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Adrift on the Haunted Seas: The Best Short Stories
William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) is acknowledged as one of the undisputed masters of the sea story. There has never been a collection of his very best short stories offered to the trade. Hodgson's sea stories have unusual authenticity owing to his having spent a lot of time on merchant's ships-he left his family in 1890 at the age of thirteen to spend eight years at sea, w ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 18th 2005 by Cold Spring Press
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I would say realistically this was a 3.5. Some of the stories, like "a Tropical Horror," "The Voice in the Night," "The Voice in the Dawn," "An Adventure in Deep Waters" and "The Haunted Pampero" are either great fun or moody and atmospheric. "Voice in the Night" in particular is basically he ur-text for fungal infestation stories. Some of the selections in this "best of" are a bit strange (Why begin with the non-supernatural, weirdly defensive and off-putting 2 page vignette "On the Bridge?).
Sep 11, 2016 Fishface rated it really liked it
A great collection of piscatorial horror stories by a little-remembered, but very influential Gothic writer. Great stuff on every page. Quite chilling. This collection includes the all-important "A Voice In The Night," source of one of my all-time favorite movies, MATANGO.
A very fine collection of Hodgson's short fiction, rich with his tales of nautical horror. Stories of especial note in this collection are The Voice In The Night and The Stone Ship (both of which received wonderful radio adaptations), The Derelict, Out Of The Storm, and The Finding Of The Graiken. These will show that the sea is a place equal to the land in its capacity to hold unknown wonders and terrors. Terrors all the more primal, because upon the seas we are no longer natives, but uninvited ...more
I read this because clearly Mike Mignola was influenced by these ghost & monster stories on the sea. You know, I should have read this when I was twelve because it has hard to swallow. Glad though that I read this source material and that I know have an understanding of Hodgson's work. Will never read him again. I should probably try Night Land, but why?
William Hope Hodgson was an English author. He produced a large body of work, consisting of essays, short fiction, and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction, and science fiction. Early in his writing career he dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also attracted some notice as a photographer and achiev ...moreMore about William Hope Hodgson...