The House on the Borderland
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The House on the Borderland

by William Hope Hodgson
Release date: 1908
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horrorgothic horror + weird fiction

Two men, vacationing in Ireland, come upon a great ruined house, where they find an ancient manuscript. Its author tells a strange tale; transported through unfathomable immensities of space, he comes across an "anti-house," precisely like his own, where strange and evil creatures seek to enter. Back on earth, the same grotesque horrors appear; besieges, he seeks to escape. The horror builds.

And now something even stranger occurs: time itself goes mad, centuries pass in instants, the sun is swallowed by the central sun of the universe, a great sentient star that emits a curious violet light, and sends thought messages everywhere – messages of infinite sadness, for the forces of evil are great.

"The wanderings of the narrator's spirit through limitless light-years of cosmic space and kalpas of eternity, and its witnessing of the solar system's final destruction constitute something almost unique." – H. P. Lovecraft

(updated 2017-01-16)

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