John Buchan was a horror novelist who’s best known work is “No Man’s Land” in 1899, and his favorite themes were the Scottish landscape, paganism, horror, and stone age races surviving to modern times who were the inspiration for legends of brownies and leprechauns. After his horror career wrapped up, he also served a term as Governor-General of Canada. That’s like finding out Calvin Coolidge submitted stories to Weird Tales.
Let me repeat that: a Canadian head of state was a horror novelist obsessed with pagan legends of the Picts who was frequently published as an action-horror writer.
“It was little and squat and dark; naked, apparently, but so rough with hair that it wore the appearance of a skin-covered being. It crossed my line of vision not for a moment, but in its face and eyes there seemed to lurk an elder world of mystery and barbarism, a troll-like life which was too horrible for words.”