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John T. Cullen is a San Diego author of both fiction and nonfiction. He lives with his wife, son, and cat in the 1870s town of Grantville, within San Diego city limits. Find more information at his author website (www.johntcullen.com).
His nonfiction specialties include history and science writing. With the nonfiction book Dead Move: Kate Morgan and the Haunting Mystery of Coronado (2008) he became the first researcher to plausibly explain the 1892 true crime at the Hotel del Coronado, which gave rise to one of the nation's premier ghost legends (erroneously called that of Kate Morgan). More on this below.
He is the author of an acclaimed virtual tour of ancient Rome, titled A Walk in Ancient Rome (first authorized edition due out 2015 from Clocktower Books).
His fiction includes historical (The Spy's Daughter, Lethal Journey) and suspense thrillers (Doctor Night, Vanished Flight 777). His political thriller Autumn of the Republic is a thriller and thought experiment based on the terrifying premise: "What if we invoked Article V of the U.S. Constitution and called a Second Constitutional Convention (CON2) to revise or even discard the 1787 Constitution?" His novel, written as an entertaining thriller, is the first book to actually think through many of the details and ramifications; it has been adopted by several major university law school libraries as hypothetical reference material.
Likewise, his acclaimed June 2014 novel Vanished Flight 777 is a thriller and thought experiment based on the premise that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 may not have crashed into the Indian Ocean, but was hijacked by Islamic terrorists, is being weaponized, and will be used in a horrifying attack that may trump those of 11 September 2001. Vanished Flight 777 is currently on an official recommended reading list for U.S. Navy personnel (Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy's reading list) and is being considered for inclusion in other military and intelligence reading lists.
He is recognized as an early pioneer in online science fiction publishing, both for his writing and publishing under the pseudonym John Argo, and for editing and publishing the acclaimed pioneering online speculative fiction magazine Deep Outside SFFH, later Far Sector SFFH (1998-2007).
John T. Cullen is becoming known for his ground-breaking discoveries about the 1892 true crime at the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego. Like the Mission, this Hotel and Resort is a U.S. National Landmark. John is the first person to plausibly explain the ghost legend associated with the violent and mysterious death of the Beautiful Stranger at the hotel, thus solving a cold case well over a century old, even after it had been laid to a very uncertain and dubious rest. The author followed his true crime analysis with a noir period novel (Lethal Journey) that is very closely based on the true analysis in Dead Move.
As a history writer and a transplanted European (born a U.S. citizen), John T. Cullen is intrigued by the venerable history of his U.S. home area. Humans have inhabited the San Diego region for well over 12,000 years. Europeans discovered the great natural harbor in 1542, calling it San Miguel. The San Diego name was given in 1602 by another Iberian explorer. Grantville was founded in the 1870s as a U.S. Civil War veterans' retirement town with its own mayor and post office. It was until the 1950s located among the dairy farms of Mission Valley near 1769's la Misión San Diego de Alcalá, (relocated from the Presidio area to Grantville in 1774). Grantville was swallowed up in the sprawling post-World War II expansion of San Diego and Southern California. The mission area, including central fountain amid then-ruins, is described in Richard Henry Dana's 1836 Two Years Before The Mast.