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The Three Hoarsemen (Episode 16): The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson, with Karen Burnham

John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson gather for the SECOND episode of December! This time out they are joined by Karen Burnham to talk about William Hope Hodgson’s classic The House on the Borderland. Topics include the novel’s unique storytelling, possible interpretations, and where it falls in the spectrum of SF/F.

Fred has posted a companion piece to this episode on his blog as an introduction to both Hodgson and the book.

And even though we discussed our recent genre culture consumed in last week’s episode, we still manage to have more to talk about.

Total running time: 1 hour 11 minutes.

  1. The House on the Borderland Paperback
  2. The House on the Borderland (Dover Mystery, Detective, & Other Fiction)
  3. The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson: House on Borderland & Other Mysterious Places
  1. The Winter Boy by Sally Wiener Grotta
  2. The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman and Mark Dringenberg


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6 Comments on The Three Hoarsemen (Episode 16): The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson, with Karen Burnham

  1. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // December 13, 2014 at 11:58 am //

    Really good discussion. I particularly liked how Karen connected the Area X Southern Reach novels of Vandermeer and Vandermeer in general, to Hodgson.

    I DO need to re-read it. And, oh, look, I do not have a Kindle edition…

  2. When I first read this book, my mind went, yes, back to Olaf Stapleton, but also forward to Gene Wolfe, especially to Book of the New Sun. House on the Borderlands feels like the source material for so much of BotNS… The mountains sculpted into portraits of monsters/gods/kings… The house in which different floors exist in different historical eras… The batdung unreliability of Severian… I could go on. Am I crazy here?

    • Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // December 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm //

      The idea of Wolfe being inspired by Hodgson is not a crazy one, Kate.

    • An interesting connection, one I hadn’t thought of! The styles are so different, especially because Wolfe puts in *all* the detail, where Hodgson would either focus on the intimate or sketch in the epic. But the scope is definitely similar–good point!

  3. Chad Gaydos // December 18, 2014 at 1:34 am //

    One of my favorite books, and I really enjoyed this show. I initially came across this audiobook on the Librivox app. I was so blown away I went straight to Amazon and bought both the book and the graphic novel DC Vertigo put out.

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