publication date: Sunday, December 2, 2018 (part of Winter 2019)

category: Literature

clue: A raven, a cask of Amontillado, a black cat, a tale-telling heart, a purloined letter, and a fallen house of Usher are the legacy of this master of the macabre, whose obscurity is nevermore.

explanation: Poe's best-known stories include "The Raven," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Black Cat," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Purloined Letter," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." more…

difficulty: very easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Erik Bates, and Stan Iwanchuk

Gothic Goodbye: The RPG Gothic Earth> has been set in a world of literary creations roughly contemporary to its 1899 setting, with characters like Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula driving much of the storyline. After a decade of play, the game is now in its final weeks. Here's sending it off with a two-week retrospective of authors of that era whose works captured the popular imagination, in the order in which they shaped the world of Gothic Earth.

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