Irish Fiction Fridays: William Hope Hodgson: The House on the Borderlands

William Hope Hodgson (15 November 1887 – April 1918) was a British writer but The House on the Borderlands (1908) is set in the remote village of Kraighten in rural Ireland. American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft listed The House on the Borderland and other works by Hodgson among his greatest influences and Terry Pratchett has called the novel “the Big Bang in my private universe as a science fiction and fantasy reader and, later, writer.”

n 2000, DC Comics’ mature reader imprint Vertigo published a 96-page color graphic-novel adaptation The House on the Borderland, with story by Simon Revelstroke and art by Richard Corben. The book is available in soft and hardcover and contains an introduction by British comic writer Alan Moore. Revelstroke updated Hodgson’s initial “manuscript discovery” frame to 1952 Ireland, and while he made an effort to retain most of the original plot and dialogue, excepting the very last page, the climax is purely Revelstroke’s invention.