Brutal as Hell has posted a biography of William Hope Hodgson. A physical fitness pioneer, Hodgson was responsible for giving Houdini one of the worst experiences of his career when he shackled him onstage during his tour of Blackburn in 1902. Houdini eventually escaped, but he wrote that he would never forget the "pain and agony" of that particular challenge.
It's interesting that Hodgson went on to become an author of early horror and science fiction novels and short stories. The bio even says he created the idea of the Sargasso Sea. Anyway, you can read up on the life of Houdini's 1902 tormentor by clicking HERE.