The Night Land

William Hope HODGSON (1877 - 1918)

The Sun has gone out and the Earth is lit only by the glow of residual vulcanism. The last few millions of the human race are gathered together in a gigantic metal pyramid, nearly eight miles high – the Last Redoubt, under siege from unknown forces and Powers outside in the dark. These are held back by a Circle of Energy, known as the "air clog", powered from a subterranean energy source called the "Earth Current". For millennia, vast living shapes—the Watchers—have waited in the darkness near the pyramid. It is thought they are waiting for the inevitable time when the Circle's power finally weakens and dies. Other living things have been seen in the darkness beyond, some of unknown origins, and others that may once have been human.

To leave the protection of the Circle means almost certain death, or worse an ultimate destruction of the soul. As the story commences, the narrator establishes mind contact with an inhabitant of another, forgotten Lesser Redoubt. First one expedition sets off to succor the inhabitants of the Lesser Redoubt, whose own Earth Current has been exhausted, only to meet with disaster. After that the narrator sets off alone into the darkness to find the girl he has made contact with, knowing now that she is the reincarnation of his past love.

H. P. Lovecraft describes the novel as "one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written". Clark Ashton Smith wrote of it that "In all literature, there are few works so sheerly remarkable, so purely creative, as The Night Land. - Summary by Wikipedia

Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction, Fantasy Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter I - Mirthdath the Beautiful Mark Nelson
00:45:34
Play 02 Chapter II - The Last Redoubt Mark Nelson
00:38:01
Play 03 Chapter III - The Quiet Calling Mark Nelson
00:39:22
Play 04 Chapter IV - The Hushing of the Voice, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:33:11
Play 05 Chapter IV - The Hushing of the Voice, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:34:39
Play 06 Chapter V - Into the Night Land Mark Nelson
00:30:02
Play 07 Chapter VI - The Way That I Did Go Mark Nelson
00:28:21
Play 08 Chapter VII - The Night Land, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:46:49
Play 09 Chapter VII - The Night Land, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:44:25
Play 10 Chapter VII - The Night Land, Part 3 Mark Nelson
00:43:10
Play 11 Chapter VIII - Down the Mighty Slope Mark Nelson
00:42:49
Play 12 Chapter IX - The Dark Pyramid, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:25:15
Play 13 Chapter IX - The Dark Pyramid, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:42:46
Play 14 Chapter IX - The Dark Pyramid, Part 3 Mark Nelson
00:38:51
Play 15 Chapter X - The Maid of the Olden Days, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:28:13
Play 16 Chapter X - The Maid of the Olden Days, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:38:49
Play 17 Chapter XI - The Homeward Way, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:35:09
Play 18 Chapter XI - The Homeward Way, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:35:05
Play 19 Chapter XII - Downward of the Gorge, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:34:31
Play 20 Chapter XII - Downward of the Gorge, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:37:04
Play 21 Chapter XII - Downward of the Gorge, Part 3 Mark Nelson
00:38:28
Play 22 Chapter XIII - Homeward by the Shore, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:34:08
Play 23 Chapter XIII - Homeward by the Shore, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:39:10
Play 24 Chapter XIII - Homeward by the Shore, Part 3 Mark Nelson
00:40:30
Play 25 Chapter XIII - Homeward by the Shore, Part 4 Mark Nelson
00:42:05
Play 26 Chapter XIV - On the Island, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:33:19
Play 27 Chapter XIV - On the Island, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:38:27
Play 28 Chapter XV - Past the House of Silence, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:34:26
Play 29 Chapter XV - Past the House of Silence, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:34:39
Play 30 Chapter XVI - In the Country of Silence, Part 1 Mark Nelson
00:23:22
Play 31 Chapter XVI - In the Country of Silence, Part 2 Mark Nelson
00:22:18
Play 32 Chapter XVII - The Love Days Mark Nelson
00:11:06