William Hope Hodgson


Born
in Blackmore End, Essex, England, The United Kingdom
November 15, 1877

Died
April 19, 1918

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William Hope Hodgson was an English author. He produced a large body of work, consisting of essays, short fiction, and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction, and science fiction. Early in his writing career he dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also attracted some notice as a photographer and achieved some renown as a bodybuilder.

Hodgson served with the British Army durng World War One. He died, at age 40, at Ypres, killed by German artillery fire.

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“I read, and, in reading, lifted the Curtains of the Impossible that blind the mind, and looked out into the unknown.”
William Hope Hodgson

“And, suddenly, it came home to me that I was a little man in a little ship, in the midst of a very great sea.”
William Hope Hodgson, The William Hope Hodgson Megapack: 35 Classic Works

“Six days, and I have eaten nothing. It is night. I am sitting in my chair. Ah, God! I wonder have any ever felt the horror of life that I have come to know? I am swathed in terror. I feel ever the burning of this dread growth. It has covered all my right arm and side, and is beginning to creep up my neck. To-morrow, it will eat into my face. I shall become a terrible mass of living corruption. There is no escape. Yet, a thought has come to me, born of a sight of the gun-rack, on the other side of the room. I have looked again—with the strangest of feelings. The thought grows upon me. God, Thou knowest, Thou must know, that death is better, aye, better a thousand times than This. This! Jesus, forgive me, but I cannot live, cannot, cannot! I dare not! I am beyond all help—there is nothing else left. It will, at least, spare me that final horror… … .
"I think I must have been dozing. I am very weak, and oh! so miserable, so miserable and tired—tired. The rustle of the paper, tries my brain[…]”
William Hope Hodgson, The House on the Borderland

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