I suspect O'Bannon was exposed to many of the stories in his youth and although he didn't consciously recall reading or seeing them, his subconscious dredged them up when he was writing Dark Star
and later Alien
. If I recall correctly from the introduction to the novelisation of Alien
, he states Joseph Conrad as an influence - hence the name "Nostromo" - but I don't really see much of a connection other than that.
ETA: Alan Dean Foster wrote the novel so my memory is probably not too hot either.