grey dog tales

  • 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.

  • Grey Dog Tales Celebrates William Hope Hodgson

    Grey Dog Talesis hosting a month-long celebration of William Hope Hodgson. (Since I was bringing the site up, I'm a little late with this notification.)

    William Hope Hodgson is often praised for his fantastic vision. He's not often praised for his characterization. Yet John Linwood Grant, in a post entitled "The Writer on the Borderland 1: Hodgson and Carnacki", points out that Mr. Hodgson's characterization of his occult detective Thomas Carnacki shows some humanizing characteristics not so clearly depicted in other writers' counterparts.

    I note that the same effect takes place in The Night Land. Mr. Hodgson often depicted protagonists who were desperately afraid of the weird threats they confronted: I believe a courageous character showing fear to be part of his technique for making his Outer Monstrosities fearful. X, the unnamed hero of The Night Land, is a brave, determined man and an accomplished fighter; and he regards certain of the Night Land's creatures with utter dread.

    Mr. Grant is the author of Tales of the Last Edwardian, a series of ghost or horror tales. They are available for free from Smashwords.

    In the second half of the post Tim Prasil discusses how an anti-supernatural canon historically came to inform the literary concept of the mystery story.

    Mr. Prasil is the author of the Vera Van Slyke occult detective stories.

  • Grey Dog Tales Interviews Dan Starkey

    Grey Dog Tales has an interview with actor Dan Starkey, who's recently given an audio performance as Carnacki.

    Previous articles over there this month concern Lovecraftianian fiction and more amusing canine material.

  • Grey Dog Tales' Hodgson Month — Conclusion

    John Linwood Grant of Grey Dog Tales has finished up a month-long celebration of William Hope Hodgson with several posts of interest.

    The Writer on the Borderland 9: An Editor Calls has, among other things:

    • A link to Alfred Hitchcock's production of Mr. Hodgson's sea horror story "A Voice in the Night";
    • Links and reproduced critical material;
    • A reprint of James Bojaciuk's essay "A Concluding Oink", from Sargasso: The Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies No. 2, discussing the Hog (from the Carnacki story) and the swine-things from The House on the Borderland.

    The Writer on the Borderland 10: He's Alive, Jim includes:

    • "The Strange Case of the Books in the Night", an essay by Sam Gafford explaining how H. C. Koenig's efforts prevented Mr. Hodgson's work from being forgotten. (Mr. Koenig is mentioned in H. P. Lovecraft's letters for loaning Mr. Hodgson's books.)
    • Another essay by Mr. Bojaciuk discussing the identity of Thomas Carnacki's father.

    William Hope Hodgson 11: Critical Voices includes:

    • An interesting interview with Sam Gafford

    The Writer on the Borderland 12: All Hallows' Exhaustion includes:

    • A link to three Carnacki audiobooks narrated by David Ian Davies and published by Blackstone Audio.

    Blackstone Audio has another Carnacki story and The Night Land too, for surprisingly affordable prices.

    Grey Dog Tales also has a gallery of cover art for Mr. Hodgson's works, and in many cases, his photos are of less-beat-up books than ours are.

    Incidentally, Mr. Grant's longdog posts are frequently hilarious.

  • More Carnacki

    Intro page of Carnacki, Recorder of Things Strange

    M.S. Corley is working on a comic called Carnacki, Recorder of Things Strange. He's planning to release the first volume later this year. It looks quite good (obviously).

    John Linwood Grant has a new post on Carnacki at Grey Dog Tales which gives a good list of the new Carnacki stories published; and he also discusses Thomas Carnacki as a character with more human weakness than one commonly finds in the occult detective genre.

     

  • More Carnacki from Grey Dog Tales

    Grey Dog Tales' celebration of William Hope Hodson continues with a gracious mention of the Night Land website, and other items of interest, including interviews with Chico Kidd (A.F. Kidd) and William Meikle, and a new Carnacki story by J. Patrick Allen.

    Carnacki readers may remember Ms. Kidd and Rick Kennett as the authors of No. 472 Cheyne Walk: Carnacki, the Untold Stories, published by Ash Tree Press — a collection of Carnacki pastiche. The stories include incidents Carnacki referred to in Mr. Hodgson's original tales, but were never related in full.

    William Meikle has also published Carnacki stories, in two volumes: Carnacki: Heaven and Hell, from Dark Regions Press, and Carnacki: The Watcher at the Gate, from Dark Renaissance Books. The latter is currently published in a hardcover edition. eBook and paper are apparently planned but not yet available.