The Chronology of Fu Manchu


July 1875 The Musgrave Version. G.A. Effinger. Short story. Sherlock Holmes In Orbit, eds. Resnick & Greenberg, DAW, 1995. "From that day in July, 1875, when Holmes and I were first swept up into the world of the Chinese devil . . . " (page 9).

1884 Dr. Petrie is born Rohmer Review #3

1888 The events in Anno Dracula. Kim Newman. 1992.

1898 The events in the six part League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. 1999-2000.

Summer-Fall 1911 The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. Chapter 1, "The Zayat Kiss," was published in The Story Teller, October, 1912.

Summer-Oct. 1913 The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu.

Nov. 1913 - Jan. 1914 The Hand of Fu Manchu (Chapter 1-Chapter 30, paragraph 1)

Jan. 1914 - April 1914 Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Matches Wits with the Diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu. Cay Van Ash. New York: Harper & Row, 1984.

1914 "The Mark of the Monkey." Smith and Petrie in Devon without Fu Manchu.

1915 Dr. Petrie's daughter, Fleuette,  is born

Sept.-Nov. 1917 The Fires of Fu Manchu. Cay Van Ash. New York: Harper & Row, 1987.

1920 The Golden Scorpion. Never named, Fu Manchu puts in a recognizable appearance in Chapter 4.

1920 "The Blue Monkey." "Smith and Petrie appear anonomously." Master of Villainy, page 304.

1928 The Daughter of Fu Manchu "The events narrated in Daughter of Fu Manchu can reliably be placed in the latter half of 1928 . . . "  Cay Van Ash, Rohmer Review, No. 17.

1928-29 "The Turkish Yataghan." Smith and Petrie without Fu Manchu.

1929 The Mask of Fu Manchu

1933 The Bride of Fu Manchu

1934 The Trail of Fu Manchu. "This was the great fog of 1934 -- the worst in memory" (Chapter 1). "That phenomenal fog which over a great part of Europe heralded and ushered in the New Year . . ." (Chapter 2).

1936 President Fu Manchu.

1938 The Drums of Fu Manchu.

1940 The Island of Fu Manchu.

1947 The Shadow of Fu Manchu.

1951 The Wrath of Fu Manchu. DAW, 1973.

1956 Re-Enter Fu Manchu.

1957 The Eyes of Fu Manchu. Wrath of Fu Manchu.

1958 Emperor Fu Manchu.

1958 The Word of Fu Manchu. Wrath of Fu Manchu.

1959 The Mind of Fu Manchu. Wrath of Fu Manchu.

1964-68 The Book of Changes. R. H. W. Dillard. Fu Manchu, Fah Lo Suee and the Si-Fan exist in this novel, but are used as misdirection from the actual antagonists. Direct references are made to 1964, 1965 and 1968.

May 1967 The Rainbow Affair. David McDaniel. #13 of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. novels. New York: Ace Books, 1967. Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin, Alexander Waverly, Nayland Smith, Fu Manchu, Simon Templar (a.k.a the Saint), the Avengers (John Steed and Emma Peel), Miss Marple, and Sherlock Holmes (a.k.a. William Escott), among others, appear in this adventure. James Bond is mentioned. Thrush courts Fu Manchu.


Cay Van Ash's "A Question of Time" in The Rohmer Review, No. 17, August, 1977, provides an interesting analysis of the Fu Manchu dates. Other dates are from Master of Villainy and from the "Chronology of Dr. Fu Manchu and Sir Denis Nayland Smith" which was posted without identifying the author. The author was Win Eckert who has added additional material to an updated Chronology at his own site. Many dates are surmised from the fact that the stories were generally published one year after they occurred.


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