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.



publication date: Monday, December 10, 2018 - the answer will be revealed on Monday, December 17

category: Literature

clue: Dorothy was disappointed by the "wizard" that she and the scarecrow, tin man, and lion had followed the Yellow Brick Road to meet, but frankly, the real man behind the curtain was this imaginative American icon.

difficulty: very easy (30 points)

solved by: Richard Slominsky and Erik Bates

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publication date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 - the answer will be revealed on Sunday, December 16

category: Literature

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

difficulty: very easy (30 points)

solved by: LaVonne Lemler, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates

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publication date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - the answer will be revealed on Saturday, December 15

category: Literature

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

difficulty: very easy (30 points)

solved by: LaVonne Lemler, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates

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publication date: Friday, December 7, 2018 - the answer will be revealed on Friday, December 14

category: Literature

clue: This author, who wrote classic novels about time travel, genetic horrors, an invisible person, and alien attacks, created a deep well of science-fiction concepts to inspire later authors.

difficulty: very easy (30 points)

solved by: Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates

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publication date: Thursday, December 6, 2018 - the answer will be revealed on Thursday, December 13

category: Literature

clue: Daughter of philosophers, wife of a novelist, she had plenty of Promethean figures in her life before she created one of her own.

difficulty: hard (120 points)

solved by: Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, and Erik Bates

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publication date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - the answer will be revealed on Wednesday, December 12

category: Literature

clue: Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

difficulty: easy (60 points)

solved by: Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Erik Bates, and Stan Iwanchuk

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publication date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - the answer will be revealed on Tuesday, December 11

category: Literature

clue: This early American master gave us Hester Prynne, Hepzibah Pyncheon, Dr. Heidegger, and Giacomo Rappaccini.

difficulty: easy (60 points)

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates

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Earlier Goos

These goos were also part of this theme.

W. Somerset Maugham

This mostly gay would-be doctor wrote about human bondage, a razor's edge, and a magician not unlike Aleister Crowley. Go »

Edgar Allan Poe

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. Go »