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  • A Sequel to THE TIME MACHINE?

    beaten brass rings and a wrought iron spike spiralling down into the center of an orange vortex.
  • About the Night Land Website

    The late Andy Robertson founded the Night Land Website in 2001 to call attention to the works of neglected author William Hope Hodgson. Mr. Robertson managed the Night Land Website until 2014, when he died. The site was originally hosted at thenightland.co.uk.

    Kate Coady took over as webmaster after the death of Mr. Robertson. You can reach her at:

    coady.kate (a) gmail.com

    Replace (a) with @.

  • AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND by John C Wright

    cover of Awake in the Night Land, showing a tall pyramid in darkness lit at the top.

  • Awake in the Night Land: Grey Dog Interviews John C. Wright

    cover of Awake in the Night Land, showing the Last RedoubtGrey Dog Tales has an interview with author John C. Wright, in which they discuss William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land and The House on the Borderland, and Mr. Wright's Night Land stories. If you're familiar with this site, you'll know those stories were originally published here by the late Andy Robertson. They've since been republished in a collection called Awake in the Night Land, published by Castalia House.

    Mr. Wright's remarks are well worth the reading, as one might expect.

  • Eater (Part 1)

    Bizarre fractal creatures looming over an immense steep-sided pyramid, in a dark land.

  • Eater (Part 2)

    Bizarre fractal-like monsters looming over an immense steep-sided pyramid, in a dark land.

  • Hodgson-Related Books

    Mr. Hodgson's work is mostly or entirely in the public domain in many countries, and there are numerous editions, both electronic and printed.

    Of Note

    The Night Shade Books five-volume set The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson is gorgeous. The bound books are out of print, and expensive, but electronic editions are available.

    William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands — edited by Andy Robertson

    Cover for Night Lands Volume 1, showing a huge, bizarre monster in darkness.

    Night Lands Volume 1: Eternal Love

    This is the first volume of stories from the Night Land Website. It's published by Betancourt & Company (Wildside Press). It contains some stories no longer complete on the site.

    Contents:

    • "Dream," by Andy Robertson
    • "The Siege of Humanity," by Sean McLachlan
    • "Black Irises," by Lucy A.E. Ward
    • "An Exhalation of Butterflies," by Nigel Atkinson
    • "Imago," by Brett Davidson
    • "Catharsis," by Nigel Brown
    • "The Testamont of Andros," by James Stoddard
    • A Mouse in the Walls of the Lesser Redoubt, by Nigel Atkinson
    • "Seeking Survival," by Erin Donahoe
    • "Awake in the Night," by John C. Wright
    • "Meanwhile, She Dreams," by Brett Davidson
    • "Out," by Andy Robertson
    • "Eater," by Andy Robertson

    Cover for Night Lands Volume 2, showing a flaming green sun.

    Night Lands Volume II: Nightmares of the Fall

    This is the second volume of stories from the Night Land Website. It's published by the Utter Tower imprint of Three-Legged Fox. It also contains some stories no longer complete on the site.

    Contents:

    • "The Cry of the Night Hound," by John C. Wright
    • "Jewel," by Andy Robertson
    • "Slope," by Andy Robertson
    • "Marks," by Andy Robertson
    • "The Voice of the Lacuna (A Play)," by Gerard Houarner
    • "Minotaur," by Brett Davidson
    • "Little Watcher," by Brett Davidson
    • "Eikon," by Brett Davidson
    • The Last of All Suns, by John C.Wright

    Unnoted Abridgements

    I have been informed that the following editions of The Night Land are abridged, but the abridgement is not noted in the book descriptions online, or on the covers:

    • The Night Land: A Love Tale (The Radium Age Science Fiction Series) published by HiLoBooks. Apparently Mr. Hodgson's original ending has been omitted — which dramatically changes the work (not, in my opinion, for the better).
    • The Night Land, Volumes I and II, published by Pan/Ballantine, with an introduction by Lin Carter.
  • In Memory of Andy Robertson

    A portrait of the late Andy Robertson

    In Memory of Andy Robertson

    Rest in peace, old friend.

    Andy Robertson founded the Night Land Website in 2001. He died in April 2014. We miss him badly.

  • Love in the Night

    A man and a woman embracing; drawing in blue and white

  • Night Land Story Categories Combined

    Hail.

    On the old site, we had three categories of Night Land stories:

    • Eternal Love;
    • Nightmares of the Fall;
    • The Days of Darkening.

    When Mr. Robertson published the print anthologies (Eternal Love and Nightmares of the Fall), he took some of the complete stories down, and left samples up. Further, some of the authors have since republished, and their stories were also shortened to samples.

    As a consequence, we had only three complete stories left in the Eternal Love section. I have therefore combined Eternal Love and Nightmares of the Fall into The Last Redoubt.

    As  The Days of Darkening anthology planned was never published, we still have many Darkening stories — enough to make combining all the Night Land stories in a single category unwieldy.

  • Sharks of the Ether

    A blue-green-aurora swirling over a snowy landscape
  • The Fading Sun (Part 1)

    A red sky over a cobblestone road that leads past alien plants toward a land of lava. Here I begin a series of essays on the scientific and other inspirations of the cosmos in which Mr. Hodgson's speculative fiction takes place, by looking at The Night Land, The House on the Borderland, and H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. Part 1 concentrates on The Time Machine.
  • The Fading Sun (Part 2)

    A red sky over a cobblestone road that leads past alien plants toward a land of lava.The second part of an essay on the scientific and other inspirations of the cosmos in which Mr. Hodgson's speculative fiction takes place, by looking at The Night Land, The House on the Borderland, and H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. In this section, I examine the first part of the far-future vision in The House on the Borderland.
  • The Starcombers

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  • Time Machines Go Both Ways

    portrain of H.G. Wells