publication date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (part of Winter 2019)

category: Literature

clue: 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.

explanation: Among the works of Rohmer ("roamer"), his best known creation is Fu Manchu, the villain of several Yellow Peril novels. He also wrote works like The Orchard of Tears, The Quest of the Sacred Slipper, and "The Mysterious Mummy." more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm and Samir Mehta

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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