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The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson: The Ghost Pirates Other Revenants o (The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson #3)
The third volume of our Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson.
ebook, 466 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Night Shade Books
(first published January 1st 2004)
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William Hope Hodgson actually spent time on the sea. He worked as a sailor in the very late 19th/very early 20th century, which was a time of transition (there were still sailing ships although steamers were taking over; and did you know that there was an entire class of steel-hulled four-masted windjammers? I didn't) as the Age of Sail gave way to the Age of Coal. (And then WWI broke out and he enlisted in the British army, twice, and was killed by a German shell in 1918 at the age of 40.)
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The Edition I read was just "The Ghost Pirates" free on Kindle in the Public Domain Books series. It was a bit of a cross between a boys' own adventure story with lots of stiff upper lip and "jolly well pull yourself together" and a good old fashioned ghost story. In the end I felt the supernatural element won out as the atmosphere created by the mists, the mysterious shapes in the water and the grey men together with the contrast between the vast open space of the ocean and the claustrophobia o ...more
Thus far in the series, we've seen each volume thematically centered around one novel from Hodgson with one being basically a survival at sea story with some vague horror elements (and written in an old fashioned style, although people who thought that was pushing it were probably not at all prepared for "The Night Land" but we'll get to that eventually) and the other a combination of "survival not at sea" story and attempting to write the trippiest story you could imagine for the early 20th cen ...more
Gripping tales of life on the sea, told by a master. The superstitiousness of seamen is highlighted in many of the stories, and a supernatural aspect surrounds most. I had to expand my knowledge of late nineteenth and early twentieth century seagoing vessels while reading.
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...