Saki (born Hector Hugh Munro) took his pseudonym from the name of the cupbearer in THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. A sickly child, he was taught at home before going off to boarding school at 15. He began his writing career with political satires for the Westminster Gazette in 1896 while he was in his 20s, and became Balkans correspondent for the London Morning Post in 1902. He is known, however, for his dark, satirical, unsettling, and frequently eerie short stories, including "Shredni Vashtar" and "The Unbearable Bassington." Saki was killed in action in World War I.