William Hope Hodgson (November 15, 1877 – April 1918) was a gifted English author in the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction, whose experiences at sea gave authentic detail to his large body of work, which consisted of essays, short fiction, and novels.
Hodgson used his experiences at sea to lend authentic detail to his short horror stories, many of which are set on the ocean, including his series of linked tales forming the “Sargasso Sea Stories“. His novels, such as The House on the Borderland (1908) and The Night Land (1912), feature more cosmic themes, but several of his novels also focus on horrors associated with the sea.
Early in his writing career Hodgson dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also attracted some notice as a photographer and achieved renown as a bodybuilder. He died in World War I at age 40.