The Boats of the “Glen Carrig”

Review: The Boats of the “Glen Carrig”, William Hope Hodgson, 1907.Boats of the Glen Carrig

Here be tentacles.

China Miéville says Hodgson was the first one to offload that cargo into weird and horror fiction. And there are lots of tentacles here and many ominous slitherings and crashings and rustlings in the night. Hodgson is a marvelous one for sounds in his weird fiction.

This book has a bit of a black mark against it for its allegedly archaic prose. Yes, it’s told as an account left in 1757 by one John Winterstraw, but it’s not that hard to read. Certainly, it will not try reader’s patience as much as Hodgson’s The Night Land. Fellow landlubbers are advised to keep a dictionary handy or a diagram of a sailing ship to follow exactly what’s going on. Or, as I did at times, you can just muddle through.

As with The Ghost Pirates, Hodgson doesn’t dally with this story. We have no idea why two boats from the Glen Carrig are off a strange and ominously silent island at the beginning of the story. There’s been a shipwreck, it seems, and the crews are the survivors. Continue reading