John T. Cullen

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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 (

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.

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Vanished Flight 777: A Suspense Thriller and Thought Experiment Based on the True Disappearance of Flight 370 in March 2014
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,570. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
John T. Cullen, scholar and U.S. Army veteran, crafts a rousing thriller that's also a plausible thought experiment. He suggests the missing Flight 370 was hijacked by Islamic terrorists, is being weaponized, and will be used against a horrifying target to outdo 9/11. It's the anniversary of bin Laden's capture, and the terrorists like to use transport methods (eg, planes-MH370) for their crimes
The Christmas Clock, or: Time's River of Dust
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,580. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ray Bradbury sent John T. Cullen a personal note in 2008, thanking him for writing a dark holiday fantasy worthy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, or of Ray Bradbury's macabre yet heartwarming tales. Arthur Latchloose, a miserable, wealthy old banker, has everything--but has nobody. A modern genie with a cell phone, and a wondrous clock made for the Sun King, turn his world upside down.
Doctor Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 137,440. Language: American English. Published: December 7, 2013 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An orbital sniper satellite designed to assassinate world leaders is hijacked by world terrorism broker Doctor Night and used for global blackmail. Langley sends in Jack Gray, premier 21st Century American agent of last resort. Jack is a lover and a fighter touched by earlier tragedy. Love awaits in secret, but dare he involve lovely Molly Grace in his dangerous life as he tackles Doctor Night?
Autumn of the Republic: The Generals of October, 20th Anniversary Edition
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,770. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A suspense thriller that makes us think. Article V in the US Constitution lets us hold a convention and revise or throw out the Constitution. Two young Army officers (David and Tory) discover each other while investigating a plot to seize the government. Updates Seven Days in May and other great political thrillers with action, passion, and a plausible crisis out of tomorrow's scary headlines.
The Spy's Daughter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 172,670. Language: American English. Published: July 28, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A wealthy French countess has lived a wild life. Now 45, she starts a global, driven search for her lost,mysterious parents and her identity. Her father, who disappeared in 1945, was a dashing, heroic U.S. Naval officer. Her mother was a tragic figure who may have been a triple agent. Stalin used the two women to lure Marianne's father to Siberia, to kill him in revenge for denying him the a-bomb.
The Paris Gun of 1918
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,810. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » World
A technological marvel, it was also a super-weapon of terror. The Kaiser Cannon of 1918 terrorized Paris during Germany's last desperate campaign to win World War I. The Paris Gun was a marvel of technology. It required astronomers, geographers, physicists, chemists, and other scientific experts to launch each 210-pound shot at Paris from behind German lines--a range of 80 miles (130 km).
Virginal Huntress-Warrior: Her Undying Ice Age Cult
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,200. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » Civilization
Fierce, beautiful, and untouchable, 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. We tie together evidence from the Ice Ages through ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, right up to modern times, showing that her cult has been around as long as mankind, and endures today.
The God Page
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,820. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
From the archaic period through the end of her Western empire, Rome was a continuum of three great modalities uniting all faiths. This personal essay looks impartially at the three modalities, and offers a final, surprising modality for modern times. Takes no sectarian sides--readers of all persuasions are welcome. Only the intolerant will be offended. Seekers will have a feast.
Crisis Among The Stars: Coming Shift in Cosmology
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,990. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Cosmos
With a lively history of cosmology, here is a dramatic new conjecture to explain dark matter, dark energy, and the accelerating expansion of the universe. Just 90 years ago, the great debate was still about the sun as center of the universe, which was just the Milky Way. In the 1920s, E. Hubble proved there are myriad galaxies in an unimaginably vast universe. Time for a new paradigm shift...
Sator Enigma: Ancient Roman Mystery Solved
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,990. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » Civilization
For centuries, scholars have been baffled by a mysterious inscription found in ruins across the Roman Empire: at a military headquarters in Syria, a sport complex in Pompeii, two British colonial towns… it must have been a saying or a spell of extraordinary importance in the Roman world. At last, the mystery is solved--and the solution is more meaningful (even today) than anyone imagined.
Holocene Mysteries
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,690. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » Natural history
We live in a geological epoch called the Holocene, which begins 10,000 years ago as the last great glaciers melt away, and with them the 2.58 million years of the Pleistocene fade. But humans only started keeping written records about 5,000 years ago. What happened during that long twilight in the first half of the Holocene? Mute testimonials include Stonehenge, Nebra Sky Disk, and much more...
Our Next Ice Age: Tomorrow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,540. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Meteorology and Climate
There is no doubt that the Earth is warming up. The only question is: how much of it is part of nature's cycles, and how much is man-caused? But there are startling, counter-intuitive theories today, one of which suggests that global warming will actually cause a new ice age. Not only that, but an even newer hypothesis suggests the cold snap could hit very fast, once the trigger is pulled.
Lethal Journey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,480. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Based on the famous, true world-class mystery and ghost story set in Coronado, California. The Beautiful Stranger was a young woman who died a violent and mysterious death in 1892, amid rumors of dark crimes and infidelities involving men in high places. She is the famous ghost who haunts the U.S. National Landmark Hotel del Coronado, near San Diego. Kings and presidents figure at the periphery.
Dead Move & Lethal Journey (3rd Edition -120th Anniversary Double - Two Books in One) Kate Morgan and the Haunting Mystery of Coronado
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,140. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » True Crime » Assassinations and Conspiracies
The Beautiful Stranger died a violent and mysterious death in 1892, at the U.S. National Landmark Hotel del Coronado near San Diego. She is the famous ghost that haunts the hotel to this day. She registered under a false name on Thanksgiving Day 1892 and died of a gunshot 5 days later. The mystery has never been solved--until now, in this book. Now includes Lethal Journey (novel; dramatization).

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