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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