Talbot Estus

Playwriter of "Carcosa, or The Queen and the Stranger."


He is a tanned, active-looking man with a thick moustache and full head of hair. He has poor eyesight and uses 3 different pairs of glasses for varying tasks. A fastidious dresser, he has a weakness for Panama hats.


Talbot Estus, born Waldo Easterman in Lansing, Texas is a noted American novelist, producing works of what he calls romantic horror or macabre romances (though critics can find little difference between the two).

Talbot’s earlier works were popular, but his later works suffer from either lack of originality, or, on the odd occasion they are inventive, excessive peculiarity.

  • The Grey Lady (1905) – journalist Tab Holland assists Scotland yard with the murder of a reclusive millionaire whose corpse is discovered locked in a vault. The key to the vault is mysteriously found on the table beside the corpse.
  • The Haunting of Agatha May (1909) – a horror novel about the ghost of a nun haunting the grounds of an old abbey and protecting a lost treasure. His biggest success.
  • The Curse of Beydelus (1912) – Since childhood, Delvin Milbruin has had a recurring dream in which an impending and unknown threat approaches year by year. The year in which the threat is due to occur, he and his friend find themselves on the Greek island of Plakos where they encounter superstitious islanders.
  • Evilroot (1916) – a first-person narrative of a young man pulled into an egyptologist’s plot to revive the ancient Egyptian Queen Tera.
  • The Revenant King (1919) – tackles the themes of the impossibility of attaining personal happiness and finding love under a totalitarian, socialist regime. Very poorly received.

Talbot Estus

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