Submit Night Land Fiction to
We think THE NIGHT LAND is one of the most
colorful, inventive, and moving fictional worlds
ever created. Haunting. Unmatchable.
But the book, as it issued from Hodgson's pen
in 1912, is crippled by an unreadable style.
For some reason Hodgson cast it in the frame of
the future-dream of a gentleman of the 17th
century. He attempted to reproduce the language
of that period, with scant success.
Hodgson became a much more skillful handler of
words later, but he never reworked his first
We believe that the concept of The Night
Land deserves more, and we are offering to buy
new fiction set in the Night Land universe.
We are have produced one anthology of stories,
entitled NIGHT LANDS, from WILDSIDE PRESS.
We hope to publish future volumes, but at the
moment we will typically buy for the web only. .
<> We will pay:
- 8 pence (approx. 13 cents) per word plus
royalties -- for FIRST ENGLISH-LANGUAGE
WEB-ONLY RIGHTS PLUS FIRST ENGLISH-LANGUAGE
MAGAZINE RIGHTS AND FIRST ENGLISH-LANGUAGE
- 4 pence (approx. 6 1/2 cents) per word --
for FIRST ENGLISH-LANGUAGE web-only rights
These are our typical rates. Actual rates will
be legally established by a contract with you.
Payment on PUBLICATION.
View our sample web contract here
View our sample web "teaser" and anthology
Variations on these contracts may be establised
by mutual agreement, for example for the
anthology only, for a web "teaser" and anthology
only, and so forth.
Accepted stories will be posted on this site as
they are purchased. We may in some cases post
If we buy web-only rights, the writer will be
free to resell the story to any hardcopy
publication or web site one month after
If we buy magazine and/or anthology rights, the
writer will be free to resell the story one year
after purchase. We make allowances for earlier
resale in the case of "Best of the year"
anthologies and single-author anthologies.
Note that, currently, our funds limit us to
purchasing the equivalent of one moderate-length
story per calender month. We will probably not
increase this volume much in future: our prime
intention is to publish a few very good stories.
Advice to writers
We will try to respond to fiction submissions
within one month.
We prefer prose fiction in the 2,000-10,000
word range. We are open to longer works, and to
short-short pieces, prose-poems, and the like,
but these are not our preferred formats.
Text above the 10,000 word limit will be half
We will publish short poetry.
Very short pieces of prose or poetry, if we
accept them, will be treated for purposes of
payment as if they had a length of 500 words.
What to write about?
It is of course desirable that this anthology
of stories have some internal consistency.
Therefore you might first read some of the
stories already collected online in Night Lands with this
Also, you must at least skim Hodgson's original
novel. (start with chapter
2 if you value your life and sanity.)
Gutenberg has it for free.here.
You may wish to check out the suggested timeline to
understand the hints we have given above, and Night Thoughts for
some background ideas. However, don't be bound
by these, they are just our own ideas. The Night
Land universe includes millions of years of
human history. Here are a few suggestions:
- Write about the Cataclysm
- Write about The Road Makers
- Write about the experiments that first let
in the Pneumavores.
- Write about the building of the Redoubt
- Write about an attack on the Redoubt
- Write about the age of the airships
- Write a story about an explorer from the
Redoubt, and what he finds in The Night Land
- Write about the colonists who left the
Redoubt and trekked down to the Land of Seas
- Write about the Fall of the Redoubt
Try to write somewhat in the spirit of SF, not
fantasy. Explain the Pneumavores, the Watchers,
and the other semi-human things in the Land,
rationally - but partially.
Erotic (but not pornographic) content is a
fundamental part of Hodgson's vision, and is
A short glossary
of neologisms evolved in published work so far
What to avoid?
Do not imitate Hodgson's style or
plotting. No archaisms, no future-dreams. We are
not after a rewrite of Hodgson's own book.
Do not imitate Hodgson's superficial
attitudes towards women. This, after Hodgson's
unfortunate writing style, is the great flaw in
the heart of THE NIGHT LAND, and must be
Hodgson's treatment of the erotic was not
superficial icing. It was part of a serious
attempt to build a theory of the human condition
that was consistent with
existence in a radically Entropic universe.
Within a context of universal Darkness, human
beings find salvation and paradise in erotic
love - a love which Hodgson saw as extending
through many lives and (in THE HOUSE ON THE
BORDERLAND) , as finding a fulfilment in
Hodgson was desparately serious about this, but
unfortunately he failed abysmally. The erotic
passages in THE NIGHT LAND are based on
adolescent fantasy, not real human love.
Perhaps you think you can do better. If you
think you understand what Hodgson was about and
can treat can treat his cosmic eroticism
meaningfully - give it a try.
(Yes alright. Consensual flagelation and foot
fetishism are OK. Why not :-) ??
If you want to write a piece of criticism or
analysis about THE NIGHT LAND or related works
we will post it for free. We won't pay you, but
we will listen to you.
Unfortunately, at this time, we can not in
fairness encourage you to create new and
uncommissioned artwork primarily for the purpose
of display on this site. Financial constraints
and limited web-space mean that we must make
fiction our first priority, and the financial
recompence we can offer for artwork will be
However, we will probably commission artwork in
(If you have already created and published some
sort of artwork inspired by THE NIGHT LAND, we
might be interested in buying the right to
republish it on this site. You are invited to
contact us to discuss this. We have typically
paid around UKP 30 for the reuse of each such
piece of art.)
Where do I submit stuff to?
E-mail your work to Andy
(note. We have had some problems reading .doc
attachments, so if possible create .rtf
format attachments. If you can't do that, just
pasting the story into the body of your e-mail
is perfectly acceptable.)
Who are you?
I'm just a SF fan who has got a bit of spare
money. I have been helping out with INTERZONE mag for the
last decade or so, so I've probably already seen
stories by you. If you doubt my good faith,
check with INTERZONE'S EDITOR David
Nigel Brown has published fiction in Interzone,
Aboriginal Science Fiction, and various
anthologies. He has enjoyed the work of William
Hope Hodgson for many years, and considers the
Nightland to be one of the most imaginative and
exciting adventure stories he has ever read.
It was Nigel's idea to "do something" about
promoting THE NIGHT LAND. Though he is not very,
um, webby, he prompted me to start this website
and he is an invaluable help and encouragement.
Do you intend to start charging for this
No. The web site is and will be a free site,
not a pay site.
We have no illusions about making money. We are
doing this just for the sake of the Stories.
And because Hodgson should be famous. Damnit!!
-- NIGEL BROWN
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