A Manuscript from William Hope Hodgson

18 Mar

That cupboard at Place of Hawks contained a William Hope Hodgson titled THE VOICE  IN THE DAWN which was published in Deep Waters (Arkham House, 1967) as “The Call in the Dawn” I have reproduced the first of 14 pages below, and it has some interesting features. Dereleth had second thoughts on his proposed title “Son of Men” and he annotated it “Deep Waters” at top right beside the punch clip. The original author’s address “14, Queens Road, Cheadle Hulmes, Cheshire” has been crossed out with “From L.S. Hodgson, Loynton, West Yelland, Instno, N. Devon.” This was undoubtedly one of several Hodgson manuscripts submitted to Arkham by his estate for publication. “L.S.” was likely the author’s wife or child. Interesting does any read have anything to add?


Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Arkham House


3 responses to “A Manuscript from William Hope Hodgson

  1. Robert Pohle

    March 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Wow, again! His sister was Lissie, probably Lissie Sarah after their mother.

  2. D Kluth

    September 24, 2011 at 5:22 am

    After Bessie Hodgson [Hodgson’s wife] died in 1943, Hodgson’s sister Lissie took over his literary estate [Wikipedia

  3. Sam Gafford

    February 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    This is EXTREMELY interesting! I run a blog devoted to William Hope Hodgson and can say that I have never seen this before. It is undoubtedly from WHH’s sister, Lissie, who took over the literary estate after the death of WHH’s widow, Bessie. Given the name change, it is likely that it was one of the stories Lissie sent to August Derleth to be considered for the later collection DEEP WATERS (1967). WHH, sadly, did not have any children.


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