Bio: John T. Cullen is a freelance author, novelist, and journalist living in Southern California. He is the author of more than twenty books, including A Walk in Ancient Rome (nonfiction/Ancient History) and Lethal Journey (noir historical thriller based on a spectacular true 1892 crime). In 2009, the History Channel flew John to Yale University from his home in San Diego, to interview him for Episode 6 of a 12-part history of Christianity to air in spring 2010. John is the first person in history to plausibly translate and explain the ancient mystery of the Sator Arepo inscription found in ruins all over the Roman Empire. He made his discovery in 2007 while researching for his nonfiction/virtual tour book for a general readership, A Walk in Ancient Rome.
A Walk in Ancient Rome is garnering rave reviews from academics, bestselling authors, and critics alike. It has never been done before: a complete virtual tour, for the lay or academic reader, of the entire imperial capital in 150 in the age of the Antonines. It is the height of the empire--the shining noon of the Roman Peace. John takes you through all fourteen Augustan districts, 'showing' and explaining sights usually only known to specialists. To understand Rome, you have to see the mosaic of its thousand parts, which then rise together in a luminous whole that transcends the sum of its parts. John writes nonfiction (mainly history, some science) and nonfiction in several genres (SF, DF, H, suspense, mainstream). A member of International Thriller Writers, he will be releasing Lethal Journey, a thriller novel based on a spectacular true 1892 crime, in September 2009. He has published science fiction, fantasy, thriller, and historical novels you can sample at his author website. He is the publisher of Clocktower Books.
The Kate Morgan story is a true-life mystery--an enigma, a 'riddle of the sands'--involving a famous ghost that even today still haunts a great resort in a spectacular tourist destination. On Thanksgiving Day, 1892, a beautiful and graceful young woman checked in alone at the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, California. She signed in under a false name, and to this day her real identity has not been established beyond doubt. Five days later, she was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on... more info>>
What really happened during that early twilight zone of human existence--after the last Ice Age, but before people started writing things down? We live in an epoch called the Holocene, which began about 12,000 years ago, and of which we know relatively little except for the past 6,000 years since writing was invented. But there are mysterious megaliths around the world, and strange cities built by skull cultists who kept their dead around--and other evidence that all is not what we may think. Wi... more info>>
Alone in the annals of history stands a super-weapon that terrorized Paris during Germany's last desperate campaign to win World War I. The Paris Gun was a marvel of technology. It required the work of astronomers, geographers, physicists, chemists, and other scientific experts to create a weapon that could fire on Paris from behind German lines--a range of 81 miles (130 kilometers). The shell traveled through the edge of space, and calculations had to be made to account for the earth's rotation... more info>>
Fierce and beautiful, she still today brings with her a breath of Ice Age mystery. With minor variations, she is Athena, Joan of Arc, Marianne of the Barricades, and Rosie the Riveter. The Ionians worshipped her since at least Neolithic times. When the Greeks founded the chief city of Attica during the Iron Age, they named their city after her: Athens. Atop the city's high hill, they created a sanctuary dedicated to her, and named its chief temple the Parthenon, which means Temple of the Virgin.... more info>>