah, okay, let’s do a list of horror fiction. But first, a caveat:

This list is by no means meant to be definitive or even exhaustive. I readily admit that there are gaps in my reading experience, so I am sure people will have tons of “you forgot”s for this list. No, man, I didn’t forget anything*, but feel free to reblog and add to the list if you would like. This is just a list of the flavor of horror that is bouncing around inside my personal, individual head. Your horror mileage may vary.

*It is possible I will forget something

For one thing, I don’t read a lot of modern horror and science fiction and I swear to GOD that is not meant as the humblebrag it sounds like. I don’t consider the fact that I haven’t read Heart-Shaped Box a strength, believe me. One reason besides personal taste that I read a lot of older fiction is that it is public domain and readily available for free thanks to sites like Project Gutenberg. So there’s that.

Second, there are gaps in my knowledge of weird fiction that’s neither public domain, nor readily available in print. Despite my best efforts, I have not yet been able to find works by Manly Wade Wellman. Others might complain that I’m missing some mainstays of early 20th century horror; I promise it’s not on purpose.

Finally, this list owes a great debt of gratitude to the incomparable jessnevins and his book The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana.

When possible, I will link directly to the stories and books mentioned, if they are available in the public domain. Otherwise, I will link to their Amazon page.


The King in Yellow by Robert W Chambers. Let’s go ahead and start with this one since it’s what started the whole discussion. Yes, this is the book that True Detective is referencing. Yes, Lovecraft references it. It’s one of the earliest examples of cosmic horror such as Lovecraft would later popularize.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by MR James. MR James is pretty widely considered the master of the ghost story. Here is a collection of them. If you want an individual story to start with, here is a pretty representative one from a later collection.

And now some things by Ambrose Bierce. Bierce is probably best known today for his satirical Devil’s Dictionary, but he was also a fantastic writer of short fiction, including horror and fantasy tales. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is probably his most famous story, but I don’t know that I would call it horror, per se. You could also read An Inhabitant of Carcosa (near the end of that story collection) and see where Robert W Chambers got the name of his eldritch planet. The Damned Thing is more representative of Bierce’s normal style than the intentionally antiquated language of “Inhabitant.” Hmm, let’s do one more: how about Beyond the Wall?

I mean, I probably don’t have to tell you about Edgar Allan Poe. But just in case you haven’t read his work before, here’s a few to get you started: The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Raven, of course.

I know you already mentioned Lovecraft, but maybe some people don’t know where to start with him? Here are some suggestions to ease into HP Lovecraft: The Shunned House, The Thing on the Doorstep, The Rats in the Walls, The Dunwich Horror, The Call of Cthulhu.

That was bleak. Here’s something more fun: Carnacki the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson. This book is a collection of short tales about Carnacki, the great paranormal investigator, and his adventures. Sometimes it’s a real ghost, and sometimes it’s not! Try to guess before Carnacki finds out with his fucking awesome electric pentacle. (P.S. I love Carnacki.)

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. This is, like, the main literary ghost story.

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen. If I am completely honest, I have not read this yet, but both HP Lovecraft and Stephen King have called it the scariest book of all time, so that seems like a pretty good recommendation.

The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling. Though probably best known for The Jungle Book, Kipling wrote stories in a number of genres, including the supernatural. Here is a good example.

An Eddy in the Floor and The Vanishing House by Bernard Capes. (Two stories, both collected in the same book. You’ll have to ctrl-F for them.) Here are two spooky stories told in completely different styles. One about torture and madness, one about drunken street musicians. You’ll have to find out which is which!

I mean, you’ve probably read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, right? You should probably read Frankenstein. You’d be shocked how different it is from the movie. 

Here’s a modern one, not in the public domain: House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski. You’ve probably heard of it? It’s pretty crazy. It’s about a house that’s bigger on the inside. Definitely for casual fans of Doctor Who.*

*this is false

Did you know that besides writing The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne also wrote tons of stories in the vein of the supernatural? Here are some that I like a lot: The Minister’s Black Veil, Young Goodman Brown, The Birthmark, Rappaccini’s Daughter.

My favorite poet is Robert Burns. My favorite poem by him is Tam o’Shanter. It is kind of more funny than scary, but it is a warning about the dangers of short skirts. Also the devil.

One of my absolute favorites is Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. He wrote psychological horror that is ambiguous and haunting. Here are some to get you started: The Ghost and the Bone Setter, Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter, Green Tea.

Oh shit, who wants fucked up dreams? Then definitely read The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann. Although he is possibly best known for writing The Nutcracker, Hoffmann wrote tons of weird stories, including this one, which influenced Freud to create his theory of the unheimlich.

The Horla by Guy de Maupassant. A super influential story by a guy literally considered the master of the short story.

The Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs. You’ve probably seen this spoofed or referenced, but here’s the actual source.

Fuck, I’m getting tired. Here’s a couple of quick hits if you like haunted houses:

The Empty House by Algernon Blackwood.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, not online afaik. (But The Lottery is!)

Hell House by Richard Matheson.

Okay, let’s wrap this up. How about the chronological progression of the literary vampire, huh?

The Vampyre by Lord Byron (poem)

The Vampyre; A Tale by John Polidori (basically gay Lord Byron fanfiction; written or at least begun at the same party at which Frankenstein was written)

Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest. Super readable penny dreadful. Trashy, but fun.

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Big influence on Dracula, basically responsible for the lesbian vampire subgenre.

Dracula by Bram Stoker. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. (Bonus deleted scene: Dracula’s Guest)

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. A modern book that links the literary Dracula with the historical Vlad Tepes. A favorite of mine.


If all that’s too much for you, maybe just get Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I mean, it’s for kids. How scary could it be?

Attenti attenti...

Sappiate che dovete stare molto attenti, quando girate un film di fantascienza.
Perchè io ne ho letta parecchia.
E non potete spacciarmi come Novità Assoluta qualcosa che è già stata scritta - e meglio - negli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta dello scorso Millennio.
Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, John Wyndham, Philip k. Dick, William Hope Hodgson, Frank Belknap Long, Clark Ashton Smith, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, e altri ancora hanno già detto tutto quello che si poteva dire.
Non cito Isaac Asimov perché secondo me è stato vergognosamente  sopravvalutato.
Altrimenti lo avrei menzionato volentieri.