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The Boats Of The "Glen Carrig"

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  565 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
In a little, we crept both of us so close to the door as the chests would allow, and there we crouched, listening; but could not tell what manner of thing it might be which produced so strange a noise. For it was neither shuffling, nor treading of any kind, nor yet was it the whirr of a bat's wings, the which had first occurred to me, knowing how vampires are said to inhab ...more
Published November 10th 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1907)
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Henry Avila
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Glen Carrig, a sailing ship hits an unseen, large, sharp rock, just under the surface of this uncharted ocean, in 1757, the survivors of the disastrous sinking, float for five days, their precious food supply diminishing, (and hope fades) in two lifeboats, on the sixth, a tremendous storm strikes, the unfortunates, the furious seas lift their vessels high above and then sends them crashing below, into a valley of watery walls, spraying them with icy liquid, the surrounded , soaked, sailors a ...more
mark monday
The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig' is a creepy travelogue set in 1757, following a diminishing group of men through alien waters after the foundering of the title ship. hey, do you want some giant sea squid, terrifying sounds in the night including some heavy breathing and light shrieking, trees that ooze blood and display tormented human faces, horrible slug-like 'weed men', squirmy flappy tentacled stinging biting things etc? you got it. you want a survival story that has a nuts-n-bolts approach t ...more
Jon Recluse
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, classics

Though the writing is a bit rusty and crusted with sea salt at times, Hodgson's first novel is a sustained work of unrelenting terror that is a direct ancestor of Tim Curran's DEAD SEA. This is an excursion into the big unknown, filled with unimaginable horrors that the suthor never slows down to explain. He simply relates his tale of lifeboats lost somewhere off the nautical charts, letting the reader become one of the shipwrecked survivors, facing incomprehensible monstrosities borne from the
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Starts out great (and weird). It's an unusual book that gets you thinking about Dante's Inferno, Roger Corman's Attack of the Crab Monsters, Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, and Lovecraft (of course). All of that said, I wish Hodgson had cast this as a long short story. About the midway point I lost interest. Hodgson knew what it was to be a seaman, and he piles on the seafaring details in a way that recalls Conrad and Melville. These details add to the authenticity of the story by acting a ...more
Nickolas the Kid
Οκ.. Θα βάλω 2,5 σε αυτό το βιβλίο... Σε γενικές γραμμές δεν ήταν άσχημο. Θυμίζει την Μυστηριώδη Νήσο του Ι. Βερν, αλλά με μια πιο απόκοσμη και σκοτεινή ατμόσφαιρα...
Δυστυχώς, δεν αποφεύγονται αρκετά κλισέ (ρομάντζο, ηρωισμοί κλπ κλπ).
Τέλος κάπου κουράστηκα και απο τους πολλούς ναυτικούς όρους!
Apr 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-gothic
One of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. In the mid-18th century a ship, The Glen Carrig has ventured into strange and unknown seas and has been wrecked. Some of the crew survive and take to the lifeboats. They initially reach an island that is nothing but mud, with strange and rather disgusting vegetation. They find the wreck of another ship, and encounter strange noises and are attacked by nameless faceless horrors. The horror is very Lovecraftian. What Hodgson seemed to be aiming for in this ...more
Maggie K
I really liked this book, and felt that it kept up a good amount of tension.
I think I only rated it a 3 because there is something about a story in first person chronological narrative that just always adds a little monotony.
It's also a little frustrating that there was never anything else learned about wth these 'monsters' were...but the escape from them was enough to make the read enjoyable.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conventional words of wisdom for any aspiring new author have long been "write what you know," a bit of advice that English author William Hope Hodgson seemingly took to heart with his first published novel, "The Boats of the Glen Carrig." Before embarking on his writing career, Hodgson had spent eight years at sea, first as an apprentice for four years and then, after a two-year break, as a third mate for another long stretch. And those hard years spent at sea were put to good use not only ...more
First of all, I didn't *read* this so much as listen to it in a wonderful podcast reading complete with dark ambient music and atmospheric sound effects, by Paul R. Potts. Mr. Potts has read a few short Hodgson pieces, downloadable at his blog TALES FROM THE POTTS HOUSE, but this is the first novel he tackled (I believe The House on the Borderland is on its way). The production and ambient music choices are very well done and Mr. Potts, while the slightest bit stiff at times, is actually the per ...more
José Nebreda
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué placer releer a mi adorado Hodgson.
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-macabre, sea
As with much of Hodgson's writing, there is no dialogue in The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig', the story being presented as a witness account from one person's viewpoint, with few of the characters, including the narrator, being named. I've read some reviews which criticise him for this form, it being, undeniably, monotone in effect and, for some, it may come off as rather flat, if not to say boring. In the present case, throw in the reserved language of an earlier era and a surfeit of nautical jarg ...more
When the great escape artist Houdini called for a volunteer to tie him up, William Hope Hodgson stepped forward and applied his fertile imagination to the task. It took Houdini two hours to pry himself from the bizarre knots. Hodgson’s stories can be just as tangled. He knows how to hold his audience. The Boats of the ‘Glen Carrig’ (1907) kept my attention for four nights of softhearted seafaring horror.

In the middle of the eighteenth century, a ship goes down somewhere in the southern seas. The
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Hodgson is one of my favourite British horror authors, his efforts coming in that golden period of fantastic fiction written at the turn of the 20th century. The Boats of the Glen Carrig is as creepy an effort as you could wish for, an outstanding cross between the kind of creepy sea chills that Hodgson based on personal experience of being a seaman (he also wrote many similarly-themed short stories) and the kind of thrilling, giant monster adventure that reminded me of Jules Verne.

All right, T
Daniel Gonçalves
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My arousing interest in a Heavy Metal band called AHAB - its name an homage to a “Moby Dick” character - lured me into reading “The Boats of the Glen Carrig”. AHAB are a group of talented german musicians. They released an album last year, where all of the song lyrics where based on William Hope Hodgson’s 1907 narrative about a boat crew who got stuck on an island. I was so in love with the music that I had to read the book. I was immensely satisfied.

Classifying the story’s genre is an ungratef
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat akin to the work of Lovecraft, with weird sea creatures and monstrous fungi, yet in a more affable style of writing. I'm really pleased to have found this book and author and can't wait to read more of his work. From start to finish I was completely engrossed in the atmospheric tale.

Thoroughly entertaining!
E. M. Jenkinson
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Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Bit of a weird beast, this. There's almost nothing in the way of characterisation, and the reviews that cite it as a 'travelogue' feel like they're hitting the nail between the eyes. It's essentially the tale of a shipwrecked crew coming ashore on an island full of Things That Should Not Be.

But that's what's weird about it. The lack of characterisation somehow served to hammer home the sense of it just being a group of normal, everyday men and women in bizarre and supernatural Circumstances. I
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never read anything by this author up until now so I was very curious to see what they had to offer (though if you're one of the writers who inspired H.P Lovecraft then surely it's worth some merit ain't it?)

For a first novel (not just for myself but the writer as well) this was quite a satisfactory read. Though the characterization and story is pale what really comes through with this book is the spectacle. There's a lot of really sublime descriptions of weird sea creatures, from fish mons
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Πριν από τρία χρόνια διάβασα το πιο γνωστό έργο του συγγραφέα, το The House on the Borderland (Το σπίτι στα σύνορα του κόσμου), οπότε καιρός ήταν να διαβάσω και το άλλο του μυθιστόρημα που έχω στην βιβλιοθήκη μου, απόκτημα και αυτό από τα γνωστά μου βιβλιοσαφάρι στο Μοναστηράκι.

Η ιστορία είναι αρκετά απλή μα συνάμα συναρπαστική: Βρισκόμαστε στο 1757 στις άγνωστες θάλασσες του Νότου και το πλοίο Γκλεν Κάριγκ προσέκρουσε σε ύφαλο και βούλιαξε. Οι περισσότεροι ναυτικοί την γλίτωσαν, μιας και μεταφέ
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is a rather gripping survival horror story that follows the crew of a pair of lifeboats, sailors adrift after the sinking of the titular 'Glen Carrig.' Hodgson wastes no time getting into the action; the shipwreck itself is covered in basically a single perfunctory paragraph, and events start getting strange and deadly very quickly.

"The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'" is similar to his other novels, "The House on the Borderland" and "The Night Land," in that they're basically a linear narrative
I first saw William Hope Hodgson's work published in the "fantasy masterworks" series, so I was curious to read these forerunners to modern fantasy fiction. It's a bit like fantasy, a bit like speculative fiction, and a bit like horror, all mixed in. Quite interesting to read, and to guess at who it might be an influence for.

I couldn't help thinking of Homer's Odyssey as I was reading this, although the men and women of this story don't have to go quite so far as Odysseus -- except perhaps the o
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boats of Glen Carrig is a definate recomendation if anyone likes the classics.

I must say that I was totaly taken with the story at first, seeing as the first half of the tale was quite intense.
What i did not like was some of the sentance structures in the book, I will add that my understanding of English origins aint that great either, so I my be at fualt too. But in the end I did like the story.. One thing that bugs me is that we never know who the narator was( his name is never mentioned, neit
Though I like Hodgson, this novel is final proof to me that he was at his best writing creepy nautical short stories--like his classic "A Voice in the Night"--rather than novels. As to his novels, while Hodgson was great at building suspense, creating a horrific atmosphere, and providing believability via authentic nautical details, he was not terribly good at plotting or characterization, which makes the novels drag. This novel reads like a series of interconnected incidents rather than a prope ...more
Carl Alves
The Boats of the Glen Carrig, a tale of a ship that struck rock and was stranded as a result, was written in the early part of the twentieth century but feels like it is written about four centuries earlier. The best way to describe the writing is archaic and dated. The dialogue is poor. The horror isn’t particularly descriptive. There is nothing to really draw the reader into the novel, and I found myself just going through the motions to try to finish it about a quarter of the way through. By ...more
Christopher Martin
Surprisingly intriguing. I didn't know what to expect at all when I picked up this novel and, partly due to its impenetrable faux-antiquated writing style and partially because of its unexplained in media res starting point, it took a really long time for me to get my bearings in this novel. Nonetheless, once I got into it, I found it to be quite a satisfying read, in turns gripping and bone-chilling. Until the end at least, which was a little bit dissatisfying.
Acer Pseudoplantatus
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of atmospheric horror
Recommended to Acer by: AHAB (German Doom Metal band who based an eponymous album on it)
Shelves: favorites
A wondrous tale of terror, told through a memoir/travelogue-type of narration, centred around the narrator and boatswain who are both well written and established characters.
The story might have needed more background information and some characters could have been "elevated" into more prominent roles, but it was a truly enjoyable read.
Its main appeal for me lies in the atmosphere, prose and the detailed and vivid descriptions of ships and boats, work on them and their repair.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another creepy/weird nautical fantasy from Mr. Hodgson. In the public domain, with a free electronic copy here.
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I thoroughly enjoyed it! The immensity of imagination in 100 year old science fiction strikes again! I couldn't follow some of the technical descriptions, but that's okay.
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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 ...more
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