Hodgson's tales occasionally mix cosmic horror with speculative science fiction, but what runs through his work is the lurking fear of the sea. Many of his best stories involve water or the ocean - and not sentimentally so - the terrifying almost abhorrent nature of the sea is representative of Hodgson's own experiences as a sailor at the age of 13.
Lovers of supernatural fiction will undoubtedly devour his Carnacki series - one of the first examples of a detective working primarily in the supernatural field. Indeed, the influence of the Carnacki series can be seen in many modern attempts at creating a new supernatural detective such as Carl Kolchak, The Night Stalker.
While Hodgson died tragically, his hair raising stories of strange fungal creatures overpowering ships at sea and haunted investigations where all is not what it seems, influenced many writers who came after him, including a certain Mr Lovecraft. There is something mesmerising about Hodgson's stories, and many of them are sure to give readers a sleepless night or two.
William Hope Hodgson Stories in the VaultCarnacki the Ghost Finder: The Gateway of the Monster
Carnacki the Ghost Finder: The Searcher of the End House
Carnacki the Ghost Finder: The Thing Invisible
Carnacki the Ghost Finder: The Whistling Room