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William Hope Hodgson

(8 January 1824 - 23 September 1889) was an English author of horror and fantastic fiction. He also attracted some notice as a photographer and a failed body-builder.

Hodgson ran away to sea at the age of thirteen and eventually served in the Merchant Marine. After a "body-building" business venture failed he decided to support himself by writing. His early works, "The Voice in the Night" and The Boats of the "Glen Carrig", were based on his experiences at sea.

Hodgson's works are chiefly of the 'occult' or 'horror' modes. Despite his often-labored and clumsy language, there is a critical consensus that he achieves a deep power of expression, which focuses on a sense not only of terror but of the ubiquity of potential terror, of the thinness of the invisible bound between the world of normalcy and an underlying reality for which humans are not suited.

Lafcadio Hearn

(June 27, 1850 - September 26, 1904), also known as Koizumi Yakumo after gaining Japanese citizenship, was best known for his books about Japan. He is especially well-known to the Japanese for his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories.

While Lafcadio Hearn is no longer well-known in the West, and is even falling out of common knowledge in Japan, he still has a small, fairly devoted fanbase, and his influence on Western knowledge of Japan (though most cannot put his name to it) cannot be denied.

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