Ramsey Campbell (b. 1946) is an English horror fiction author. His early work was greatly influenced by the work of H.P. Lovecraft. His first collection, The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants, is a volume of Cthulhu Mythos stories published by Arkham House in 1964. Brichester was deeply influenced by Campbell’s native Liverpool, and much of his later work is set in the real locales of Liverpool and Merseyside. In particular, his 2005 novel Secret Stories both exemplifies and satirizes Liverpudlian speech, characters, humor, and culture.