Saturday, 8 February 2014
How Does Hodgson Fit In?
Thanks for the invitation. Here's something that I thought would make for a (hopefully) lively topic.
In regards to debating the "consensus future history" as you put it in your earlier post, I think it's worth asking ourselves and each other whether Hodgson's other works should be considered part of the Night Land canon. Right now, it seems a given that "The House on the Borderland" is, but what about "The Ghost Pirates" or "The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'" or "Voice in the Night" or any of his other stories?
Is it a good idea to consider them part of our "official" history of the Night Land, or would it be better to leave them aside as stand-alone, unrelated (but by no means unimaginative) works?
Also, if any of them do fit within the history, we then open ourselves up to this question: how do the creatures and phenomena in those other works tie into our Night Land mythos? What specific parts should each play in it?
I'm relatively new to the Night Land site, so maybe this issue has been addressed already, but if not, I'm really curious about what other people's thoughts are on this and would love to read what everybody has to say about it.