The Historical Timeline of the
Ultimate Gothic Horror Steampunk Series
Circa 2500 BC - Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. It is at the center of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists believe that the iconic stone monument was erected around 2500 BC, built by the ancient druids. A druid was a member of the priestly and learned class active in Gaul, and perhaps in Celtic culture more generally, during the final centuries BCE. They were suppressed by the Roman government from the 1st century CE and disappeared from the written record by the 2nd century, although there may have been later survivals in Britain and Ireland.
Circa 2270 BC - 2215 BC - Rule of King Sargon of Akkad. Sargon was also known as Sargon the Great, ruler of Akkad in northern Mesopotamia. The great king was the illegitimate son of a high priestess and changeling, and of an unknown father. It was believed that Sargon was the chief architect in building Babylon, the great city-state of ancient Mesopotamia. His birth and discovery in a reed basket placed on a flowing river mimics that of Moses.
1011 BC - Birth of King Solomon, King of Israel.(Died 931)
960 BCE - King Solomon’s Temple was completed.
Circa 931 BC - Immediately after the death of King Solomon, Hiram Abiff, the chief architect of King Solomon’s Temple, was murdered by three ruffians during an unsuccessful attempt to force him to divulge the Master Masons’ secret password. In reality, he was accosted by not three but four men, the last being a stranger known as Varnae. The others didn’t need the secrets of masonry, they were already master masons. They were searching for the Nuctemeron, Book of the Undead. Solomon had known that if the book fell into the wrong hands, disaster could occur. Some things that are created cannot by destroyed. Such was the book, Nuctemeron. Solomon scattered his treasures, the objects of great power, to the far end of the earth, south to the horn of Africa, north to the isle of picts, and so on. As a distraction, he used hundreds of messengers, traveling a thousand separate routes. The vampires pursued and killed many of the riders. Meanwhile, Solomon had Hiram design a temple to conceal the Book of the Undead, buried deep beneath the Temple Mount.
918 BC - The Temple of Solomon was sacked during the reign of Solomon’s son Rehoboam. In the fifth year of Rehoboam’s reign, Shishaq, the king of Egypt, lead a huge army and conquered many cities. When they laid siege to Jerusalem, Rehoboam gave them all of the treasures out of the temple as a tribute. Judah became a vassal state of Egypt.
598 BC - The Temple of Solomon was plundered by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, searching for the concealed tablets.
587 BC - King Solomon’s Temple was destroyed, along with most of the city of Jerusalem.
502 BC - The story of the acquisition of the Sibylline Books by Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (535 BC - 496 BC), the semi-legendary last king of the Roman Kingdom, or Tarquinius Priscus, was one of the famous mythic elements of Roman history. Centuries ago, concurrent with the 50th Olympiad not long before the expulsion of Rome’s kings, an old woman, ‘who was not a native of the country,’ arrived incognita in Rome. She offered nine books, or scrolls, of prophecies to King Tarquin; and as the king declined to purchase them, owing to the exorbitant price she demanded, she burned three and offered the remaining six to Tarquin at the same stiff price, which he again refused, whereupon she burned three more and repeated her offer. Tarquin then relented and purchased the last three at the full original price, whereupon she ‘disappeared from among men.’
Circa 206 AD - Events of Worms of the Earth, written by Robert E. Howard. This chronicles the adventure of Pict warrior Bran Mak Morn, whose quest for the mystical Black Stone leads him to the ghastly and foul half-human creatures of the underground, called the Worms of the Earth.
Circa 490 - Birth of King Arthur, a legendary British leader of the late fifth and early sixth centuries, accompanied by his mentor, the wizard Merlin. It was believed that Merlin carried the staff of King Solomon. (Died 539 AD)
Circa 700 AD - The ‘Mad Arab’ Abdul Alhazred was a ‘half-crazed Arab’ who worshipped the Lovecraftian entities Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu and wrote the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire appearing in the stories by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft and his followers.
742 AD - Birth of Charlemagne (aka Charles the Great) was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans (Imperator Romanorum) from 800 to his death. (Died Jan. 28, 814)
1111 AD - Crusaders and Seljuk Turks fought the drawn Battle of Shaizar in Syria. In the Battle of Shaizar in 1111, a Crusader army commanded by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem and a Seljuk army led by Mawdud ibn Altuntash of Mosul fought to tactical draw but concluded with a forced withdrawal of Crusader forces. These crusading knights discover references to the legend of ancient treasures buried beneath King Solomon’s Temple.
1119 AD - Two veterans of the First Crusade, the French knight Hugues de Payens and his relative Godfrey de Saint-Omer, proposed the creation of a monastic order for the protection of the pilgrims traveling to the Holy Lands. King Baldwin II of Jerusalem agreed to their request, and gave them space for a headquarters on the Temple Mount, in the captured Al Aqsa Mosque. The Crusaders therefore referred to the Al Aqsa Mosque as Solomon’s Temple, and it was from this location that the Order took the name of Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, or ‘Templar’ knights. Little was heard of the Order for their first nine years. But in 1129, after being officially sanctioned by the church at the Council of Troyes, they became very well-known in Europe.
1129 AD - The nine knights, soon to become known as the Knight’s Templar, discovered the Nuctemeron, the Book of the Undead. They realized that Jerusalem could not be held indefinitely, so they brought the book to Europe. They hid the book and offered their services to the King of England and the Pope/Vatican to protect the treasure, taking on the title of the Order of the Knight’s Templar.
1149 AD - During the Crusader period, Deir al-Balah or Darum became a stronghold of the Templar Knights and the Knights Hospitaller from Jerusalem, led by King Baldwin III. Forts were built in Deir al-Balah that were used as a base from which to attack the Fatimid forces who had withdrawn from Gaza and established independent rule in Ascalon. By the end of 1170, Saladin’s army had arrived, entering Palestine through Darum, now known as Deir al-Balah. The ruins of Deir al-Balah appear in Pulp Heroes - Khan Dynasty.
1307, October 13 - King Philip IV of France and the new Pope Clement V invited the Templar Grand master Jacques de Molay to France. They betrayed him, arresting all members of the Knight’s Templar, searching the buildings and vaults for the Book of the Undead. The templar’s had hidden the book, perhaps at Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, Scotland. Or maybe in Switzerland. Jacques de Molay, last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burnt at the stake on March 18, 1314.
Roughly 400 years after the death of Jacques de Molay and the dissolution of the Knights Templar, the fraternal order of Freemasonry began to emerge in northern Europe. The Masons developed an elaborate mythos about their Order, and some claimed heritage from entities in history, ranging from the mystique of the Templars to the builders of Solomon’s Temple and the pyramids. It was during the 1760s that German masons introduced a specific Templar connection, claiming that the Order, through its occupation of the Temple of Solomon, had been the repository of secret wisdom and magical powers, which James of Molay had handed down to his successor before his execution and of which the eighteenth-century freemasons were the direct heirs.
1333-1337 - Famine in China. Six million die.
1348 - Without the Knight Templar’s to keep the vampire population in check, it grew quickly. The Black Death/Black Plague was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350. Most were unaware that vampires caused many of the deaths during this timeframe.
Circa 1390 - Birth of Vlad II, known as Vlad Dracul (‘Vlad the Dragon’), a voivode (duke) of Wallachia. He reigned from 1436 to 1442, and again from 1443 to 1447. He was the father of Mircea II, Vlad Clugrul, Vlad Tepeş (also known as ‘Vlad the Impaler’ and ‘Dracula’), and Radu the Handsome. (Died December 1447)
1408, December 12 - The Order of the Dragon was a monarchical chivalric order for selected nobility, created in Hungary in the late Middle Ages. Sigismund of Luxembourg, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary, Germany and Bohemia and his queen, Barbara of Celje, founded the league known today as the Order of the Dragon.
The Order of the Dragon took over where Knight’s Templar left off. Sir George Frankenstein and Vlad II Dracul, then Prince of Wallachia and Sigismund’s vassal, were founding members of the order. They began training a secret order of knights, men who took a vow and became the Brotherhood of the Dragon. Their mission was to hunt vampires. Vlad III, also known as Dracula, became the first in the order of the Knights of the Dragon. After his wife’s death at the hands of the Turks, he betrayed the order, allowing himself to become more than mortal, to avenge the death of his wife. Members of the Knights of the Dragon possess a scarlet ‘winemark’ on their arms, passed on from their own fathers at birth.
1410 - Birth of William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness (1455-1476), 3rd Earl of Orkney (1455-1470), Baron of Roslin was a Scottish nobleman and the builder of Rosslyn Chapel, in Midlothian, Scotland. (Died 1484)
1431 - Vlad II received the surname Dracul in 1431, after being inducted into the Order of the Dragon, making his full name Vlad Dracul or Vlad the Dragon. Vlad II was assassinated in 1447 and his eldest son was buried alive.
1431, November 25 - Birth of Vlad III Dracula, Prince of Wallachia. He was more commonly known as the Tepes, meaning Impaler, or simply as Dracula, meaning son of the Dragon. He was a three-time voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462. Dracula’s wife committed suicide in 1462. (Died December 18, 1476)
1441 - The Iguvine Tablets are a series of seven bronze tablets discovered at Iguvium (contemporary Gubbio), Italy. They are also known as Eugubian tablets. Nine were found originally, but two vanished and have never been seen again. A farmer found the tablets in a field and sold them to the city for two years’ worth of farming rights. When assembled, these tablets are known as the ancient grimoire Nuctemeron, also known as the Book of the Undead.
1443-1444 - The Crusade of Varna was a string of conflicts in between the Kingdom of Hungary, the Serbian Despotate, and the Ottoman Empire. It culminated in a devastating Hungarian loss at the Battle of Varna on November 10, 1444. The immortal vampire Varnae’ fought the Dracula family for the first time during this battle.
1503, December 21 - Birth of Nostradamus aka Michel de Nostredame, a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He was best known for his book Les Propheties or, The Prophecies, the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, which has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has attracted a following that, along with the popular press, credits him with predicting many major world events. The prophecies have in some cases been assimilated to the results of applying the alleged Bible code, as well as to other purported prophetic works. (Died July 2, 1566)
1531 - Hans von Frankenstein and his older brother Georg encountered a creature known as the Scheusslischer Lindwurm, tying the Frankenstein family to the story of Saint George and the Dragon.
1549 - Birth of adventurer Solomon Kane to a prosperous Puritan family in Devonshire, England.
1555 - This year marked the height of the Bloody Mary (Queen Mary I) rule in England. Several English clergymen - John Rogers, Layurence Saunders, Rowland Taylor, John Hopper, Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley, and the Bishop of Gloucester - were all burned at the stake in 1555, accused of heresy and Satan worship.
1599, April 25 - Birth of Oliver Cromwell, an English military and political leader. According to the original Varney the Vampire publication, Varney claimed he was cursed with vampirism after he had betrayed a royalist to Oliver Cromwell and accidentally killed his own son afterwards in a fit of anger. (Died September 3, 1658)
1560, August 7 - Birth of Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed aka The Blood Countess. (Died August 21, 1614)
1588 - Solomon Kane was present at the English defeat of the Spanish Armada. He was greatly impressed with Queen Elizabeth’s bravery.
1594 - Events of Hills of the Dead, written by Robert E. Howard. In Africa again, Kane’s old companion N’Longa (the witch doctor from Red Shadows) gives the Puritan a magic wooden staff, the Staff of Solomon, which will protect him in his travels. Kane enters the jungle and finds a city of vampires.
1588 - Soon after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, a group of London merchants presented a petition to Queen Elizabeth I for permission to sail to the Indian Ocean. After several failed attempts, a charter was finally awarded to the newly formed company, for a period of fifteen years, a monopoly of trade (known today as a patent) with all countries to the east of the Cape of Good Hope and to the west of the Straits of Magellan. This became known as the East India Trading Company.
1610 - Events of Solomon Kane’s Homecoming, written by Robert E. Howard. After years of wandering, the Puritan Solomon Kane returns to England, ‘to live forever in my place.’ Then he hears ‘the howling of the ocean pack’ and leaves again. This work contains a dialog exchange between Kane and a local man: ‘Where is Bess? Woe that I caused her tears. In the quiet churchyard by the sea she has slept these seven years.’ This grave is located in Rosslyn Chapel, in northern Scotland. He returns to Africa for what might be his final adventure, a passenger aboard one of the ships belonging to the East India Trading Company. Among his possessions was the mysterious Staff of King Solomon.
1666, June 6 - Although the Brotherhood of the Dragon managed to keep the dark forces from reacquiring the Book of the Undead, the secret order was forced to burn the city of London to the ground to expose the thousands of vampires to the daylight. The magical year was also known for having all the Roman numerals, used only once, in order from biggest to smallest value (MDCLXVI = 1666).
1673, August 10 - Birth of Johann Conrad Dippel, a German alchemist born at the Frankenstein castle. He was very famous, or infamous, during his lifetime. (Died April 25, 1734)
1692, February - 1693, May - The Salem witch trials was a series of hearings before local magistrates followed by county court trials to prosecute people accused of witchcraft in the counties of Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex in colonial Massachusetts.
1717, June 24 - The first Grand Lodge, the Grand Lodge of England, was founded.
1718 - After Austria gained control of northern Serbia and Oltenia with the Treaty of Passarowitz, officials noted the local practice of exhuming bodies and ‘killing vampires.’
1719 - As a counterpart to the organization known as the Freemasons, the very first Hellfire Club, was founded in London, by Philip, Duke of Wharton and a handful of other high society friends. The infamous club motto was Fais ce que tu voudras (Do what thou wilt). Sir Francis Dashwood and the Earl of Sandwich are alleged to have been members of a Hellfire Club that met at the George and Vulture Inn throughout the 1730s. Dashwood founded the Order of the Knights of St Francis in 1746, originally meeting at the George & Vulture. Benjamin Franklin is also said to have occasionally attended the club’s meetings during 1758 as a non-member during his time in England. However, some authors and historians would argue Benjamin Franklin was in fact a spy. As there are no records left (if there were any at all), many of these members are just assumed or linked by letters sent to each other. The 1888 Hellfire Club group maintains a membership of exactly 666 members, the number of the Beast.
1772 - Birth of Doctor Victor Frankenstein.
1773, December 16 - American revolutionaries rebel against their European oppressors, refusing to allow vampires to migrate across the ocean and into the New World. They board a fleet of ships and dump hundreds of coffins, along with crates of tea, into the Boston Harbor. The founding fathers were lead by a secret society known as the Freemasons, consisting of such notaries as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere, and Benjamin Franklin. The final battle against the invading vampires in America was fought and won on July 7, 1777 (7/7/1777) even though the war with Britain continued for six more years.
1775, July 23 - Eugène François Vidocq, a French criminal who later became the first director of the Sûreté Nationale and one of the first modern private investigators. (Died May 11, 1857)
1790 - The events of Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly. Doctor Victor Frankenstein creates the first artificial life, called simply, the Creature or Frankenstein’s Monster.
1792, August 4 - Birth of Percy Bysshe Shelley, an English writer and husband of Mary Shelley. (Died July 8, 1822)
1795, September 7 - Birth of Doctor John William Polidori, an Italian English physician and writer, known as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. In 1819, John Polidori wrote the novella The Vampyre, which was inspired by the life and legend of Lord Byron. The Vampyre, featuring the undead protagonist Lord Ruthven, was highly successful and the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century. (Died August 24, 1821)
1795, December 13 - The Wold Cottage meteorite (also called the Wold Newton meteorite) falls a few miles away from the hamlet of Wold Newton in Yorkshire, England.
1797, August 30 - Birth of Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstone-craft Godwin), an English writer, best known for the Gothic horror novel Frankenstein. (Died February 1, 1851).
1799, July 15 - Discovery of the Rosetta Stone, an Ancient Egyptian artifact which was instrumental in advancing modern understanding of hieroglyphic writing. The stone was a Ptolemaic era stele with carved text made up of three translations of a single passage: two in Egyptian language scripts (hieroglyphic and Demotic) and one in classical Greek. The hieroglyphs were deciphered by Thomas Young and Jean-François Champollion in 1822.
1808, July 18 - Birth of Prince Dakkar of India. Later in his life, Prince Dakkar calls himself ‘Captain Nemo,’ as told by Jules Verne in 20,000 Leagues Under the Seaand Mysterious Island.
1809, January 19 - Birth of Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic. (Died October 7, 1849)
1809, February 12 - Birth of Abraham Lincoln. (Died April 15, 1865)
1814, January 15 - Birth of Pierre-Jules Hetzel, a French editor and publisher of Victor Hugo, Alexander Dumas, and Jules Verne. He died eight days after Verne was shot. (Died March 17, 1886)
1814 - It was widely believed that prior to writing the famous novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley took a journey on the river Rhine and visited the real Frankenstein Castle, the birthplace of Conrad Dippel.
1815, April 5 - April 12 - Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies blew its top explosively during an eruption, killing nearly one hundred thousand people and propelling thousands of tons of aerosols (sulfide gas compounds) into the upper atmosphere (stratosphere). The high level gases reflected sunlight and caused the widespread cooling (known as a volcanic winter) and heavy rains of 1816, caused snows in June and July in the northern hemisphere, widespread crop failures, and subsequently famine, which was why 1816 became known as the Year Without a Summer.
1817 - Birth of Allan Quatermain in England. Professional big game hunter, trader and expert marksman, Quatermain lived the majority of his life on the African continent.
1818 - First publication of Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley.
1822, July 8 - Less than a month before his 30th birthday, Percy Shelley drowns in a sudden storm while sailing back from Livorno to Lerici in his schooner, Don Juan.
1826 - Publication of the novel The Last Man written by Mary Shelley. In the introduction, she claims that in 1818 she discovered, in the Sibyl’s cave near Naples, a collection of prophetic writings painted on leaves by the Cumaean Sibyl.
1826 - Birth of Ned Land from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
1828, February 8 - Birth of Jules Gabriel Verne, a French author who helped pioneer the science-fiction genre. (Died March 24, 1905)
1828 - Events of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe (Published 1838). The Sphinx of the Ice Fields or An Antarctic Mystery is a sequel written by Jules Verne in 1897. Poe’s novel was also an influence on H. P. Lovecraft, whose 1936 story At the Mountains of Madness follows similar thematic direction and borrows the cry tekeli-li from The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.
1832 - Birth of Phileas Fogg. Other than his globe-spanning adventure in 1872, very little is known about this mysterious and eccentric individual.
1835, November 30 - Birth of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, an American author and humorist, widely known by his pen name Mark Twain. (Died April 21, 1910)
1838, November 13 - Birth of Doctor Henry Jekyll.
1839 - Events of Le Sphinx des glaces or The Sphinx of Ice or An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne (Published 1897). This novel is a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket which was published in 1838. The story is set in 1839, eleven years after the events in Arthur Gordon Pym, and one year after the publication of that book.
December 1841 - early 1842 - Events of Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Published 1851).
1845, January 29 - The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe was published for the first time.
1845 - Publication of Varney the Vampire, a landmark popular mid-Victorian era gothic horror story written by James Malcolm Rymer (aka Thomas Preskett Prest), which first appeared from 1845 to 1847 in a series of pamphlets generally referred to as ‘penny dreadfuls’ because of their inexpensive price and typically gruesome contents.
1846, June 12 - Birth of Colonel Richard Henry Savage, an American military officer and author who wrote more than forty books of adventure and mystery stories. Savage’s eloquent, witty, dashing and daring life may have been the inspiration for the pulp novel character Doc Savage. (Died October 11, 1903)
1847, November 8 - Birth of Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker, an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. (Died April 20, 1912)
1850, November 13 - First recorded appearance of Edward Hyde. Twelve-year-old Henry Jekyll meets Edward Hyde for the first time. Coincidentally, writer Robert Louis Stevenson is also born on this date.
1850, November 13 - Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson, a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer. (Died December 3, 1894)
1852, August 7 - Birth of Doctor John Hamish Watson. From 1881 until his death in 1939, Watson chronicled the adventures and investigations of the great detective Sherlock Holmes.
1854, January 6 - Birth of William Sherlock Scott Holmes at a farmstead in the North Riding of Yorkshire. His first adventure, A Study in Scarlet, takes place in 1881 but is not published until 1887 in Beeton’s Christmas Annual.
1856, June 22 - Birth of Sir Henry Rider Haggard, an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a founder of the Lost World/Lost Civilization literary genre. (Died May 14, 1925)
1856, July 10 - Birth of Nikola Tesla, an inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer. (Died January 7, 1943)
1857 - Birth of Lord John Roxton from The Lost World.
1857 - Prince Dakkar (later known as Captain Nemo, translated from Latin as ‘No One’) takes part in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 aka The Sepoy Mutiny.
1859, May 22 - Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger. (Died July 7, 1930)
1861 - Birth of Alfred Aloysius ‘Trader’ Horn (born Alfred Aloysius Smith), an ivory trader in central Africa. (Died 1931)
1863 - Birth of Professor George Edward Challenger in Largs, a village in Strathclyde, Scotland.
1863, Sunday, May 24 - Events of Voyage au Centre de la Terre aka Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Published 1864).
1866, September 21 - Birth of Herbert George ‘H.G.’ Wells, an English author best known for his work in the science fiction genre. (Died August 13, 1946)
1866 - Captain Nemo’s Nautilus first sighted.
1866 - Birth of Arronaxe Land, daughter of Ned Land, mother of Arronaxe Larson, grandmother of John Titan.
1867 - Jules Verne and his brother were on board the ship, The Great Eastern, with Cyrus Field, as the Atlantic telegraph line was laid.
1867 - Mark Twain visited Egypt.
1868 - According to Pulp Heroes - Khan, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Frank Wildman, Captain Nemo, Henry Jekyll, Allan Quatermain, Simon Titan, and Doctor Hunan Sun were all in Egypt.
1870-1889 - Events of The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by Oscar Wilde. Dorian Gray was a member of the Hellfire Club.
1871 - The Opera Populaire in Paris was devastated by a fire resulting from the Phantom’s shattering of the chandelier.
1872, October-December - Events of Le Tour du Monde en Quatre- Vingt Jours aka Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Published 1886).
1872, 8:45 on Wednesday October 2 - Enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg and his French valet, Jean Passepartout, depart Dover and begin their eighty-day tour/trip/adventure around the world. His wager with the other distinguished members of the London Reform Club is for 20,000 English Pounds.
1872, 8:45 on Saturday December 21 - Phileas Fogg completes his trip around the world as chronicled by Jules Verne in Around the World in Eighty Days.
1872 - Birth of Professor Henry Jones, Senior in Scotland. A professor of medieval history, his obsessive search for the legendary Holy Grail will span several decades of his life.
1873, March 24 - Birth of Sidney George Reilly, a Jewish-Russian adventurer and secret agent famously known as the Ace of Spies. Ian Fleming would use Reilly as a model for James Bond. (Death of Sidney Reilly, November 5, 1925.)
1874 - Birth of General Zaroff from The Most Dangerous Game.
1874, February 15 - Birth of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton.
1874, March 24 - Birth of Erik Weisz aka Harry Houdini. Houdini was a Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist. (Died October 31, 1926)
1880 - Events of King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard (Published 1885) - The first of 14 Allan Quatermain stories.
1881 - Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson meet in London and become close friends and roommates.
1882 - Death of Harry Quatermain (Allan’s son).
1882, October 20 - Birth of Béla Ferenc Dezso Blaskó aka Béla Lugosi. Bela was a Hungarian actor of stage and screen, best known for playing Count Dracula. (Died August 16, 1956)
1883, October - 1885, March - Events of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Published 1886).
1886 - Events of Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard (Published 1887) - title character supposedly dies from a lung injury.
1886 - Events of Robur le Conquerant aka Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne (Published 1886).
1886, March 9 - Jules Verne was confronted in front of his own home by his twenty-five-year-old nephew Gaston Verne, who shot at his uncle twice with a handgun. One bullet missed, but the second entered Verne’s left leg, giving him a permanent limp. Gaston spent the rest of his life in an asylum. Gaston was the son of Jules’ brother Paul and suffered from paranoia.
1886, March 17 - Death of Pierre-Jules Hetzel. Hetzel dies eight days after Verne was shot.
1886, June 13 - Death of Ludwig II aka Mad King Ludwig, King of Bavaria. Ludwig II was Grand Master of the Knights of St George.
1886, October 28 - In New York Harbor, US President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty, officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World.
1887, February 15 - Death of Jules Verne’s mother, Sophie-Henriette Allotte de la Fuÿe.
1887, May 8 - Death of Thomas Stevenson (Robert Louis Stevenson’s father.)
1887, November 23 - Birth of William Henry Pratt (aka Boris Karloff) at 36 Forest Hill Road, Peckham Rye, London, England. (Died February 2, 1969)
1888 - This was a year that, when written in Roman numerals (MDCCCLXXXVIII), has the most digits (13).
1888, June 28 - August 8 - Events of the novel Modern Marvels - Viktoriana by Wayne Reinagel (Published 2011).
1888, August 31 - Jack the Ripper begins his reign of terror in Whitechapel, England, with the murder of Mary Ann Nichols. September 8 - Jack the Ripper continues reign of terror with the murder of Annie Chapman. September 30 - Jack the Ripper commits ‘double-play’ with murders of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. November 9 - Jack the Ripper murders last known victim, Mary Jane Kelly.
1888, November 22 - Kan-Tar, Lord Greyson, aka Kevin Claybourne is born after his parents, Alice (Rutherton) and John Claybourne are stranded in the western coastal jungles of French Equatorial Africa.
1891, May 4 - Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty wrestle at the edge of the abyss called Reichenbach Falls and appear to plummet to their deaths, locked in each other’s arms. The story is told in The Adventure of the Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Published 1893). Three years later, Sherlock miraculously returns from the dead.
1892 - Events of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (Published 1895).
1897 - Events of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (Published 1897).
1898, August - Events of War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (Published 1898) ‘The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one … but still they come.’
1901 - Maple White discovers a plateau, a mysterious lost sliver of land from the prehistoric past, inhabited by dinosaurs. White was a poet/artist from Detroit, Michigan who happened almost accidentally upon a plateau teeming with various prehistoric creatures. He managed to escape the summit, but died of a strange fever a year later. His miraculous discovery would have gone unnoticed, if Professor George Edward Challenger hadn’t come upon the scene, discovered his notes, and led a new expedition back to the plateau.
1903 - Events of The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (Published 1912).
1912, April 15 - RMS Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage.
1930, July 7 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle suffers heart attack and passes away at age seventy-one. The epitaph on his gravestone reads: Steel True, Blade Straight, Arthur Conan Doyle - Knight, Patriot, Physician, and Man of Letters.
1938 - Events of Pulp Heroes - The Khan Dynasty by Wayne Reinagel (Published 2010).
1944 - Events of Hunter Island Adventure by Wayne Reinagel (Published 2011). Pamela Titan, cousin of Doc Titan, is close friends and business partners with Megan Meriwether, Whitney Van Pelt, and Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Greyson. Together, they form the Hunter Island Holding Company. The four women are the main characters of the novella entitled The Hunter Island Adventure.
1945 - Events of Pulp Heroes - More Than Mortal by Wayne Reinagel (Published 2008).
1961, May 7 - Birth of Wayne Reinagel. The world will never be the same.
Note: The above information was compiled and extrapolated utilizing a combination of ginormous amounts of personal research, hundreds of hours on the Wikipedia website, input from various pulp and novel fans and writers, including the historian Jess Nevins, and Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold-Newton Universe, edited by Win Scott Eckert.