Returning to scratchboard portraits in time to remember the birthday of British author of weird fiction, William Hope Hodgson, who ran away from home at the age of 13 for a life at sea… which would influence his works such as The Ghost Pirates and The Boats of the Glen Carrig. He enlisted in England's Royal Artillery at the start of World War I and he died at Ypres in 1918 at the age of 40.
Lovecraft wrote of Hodgson, "few can equal him in adumbrating the nearness of nameless forces and monstrous besieging entities through casual hints and insignificant details, or in conveying feelings of the spectral and the abnormal in connexion with regions or buildings." (The Annotated Supernatural Horror in Literature, Hippocampus Press, 2012, p.77)
For more info on the works of William Hope Hodgson, visit the blog administered by the Hodgson authority Sam Gifford.