horatio hornblower fan fiction

recommendations by allaire mikháil

date: 03 Aug 2013

Horatio Hornblower ambushed me totally from the left field. I'd heard of the novels, sure, but somehow went through countless libraries without checking out a single one due to their back blurbs. Then there were the movies - and I was hooked after "The Even Chance". The next few movies were just as entertaining, but despite the fact that all male characters seemed to lust after Hornblower, no pairing felt right to me... not even Horatio/Archie. Then there came "Mutiny" and "Retribution", and William Bush entered the scene. Those two movies had it all - the handclasp at the beginning, Paul McGann's voice when giving orders, Bush's deference to Hornblower's suggestions, the easy friendship between them and Kennedy. This is the only fandom I've ever encountered in which I am perfectly willing to accept a threeway relationship although I tend to ship Hornblower/Bush more openly.

The main pairing on this page is
Horatio Hornblower / William Bush.

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e-mail: britts44@yahoo.com Archived at: The Horatio Hornblower Fan Fiction Archive
livejournal: ljidler_1814
Title: Run Aground offsite Story Length: ~ 447 KB
Series: none Rating: PG-13
Category: gen Warnings: none
Pairing: William Bush & OFC Time Frame: Post-"Flying Colors"
Genres: Action/Adventure, Character Study Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: In 1811, Bush and the Witch of Endor are despatched to Cornwall to aid the Revenue Service in their attempts to curtail the local smuggling activity.
Review: This fanfic is a joy to read because of its style and its faithfulness to world of C. S. Forester - a talented mix of book and movie canon, and an original story focusing on William Bush's adventures in 1811. The books are about Hornblower, this story is about his former First Lieutenant, and in my opinion the best piece of gen fiction available on the internet at the moment. Also well-worth reading, if somewhat more emotional and with a hint of the fantastic, is the author's epilogue to this story set post-"Commodore Hornblower" that closes the circle begun in Cornwall.


Juxian Tang
e-mail: juxiantang@hotmail.com Website: Juxian Tang's Fiction
livejournal: ljjuxiantang livejournal: Juxian @ AO3
Title: Water Under the Bridge offsite Story Length: ~ 155 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: rape
Pairing: Horatio Hornblower / William Bush, William Bush / OMC Time Frame: Post-"Duty"
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: An acquaintance from the past appears on the Hotspur, and Bush finds himself in a very tight spot.
Review: This story is a real find insofar as it is both long and true to the characters and the time. Bush and Hornblower's relationship develops slowly without being ignorant of the demands of the early 19th century when buggery was still a hanging offence in the British Navy. Unfortunately, it is also obvious that the author is not a native speaker and had no beta reader fluent in English. If you're willing to ignore bad word choices and sentence structure - as I did, and gladly - this story is just perfect for an HH/WB fan.


e-mail: khaleesian@hotmail.com Website: Reflections in the Inward Eye
livejournal: ljkhaleesian
Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
Title: The Maelstrom offsite Story Length: ~ 119 KB
Series: Part 1 of Rum, Sodomy and the Lash Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Archie Kennedy / William Bush Time Frame: "Lieutenant Hornblower" / Post-"Retribution" (AU)
Genres: AU, Fixit, Friendship Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: In Lieutenant Hornblower, C. S. Forester speaks of "two wild days and two wild nights in the dubious delights of Kingston". This is the story as to how Lieutenants Hornblower, Bush and Kennedy really spent their prize money.
Title: Any Port in a Storm offsite Story Length: ~ 16 KB
Series: Part 2 of Rum, Sodomy and the Lash Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Archie Kennedy / William Bush Time Frame: "Lieutenant Hornblower" / Post-"Retribution" (AU)
Genres: AU, PWP Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: Itís a dark and stormy night and a long sail back to England where the Renown is scheduled to be de-commissioned with the outbreak of peace.
Title: The Gambler offsite Story Length: ~ 167 KB
Series: Part 3 of Rum, Sodomy and the Lash Rating: R
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Horatio Hornblower / William Bush Time Frame: "Lieutenant Hornblower" / "Loyalty" (AU)
Genres: AU, Character Study, Book Related, First Time, Friendship Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: A rewriting of the last two chapters of "Lieutenant Hornblower": Living on half-pay is difficult, sharing lodgings in Plymouth is not.
Review: Khaleesian's trilogy was the first piece of slash fiction in this fandom I was entirely happy with. Whether she invents an adventure the books only alluded to in a half sentence, whether she gives us a wistful feeling of imminent separation or whether she turns subtext into text, she not only gives us back an Archie Kennedy that did not die, no, she also reconciles book and movie canon in a seamless manner. The future she hints at shines far brighter than C. S. Forester's universe. Too bad her storyline ends with "The Gambler".


e-mail: rachie114@yahoo.co.uk Archived at: HornblowerFic.com
livejournal: ljrach74
Title: Adrift offsite Story Length: ~ 59 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Horatio Hornblower / William Bush Time Frame: Post-"Duty"
Genres: Angst, Character Study, Established Relationship Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: In Portsmouth Hornblower has difficulty coming to terms with Maria's news while Bush has some problems with the crew.
Review: Rach has a very good grasp of the characters and their motivations although the language she employs is a bit too modern for the time. Still, it rings very true when she presents us with a Bush who cannot forget the fact that Hornblower is married, and a Hornblower who is, as expected, not very good with other people's feelings. You might also want to check out her other stories.



fan fiction
  • HornblowerFic.com :: Horatio Hornblower Fan Fiction Archive
  • is an archive for all kinds of Hornblower fan fiction (gen, het, slash) hosted by Versaphile.
  • The Horatio Hornblower Fan Fiction Archive
  • maintained by Sarah B. is gen only.
  • Alison James' Collected Works including Landfall
  • "Landfall" is a Pellew & OFC romance novel with the characters we know from "Horatio Hornblower" - they've just been given different names for legal reasons. It is no longer available on the internet but can be requested from the author.
  • HMS Sailslash
  • The homepage of the Sailslash writers group, founded for the discussion and publication of "Age of Sail" (circa 1750-1850), contains various fiction incl. "Horatio Hornblower" stories.
  • ljltbush @ livejournal
  • This lj community, maintained by Rach, is centered on the person of Lt. William Bush. With a subtitle like "Better than a Wife", it is obvious that it is very slash-friendly.
  • ljhh_slash @ livejournal
  • This lj community is for all kinds of Hornblower slash (any pairing welcome), but usually tends towards the pairing Horatio/Archie.
  • ljhornblower_fic @ livejournal
  • Another lj community. This one is for gen, het and slash fiction, although the postings are mainly slash.


  • Hornblower: The Movies
  • Short recaps of the movies using screencaps.
  • Attic Gallery
  • Screencaps by moonjaguar from all the movies.
  • Welcome to ScaryFangirl.com
  • Facts from the books and movies about Hornblower's life, ships, family, career etc.
  • Archieology 101
  • All about Archie Kennedy and his place in the world of Horatio Hornblower.
  • Ioan Online
  • dedicated to Ioan Gruffudd has a large collection of images, articles, and multimedia on the actor.
  • Broadside. Home of Nelson's Navy
  • A collection of pages describing life in Royal Navy in the late 18th and early 19th century, the time of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.


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