Saturday, October 31, 2009

The House on the Borderland -- William Hope Hodgson

This is the time of year when people like to list the books that scared them or that gave them nightmares. Two of the scariest books I've ever read are about houses: this one and Shirley Jacksons's The Haunting of Hill House. While Jackson's book has plenty of frights and chills, Hodgson's is the one that gave me nightmares. I think it was the swine people, or maybe the journey to the end of the universe. Whatever it was, it haunted me for a few nights after I read it. I can't think of any other book that's affected me that way.


Gerard Saylor said...

I read that in seventh of eight grade. I had a paperback reprint and read it in the back of a van coming back from a Boy Scout snowmobiling trip. I think most of the book went over my head.

George said...

NIGHT SHADE BOOKS has published a "complete" edition of THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND in their William Hope Hodgson series. Apparently, that ACE edition was a cut version. Either way, reading it creeped me out, too.