Protecting Project Pulp 70: William Hope Hodgson

Main Fiction: “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson, first published in The Blue Magazine, November, 1907.

Narrator: Fred Himebaugh.

“The — the lady?” said Will abruptly. “Is she ——”

“I have left her behind upon the island,” came the voice.

“What island?” I cut in.

“I know not its name,” returned the voice. “I would to God ——!” it began, and checked itself as suddenly.

“Could we not send a boat for her?” asked Will at this point.

“No!” said the voice, with extraordinary emphasis. “My God! No!” There was a moment’s pause; then it added, in a tone which seemed a merited reproach:

“It was because of our want I ventured — because her agony tortured me.”

4 thoughts on “Protecting Project Pulp 70: William Hope Hodgson”

  1. Good story… A little overcharged with sentimentality; a fact that somehow spoiled the well construted dark atmosphere lurking from the background all along the narration. It seems to be an inner trait of W. H. Hodgson’s creativity, for novels like “The House on the Borderland” and “The Night Land” are saturated with it. I couldn’t get through the last one… before reach the half of it, my mind was really clouded by its monotony. But, avoiding going farther on blaspheming, Hodgson is a star oF the highest magnitude among the heavenly bodies of weird and fantastic fiction… GREAT NARRATION!!!

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