publication date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (part of Winter 2019)

category: Movies

clue: Long before his career died on the vine when he fled his homeland to escape from Nazis, this expressionist director inflicted his own horror upon the world in films about mad hypnotists and unpunished murderers.

explanation: Wiene ("vine") was a German expressionist director best known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Raskolnikow, the latter an adaptation of Crime and Punishment. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, LaVonne Lemler, 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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L. Frank Baum

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Bram Stoker

This Irish novelist and theater manager gave bloodthirsty readers one of the greatest undying villains in all of literature. Go »

Sax Rohmer

This author roamed between genres like pastoral fantasy, Islamic terrorism, and mummy-based horror, but his most enduring creation was a racist caricature of a crime lord with distinctive facial hair. Go »

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan of the jungle and John Carter of Mars are the most famous creations of this popular author of Chicago. Go »

Guy Boothby

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

Arthur Conan Doyle

Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, Lestrade, Adler, Moran -- and even Mycroft -- will live on forever, thanks to the imagination of this British doctor. Go »

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