The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson Online

The Night Land
Title : The Night Land
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ISBN : 9781587156045
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 357

"---this fantasy of a night-black, dead planet, with the remains of the human race concentrated in a stupendously vast metal pyramid & besieged by monstrous, hybrid & altogether unknown forces of darkness, is something that no reader can ever forget" (H. P. Lovecraft)."One of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written" -- H.P.Lovecraft. Lovecraft wa"---this fantasy of a night-black, dead planet, with the remains of the human race concentrated in a stupendously vast metal pyramid & besieged by monstrous, hybrid & altogether unknown forces of darkness, is something that no reader can ever forget" (H. P. Lovecraft)."One of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written" -- H.P.Lovecraft. Lovecraft wasn't wrong: this is, perhaps, the greatest single work of fantastic fiction in the English language. The sun has died, as have the stars. Not a solitary light shines in the heavens. The days of light are nothing by a legend -- they are a story told to soothe children. The last millions of humans still live in their Last Redoubt -- but the end of their days is at hand.


The Night Land Reviews

  • Henry Avila

    The hideous creatures crawl in the eternal darkness, in this unknown alien world, but in reality sick old Earth , in its last inglorious daysThe 17th Century tortured gentleman arrives here, just after losing his beloved wife Lady Mirdath, and baby during childbirth. The setting, yes Earth, eons of years in the future, when the dead Sun and stars have gone out, an unshining and unseen moon, also orbits the ugly planet. No daylight, perpetual night, monsters and things roam the territory and mill [...]

  • J.G. Keely

    A modern man starts receiving psychic messages from hundreds of thousands of years in Earth's future--messages from himself. The sun is dying, the world is filled with horrific monsters, and the last remnants of humanity have locked themselves away in a vast pyramid to await the death of their world in peace. They peer out from countless windows at the awful monstrosities which beat at the gates, who want nothing so much as to kill every man, woman, and child within. Then, one day, they receive [...]

  • Isaac

    Yes yese writing style is obnoxious and the constant repetition is grating, but as a reader what would you rather have?1. A well-paced and readable thriller of a book that causes you no pain, but is soon forgotten and is (in verity) a mediocrity?2. Or a book that infuriates you and tries your patience to the utmost degree, but is at its core a true original and one of the most remarkable feats of imagination in the the English language?You need to determine how much you value originality, and ho [...]

  • Simon

    Millions of years into the future when the sun has ceased to shine and most of the world is overrun by strange demonic beasts, the remnants of mankind hold out inside a mighty pyramid fueled by the "earth current" in which the beasts cannot enter. No one who ever ventures out ever comes back and since they have all they need inside their redoubt, not many bother.At first this seemed to be a story about a man who is telepathically contacted by a woman who he remembers from a former life, and was [...]

  • Rebecca Gransden

    Disappointing. I was excited to read this after experiencing The House on the Borderland but this severely dragged.The beginning to this novel is supremely evocative; a world in darkness due to the absence of the sun, lit from within by flaming pits and powered by a type of geothermal energy. The landscape is visionary, the creatures suitably monstrous and unsettling; from slug-like behemoths to the vile and base Humpt men. After the initial world building the descriptive fervour wanes and we ar [...]

  • Julenew

    I read this book based on a review by C. S. Lewis, who commented that the best fiction adds a new dimension to your life for having read it. "The Night Land" does not disappoint!! It is one of the most incredible love stories, combined with a truly Epic tale of Good vs Evil -- in a genuinely Classic sense.For some inconceivable reason, the author chose to tell his tale in a bizzare, stilted dialect which is extremely difficult to work through at first. But, once you get past the mechanism of an [...]

  • James

    It was in the Olden Days of the dawn of the world that I didst stumble across a copy of this book at the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences store in Providence, Rhode Island, a city anigh to both mine own redoubt and also mine own Heart. Obviously I was aware of the book's reputation (what with Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith being professed fans), and had recently seen it discussed at the Ligotti forums, and now lo! there it was on the shelf before me. So didst I purchase it very quickly, though pu [...]

  • Charles

    Man this book was long and repetitive. And that's a shame because there was incredible imagination at work here and there were some lovely passages of writing. But every moment of the story seemed to take a week to describe, and there was so much repitition that I felt like screaming. When it came to the end, I thought Hodgson was going to pull off a beautiful ending, but, as with most of the rest of the book, he had to write on and on past what would have been the true moment to end the story. [...]

  • Derek

    How do I rate this thing? This book has such incredible strengths and incredible flaws that they cancel each other out. Hodgson starts from a first-class fantasy premise that is absolutely groundbreaking in scope and unbelievably grim and relentless in aspect, and then makes it the gooshiest and most maudlin of love stories, with all the abuses of language that a man writing in the High Gothic Romantic style can muster.Fortunately I had the Ballantine edition, which was split in half for publica [...]

  • Craig

    Hodgson is my favorite early fantasy author, and this is one of his best. It's one of the most densely-written, dream-like novels I've ever read, and his rich use of language is unsurpassed. It takes a while to get through, but it's worth it.

  • Sandy

    William Hope Hodgson's epic novel "The Night Land" was chosen for inclusion in Cawthorn & Moorcock's "Fantasy: The 100 Best Books," and yet in this overview volume's sister collection, "Horror: 100 Best Books," Jones & Newman surprisingly declare the novel to be "unreadable." No less a critic than H.P. Lovecraft pronounced "The Night Land" to be "one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written," and yet still insists that "the last quarter of the book drags woefully." W [...]

  • Sara

    Critics have repeatedly pointed out the imperfections of this novel. Curiously, The Night Land's critics are frequently its fans as well. That ought to tell you something about how strong its strong points are. That these critic-fans also offer the novel's originality as one of its primary assets, ought to tell you something about how unusual it really is. This novel is a strange animal. When it was published, in 1912, the ghost story was alive and well at that time, perhaps already starting to [...]

  • Michael Eisenberg

    Recently I've been delving into the world of whats know as "weird fiction". Not the resurgence which started in the 80's in England by authors such as M. John Harrison and continued by China Mieville and many others, but the original weird stuff that was written back in the late 1800's though the 1930's. So, my gateway drug into this was William Hope Hodgson's "The Night Land". Let me just say that, ultimately, and upon alot of reflection I felt highly rewarded that I read this butd this is a bi [...]

  • Marisa

    this is both the best, and the worst book ever. The faux enlightenment slang is annoying and pages and pages are so repetitive that you want to kill someone. Then, there will be 15 pages of a harrowing escape from giant zombie slugs that makes it all worthwhile. The vision Hodgson had of this world, with the brilliant mysteries of man's end is amazing, but the book is nearly impossible to read.

  • the gift

    read this edition. abridgement is sometimes mistaken but not in this case. i read another edition and know now: skip romantic conceit ch 1, do not bother with long ending after ch 11. this version much more concise, effective. it you can survive the archaic, mannered, excessive language- there are some great images in here. lands, monsters, redoubts, fights, lands, monsters not so much the plot. not the characters. i can see where in science of its day 1912 this can be seen as the beginning of t [...]

  • Jason Mills

    This is a much-flawed yet fabulous book. Set mostly in a fantastically distant future, on a dark Earth whose sun has died, it is an adventure and a romance that spans eternity.First the bad news:It's written in a clunky, artificially-archaic style. This lends gravitas to the solemn and distant world depicted, and to our heroic narrator, but it is wordy and sometimes laborious.Some parts of the book portray a land riddled with mighty creatures that are nonetheless natural (as opposed to the super [...]

  • Andrei Baltakmens

    William Hope Hodgson's science fantasy of a decaying Earth darkened by the death of the Sun in a vastly remote future should be regarded as unreadable. The pseudo-archaic language lumbers along, the plot is simple and largely descriptive, there is virtually no dialog, the characters are thin, there is an unpleasant thread of misogyny in the character relationships, and the whole mass is excessively long and repetitive.But The Night Land is, after a strange fashion, a masterpiece.The Night Land i [...]

  • Jim Smith

    A five star rating elsewhere is a 'perfect' score, but as on it signifies 'amazing' I unequivocally cast such a rating. As most Hodgson aficionados would admit, The Night Land is a flawed jewel. The prose is clumsy and laboured, the repetition is vitiating and the second half of the book sags due to a mix of turgid storytelling and limited content, but Hodgson's transmutation of the ghost story into a fantasy epic is also ingenious, awe-inspiring and without comparison. Not an easy book, but a [...]

  • Randolph Carter

    Is it science fiction? Is it fantasy? Is it romance? Is it written in a weird fake archaic English? Is it unreadable? It's all this and more Seriously, The Night Land is a marvelous but flawed apocalyptic novel, flawed through its over-reliance on repetitious and dated romantic sequences and its quasi-archaic language (you get used to it after awhile). It also will offend those who cannot put aside its treatment of women. It is truly very weird and creepy in parts particularly during the "outwar [...]

  • Martin

    The faults of this book are well known - the somewhat sickly love story, the affected language - but if you can get beyond that, this is a truly amazing vision of the far future. The last humans are living in a giant pyramid besieged by the creatures living in the outer darkness, after the sun has gone out. This is an amazing work of the imagination that works both as a science fiction story and a horror story - in the end it hardly matters if the Watchers and the Silent Ones are invading extrat [...]

  • Ignacio Senao f

    Nebreda nos advierte en la introducción del contenido machista propio de la época en que fue escrito. Y hace bien, porque ciertamente hay párrafos que pueden dañar los sentimientos de más de uno.La historia posiblemente la más floja de todo lo que he leído de este gran autor. Es una fantasía bastante clásica: el viaje de alguien en busca de un objetivo (su amada), y por el camino tendrá que soportar todo tipo de problemas. El mundo es un futuro apocalíptico de nuestro planeta, en que [...]

  • Ben

    Finally! After wading through this tale for a year, I can finally put it back on the shelf. Hard to recommend due to the faux 17th century style in which it's written, it is still an incredible mix of science fiction, horror, fantasy and romance that pits one man against a planet covered in darkness and filled with monsters. Epic in scope, it abounds in original ideas given it's 1912 publication date. It's a shame more people aren't at least aware of this book.

  • Paul Christensen

    One of the greatest love stories ever written. This is a SYMBOLIST work, other reviewers here who don't understand that are demi-morons. This is Amor, A-Mor, Without Death, as Serrano defined it, not the mundane 'love' of 'boyfriend' and 'girlfriend'.

  • Camilo

    Me esperaba algo peor, tiene momentos brillantes y también algún altibajo y alguna parte polémica, se nota que fue la primera novela del autor, pero en general es un libro entretenido, lo recomiendo mucho!!.

  • Kelldicott

    HOLY CRAP. The nightmarish, beautiful, despairing, idealistic imagination of this guy. Unev.a.ble.

  • Valeer Damen

    Hodgson writes in a sort of pseudo-archaic style, that is, a mode of writing that feels like it could belong between the late middle ages and early 17th century. At the very beginning this seems a bit artificial, but after a few dozens of pages, you begin to notice that it actually works. This is because Hodgson can write.The 'main character from this time transported to the future' device is faintly reminiscent of The_Worm_Ouroboros, but seems both more reasonably integrated and less intrusive. [...]

  • Dee

    This was a wonderful, if somewhat prolonged, read! The author's use of rather quaint language and the odd mixture of chivalry and romanticism put me off a little, but only a little.Sometimes I need not only to suspend my disbelief, but also my contemporary views of gender roles and sexism and romance and relationships.I figured since I was suspending my understanding of modern science, it wasn't too unreasonable to suspend the rest and just enjoy the ride.What a ride! Imagine an Earth so far in [...]

  • Dane

    A great book with an odd literary style, written in early 1900's, the author actually died in WW1. You never know the name of the main character and it there is no actual dialog. It takes place briefly in the some marry manor filled happy past of England, and then the scene quickly changes to some future millions of years in the making, where the sun has died, humanity itself is confined too one last bastion, a pyramid-fortress 7 miles high called the Last Redoubt. And horrid unimaginable creatu [...]

  • Bokeshi

    Had The Night Land been penned by a more competent writer, it would have been the greatest horror/sci-fi book ever created. But since it was written by William Hope Hodgson, it is barely readable -- the clunky pseudo-archaic style will make you roll your eyes so hard you may end up seeing the inside of your head. Yet despite that, the power of his macabre vision is truly majestic, awe-inspiring and unforgettable.

  • Theophilus (Theo)

    Downright scary. Hodgson put to work a superb imagination and created a perfectly believable world. Since it takes place in the dark, the reader's own imagination can contribute to the atmosphere and setting of events. I read this as an adult, mostly at night. After reading this I wondered many times what would happen if the sun did not rise the next day. Highly recommended.