THE WANDERING SOUL Glimpses of a Life: A Compendium of Rare and Unpublished Works by William Hope Hodgson.
Compiled and Introduced by Jane Frank & with a Foreword by Mike Ashley. Leyburn, UK; Tartarus Press/PS Publishing; 2005. 1st edition hardcover.
The Wandering Soul is the book admirers of William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) have been waiting for.
Tragically killed in action at the end of World War One, Hodgson has acquired a formidable reputation for his classic weird writings, which include the monumental novel The Night Land, and atmospheric tales of maritime terror fuelled by his early adventures as an apprentice in the Merchant Navy.
In The Wandering Soul, Jane Frank has compiled much previously unpublished and uncollected material, gleaned from editor and science-fiction historian Sam Moskowitz's 'Hodgson Archive'. Presented here are 'Coasts of Adventure', a collection of stories never before published in book form; Hodgson's 'Ship's Log' from one of his early sea voyages; photographs of Hodgson and his family; newly-discovered poetry; Hodgson's wonderful and historically important sea-going photographs; factual articles from contemporary newspapers and journals; and an unpublished slide lecture, all augmented by Jane Frank's carefully researched Introduction and a critical appreciation of the fiction and poetry.
The wide-ranging elements of the book are melded together by William Hope Hodgson's uniquely potent imagination and vigorous approach to life, and their publication can only enhance our understanding and appreciation of his life and work.
The Wandering Soul is published by PS Publishing and Tartarus Press in the form of a limited trade edition of 500 copies. Fine in fine dj.