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Great premise but horribly written...,
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Hodgson's The Night Land (1912) is frequently cited as one of the great masterpieces of horror and fantasy fiction. In terms of premise and ideas (and to an extent the basic plot), I'd agree. However, the characterization (esp. of women) and the writing style of this novel is absymal- it's nearly unreadable. Hodgson uses a mock-medieval writing style for reasons known only to himself.
I've read most of Hodgson's novels (4 out of 5) and this is easily the worst-written of them (Boats of the Glen Carig is similarly flawed)-and it's a near-fatal flaw. As far as I'm concerned, Hodgson's "House on the Borderland" (1908) remains his only masterpiece. In fact, I've read an interesting article which suggests that Hodgson published his novels in the reverse-order of their actual writing, which means that House would've been one of his last works, i.e., he improved with time.