• The world was held in a savage gloom - cold and intolerable. Outside, all was quiet - quiet! From the dark room behind me, came the occasional, soft thud of falling matter - fragments of rotting stone. So time passed, and night grasped the world, wrapping it in wrappings of impenetrable blackness.

    William Hope Hodgson (2015). “Delphi Complete Works of William Hope Hodgson (Illustrated)”, p.218, Delphi Classics