The Night Land

The Night Land - William Hope Hodgson It has taken me about 30 years to finish this book. My parents bought it for me ages ago (because the blurb on the back had a recommendation by HP Lovecraft, that I read a lot of back then) and I've tried several times over the years to get through it. Finally got all the way through, but it was a massive chore.

I never want to read "And lo!" again - its the most overused phrase in the repetitive, crawling morass of text that has to be got through.

It's meant to be about a love spanning ages, into a dark and sunless future where humanity is enclosed in a great pyramid while evil prowls the land outside.
Told in the first person, and that person is egotistical and annoying, apparently has a foot fetish and is not averse to whipping his true love when she gives him some grief.

This is an example of the writing
"And I caught her up again; and I kist her, and told her that I did be surely her Master, in verity, and she mine own Baby-Slave"

The author also wrote Carnacki the Ghost Finder, which I don't recall being as dreary as this.