A very talented and inventive writer of dark fantasy, Hodgell writes books with dense interleaved plots, touches of the macabre and glints of humor, and likable characters.
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An extremely talented fantasy writer, Hodgell wrote several stories and novels about the Kencyrath, a people drafted by their god to fight in the eternal struggle with the Great Corrupter. This includes:
She also published several short stories about Jame:
Hodgell is planning to attend Worldcon 2003 in Toronto, a.k.a. Torcon August 28 - September 1.
Melinda Hutson writes: "Regarding the fourth novel: PC has completed good first drafts of the first two chapters. She is working on the third."
A new cover scan is added. This one is from a British edition containing the first two Jame novels. The cover was scanned by Melinda Hutson.
Stephen Pagel (Meisha Merlin) says P.C. Hodgell is contracted to write Jame 4. She asked for 2.5 years, so it should be out (he thinks) 2004-2005.
Pat says that she has quite a few notes for Jame 4, written over the past year. If all goes well (fingers crossed), her writing speed should improve.
The "post-Ivanhoe" novel—or its first chapters—are being reviewed by a major SF publisher. More fingers crossed.
And Gerridon is pronounced with a soft G, as in "Jerry."
P.S. Hodgell books from Meisha Merlin are quite popular at the dealer room. Goodie!
There should be a compilation of short stories, including a couple of new ones from MM in 2002: Spring or Summer. P.C. has some pretty good ideas of what stories she wants to write, but they haven't been written yet.
P.C. has read a scene from her "post-Ivanhoe" novel. She is trying to break it up into three parts. The tentative name for the series is "The Lionhearts". The books to be named _King Under the Hill_, _King of the Hall_, and _King of the Wood_.
Currently, the proposed trilogy is being reviewed by Ace.
Meisha Merlin's trade paperback edition of Seeker's Mask has been spotted on the shelves of local Barnes & Noble! Cursory review reveals no differences from the Hypatia edition.
The "Ivanhoe" manuscript has been submitted to some publishers in New York City. No response yet.
Stephen Pagel confirmed the planned publication of Seeker's Mask, both a hardcover and a trade softcover. More details at Meisha Merlin's web page. They are promising "a few surprise extras!" They are accepting pre-orders now.
Stephen Pagel of Meisha Merlin writes "P. C. Hodgell has just accepted our contract for a fourth Jamie title in her 'Godstalk' universe." Yippie! From the same email, a snippet from Meisha Merlin's 2001 schedule: "February 2001: 'Pilots Choice' by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller 'Seeker's Mask' by P. C. Hodgell" Note: I like Lee and Miller, and felt like including their news here as well.
In no particular order:
Her next book may be about what happens after Ivanhoe. In the process of researching for her thesis, she has uncovered more material than she could ever use. According to P. C., some of these are stranger than anything she could ever imagine.
By the way, Rathorn is pronounced RA-THORN (not RAT-HORN).
She published "A Ballad of the White Plague" in the collection The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, a somewhat depressing story that can be interpreted either as Horror or as plain Mystery, depending on one's preference. The murderer of the piece is either a seductive vamprire, Tuberculosis, human malice or tragic accident.
The Faces of Fantasy contains a picture of Hodgell, as well as a (very short) autobiographical message.
Covers and Artwork
Other Web Pages
Kencyr An eGroups.com discussion list for discussion of P. C. Hodgell's works.
Steve Clark's Kencyr Page Excellent site with some nice graphics and a lot of P. C. Hodgell information. An older version of the page is here.
David Lenander's P.C. Hodgell Page Site includes a picture of P. C.
House of Luck Bringers A Yahoo! club for discussion of P.C. Hodgell's works.
P.C. Hodgell: Seeker's Mask A review of Seeker's Mask by Christina M. Schulman.
Hodgell, P. C. The Linköping Science Fiction & Fantasy Archive.
Dream-Weaver's Lament Filk by Roger Burton-West inspired by Hodgell's books.
About Patricia C. Hodgell, Ph. D. P. C.'s introduction, on a web page describing a course that she taught at University of Minnesota.
A picture of P. C. Hodgell The link appears to be dead.
Locus Index to Science Fiction—Hodgell bibliography at SFF Net: stories and books.
Meisha Merlin Publishing has published Dark of the Gods and is about to publish Seeker's Mask. They also have a contract for the fourth Jame book, sometimes referred to as "Jame goes to the Citadel". MM's books are available at many major book chains, including Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
For some Hodgell's in-print Kencyr works, a source of new books was Hypatia Press, a small press publisher in Oregon. According to P. C., Alan (a.k.a Hypatia Press) can be reached at Escape Books +1 541 484 9500. It is not clear that they are still in business.
For older editions, you should check your local library, especially for God Stalk. Used book places are also a fruitful source for Hodgell's books.
The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is available from Amazon.com, and the "Ballad of the White Plague" and could be purchased at one point in its own chapbook from Hypatia. I saw P. C. selling the chapbook at Worldcon (Baltimore, 1998-8-7).