Tartarus Press


The Wandering Soul is published by Tartarus Press and PS Publishing as a sewn hardback book of 384 + ix pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w.


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The Wandering Soul


William Hope Hodgson


Along with The Lost Poetry, The Wandering Soul is one of the books 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In The Wandering Soul, Jane Frank has compiled much previously unpublished and uncollected material, gleaned from editor and science-fiction historian Sam Moskowitz's 'Hodgson Archive'.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and historically important sea-going photographs; factual articles from contemporary newspapers and journals; and an unpublished slide lecture, all augmented by Jane Frank's carefully researched Introduction and a critical appreciation of the fiction and poetry.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.


See also The Lost Poetry of William Hope Hodgson (£25)



'The major fantasy small press publication of the present century so far, in my opinion, is ... The Wandering Soul, a magnificent compilation of material from the archive of William Hope Hodgson. I confess to being seriously envious ... there was no way that any effort of mine would have achieved the same magnificence.' George Locke, Ferret Fantasy

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