publication date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 (part of Winter 2019)

category: Literature

clue: This Australian author invented a diabolical doctor villain (no relation to Tesla) and a long-lived magical mummy.

explanation: Boothby's characters included Dr. Nikola, the villain of several novels, and Ptahmes, a mummy in Pharos the Egyptian. more…

difficulty: medium

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

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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