The House on the Borderland (Haunted Library Horror Classics) (Paperback)

The House on the Borderland (Haunted Library Horror Classics) By William Hope Hodgson, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Eric J. Guignard (Editor), Ramsey Campbell (Introduction by) Cover Image
By William Hope Hodgson, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Eric J. Guignard (Editor), Ramsey Campbell (Introduction by)
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William Hope Hodgson's "cosmic horror" classic continues the Haunted Library of Horror Classics series.

In a ruined house at the edge of an abyss lies the diary of a madman…

Two friends on a fishing trip make an unsettling discovery when the river they've been following abruptly ends and reappears some 100 feet below the edge of an abyss. If that wasn't unnerving enough, the river runs along the remains of an oddly shaped house, half-swallowed by the pit.

Within the ruins, they discover the moldering journal of an unidentified man—the Recluse—who had lived in the house years ago. Its pages reveal the man's apparent descent into madness—why else would he chronicle haunted visions, trips to other dimensions, and attacks by swine-like creatures that have followed him home? After a horrific vision in which he witnesses the end of the earth and time itself, the Recluse awakens in his study to find nothing has changed—except that his dog has dissolved into a pile of dust. And then the "swine things" return...

Introduced by modern horror master Ramsey Campbell as "an enduring classic of cosmic terror," The House on the Borderland has inspired dozens of other classic horror novels and indelibly changed the genre. Influencing writers from H.P. Lovecraft to Terry Pratchett, this 1908 masterpiece shucks the conventions of Gothic horror and presents an eerie mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural.

About the Author

LESLIE S. KLINGER is the two-time Edgar® winning editor of New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s. He has also edited two anthologies of classic mysteries and, with Laurie R. King, five anthologies of stories inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon. Klinger is the series editor of Library of Congress Crime Classics, a partnership of the Library of Congress and Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks. He is a former Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and lives in Malibu, California.

Praise For…

"Seasoned horror readers will be taken in by the atmosphere of existential dread Hodgson evokes in the Recluse’s descriptions of his torment. Weird fiction fans should snap this up." — Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781492699774
ISBN-10: 1492699772
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2020
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Haunted Library Horror Classics