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While on a fishing trip two men discover the ruins of an old house perched on the very edge of a cliff. In the ruins they discover an old manuscript that seems to suggest the house was once involved in something super natural, and horrific.

Public Domain (P)2013 FNH

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One of the greatest stories I have ever heard

Wow! Lovercraft and Ashton Smith take their hats off to this story with good reason. William Hope Hodgson describes ... I can't tell you. It would spoil your enjoyment. The narrator is superb Felbrigg Napolean Herriot. Truly enjoyed this book and will listen to it again and again as I get older. Poor Pepper!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good story, fair reading.

Good, atmospheric story of cosmic horror. The reading, although clear, is largely uninflected and monotonous.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Interesting but anitquated

I can kind of understand why this was so important to so many writers. The cosmic, hallucinatory kind of horror was pretty much unexplored at the time, and so it was really breaking new ground. But the writing itself is very boring, and not at all cohesive. I don't understand why the narrator was selected for this either. The protagonist is meant to be an old man but the narrator sounds very young and effeminate, which is really jarring with the tone of the novel.

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Needs more swine

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More swine! I was really into the initial set-up where the main character is maybe going mad or maybe being attacked by swine creatures. But then the swine recede and there's never any real follow-up on them.

What was most disappointing about William Hope Hodgson’s story?

The lack of any follow-up on his potential insanity. Is he off his rocker or is this William Shatner's Twilight Zone episode? We never really know.

Any additional comments?

This was a fine performance and I am sure fans of H.P. Lovecraft would want to read/hear this as it is so clearly an influence on his writing. For me, I was pulled in early but then got kind of bored. If you are going to read/listen, I recommend a dark and stormy night for full effect.

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Good narrator, funny, author smoked the good stuff...

Overall, I'm glad I read this book. At times, story seemed to drag on, but was very interesting. Some creepy moments.

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Great narrator, OK story

Great narrator, interesting example of "weird tales" genre, though the story becomes somewhat tedious at points. I found Hodgson's Carnacki stories more enjoyable.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-25-15

Not quite the classic I remember

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, on the whole. It's not an especially long book, but it is a key work of its kind.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It begins with strange goings on in and around a very large house where the narrator lives alone except for his sister and dog. Despite being there for 10 years there are unexplored parts of the house, including a vast cellar with a trapdoor to... what? After an investigation, the house is besieged by extradimensional creatures. This is followed by a sequence obviously inspired by Wells's The Time Machine, some dream stuff, and then a rather low key, not to say anticlimactic, ending.<br/>The rapid flight into the future starts off well but ends up as rather poorly described waffle. I had real problems with the narrator, a self-declared dog lover, leaving his dog outside when he knew there was a likelihood of the evil creatures coming back.<br/>At best it's visionary, creepy and exciting. At worst it's a bit dull and irritating because much of the time it's just things happening to the "protagonist"; not only is there no apparent reason for the events, the prot hardly even speculates about why they are happening.

What aspect of Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot’s performance might you have changed?

Now there's a question. Some of his pronunciations struck me as non-standard. "Deities" pronounced as "di-et-ies", "denizens" pronounced as "denzins", and "catastrophe" as "cat-a-stroff". (I was hoping he'd pronounce "picturesque" as "picture-scew" but the word isn't in the book.) I also felt he was miscast;the narrator of the main story is supposed to be quite a bit older.

Did The House on the Borderland inspire you to do anything?

Get on with my own novel. It's not based on a similar idea, but there's a certain vibe I could borrow.

Any additional comments?

I feel I could almost sum this up as a dream written up. But a very good dream.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful