WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON
(1877 - 1918)
Creator of Carnacki the Ghost-Finder
"Mr. Hodgson's new novel (Carnacki the ghost-finder) comprises half-a-dozen of the "creepiest" experiences imaginable. ... Read after nightfall in a dimly lighted room peopled with uneasy shadows, these tales carry with them a haunting atmosphere of terror and an ever-present sense of the unknown powers of darkness ... Mr. Hope Hodgson plays deftly on the strings of fear, and his new novel stamps him a fascinating panic-monger with a quick eye for all the sensational possibilities of ghost-lore."
The Bookman (1913)
William Hope Hodgson was born in 1877, son of a clergyman. He ran away to sea at an early age, spending eight years as a sailor, a life he came to detest. In 1899, he quit the sea and opened a gymnasium in Blackburn.
Hodgson's short stories were popular, his novels less so. The Carnacki stories were written for The Idler magazine, the first published in 1910. Six were collected as "Carnacki the Ghost-finder". Following popular tradition, they were re-edited to appear as chapters in a continuing novel.
When the Great War broke out Hodgson was commissioned as an artillery officer. He was badly hurt in a riding accident in 1916 and was discharged, only to re-enlist on his recovery. He was killed by a shell at Ypres, Belgium in 1918.