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This classic novel of the weird supernatural, first published in 1908, was an important influence on H. P. Lovecraft. In the ruins of an ancient stone house in Ireland is found the diary of an elderly man who lived alone with his sister and their pets, and who longed for his lost love. The diary tells of how the man explores a cyclopean cavern beneath the house and fights off swarms of white pig-like monsters pouring up from below. Then, in a visionary sequence, he breaks through to an alternate space-time dimension and sees a doppelganger of his house on a vast desolate plain. The prose is hokey at times, but the strange mood evoked by the other-dimensional setting is powerful indeed. As acclaimed horror writer T. E. D. Klein says, "Never has a book so hauntingly conveyed a sense of terrible loneliness and isolation." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
William Hope Hodgson's visionary 1908 novel The House on the Borderland proves fertile ground for legendary underground comix artist Richard Corben. It's the haunting tale of an accursed mansion teetering metaphorically between hallucinatory human visions and the dark bottomless pit of the human subconscious. In Revelstroke's adaptation, two young backpackers discover a decaying manuscript among the ancient ruins of a manor house in the remote Irish countryside. They read aloud from the moldy tome, invoking the horrible story of Hodgson's fictional narrator, Byron Gault, who tells a harrowing tale of inexplicable evil and violent struggle against terrors. In the winding cellar corridors of the decrepit house, Gault, his sister and their dog fight off savage attacks by cloven-hoofed half-humans erupting from the depths of the mansion's foundations. Or do they? Hodgson's hair-raising story brings into question the very sanity and reliability of the narrator himself. The nearly 40 pages of mystical descriptions from the original novel (i.e., an exploding sun and the notion of traveling the breadth of the universe in an instant) are judiciously adapted to the graphic novel format. Corben's moody color and dramatically illustrated panel sequences make this eerie book potent reading and a captivating tribute to the original novel. There is an introduction by noted comics writer Alan Moore.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Editorial Reviews
I got so engrossed in this writing that I was in a state of fear most of it. Extremely well written and really sucks you right in.Published 17 days ago by Brandy Walters
It started out very interesting how ever it got rather murky towards the end. Not exactly my favorite type of book.Published 1 month ago by Bristol
While this is a classic, about half of it reads like Hodgson's opium dream - if he was on opium - with too many chapters devoted to whirling circles of color and many more that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Baker
Very creepy book-within-a-book. I had to wonder how the author acquired LSD in 1908, it was that psychedelic.Published 2 months ago by David Lefavor
Very interesting read. You wouldn't believe it was written so long ago! It can be truly scary at times. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Laboriously creepy. Many many, horrible and terrifying ideas in this book...too many...overwhelming. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ping Bull