A Rose Among The Woodwoses

My uncle Vincent Rice showed me his cote of arms and told me his ancestors were Puritans. I found the Webb family in our family tree. I am going to adopt a penname…

John Vincent Rice


The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart. . . .What you know by heart, the bastards cannot touch.
—George Steiner

Use your memory! It is those bitter seeds alone which might sprout and grow someday.
—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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A Rose Among The Woodwoses


John Gregory Presco

Copyright 2019

Chapter One


Lady Mary Wilson Webb, inherited the job of  keeping the fire lit below deck. All those who had gone before her, had failed. The fire tendered in a square iron tray, held together with rivets, then filled with sand, had become the altar of the Pilgrims. It, and the black pot hung on a trident, was watched most of the day by the lost souls packed under the creaking and leaking timbers. Moving about was almost impossible. Everyone was frozen in their place. But for the brave excursions above, met by some tempest, and cold sea spray, the wayfarers relieved themselves in a vile oaken bucket that was too close for comfort.  Bible’s were taken out from under pillows when a lady went to tithe the Oaken Monster as they called it. Reading verses aloud, was…

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Adopting Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor

I adopted Vincent Rice as my father. I discovered Elizabeth Rosemond is my cousin. We are kin to John and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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Capturing Beauty


John Presco

Copyright 2021

I own a registered newspaper in Lane County. Royal Rosamond Press is titled “A newspaper for the arts.”. I made an incredible discovery about my cousin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, that I was going to save for my autobiography, but, because of pressing world events, this book may never get done – never be done. I discovered Liz Taylor was a Zionist and made personal trips to the Middle East to search for Peace. She even offered herself as a hostage? This puts us the same Spiritual Path that does not end with death. As a Nazarite I consider myself a convert to Judaism. I went to the Hillel Center in Eugene and talked to a Rabbi. I consider my late cousin my ally on many levels.


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I am John.

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John Presco

Copyright 2020

For a year now I have been thinking of titling my book ‘Artist’. Now I am thinking about using this title for the QUIBI ideas I have. I look at so much history, and find an artist in the middle of it, or, an artist has done the portraits of the historic people – and events! We have rendered all the royals, and overheard – all their intrigues!

In the case of Matthew Jouette, he makes history by escaping the Resin Massacre, then, does a series of painting in order to rise money for the militia pay that was stolen by – the savages in this case – who would not let my kinfolk near their dead in order to bury them. They watched wild hogs carry off arms and legs of the victims. I am tempted to send an e-mail to Nancy Pelosi…

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War Horizons

The news looks grim.


“The United States and Canada colluded to provoke and stir up trouble … seriously jeopardising peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” it said.

“Taiwan is part of Chinese territory. Theatre forces always maintain a high level of alert and resolutely counter all threats and provocations.”

China claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own and has mounted repeated air force missions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the past year, provoking anger in Taipei.

China sent about 150 aircraft into the zone over a four-day period beginning on October 1 in a further heightening of tension between Beijing and Taipei that has sparked concern internationally.

Over the weekend, the Financial Times reported that China had “tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile” that “circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capabilities that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise,” citing unnamed sources “briefed on the intelligence.”

He also noted that “what separated from the spacecraft before returning was the supporting equipment of the spacecraft, which was burned and disintegrated in the process of falling into the atmosphere and landed on the high seas.”

“If we stick to our current complacent course — or place our hopes in bankrupt buzzwords like ‘integrated deterrence’ — we will lose the New Cold War with Communist China within the decade,” he explained. “The People’s Liberation Army now has an increasingly credible capability to undermine our missile defenses and threaten the American homeland with both conventional and nuclear strikes. Even more disturbing is the fact that American technology has contributed to the PLA’s hypersonic missile program.”

Russia suspending mission to NATO in response to staff expulsions (msn.com)

Russia will suspend its permanent mission to NATO in response to the alliance’s expulsion of eight Russians, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday.

Russia is also suspending the activities of the NATO military liaison mission in Moscow, Lavrov said, with staff accreditation to be withdrawn on November 1.

The NATO information bureau in Moscow, which was established at the Belgian embassy to explain the role of NATO and NATO policies to the Russian public, will also be terminated, he said.

Lavrov said the Kremlin’s suspensions were in response to “NATO’s actions.” Earlier this month, a NATO official said that the eight Russians they expelled were “undeclared Russian intelligence officers.”

The move came as US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Georgia’s prime minister and his counterpart on Monday. The visit is the first leg of a three-part tour “to reassure allies and partners of America’s commitment to their sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression,” according to a US Department of Defense statement.

Austin will also visit Ukraine and Romania before a visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels.

U.S., Canadian war ships sail through Taiwan Strait (msn.com)

The U.S. military said on Sunday that an American warship and a Canadian warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait last week amid high tensions between China and Taiwan.

The Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg also went through the waterway, with both ships sailing through on Thursday and Friday.

“Dewey’s and Winnipeg’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said the military.

Reuters noted that China condemned the passing of the two ships as a threat to “peace and stability.”

“The United States and Canada colluded to provoke and stir up trouble… seriously jeopardising peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” said China’s People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command. “Taiwan is part of Chinese territory. Theatre forces always maintain a high level of alert and resolutely counter all threats and provocations.”

China slams US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait (msn.com)

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Royal Rosamond Writers and Illustrators

On this day, October 17, 2021, I found ‘Royal Rosamond Writers and Illustrators. It has been made manifest that I am the Heir to work of several Black Mask authors, and, the work of Edgar and John Burroughs, who are my kin. The artists who illustrated Pulp Fiction will be honored. The Burrough family were keen on creating propaganda as I am. My Bond people actually take on our enemies. On November 2, 2018 I have Baron von Bond take on the evangelical crazies like the kind that joined the insurrectionists who stormed our Capitol. I got – guts!

“Jon Rosamond Bond is the progenitor of my second Bond book. He is portly, an eccentric senior, and a world-renowned Atlantis buff. Evangelical Rapture Rats demonstrate in front of his palace 24-7 because he threatens to inform the Antichrist what is in store for him. He is prone to have his chauffeur bring his Rolls Royce to a stop next to them, and as the Bobbies hold the mob back;”

There was a fight over MY NAME hours after I was born. My mother wanted it to be spelled JON. A nurse put an H in JON – and JOHN was born! Rosemary refused to call me JOHN and called me GREGORY. my middle name. To learn (on 10-16-21) Edgar was into the name JOHN – blows my mind! I will explain in my autobiography what I think this means.

For those who are having a problem with Victoria and Miriam being Lovers, consider this. One of them may not – exist.

At a reading at the Berkley Psychic Institute it was suggested my two science fiction books were being dictated to me by an entity who roams the universe coming to the aid of planet in dire distress. Does she dwell on Mars? I was also told I died, when I was twenty. June Rice considered me her son. She never had a child.

It is suggested James Bond was born in Berlin.

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

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John Coleman Burroughs – Wikipedia

John Coleman Burroughs was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 28, 1913 — just at the time that his father’s famous creation, Tarzan, was beginning to catch on. February was same month in which his father, Edgar Rice Burroughs, decided to make a full-time career of writing. In fact, ERB dedicated the first novel he wrote, A Princess of Mars, to young John. “John” was obviously a favourite name of ERB’s — as well as giving the name to his youngest son, he also christened his two best-known heroes with the name, and even used it once as a pseudonym: John Tyler McCulloch. The ancestor of whom Ed was most proud was Virginia settler, John Coleman. Coleman was also Ed’s brother’s name. JCB (Jack) and his older sister and brother – Joan (pronounced Jo-Anne) and Hulbert (Hully) – were all brought up on Tarzan stories and were encouraged to develop a great appreciation for the outdoors and nature.  By all accounts ERB was an excellent father and his most prolific and artistic writing period coincided with the period of time when his three children were probably most demanding. He had said, “Were I literary and afflicted with temperament I should have a devil of a time writing stories…”

ERBzine 0335: John Coleman Burroughs


In June 2003, Danton Burroughs opened a storage locker that had been sealed since his father’s death in 1979. The room was packed with items that John Coleman Burroughs had amassed throughout his very productive life: personal effects, letters, documents, books, photos, sketches, clothing, paintings, charcoals, artwork done for major Hollywood film studios, World War II propaganda art and handbook illustrations for Douglas Aircraft Company, etc.

There were also a great many items passed on from Jack’s father, Edgar Rice Burroughs, including the latter’s military hat, favorite chair, film projector, a mold for creating a bust of Edgar Rice Burroughs, photo albums, business documents, journals, favorite books, etc. Photos of many of these items were taken as they were retrieved from the storage room. Danton has released material deemed of interest to Edgar Rice Burroughs fans on the JohnColemanBurroughs.com Website.

On May 1, 2008, Danton Burroughs died of a heart attack following a fire in the family home in Tarzana, which destroyed a room containing memorabilia of his father John Coleman Burroughs and grandfather Edgar Rice Burroughs. The cause of the fire is unknown.[3]

Carl Bernstein calls for investigation into supporters of ‘psychopath’ Trump (msn.com)

During a recent interview on CNN, Bernstein warned there is “a kind of civil war in this country ignited by Donald Trump,” who may yet run again for the White House in 2024, and he argued a “coup attempt” took place on Jan. 6 that was propped up on lies about a stolen election in 2020 that a large number of Republicans continue to believe in.

“Let’s say that perhaps we have a sociopath, or a psychopath, who has been the president of the United States and seeks perhaps to be the next president of the United States and has ignited this movement,” Bernstein said, riffing off of host Anderson Cooper’s statement that “psychopaths” are able to run wild because they openly wear down everyone around them.

Carl Bernstein calls for investigation into supporters of ‘psychopath’ Trump (msn.com)

During a recent interview on CNN, Bernstein warned there is “a kind of civil war in this country ignited by Donald Trump,” who may yet run again for the White House in 2024, and he argued a “coup attempt” took place on Jan. 6 that was propped up on lies about a stolen election in 2020 that a large number of Republicans continue to believe in.

“Let’s say that perhaps we have a sociopath, or a psychopath, who has been the president of the United States and seeks perhaps to be the next president of the United States and has ignited this movement,” Bernstein said, riffing off of host Anderson Cooper’s statement that “psychopaths” are able to run wild because they openly wear down everyone around them.

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John & John

Posted on June 15, 2021 by Royal Rosamond Press

John & John

Idea For Netflix


John Presco

Ms. Jean Katrina Easton liked to meet strange men who wanted to see her, out in her potato field. She could tell a man’s character by how he made his way through the uneven ground, there always a stray spud to trip you up. When she saw John-John coming her way, she took the straw out between her teeth, because from here….she wanted to give him – such a kiss. She was told he was a big spud grower, but, she took him for another wanna-be Spud King. Now, by the way his narrow hips kept an even-keel while his long legs instinctively found good ground – like a horse in a creek full of boulders – this tuber dude made her stomach flinch. Was he the breeder she had been looking for – aching to get her long legs around – for all these years?

James Bond warned John-John about not getting into any esoteric conversations with this very volitile woman. Her mother tried to kill Richard Wagner. She blamed him for the death of her sister, Natalia Wood. Ekatirina did not follow in her sister’s footsteps, she claiming Hollywood had ruined and destroyed everything she loved. She ran away with a leftist radical from Berkeley and lived in Cuba where they hung with Che Guevera. From there they went to Mother Russia. It was while in London she ran into Admiral Ian Easton of the British Defence Staff. And, she had to have him, and give him – such a kiss! In three days, they got married.

When Jean came to town (Bozeman) she liked to wear a cape. She had a collection. In the photograph above she is wearing her satin summer cape with sheer see-trough body-suit perfect for the hot Montana evenings. Jean loved Boho Fashion. She got goosebumps when fake cowgirls insulted her – told her she had no family values, and, was a traitor to her country. She grinned ear to ear as she swore at them in perfect Russian.

“What did you just call me you friggen vampire?”

Jean knew ancient Russian kick-boxing that the Verangian Guards developed when they guarded the Caesars. Like her mother, she kept to herself. When Jean and Ekaterina came to town together, folks cowered, and slunk away. There was some superior genetics at play. As John-John got closer. Jean whispered under her breath…

“I’m going to marry that man!”

-In three days they were honeymooning at the Saint Francis Hotel. While in bed drinking champagne, John-John made a confession.

“I’m bored silly growing patatos. I want to open a Private Detective firm. I love Sam Spade.”

“Me too! I got a whole collection of Pulp Detective magazines and dime novels. Let’s get a office in the old downtown!”

And, that’s how John&John Private Eye got started.

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The Vincent Rice Trust

Posted on August 23, 2011 by Royal Rosamond Press

My uncle Vincent Rice became my art patron when I was sixteen. I had given him a seascape I had done, that he had framed and proudly hung over his mantle. Later, he would save a painting I did when I was thirteen, and frame it. I worked at Vinnie’s warehouse one summer, and he gave me his car, the 1957 Ford Fairlane in the photo above.

Vincent married Roy Reuben Rosamond’s oldest daughter, June. They had no children, and tried to make the Presco children their surrogate children, with little success. Vincent did his best to help us, he letting us live on the house on Glendon, for little, or, no rent. When he died, he left a good chunk of money to my siblings and I, and our cousin. I immediately made plans to acquire a scanner and new computer so I could publish historic letters and photographs on the internet.

Above are two photos that were on file at the University of Arkansas that I sent for. They appeared in the Otto Rayburn collection. Otto also was a good friend of my grandfather. Otto was a good friend of the artist, Thomas Hart Benton, the cousin of Garth Benton, who married Christine, Rosamond Presco, and born, Drew Benton. The Hand of Fate is at work here. Above are two letters from Rayburn that I will donate to the UofA. In 1998 I donated Rosamond’s ‘At Martha Healey’s Grave’ a small book I republished under my registered newspaper, Royal Rosamond Press Co.

The `Back to the Earth Movement’ was not invented by Hippie. In the 1930s many Americans were seeking a return to the Arcadian lifestyle
that was disappearing fast. My grandfather, Royal Rosamond, was at the vanguard of that movement, he leaving his beautiful wife and
four daughters to go live in the Ozarks where he was born where he would write four novels about the Billy Boys. He was good friends of
Otto Rayburn who bid him to find Californian poets who would contribute to his Magazine `Arcadian Life’.

The log cabin on the cover of this issue was built by Royal on his forty acres in Arkansas where he established a fishing retreat for
poets. Royal played the fiddle and collected quilts. He taught poetry in his attic studio in Oklahoma City where he died estranged
from his daughters. His wife, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, thought her husband quite the irresponsible Fool, and bid Royal not to come
home, she more capable then he of raising their children. One can say my grandfather dropped out of society. Five years ago I located
his unmarked grave and put a marker there. He was son of two roses, Rosamond, and Ida Louisiana Rose.

Lillian told me of the time she and her father went the dunes in Ventura where lived a colony of people in humble shacks. I am
wondering if this is not a splinter group of “The Dunites” that made a colony of Seekers in Oceana near San Louis Obispo. Royal called these people “his people” and visited them frequently. There was a Scotsman who played the fiddle for Lillian.

Professor Ernest Wood was a Theosophist working at the Theosophical Society in Madras, to whom Baba gave an explanation as to what he
meant by spirituality. Lillian said women from the Theosophical society befriended her mother Mary, and she thinks they contributed
to her independent nature.

It is important to understand we did not invent the core aspects of Hippiedom, so that we can establish a legitimate history that will
carry forth our best attributes. It is my plan to restructure the Family Creative Unity so it may last many lifetimes, and be enjoyed by all members of our family.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2011

Baron Jon Bond

Posted on November 2, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press

Jon Rosamond Bond is the progenitor of my second Bond book. He is portly, an eccentric senior, and a world-renowned Atlantis buff. Evangelical Rapture Rats demonstrate in front of his palace 24-7 because he threatens to inform the Antichrist what is in store for him. He is prone to have his chauffeur bring his Rolls Royce to a stop next to them, and as the Bobbies hold the mob back;

“I’m going to suggest to the Antichrist, when I see him, that it will spell his doom to go into the new temple and declare himself God!”

“Fook you, you fat-ass succubus!”

“I hope you choke on your mutton – and die before he appears! You evil traitor!”

“You better keep your mouth shut if you know what’s good for you – asshole!”

“Fink! Fat fooken fink!”


“Why do you insist everyone be way more stupid than you! If he’s supposed to be the most clever human being ever born, he’s going to figure out what you have in store for him. All he has to do – is google one of your fantastic videos on Youtube!

“Why you………..!” cried Cecil P. Fenwick cried, he all puffed up in his powder-blue church suit. “You – Judas!”

“Hail Atlantis!” shouted Bond to Cecil, as he gave his mob a Nazi salute!

“It’s him! The Antichrist!” some poor chap misspoke after worming his way to the front.

Jon Bond held his manicured nail down on the roll up window command, with a smile. Looking behind, he saw the mob turn on another novice who did not know, if one beheld the Antichrist, it meant you had been…….left behind.

“That bloke is going to get taxed, on top of getting a good beating!” the Baron’s chauffer-bodyguard offered.

“Indeed, he will.”

Bond’s battery of attorneys had just won another major victory over the religious locos. The City of London tried to hit him with the new Religious Provocation Tax imposed on those who provoke religious addicts to do bodily harm and destroy property. The cost of policing the Prayful, was bankrupting The City. With this tax the Lord Mayor expected to see the coffers overflowing. How brilliant!

“My client is a direct descendant of King Henry the second who suggested the Knight Templars do away with Becket who was stirring Henry’s subjects into a Papal Froth. The death of Becket was the birth of British Common Law.”

“Tax the bloody church is what I say!” Said Lord Bond.

“That will be enough out of you! One more outburst, and I will hold you in  contempt!”

Standing up, Baron Jon R. Bond turns to his believers seated in the balcony.

“I predict Atlantis will rise on November 25, the day of the American Thanksgiving. Then, alas, all this nonsense will be put to rest!”

Entering the drawing-room to read his mail, he gasped as he saw his wife lounging like a cat in his favorite overstuffed leather chair. Every now and then she would pop in to discuss business. Katherine spent most of her time at the Brevoort Buck Longevity Institute in Marin California. He married his young cousin for her money, and she for his money – and title! She wanted invites to royal weddings so she could push her famous lipstick………..Sacred Scar. Scar Red was a play on words. It was like a Heidelberg dueling scar to all the royal wanna-bes, with a hint of Mary Magdalene, the Scarlet friend of Jesus. Pope Francis could not keep still when Katherine made her infamous commercial….

“The Passionate Red Scar’”

She dare look down from her cross, and ask the centurion to freshen her lips.

“It is not finished, until I don The Red Scar!”

“Hello Katherine. You’re looking younger than ever!”

Always looking to outdo him, Katherine upstaged the Baron when she did not fight the Provocation Tax, but instead did penance on the stairs of the Royal Court of Justice. Wearing a red robe, she fell face down after baring her beautiful back. One of the hooded figures threw a bag of gold coins into the anti-chamber, while a woman wearing a hooded cape produced a real cat-of-nine-tails and whipped his wife, but good! By the time the Bobbies rushed in to stop this macabre scene, blood began to pour from the angry slashes.

In a week a new lipstick appear………Slash Red. Katherine now had a cult following. Husbands and Lovers were shocked to behold the real Sacred Scars on the backs of the True Believers. Radical Muslims, got out of their way. Kat was a billionaire. Some called her Saint Katherine ‘The Martyr’.

“Did you have any trouble at the gate?”

“Quite the contrary. They were tipped off I was coming. The crowd threw roses on the road before me.”

“I didn’t see any roses.”

“They must have cleaned up before you arrived.” The Baron’s ‘thorn in his side’ quipped, she enjoying this holy dig that got past the gate into his sanctuary.

Was she now……one with them?

“Oh. dear! What is that? I believe I see a hint of crows feet at your right eye. Shouldn’t you rush back to the Buck Institute before you turn into an old hag?”

“You should really get off this Atlantis kick. It’s very passé and out of fashion. It makes you look………..old……….used up!”

“Oh shut-up Kat! You are such a c…….!”

“Sorry. That was below the belt. Speaking of, do you have n Muse left?”

“Why yes. I just got a shipm………”

“Then, it’s true. You have found a new muse.”


“Who is she? Never mind. Now that your prostate cancer is in remission, Cecil said I must perform my wifely duties, and, you can have five wives, and five mistresses. He says the Lord has healed you, and is working with you.”

“So, you are with Cecil – and his mission to bring the new heaven and earth? Can I assume he knows all there is to know about me – thanks to you?”

“You know the Roozemont family motto ‘Be True To Everyone But Yourself ‘. My branch of the Rosamond family has been selling cosmetics to all the great houses of Europe for 500 hundred years. We have to get along. Now that almost everyone is a Born Again Rapturist, who am I to fight City Hall?”

“I have cheated on you!”

“Well, that’s good start!”

“Doesn’t that disqualify me?”

“Heaven’s no. In the Bible women were made to be treated like chattel.”

“In Atlantis, women rule as all knowing Wise Women and Judges.”

John Presco

Copyright 2018

Home To Berlin Way

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

After the amazing star shower on October 8, 1946, I was bought home to the house that my grandfather, William Stuttmeister made. I am the Angel of Berlin. You have surrounded me, and still I retreated. You said I had no right to be.  And I became more of a nobody. You poked me with sharpened sticks, and humiliated me. And now – I am awake!


Back to Berlin Way

Posted on November 4, 2012by Royal Rosamond Press

On October 31, 2012, the California Department of Public Health mailed me a copy of my birth cirtificate. My mother and father were living on Berlin Way where William Stuttmesiter and his cousin, William Buyer built over over forty new homes on this street, and on Maple Street just around the corner.My father had a framed marriage cirtificate of Frederick William Stuttmeister to a women named Charlotte. Vicki Presco did not have this cirtificate as I hoped. Vic’s mother’s middle name was Charlotte. Some citation on the web have Charlottenburg as the meaning of the name Stuttmeister. No. 1 Berlin Way was the address on this cirtificate. This street was founded by a King of Prussia who was into the Arts, thus one finds several famous Art Colleges here.

Berlin Way appears to have been the Bohemian district. The theatre and early cinima was here, as was an amusement park named ‘Flora’. Consider Carl Janke’s theme park in Belmont. It appears my grandfathers were German Bohemians, perhaps related to the Prince of Orange and who was a Rosicruican. Consider Falcon art college and Godschalk Rosemondt. The House of Orange married into the Kings of Prussia. Here is the unseen Enlightentment. Here is the core of British Royalty, even its creative branch.

When I died I beheld my kindred, some who are buried in Berlin, and others in Colma where I took my daughter and my newborn grandson. This was the resurrection from the dead of the Artists of the World, and the Rose of the world. On my birth cirtificate is the name Rosemary Rosamond. My cousin, Dayrl Bulkley, said her father said the Stuttmeisters had another name. I believe that name was Chalottenburg. From this name sprang William and Mary.

When I died I behled the War of the Worlds. My Prussian ancestors were Teutonic Knights. Half of my kindred were Artists and Scholars, the other half, murderous warriors. Due to World War one and Two, the Bohemian Creative branch of my family got buried, never to see the light of day. Howevxer, I was born on October 8, 1946 at 6:10 P.M. (time not shown on cirtificate) eight minutes past sunset. My mother was too spent to go to the window where the nurses were being amazed by a start shower. My birth has everything to do with Revelations 12 ‘The Woman and the Dragon’.

I am the Angel with no Name. I have resurrected the Rose of the World. I am the Judge. I have washed your sins away so that what has been lost in the fall from grace can be refreshed. What is good in you, what is best, can now come to the forefront, and be in the light………..again.

Jon the Nazrite Judge

P.S. Note the black cat on the Stuttmeister tomb. Happy Holloween!

Esplanade, term from the French for a large space or forecourt.

Esplanade, term from the French for a large space or forecourt, as we can see it between rows of houses or fortifications and the associated city.

in 1874 the road was created by the landowner Stuttmeister (Charlottenburg), which probably belonged to this terrain. The route still without a name is drawn on the map from 1877. Originally should at the end of the Esplanade, a free place on a map of 1902 called Wilhelm Platz, built. On that map, runs the Esplanade also at right angles. That running to the North, as the Wilhelmplatz only projected piece, was however not the Esplanade annexed to, but was subsequently named Trienter road. The South side of the Esplanade ranks to Prenzlauer Berg, the northern side to Pankow.




Everything is important to Esplanade in Berlin, house number accurate information about PLZ, district, local powers, site profile, and more. Esplanade has the numbers 1-65, belongs to the districts Pankow and Prenzlauer Berg and has the postal code 13187. find something about the history or start an arbitrary search from here.

Recreational and residential area
In the late 18th century, Charlottenburg’s development did not depend only on the crown. The town became a recreational area for the expanding city of Berlin. Its first true inn opened in the 1770s, in the street then called Berliner Straße (now Otto-Suhr-Allee), and many other inns and beer gardens were to follow, popular for weekend parties especially. Berliners seeking leisure and entertainment came by boat, by carriage and later by horse-drawn trams, above all to a large amusement park at the shore of the Spree river called Flora, that went into bankruptcy in 1904.
From the 1860s on the wealthy Bourgeoisie of Berlin discovered Charlottenburg as a residential area, among the first were Gerson von Bleichröder and Ernst Werner von Siemens, who had a villa built in the Berliner Straße in 1862. At the same time industrial companies like Siemens & Halske and Schering erected large factories in the north-east, at the border with the Moabit district of Berlin. In 1877 Charlottenburg received town privileges and until World War I saw an enormous increase of population with 100,000 inhabitants as of 1893 and a population of 306,000 in 1920, being the second largest city within the Province of Brandenburg, after Berlin.


The Invalids’ Cemetery (German: Invalidenfriedhof) is one of the oldest cemeteries in

Lana Wood – Wikipedia

Wood was born Svetlana Gurdina[1] to Russian immigrant parents, Nikolai Stephanovich Zakharenko (1912–1980) and Maria Stepanovna Zakharenko (née Zudilova, 1908–1998).[a] They had each left Russia as child refugees with their parents following the Russian Civil War, and they grew up far from their homeland. Her father’s family left Vladivostok after her grandfather, a chocolate-factory worker who joined the anti-Bolshevik civilian forces, was killed in a street fight in 1918; they settled in Vancouver, British Columbia, with their relatives, then moved to San Francisco. Lana’s maternal grandfather owned soap and candle factories in Barnaul; he also left Russia with his family in 1918 after his eldest son was killed by the Red Army, and settled in a Russian community in Harbin, China.[6] Maria married there, and in 1928 with her first husband had a daughter, Olga Tatulova,[7] who died in May 2015.[8]

When Nikolai and Maria married, she brought her daughter Olga to the household. The couple had two daughters together; the first was Natalia, known as “Natasha”, the Russian diminutive. The family settled in Santa Monica, California, near Hollywood, and changed their surname to Gurdin. Svetlana, known as “Lana”, was born there.

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Tarzana Jane

The Royal Janitor


John Presco

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Victoria could not believe her luck. Admiral Sinclair was being stationed in Japan and asked Victoria Bond if she wanted to purchase his Aston Martin. The second she lay eyes on it in the parking lot, Miriam wanted to drive it.

‘You don’t know how to drive!” offered Victoria, relieved that her lover was not going to get behind ‘Her Dream’ and more than likely – wreck it.

“You can teach me! I am a quick learner!” Retorted Starfish – who gave her dear friend – the look.

“Shit!” Bond said, and was now googling the nearest airport where there was always a airport road that no one uses. She found one that was long enough to get her Aston thru her gears. As promised, Miriam proved to be a very fast learner!

(Fuck!) said Bond to herself, knowing what was coming next.

“Can I have it! “

Behind the wheel of her new Aston Martin, of which only 77 were made, Starfish let go a yell!

“Tarzana…….here we come!”

Drivers who love to drive real fast on the LA freeways, instinctively felt Starfish coming, and checked out their rearview mirror. If they did not move to the right fast enough, Agent 006 pulled up on their right, and gave the driver – the vicious glare that many dead men had seen. It was the last thing they saw. Being dressed like a Savage completed the deal, as did the ashen look on Victoria’s face. Was she taken hostage? Were they about to be – on the news? Is there a helicopter flying overhead?


At the Edgar Rice Burroughs Museum, Miriam now excitedly talked about her Russian father who attended UC on some kind of scholarship. After seeing a Tarzan movie on T.V. Alexis started buying Tarzan comic books, and other pulp fiction written by Ed. He loved the illustrations by his son, Jack, or, John. Starfish was lecturing Victoria with Edgar’s fixation on the name JOHN. He named his son John, and his daughter Joan.

“My middle name is Jane!” exclaimed Starfish in a melcoholic way. My mother hated her husband’s fixation with the JOHN name. They were arguing on the Oregon Coast, and Virginia pointed to a starfish in a tidepool.

“This is what our daughter will be called!”

“When we have a baby, we will name her Jane.”

“After Tarzan’s wife?” asked Victoria as she beheld a photograph of Jane and Tarzan in their tree house.

Starfish came over and looked at the photograph and went into a deep trance.

“Maybe I will call you Jane.”

“And, what will I call you – Tarzan? Take me to lunch.”



When the Aston pulled up in front of Gucci in Beverly Hills, heads turned when Starfish got out of the car. They had seen several Aston Martin’s around town – on a regular basis. There were James Bond wanna-bees. Seated on the deck at a table for two, our BAD agents got a call that would change the course of history.

History will tell that the global war with China was hatched here – with a palm tree in the background! Looking at the laptops, they saw a hundred container ships anchored off Los Angeles. There was a Trojan Horse concern. China had developed a super weapon that could knock out all our computers – along with the power grid. What if these ships contained that weapon?

“How do we get on those ships?” typed Victoria.

“You need a cover. We were thinking about two cultural reporters for the Getty Foundation who want to do a article on the cultural affect these ships are having on Los Angeles. Come up with new names.”

“I will be Mary Jane Starfish, and, you will be….Joan!”

“I hate the name Joan!”

“But, it is- so you. You are the serious and sane one, who helps ground your Wild Woman!”

“There is Joan Rosamond Clifford. I’ve always enjoyed her history. How does Joan Rosamond sound?”

“Perfect – Joan! Joan Rosamond, Cultural Curator of the Getty Museum, and, her sidekick Mary Jane!”

Halfway through lunch, Mary Jane launched another one of her fantastic Russian fables at her.

“Did you know China invaded Troy, and helped conquer it. The Trojan Horse was made in China. It led a vast army that came along what would be known as the Silk Road. The Greeks convinced the son of the ruler to help the Greeks conquer China. When the Emperor saw his son on the horse, he felt totally betrayed. He was able to gather and army and defeat the Greek menace. Several generations later, Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China ,made a terracotta army believing Greek statues were the source of their Warrior Power.”

Joan gave her lover a long look.

“Are you a Russian plant? Who fed you all this bullshit? We’ll use it. Chinese leaders are terrible at denial. There culture is rooted in luck, not lying, as we find in Genesis. Lying to God is such a strange concept.”

“Are you talking about the Adam and Even encounter? Adam was made in the image of The Truth, which is God. But Eve brought another lesson. Being culpable does not always work. Being creative works – most of the time. I will teach you about The Shekinah when we have more time. My parents used to take me to court trials in our small town – for entertainment. We had no picture show.”

(a fashionable couple in the neighboring table – caught that one – and wondered if they were smoking marihuana.)

“Did you know Maureen Sullivan is Mia Farrow’s mother?” quipped Joan. And, that bit of gossip turned some heads. Eavesdroppers!

“Rosemary’s Baby! They used to call me that because the way I stared at the judge, and – THE ACCUSED!”

“Lose lips, sink ships! How do you deal with the idea of Godly Punishment? Adam, is a snitch!”

The woman at the next table began to choke on her piece of fancy asparagus. Starfish slowly turned, and, gave her…….the look.

China Has ‘First-Strike’ Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon (forbes.com)

Last week, the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security issued a scary report on China’s ability to conduct an Electromagnetic Pulse attack on the United States. The key takeaway, according to Dr. Peter Pry,
 executive director of the task force, is that China now has super-EMP weapons, knows how to protect itself against an EMP attack, and has developed protocols to conduct a first-strike attack, even as they deny they would ever do so.

According to the Center for Strategic International Studies, China has the most active ballistic missile development program in the world, so this is doubly troubling. China used stolen U.S. technology to develop at least three types of high-tech weapons to attack the electric grid and key technologies that could cause a surprise “Pearl Harbor” attack that could produce a deadly blackout to the entire country.

Dr. Pry outlines how China has built a network of satellites, high-speed missiles, and super-electromagnetic pulse weapons that could melt down our electric grid, fry critical communications, and even takeout the ability of our aircraft carrier groups to respond.

Terracotta Army – Wikipedia

John Coleman Burroughs – Wikipedia

John Coleman Burroughs was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 28, 1913 — just at the time that his father’s famous creation, Tarzan, was beginning to catch on. February was same month in which his father, Edgar Rice Burroughs, decided to make a full-time career of writing. In fact, ERB dedicated the first novel he wrote, A Princess of Mars, to young John. “John” was obviously a favourite name of ERB’s — as well as giving the name to his youngest son, he also christened his two best-known heroes with the name, and even used it once as a pseudonym: John Tyler McCulloch. The ancestor of whom Ed was most proud was Virginia settler, John Coleman. Coleman was also Ed’s brother’s name. JCB (Jack) and his older sister and brother – Joan (pronounced Jo-Anne) and Hulbert (Hully) – were all brought up on Tarzan stories and were encouraged to develop a great appreciation for the outdoors and nature.  By all accounts ERB was an excellent father and his most prolific and artistic writing period coincided with the period of time when his three children were probably most demanding. He had said, “Were I literary and afflicted with temperament I should have a devil of a time writing stories…”

ERBzine 0335: John Coleman Burroughs

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Christian Greystoke could not believe what he was reading. His grandfather was some kind of hippie spiritualist who had found lost secrets. John speaks of the Ark of the Covenant, and why it was allegedly housed in the temple. Everyone of his letters and papers was signed “I am Absalom.”. There were several letters from Johannesburg. One contained a photograph of a stunning young woman. “This is my granddaughter. She has memorized The Kabbalah!” Christian could not take his eyes off her. She has no name. He was now committed to finding her. His grandfather had left him seventeen million dollars. Whatever it takes!


Rosamond Press

This has been reversed. Absalom can not be David’s son. The bloody warrior joined the Philistines – and hunted down Absalom ‘The Nazarite Judge’ caught him, HUNG HIM IN A TREE by his long hair, and pierced his side with a lance. To hang the body of a Jew in a tree, kept his soul from going back to God. This is why Joseph of Arimaea wanted Jesus’s body to be taken down from A MANMADE TREE. Jesus WAS A NAZARITE, and his soul went back to THE LORD-FATHER.

I have seen THE ANGEL.

John ‘Of The Rock’

The angel of the Lord had appeared to Gideon in human form, and it was only through this miraculous manifestation of divine power and the sudden disappearance of the heavenly messenger that Gideon realized with whom he had been speaking. Then he said, “Alas, O Lord God! for because I have…

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The Lord-Angel of the Nazarite Vow

Royal Rosamond Press can be called…A Pulp Fiction Newspaper. I report on the Ridiculous and the Sublime. I sit atop Rose Mountain, now. I see a young man. His name is Christian Greystoke. His father, John Greystoke has passed away and left him a chest of papers containing his life’s work. John had taken the Nazarite Vow, and is bidding Christian to go into the Drakensberg Mountains in search of a lost Dutch church who discovered some truths at the home of the Brotherhood of the Swan that made an alliance with the Zulu Nazarites.

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The Angel of the Lord has bid me to go to South Africa and baptize the Shembe-Zulu Nazarite, and instruct them. Many Jews living in foreign lands, to the Nazarite Vow. I am sure the disciples of John the Baptist went into many lands to bring the Lost Sheep into the fold. These men, women, and slaves, made a pilgrimage to the temple to complete their vow. They were filled with the Holy Spirit that came to dwell in John – before he was born! John shared this Holy Spirit with Jesus – while in his mother’s womb.

Paul has altered the teaching. He was not spreading the Holy Spirit throughout the Diaspaora. It was everywhere when he got there. Paul was a Roman spy and agent, hired to alter the True Teaching, and intercept it.

I am done playing the Fool and being humiliated by those who do not…

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Hippies vs. Billionaires

My Uncle Vinnie passed on the family literary legacy to the only family author besides his father-in-law, Royal Rosamond. I claim the Benton literary legacy via Jessie Benton, who married John Fremont. I am heir to Ian Fleming, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. I am going to ask members of the Getty family for backing. https://rosamondpress.com/2018/09/17/mel/

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When you stand back a bit and look at the series ‘Trust’ what you see is a bunch of scheming Hippies trying to get money out of a Billionaire by staging a fake kidnapping. Members of the Getty family are outraged by the idea Paul jacked his grandfather around like that, employing devious deception. . Being an original Hippie, I might have a lawsuit. Is this the kind of people we were – and still are? Danny Boyle is giving us a bad rap – for a million bucks! Outsiders are still trying to make millions exploiting the Hippie Rosamond and her family. The Kimbo tribe is depicting one of the Last Hippies as seriously mentally deranged Antichrist, on par with Charlie Manson, who is also being exploited by a famous movie director. Kim Hafner is demonizing me so she can be seen as the Savior of Springtucky. Christianity would…

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A Princess of Mars

Eureka! I found my Destiny! Why did my mother and grandmother not want me to become a writer? I suspect Royal and Mary were smoking reefer out on saint Croix Island. But, there is a family secret!

I am going to promote the making of Burrough’s series ‘The Princess of Mars’. Our destiny was for Rena and I to live together in Lincoln Nebraska, where she would have been my model for The Martian Princess. For a Futurian…..better late than never!

I just noticed this name BARSOOM. I saw ROSAMOB = RED MOB. There is a language…

Barsoomian language – Wikipedia


In this name DEJAH THORIS is – DELIJAH OF THOR. My ex-wife is


John ‘Lover of Martians’

Here are posts I made on January 3, 2014 and December 4, 2014. I find Rena who sends me a letter that begins…..

“Here I am!”

A Princess of Mars

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigationJump to searchThis article is about the 1912 novel. For the 2009 film, see Princess of Mars. For other uses, see Mars Princess.

AuthorEdgar Rice Burroughs
Original titleUnder the Moons of Mars
IllustratorFrank E. Schoonover
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fantasy,
Sword and planet
PublisherA. C. McClurg
Publication date1912 (serialized)
1917 (hardcover)
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pagesxii, 326
Followed byThe Gods of Mars 

A Princess of Mars is a science fantasy novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first of his Barsoom series. It was first serialized in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine from February–July, 1912. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the novel is considered a classic example of 20th-century pulp fiction. It is also a seminal instance of the planetary romance, a subgenre of science fantasy that became highly popular in the decades following its publication. Its early chapters also contain elements of the Western. The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment. This vision of Mars was based on the work of the astronomer Percival Lowell, whose ideas were widely popularized in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Barsoom series inspired a number of well-known 20th-century science fiction writers, including Jack VanceRay BradburyArthur C. ClarkeRobert A. Heinlein, and John Norman. The series was also inspirational for many scientists in the fields of space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life, including Carl Sagan, who read A Princess of Mars when he was a child.

Aries Woman Festival

Posted on October 22, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press

Many folks who love Halloween are asking for another day of celebration. What I propose is ‘The Aries Woman Festival’ celebrated on March 22nd. Wearing a costume is optional. Here are some events:

  1. Bring out your Aries Woman! This is an amateur event. Aries judges will roam thru the crowd picking an Aries Woman to strut her fiery stuff on the stage.
  2. The Grand Fire Entry. Aries Women will arrive in a car of their choice, and make a grand entrance to David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’.
  3. Aries Woman Talent Show. Judges will include famous Aries such as Rosie McDonnell, Alec Baldwin, Steven Tyler, Reese Witherspoon, and Lady Gaga.
  4. Flamboyant Red Dress Contest.
  5. Aries Woman Essay. Describe the Aries Woman in 300 words.
  6. Aries Woman Art Show.
  7. Why I’m Always Right Debate
  8. Aries Poetry
  9. Why I’m No.1 Declaration
  10. Hot Food Contest
  11. Check Out My Horns “I’m not naked because I am wearing my horns!”

John Presco


I am a Libra Man who has enjoyed three Aries Women as my lovers. I will be seeing my first girlfriend who was an Aries, today. Rena was an Aries, as was Laurie, whom I lived with for two years. I love reading about our astrological relationships. What drama! Having Aries rising kept me alive. I would not be able to see the world I study, if I had not been driven to the brink of despair by an Aries woman. She is the Woman that Abraham – tamed! Or, so it is written. Why did Jacob bid his sons to marry Aries Women – who had no regard for The Law and The Scales?


Plot summary[edit]

John Carter, a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, goes prospecting in Arizona immediately after the war’s end. Having struck a rich vein of gold, he runs afoul of the Apaches. While attempting to evade pursuit by hiding in a sacred cave, he is mysteriously transported to Mars, called “Barsoom” by its inhabitants. Carter finds that he has great strength and superhuman agility in this new environment as a result of its lesser gravity and lower atmospheric pressure. He soon falls in with a nomadic tribe of Green Martians, or Tharks, as the planet’s warlike, six-limbed, green-skinned inhabitants are known. Thanks to his strength and martial prowess, Carter rises to a high position in the tribe and earns the respect and eventually the friendship of Tars Tarkas, one of the Thark chiefs.

The Tharks subsequently capture Dejah ThorisPrincess of Helium, a member of the humanoid red Martian race. The red Martians inhabit a loose network of city-states and control the desert planet’s canals, along which its agriculture is concentrated. Carter rescues Dejah Thoris from the green men in a bid to return her to her people.

Subsequently, Carter becomes embroiled in the political affairs of both the red and green Martians in his efforts to safeguard Dejah Thoris, eventually leading a horde of Tharks against the city-state of Zodanga, the historic enemy of Helium. Winning Dejah Thoris’ heart, he becomes Prince of Helium, and the two live happily together for nine years. However, the sudden breakdown of the Atmosphere Plant that sustains the planet’s waning air supply endangers all life on Barsoom. In a desperate attempt to save the planet’s inhabitants, Carter uses a secret telepathic code to enter the factory, bringing an engineer along who can restore its functionality. Carter then succumbs to asphyxiation, only to awaken back on Earth, left to wonder what has become of Barsoom and his beloved.


  • John Carter: An Earthman from Virginia with a mysterious background, Captain John Carter fought in the American Civil War on the Confederate side.[1] At the end of the war he goes prospecting for gold in Arizona. After various adventures, including an attack by Apaches, he is miraculously transported to Mars. During his nine years on that planet he effectively disappears from Earth and is believed dead, but he re-emerges in New York in 1876, settling in a house overlooking the Hudson River. He apparently dies again in 1886, leaving instructions for a fictionalized Burroughs, who refers to Carter as his Uncle Jack, to entomb him in a crypt. He also leaves Burroughs with the manuscript of A Princess of Mars, with instructions not to publish it for another 21 years.[2] John Carter states that he has no memory before the age of 30 and has always appeared the same, without aging. He is adept at strategy, horsemanship, and all weapons, including firearms and swords. He is 6’2″ tall, clean-shaven, with close-cropped black hair and steel gray eyes.[1] He is honorable, courageous, and eternally optimistic, even in the face of certain death.[3] From the Green Martians he received the name “Dotar Sojat,” after the first two green warriors whom he slew after his advent on Barsoom. He sometimes uses this name as an alias in later books of the Martian series.
  • Dejah Thoris: A red Martian princess of Helium, she is courageous, resolute, and frequently in mortal danger or under threat of dishonor by the evil designs of a succession of villains. She is the daughter of Mors Kajak, Jed (chieftain) of Lesser Helium, and the granddaughter of Tardos Mors, Jeddak (overlord or high king) of Helium. As such she is highly aristocratic and fiercely proud of her heritage.[4] Introduced early in the novel, she immediately becomes the love interest of John Carter.[5] As a central character in the first three Barsoom novels, her frequent capture by various enemies, and subsequent pursuit by John Carter, is a constant motivating element in their plots.
  • Tars Tarkas: A fierce Green Martian warrior from the Thark tribe, he is unusual among his race for his ability to experience tender emotions such as friendship and love. His emotional development stems from a forbidden love affair in his youth, when he secretly began a partnership with a Green Martian woman named Gozava. He befriends John Carter and later fights at his side. Carter helps him become Jeddak of Thark and negotiates an alliance between the Green Martians and the city-state of Helium, which results in the destruction of Helium’s enemy, Zodanga.[2] Tars Tarkas more than once displays an ironic sense of humor; he mocks John Carter’s perception of himself as “a cruel green warrior” while fighting beside him, and in The Gods of Mars he comments on the disappointment of Barsoomian hopes for the afterlife.
  • Tal HajusJeddak (king) of the Tharks, who years previously had ordered Gozava’s death.
  • Sola: Daughter of Tars Tarkas and a friend of John Carter, she teaches him the Barsoomian language and the history of her race, as well as the secret of her own parentage. She appears in the immediate sequels to A Princess of Mars, but has no role in later books of the series.
  • Sarkoja: A Green Martian woman whose intrigues resulted in the death of Gozava and who schemes against John Carter. After Carter tells Tars Tarkas about her role in Gozava’s death, she is frightened into a self-imposed exile and never heard from again.
  • Kantos Kan: A warrior of Helium who escapes a Warhoon prison with John Carter. By the beginning of the second book, Kantos Kan is the chief commander of Helium’s navy.



Burroughs began work on A Princess of Mars in the summer of 1911 when he was 35.[6] He wrote most of the first half of the novel while working for his brother in a stationery company, penning the words on scratch pads produced by the business.[7] He had been struggling for some time to establish himself as a businessman, so far with little success, and with a wife and two children to support, turned to writing in desperate need of income. Despite failure in his business affairs, he had accumulated a wealth of unusual experiences from working a variety of jobs which had brought him into contact with miners, soldiers, cowboys, and Native Americans.[6]

Initial drafting[edit]

While writing A Princess of Mars, Burroughs initiated what soon became a regular writing tool: maintaining worksheets relating to the piece he was completing. The sheets included start and end dates of writing, titles of chapters, and characters.[8] By August 11, 1911, he had completed a large section of the novel. He was apprehensive about revealing what he was working on, and told only his wife that he was doing so. He still hoped to find business success, and thought the tale to be indicative of a childish nature, and so outlandish that potential business contacts would think him ungrounded if they discovered what he was working on. At this point he had already decided to adopt the pen name of “Normal Bean”, an attempt to suggest that despite the incredible nature of his story, he was still a sane, reliable character. He struggled to find an appropriate title for the novel: My First Adventure of MarsThe Green Martians, and Dejah Thoris, Martian Princess were all early attempts to solve this problem.[9]

Submission for publication[edit]

Before completing the novel, he considered options for publishing, and realized he knew little about this world or how to submit a story. Because he liked and was familiar with The All-Story magazine, he submitted 43,000 words to the editor under the title “Dejah Thoris, Martian Princess.” His cover letter explained that he thought he could produce another two parts of similar length. The Managing Editor of the magazine, Thomas Newell Metcalf, wrote back on August 24, 1911, to offer some criticisms of the pacing and focus of the tale, and suggested omitting the chapter “Sola Tells Me Her Story” (it was restored in the novel); he suggested that if Burroughs could finish the novel at under 70,000 words, he (Metcalf) would consider publishing it.[10] After further work on the novel, and further correspondence with Metcalf, which included suggestions for plot devices and structural changes, Burroughs submitted the finished novel. On November 4, 1911, Burroughs received the acceptance letter from Metcalf, offering $400 for the serialization rights, with the request to change the title and further edit the opening section of the novel.[11]



The original publication of “Under the Moons of Mars” in The All-Story, February 1912

When Burroughs received his acceptance letter from Thomas Metcalf of The All-Story, Metcalf said that the serial would be published under the title “In the Moons of Mars“. However, when the first part of the serialization appeared in the February 1912 edition of The All-Story, it bore the title “Under the Moons of Mars“.[11]

For the publication of the serial, Burroughs used the pen name “Normal Bean”, which he selected as a pun to stress that he was in his right mind, as he feared ridicule for writing such a fantastic story. The effect was spoiled by a typesetter who interpreted “Normal” as a typographical error and changed it to “Norman.”[12]


By 1914, Burroughs had become very popular with the reading public, and A.C. McClurg & Company decided to print a number of his formerly serialized tales as novels. McClurg began with three Tarzan novels, and then published A Princess of Mars on October 10, 1917.[13] Although Metcalf thought that the chapter “Sola Tells Me Her Story” slowed the story’s pace, and thus omitted it from the magazine serialization, this chapter was restored for the novel version.[10] The novel was illustrated by Frank E. Schoonover, who carefully read the descriptive passages on the costumes and weapons of Barsoom and developed an overall concept for the artwork, even ensuring that John’s Carter’s pistol and belt in his cover illustration reflected their origins in Green Martian craftsmanship.[14]


A Princess of Mars was one of the few works for which Burroughs, in his inexperience as a new writer, relinquished all serialization rights. Others included the sequel The Gods of Mars and Tarzan of the Apes.[15]


While the novel is often classed as science fantasy, it also belongs to the subgenre of planetary romance, which has affinities with fantasy[16] and sword and sorcery; it is distinguished by its inclusion of scientific (or pseudo-scientific) elements.[17] Planetary romances take place primarily on the surface of an alien world, and they often include sword-fighting and swashbuckling; monsters; supernatural elements such as telepathic abilities (as opposed to magic); and cultures that echo those of Earth in pre-industrial eras, especially with dynastic or theocratic social structures. Spacecraft may appear, but are usually not central to the story; this is a key difference from space opera, in which spacecraft are usually key to the narrative. While there are earlier examples of this genre, A Princess of Mars and its sequels are the best known, and they were a dominant influence on subsequent authors. Initially published in magazines with general readership, by the 1930s the planetary romance had become very popular in the emerging science fiction pulp magazines.[16]

The novel can also be classified as the closely related genre sword and planet, which consists of what are essentially sword and sorcery stories that take place on another planet. A Princess of Mars is widely considered to be the archetypal novel of the sword and planet genre.

The novel also shares a number of elements of Westerns, such as desert settings, women taken captive, and a climactic life-or-death confrontation with the antagonist.[18]


“Under the Moons of Mars” was one of the few Burroughs stories not cover-featured on its first magazine publication.

Burroughs employs a literary device for A Princess of Mars to which he returned in several sequels—introducing the novel as though it were a factual account passed on to him personally. In this case he frames John Carter as an avuncular figure known to his family who has given him the manuscript earlier, and instructed him not to publish it for 21 years.[19] Burroughs used the same device in the sequels, The Gods of MarsThe Chessmen of Mars and Swords of Mars.[20] In The Chessmen of Mars, Burroughs even includes a reference to the chess games he played with his real life assistant, John Shea, while writing the novel.[21]


A Princess of Mars is similar to many of Burroughs’ tales. Characterized by copious violent action, it is basically a travelogue, a tale of a journey and various encounters on that journey, which does not necessarily have a defined plot. It is also a captivity narrative, involving a civilized hero being captured by an uncivilized culture and being forced to adapt to the primitive nature of the captors to survive.[22]

As is the case with the majority of the Barsoom novels to follow, it portrays a hero facing impossible odds and forced to fight a range of lurid creatures in order to win the love of the heroine.[23] Burroughs’ Barsoom is also morally unambiguous; there is no sense of moral relativity and characters are either good or evil. The tale portrays a hero with a sense of honor transcending race and politics. Compassion, loyalty and bravery are celebrated, and callousness, deception, and cowardice are frowned upon.[24]


The novel’s vision of Mars was inspired by astronomical speculations of the time, especially those of Percival Lowell, who saw the planet as a formerly Earth-like world now becoming inhospitable to life because of its advanced age.[25] According to the Barsoomians themselves, Mars was a lush world with global oceans just one million years before the present day. As the oceans evaporated and the atmosphere thinned, the planet devolved into partial barbarism.[26] Living on a dying planet, with dwindling resources, the inhabitants of Barsoom have become hardened and warlike, constantly fighting one another to survive.[27]

Barsoomians distribute scarce water via a worldwide system of canals, controlled by quarreling city-states. The thinning Martian atmosphere is artificially replenished by an “atmosphere plant” on which all life on the planet depends.[28] The days are warm and the nights are cold, and climate varies little across the planet, except at the poles.[29]

Scientific background[edit]

In 1895 Percival Lowell published a book entitled Mars which speculated about an arid, dying landscape, whose inhabitants had been forced to build canals thousands of miles long to bring water from the polar caps to irrigate the remaining arable land.[25] Lowell built upon ideas introduced by Italian astronomer, Giovanni Schiaparelli, who in 1877, observed geological features on Mars which he called canali (Italian for “channels”). This was mistranslated into the English as “canals” which, being artificial watercourses, fueled the belief that there was some sort of intelligent extraterrestrial life on the planet.[30]

In the early 20th century Lowell published two more books, further developing the concept of a dying Mars. Burroughs was aware of these theories and appears to have consciously followed them. However, Burroughs does not seem to have based his vision of Mars on precise reading of Lowell’s theories, as there are a number of errors in his interpretation which suggest he may have got most of his information from reading newspaper articles and other popular accounts of Lowell’s Mars.[31]

The ideas of canals with flowing water and an inhabited, if dying world, were later disproved by more accurate observation of the planet, and fly-bys and landings by Russian and American probes such as the two Viking missions which found a dead, frozen world where water could not exist in a liquid state.[25]


The first science fiction to be set on Mars may be Across the Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record, by Percy Greg, published in 1880. An 1897 novel by Kurd Lasswitz, Auf Zwei Planeten, dealt with benevolent Martians arriving on Earth, but as it was not translated until 1971 it is unlikely that Burroughs knew of it.[32]

H. G. Wells‘ novel The War of the Worlds (1898) was influenced, as was Burroughs’ novel, by the ideas of Percival Lowell starting with publication of the book Mars (1895). It depicted Mars as an ancient world, nearing the end of its life, home to a superior civilization capable of advanced feats of science and engineering.[25][33] Burroughs, however, claimed never to have read any of H. G. Wells’ books.[34]

It is possible, as Richard A. Lupoff argues in the book Master of Adventure: The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, that Burroughs took some inspiration from the 1905 novel Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, by Edwin Lester Arnold, which also featured an American military man transported to Mars. Lupoff also suggested John Carter has strong similarities to Phra, hero of Arnold’s The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician (1890), who is also a master swordsman who appears to be immortal.[35]


This book and its series are noted as early inspiration by many later science fiction authors including Robert A. HeinleinArthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury. Bradbury admired Burroughs’ stimulating romantic tales, and they were an inspiration for his The Martian Chronicles (1950), which used some similar conceptions of a dying Mars.[36][37] Burroughs’ Barsoom novels have also been cited as a model for H. P. Lovecraft‘s The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.[38] Frederik Pohl paid homage to the novel in his 1972 short story, “Sad Solarian Screenwriter Sam,” although it is a backhanded compliment: the story so offends the actual Martians, they obliterate the Earth (as the Martians attempt to do in The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells).

Others influenced by Burroughs and his John Carter books include James Cameron, who mentioned the influence on his science-fiction epic Avatar in The New Yorker magazine,[39] and George Lucas, whose Star Wars movies were influenced by Flash Gordon, which in turn was influenced by Burroughs.[40] Also, author Michael Crichton named a character on the tv show, ER, after John Carter.[41] John Barnes‘s novel In the Hall of the Martian King features a space shuttle named John Carter. The ninth book in Diane Duane‘s Young Wizards series was titled A Wizard of Mars as reference to this book.

Burroughs’ Barsoom series was popular with American readers, helping inspire their support for the US Space Program,[citation needed] and also scientists who grew up on reading the novels.[citation needed] These include pioneers of space exploration research and the search for life on other planets. Scientist Carl Sagan read the books as a young boy, and they continued to affect his imagination into his adult years; he remembered Barsoom as a “world of ruined cities, planet girding canals, immense pumping stations—a feudal technological society”. For two decades a map of the planet, as imagined by Burroughs, hung in the hallway outside of Sagan’s office in Cornell University.[33] Author-Illustrator Mark Rogers also lampooned the Barsoom series in the second Samurai Cat book. The novels based on the TSR Buck Rogers RPG has a military academy on Mars called the John Carter Academy, which one of the characters in the franchise goes to.

For the novel’s centennial anniversary, Library of America has published a hardcover edition based on the original book in April 2012 with an introduction by Junot Díaz (ISBN 978-1-59853-165-7). There’s also Lin Carter’s Callisto stories which are partially a homage to John Carter.


The American frontier[edit]

A Princess of Mars has many similarities to Westerns, including a desert setting, a heroine taken captive, and a showdown with the antagonist.[18] Burroughs worked as a soldier at Fort Grant, Arizona, where he patrolled the desert to protect white settlers. During this time he gained a great respect for American Indians and their warriors, such as Geronimo.[42] Barsoom resembles a kind of Martian Wild West. Indeed, John Carter is an adventuring frontiersman who is cornered by Apache warriors in the Arizona desert before his transition to Mars. When he arrives there, he discovers a savage, frontier world with scarce resources, where strength is respected, and where the civilized Red Martians maintain their racial vigor by repelling the constant attacks of the Green Martians. The latter are a barbaric, nomadic, tribal culture with many parallels to American Indians.[43]

A nostalgic desire to return to the frontier became a common theme in the United States during the early twentieth century. In the Disney movie John Carter, Bryan Cranston portrays a U.S. Cavalry Major who tries to convince John Carter to fight American Indians. As the nation become more urbanized, the 19th-century frontier was romanticized as a lost world of freedom and noble savagery.[27] Similar ideas may be reflected in the fate of the ancient white race of Mars, which is mentioned in A Princess of Mars and reintroduced in a later Martian novel, Llana of Gathol; they are described as having become weak and degenerate through their dependence on the trappings and comforts of civilization.[44]


Race is a constant theme in the Barsoom novels, as Barsoom is distinctly divided along racial lines. White, Yellow, Black, Red, and Green races appear in various novels of the series, each with ethnic qualities that often seem to define their individual representatives.[44] Although John Carter is able to befriend the Green Martian Tars Tarkas, who shows noble qualities, Tarkas is called an exception to the rule, and remains a noble savage.[45] John Carter himself is white-skinned, so that Barsoomians sometimes identify him with their own surviving White race, known as the Holy Therns; for example, Carter successfully impersonates a Thern named Sator Throg in The Gods of Mars. Carter’s unusual appearance and un-Barsoomian strength and agility make him a kind of mythic figure, capable of achievements that no Barsoomian could manage.[44]

Red Martians[edit]

The Red Martians have created the dominant culture on Barsoom. They are organized into imperial city-states that control the planetary canal system, as well as more isolated states in the hinterlands.

The Red Martians are hybrids of the ancient Yellow Martians, White Martians, and Black Martians, who joined forces when the seas of Barsoom began to dry up; their union created a hardy race capable of surviving in a dying world.[26][46]

They are, like all the humanoid races of Mars, oviparous, i.e., their newborn hatch from eggs.[47]

The Red Martians, like the Green Martians, eschew clothing, going nude except for jewelry and other ornamentation. In Chapter 11, Dejah Thoris derides Earth men, who “almost without exception, cover their bodies with strange, unsightly pieces of cloth.”[48]

The Red Martians are honorable and highly civilized; they respect private property and have a keen sense of fairness. Their culture is lawful and technologically advanced, and they are capable of love and family life.[44] The chief crime in their cities is assassination.

Green Martians[edit]

The Green Martians are 15 feet tall, Burroughs wrote, adding from John Carter’s observation of newly hatched children,

They seemed mostly head, with little scrawny bodies, long necks and six legs, or, as I afterward learned, two legs and two arms, with an intermediary pair of limbs which could be used at will either as arms or legs. Their eyes were set at the extreme sides of their heads a trifle above the center and protruded in such a manner that they could be directed either forward or back and also independently of each other, thus permitting this queer animal to look in any direction, or in two directions at once, without the necessity of turning the head.

The ears, which were slightly above the eyes and closer together, were small, cup-shaped antennae, protruding not more than an inch on these young specimens. Their noses were but longitudinal slits in the center of their faces, midway between their mouths and ears.

There was no hair on their bodies, which were of a very light yellowish-green color….[49]

They are nomadic, warlike, and barbaric; do not form families; have discarded concepts of friendship and affection (presumably in the name of survival); and enjoy torture. Their social structure is communal and rigidly hierarchical, with various levels of chiefs. The highest rank is the all-powerful Jeddak, who reaches this position through combat. They are tribal, and war among one another.[2][44] They are primitive, intellectually backwards, and have no art or written language. Any advanced technology they possess is stolen from the Red Martians. They inhabit the ancient ruined cities of Barsoom.[27]

The series[edit]

  1. A Princess of Mars (1917) (Project Gutenberg ebook)
  2. The Gods of Mars (1918) (ebook)
  3. The Warlord of Mars (1919) (ebook)
  4. Thuvia, Maid of Mars (1920) (ebook)
  5. The Chessmen of Mars (1922) (ebook)
  6. The Master Mind of Mars (1928) (ebook)
  7. A Fighting Man of Mars (1931)
  8. Swords of Mars (1936)
  9. Synthetic Men of Mars (1940)
  10. Llana of Gathol (1948) (ebook)
  11. John Carter of Mars (1964)


The copyright for this story has expired in the United States and, thus, resides in the public domain there. The text is available from Project Gutenberg. In anticipation of the 2012 Disney film John Carter, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. trademarked the phrases “John Carter of Mars”, “Princess of Mars”, and “Barsoom”, among others, despite the Dastar decision of the United States Supreme Court, which invalidates trademark on public domain works.

Film adaptations[edit]

The Asylum released a feature-length direct-to-DVD film based on the novel, titled Princess of Mars, on December 29, 2009.

A full-length feature film of the novel had been attempted and aborted many times. Its working title was originally A Princess of Mars, but it was renamed John Carter of Mars and then simply John Carter during pre-production. It was originally due in 2006, with Jon Favreau (ZathuraIron ManCowboys & Aliens) as director and Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News as producer. John Carter was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Andrew StantonTaylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins, who appeared together in the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, play John Carter and Dejah Thoris. Willem DafoePolly Walker, and James Purefoy play Tars Tarkas, Sarkoja, and Kantos, respectively. The film’s U.S. release date was March 9, 2012. [50]

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