^ Modern Myth I'm not going to quote your entire post because that would be a senseless waste of internet but agree with everything you say. Wells is one of those rare authors whose current praise lives up to his written legacy. I've never browsed this thread before today because the levels of literacy on this forum have always struck me as questionable at best but I'm glad I ducked in. Anything else you could recommend in a similar vein to the authors you mentioned?
If you like crime and detective fiction, I would investigate Dashiell Hammett, who always blows my mind. A predecessor of Raymond Chandler, he was a real pioneer of the 'hard-boiled' style. Chandler raved about him, and rightly so. 'The Maltese Falcon' is his most famous, but I think that 'The Thin Man' is his strongest. It's a brilliantly written, beautifully structured novel. For a great, short read James M. Cain is unbeatable. 'Double Indemnity' and 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' are incredible. You'll read them in one sitting, easily.
Edgar Allen Poe's detective, Dupin, is also worth investigating. The Dupin character helped shape the entire genre of detective fiction. Poe's gothic style lends itself brilliantly to the moody atmosphere and mysterious world of crimesolving, and I've read (and re-read) these stories countless times.
I lately started reading an author named Harry Crews. I only discovered him by reading his obituary, but it gave the details of some of his novels and the ideas sounded so interesting that I ordered a bunch of books online. 'Car' and 'The Gypsy's Curse' are two novels that I would highly recommend. He has a Southern Gothic style (similar to Flannery O'Connor) but with the raw, punchy prose of Bukowski and Hemmingway.
If you like Sci-Fi, check out John Wyndham. I loved his stuff as a kid and grew up reading and re-reading 'Day of the Triffids'. Great stuff.