Originally Posted by Connavar
Have your read much Hodgson? He is one of those dense prose styles you have to get used and forgot leaner prose style you read before him.
Of course there is good dense prose by him and bad. House on the Borderland at times knocked me out like i hit a brick wall at full speed. I have just gotten his complete collection volume 1 by Nightshade and thought after 2 years without reading his stories and thought was his prose style this different.
Hodgson is an author whose prose style can be pretty flawed from a technical point of view, but who writes with such passion and seriousness that after a while you can't help but be captivated. The House on the Borderland, The Boats of the Glen Carrig and part of The Night Land have an almost hypnotic effect on the reader (on this
reader at any rate) and many of his shorter nautical stories conjure up a feeling of desolation and loneliness that in my opinion is unmatched.
Would hate to read him straight after Hemingway, or McCarthy or someone like that, though. That would be a bit too jarring.