Rogue's Gallery

Baltoghlu


To friends he was known as Baltoghlu Suleiman, a Bulgarian renegade who was the admiral of the Ottoman fleet in the 15th Century. He led the Turkish fleet against the Byzantines in 1453 during the final siege of Constantinople. Baltoghlu was severely wounded in the eye during an unsuccessful attempt at intercepting a supply transport of four galleys bound for Constantinople. Unfortunately for him, Mehmet witnessed everything from shore, denounced him as a fool, and had him sentenced to death. His life was spared because several of his men testified to his courage. Johnny, Fergie, and the professor run afoul of this terror and hear his horrifying words: “Butter and eggs, and a pound of cheese” [The Trolley to Yesterday].

 

Creature in the Shadows

Creature in the Shadows


King Solomon’s throne, in the engraving Lewis finds, cast a deep, black shadow...but it’s not until closer examination that one discerns it’s not a shadow but some kind of creature. Its spidery limbs hugged itself...its body seemed to be covered with matted, shaggy black hair...Lewis comes to the realization the artist had not made up this monstrosity but had been drawn from a living model! And is it on the move, too [The Tower at the End of the World]?

 

Gert Bigger


There are numerous words to describe Gert Bigger: Big, of course, but also unpleasant, bittered, resentful, quarrelsome, malicious...you get the idea. When Mrs. Zimmermann runs into her sour-faced nemesis it’s only a matter of time before the sparks – and spells – fly [The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring].

 

Anders Borkman


The new owner of his late father’s estate, Anders Borkman is said to have returned from a lengthy overseas stay. Those in the Hoosac area who remember his father, Jorgen Knut Borkman, were not surprised to see Anders bring back thermometers, barometers, and other weather-related gadgets to the estate since both Borkmans were fascinated with the weather. Not sunny days, but that turbulent stuff: storms and lashing rains and so on. Anders is very much his father’s son and its through Anders that old J.K. still has a hand in controlling the elements [The Dark Secret of Weatherend].

 

Moss

Figure in the Shadows


Lewis Barnavelt is being plagued by visions of a mysterious figure that seems to be coming from afar and slowly making its way into New Zebedee. It surely cannot be a good sign of things to come and Lewis worries what sort of omen it really is. But he has other problems – bully problems – and wishes there was a way he could do something to stop their kind once and for all. And that’s when the figure in the shadow makes its move... [The Figure in the Shadow].

 

Belle Frisson

Belle Frisson


Born Elizabeth Proctor in Savannah, Georgia, Belle Frisson got involved in Spiritualism during the mid-1800s, touring the country on a communicating-with-the-dead act based on ancient Egyptian sorcery. But things took a bad turn when she died in rural Michigan. Friends constructed an elaborate grave stone. She shares her birth name with one of the accused during the Salem Witch Trials, while her stage name means “a sudden surge of excitement.” And she waits to live again... [The Specter from the Magician's Museum].

 

Grand Autarch


Described as a gloomy-looking man with red-rimmed eyes, the Grand Autarch (Gannalech?) is the spiritual leader of the nether dimension Autarch cult. He can be quite cantankerous if provoked and even used his spells to rapidly age a would-be problematic member of the group. Supernatural as he may seem, it’s later discovered he may be nothing more than a former resident of Wisconsin, embittered and ready to assume his place as ruler of Earth when it is pulled into his homemade Dimension X [The Mansion in the Mist].

 

Adele Grimshaw


There isn’t much to like about Adele Grimshaw: she’s a middle-aged woman who talks in a flat, monotone voice and has few friends. She owns an antique shop in Dresbach, Wisconsin and sells one of her customers an old Dutch oil lamp. That buyer is Miss Eells and while she may initially feel sorry for Adele, she can’t begin to fathom how much power the lamp has over the dreary woman [The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb].

 

The Guardian

The Guardian


It’s creepy and kooky...it’s sinister and spooky...it’s something old man Glomus whipped up when he was fooling around with Black Magic – or so says his grandson. Chad Glomus also says the Guardian can be anything: a pool of moonlight, a chair, or even smoke drifting in the air. How about a sanding belt? Or a yawn? Maybe a mummy? Anyway, such a shape-shifting spirit will be difficult to avoid – you don’t know what to be on the look-out for – but thankfully “the lights burn blue” if you’re anywhere near its evil clut – [The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt].

 

Isaac Izard

Isaac Izard


The previous owner of the Barnavelt house on High Street was Isaac Izard, a peculiar individual who had a fondness for sitting and staring at the skies through windows on the upper stories. At some point his attitudes toward life soured and his intentions were revealed: he would use his wizardly powers to bring about the End of the World [The House with a Clock in its Walls].

 

Ishmael Izard


Call him Ishmael, call him trouble...call him his father’s son. He’s Isaac Izard’s boy and he’s got a devious plan up the sleeve of his black turtle-neck sweater. The plan? It’s about time. It’s about vengeance. It’s about being a watcher of skies. Ishmael Izard has arrived to put into motion the plots and plans of his putrid pedigree [The Tower at the End of the World]!

 

Selenna Izard

Selenna Izard


While Isaac might have been the one to design the Doomsday Clock, he lacked the skill it took to wind it up all the way. One with a greater power than he possessed must make the final adjustments. But curse the day she left him! Curse the day she went away! She might have done it! She, of course, is none other than his late wife, Selenna [The House with a Clock in its Walls].

 

Lamia

Lamia


The whistle Lewis finds while hiking with his Boy Scout troop carries the mysterious inscription Hic Iacet Lamia and poor Lewis – asking Father Foley what it means is grounds for an inquisition. No it’s not a saint or martyr but, according to ancient Greek mythology, a beautiful queen who became a child-eating daemon. Some accounts say she has a serpent's tail below the waist, though this description is credited to Lamia, a poem by John Keats published in 1819. Too bad for Lewis there’s no sign of warning in the siren's call [The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost].

 

Rufus Masterman mummy

Rufus Masterman


In 1235 William de Marisco was implicated in the murder of Henry Clement, Henry III's messenger. William fled to Lundy where he lived as a virtual king until Henry’s men captured William and 16 of his subjects; William was hung, drawn, and quartered. While the de Mariscos influence was at an end, they were the most famous of the pirates who lived and roamed the waters around Lundy. Some 700 years later the spirit of Rufus de Marisco has awaken and seeks to revive his deceased brethern for another hellish raid. Rufus takes the name Masterman and then takes over the body of Father Higgins – all in his quest to terrorize the world [The Secret of the Underground Room].

 

Mattheus Mergal

Mattheus Mergal


Boston resident Mattheus Mergal has turned up in Duston Heights – and boy, is he creepy looking! This suspicious know-it-all has a thing for colonial antiques and is very persistent in his desire to obtain anything once owned by Esdrias Blackleach. In fact, one might say Professor Childermass’ new-found advisory is a modern-day acolyte of Blackleach. Yes, Mergal is always ready to conjure up snakes and skeletons to shock his fans...and speaking of scary, why’s there always a crow flyin’ around when he’s near [The Hand of the Necromancer]?

 

Ermine Moote


The elderly wife of Mephistopheles, Ermine Moote was a practicing witch who married her husband to get closer to his client, Jedediah Clabbernong, and learn his secrets about calling forth the red comet. With that knowledge they would use the comet to bring the Great Old Ones to earth to reign supreme [The Beast under the Wizard's Bridge].

 

Willis Nightwood

Willis Nightwood


Stillwater, Wisconsin’s most eccentric and eerie lawyer was one Willis Nightwood. He may have made it big playing poker in his youth but he made a mess of things when he startled fiddling around with magic and got himself permanently...eh...spooked [The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb].

 

Nyarlat-Hotep

Nyarlat-Hotep


There’s an ancient evil lurking just out of reach and Johnny and the professor can’t figure out what it is. Vacationing in Florida, they learn the tale of Damon Boudron, the "Scourge of the Spanish Main,” a blood-thirsty pirate who died the day of an earthquake by being swept to the bottom of the ocean. But he was no mere moral but rather a spirit from the dark regions known as Nyarlat-Hotep that still stalks the world... and his sights are on Harrison Dixon... [The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost].

 

Pele


In the Hawaiian religion, Pele is the goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes, and is popular figure in many stories of ancient Hawaii. In New Zebedee, she appears as an imperious young woman dressed in silky red robes, with her long dark hair streaming, fluttering around her, as tough touched by rising hot air: “her face terrible and beautiful and her flesh glowed with an inner light as if fires burned just beneath her skin. Her eyes should have been dark but the pupils glared like white-hot embers.” She comes to reclaim the Princess Makalani and return her to her native lands [The House where Nobody Lived].

 

Hugo Philpotts


Anthony Monday first runs into Hugo Philpotts behind the counter at the First National Bank of Hoosac. He’s an unpleasant old grouch who quickly turns on the charm...and turns up at most opportune times. And just when poor Anthony is feeling pretty glum he’s invited to pay Philpotts a visit down at the bank. You see, Philpotts knows all too well Anthony’s plans [The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn].

 

Matthew Prester

Matthew Prester


Who is this Matthew Prester that comes out to lodge on the grounds of Barnavelt Manor in the British countryside? Bertie thinks it’s strange the way the lodger keeps to himself...but most startling is that Bertie can’t hear him walking about. And Prester seems to be very busy about the property – is this the reason why his mother and Pelly Barnavelt seem so angry all of a sudden? Or does that Civil War-era witchfinder Malachiah Pruitt have something to do with it? All poor Bertie knows is that he will be awfully glad when Lewis returns...though Lewis may not like what he finds [The Vengeance of the Witch-finder].

 

Adolfus Schlectesherz


Back when Jonathan was a student at Michigan Agricultural College he began dabbling here and there with the magical arts. Under the auspices of Dr. Marville, who believed in maintaining the mystical order of three, Jonathan and Adolfus Schlectesherz - a fellow student originally from Germany - put their magical-know-how together to come up with something special for their senior project. But Schlectesherz was older, brasher, and had little interest for paying attention...when he was a student [The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer].

 

Mama Sinestra

Mama Sinestra


Lovingly described as an ancient-looking, toad-like woman, Mama Sinestra pops up around New England with one mission: find the bébé drum stolen from St. Ives. She knows the drum’s power and uses her own knowledge of voodoo to bring about certain doom those who get in her way, namely Dr. Coote and Kate Dixon [The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie].

 

Edmund Stallybrass


Round and ruddy in complexion with a pointed moustache, Edmund Stallybrass is an Englishman who once worked at the British Museum and later communicated with Perry Childermass about the Lewis Chessmen. He is spotted in downtown Stone Arabia wearing an Ulster and carrying a mysterious case, and then out and about on the Childermass estate to put Perry’s plan into action – albeit with more malevolent motives [The Chessmen of Doom].

 

Adolphus Stoltzfuss

Adolphus Stoltzfuss


Once the owner of a large parcel of farmland, Adolphus Stoltzfuss is now a man of precious little: a small, run-down farm house on a tiny piece of property in rural Pennsylvania, very little patience, and few friends. A widower of about seventy years of age, this tall and skinny loner doesn’t attend church services but is first to say someone else is doing the devil’s work. Who’s his target? He claims Wilhelm Drexel – who lives with Susanna Weiss, his step-daughter, and her family - is a hexer, and he’s out to convince everyone else. But what tricks does our long-lost friend have up his sleeve [The Ghost in the Mirror]?

 

Jarmyn Thanatos

Jarmyn Thanatos


Jarmyn Thanatos was “a medicine-show quack, a con artist, and miserable mountebank” who during his unbelievably long life had learned the secrets of the Hand of Glory, the philosopher’s stone to turn lead into gold, and the universal elixir to extend his life for centuries. His undying wish was simply to live forever using The Book of True Wishes to slowly steal the youth of his unsuspecting victims [The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder].

 

Henry Vanderhelm


Henry Vanderhelm’s grandfather, Immanuel, was a world-renown singer and composer who retired to New Zebedee, but a wizard as well who deciphered ancient necromantic spells and constructed it into an opera – the intent to have the incantation sung to bring about the end of the world. But then Immanuel disappeared and the opera score was lost. Henry knows his grandfather’s work very well and returns to New Zebedee under the guise to organize the entire town’s participation in a seemingly innocent musical production [The Doom of the Haunted of the Opera].

 

Windrow Familiar


This nasty little bugger isn’t regulated to just Johnny’s dream...no, it’s out and about doing the dirty deeds for its master, Zebulon – though the only task it seems to find any fulfillment from is wrapping its tentacles around a suspect and thrusting it into the darkness of the hood that covers its...eh, face. The short, stooped Windrow Familiar is a chilling representation of just what a Windrow can do with a little magic [The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost].

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Warren Windrow

Warren Windrow


A lust for gold...a violent temper...a taste for revenge.... Warren Windrow has come up with a sure-fire way to get back at that those that wronged him. That’s using your head, Warren [The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull]!

 

Zebulon Windrow


Zebulon Windrow is the patriarch of the New England-area based Windrow claim of wizards, warlocks, witches, and whatnot. Stay on his good side, if such a thing exists... [The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost].

 

Mrs. Woodley


Both Johnny and the professor run afoul of Mrs. Woodley. And calling her “Misses” seems a bit of a stretch – after Fergie has a run in with her, he asks if she was a witch. “She’s a...a...something, that’s for bloody sure!” retorts the professor. He was correct, however; she is many things: proprietor of her own business, collector of strange boxes and bottles, collector of old New England primers, skilled lip-reader, and embittered seeker of a certain lost piece of paper... [The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt].