The Post-Modern Masks of Nyarlathotep
Charleston Chiu was born in Shanghai—West Virginia, but has spent most of his short life (born 1907) in New York City.
His father was a former Boxer rebel with connections to the Triads of New York’s Chinatown, and as soon as he was old enough young Charleston came to work for his “Uncle Lee.” He was an efficient if eccentric soldier in the Triad who specialized on bootlegging runs, where his skill with an automobile was second to none.
In January 1924 he met Jackson Elias and had a notable encounter with a supernatural trumpet that could raise the dead. During the course of this adventure Elias was wounded, and the resulting complications caused his uncle to expel him from the Triad. After that he began his new career as a photographer for the Golden Sentinel, often working closely with the paper’s erstwhile publisher, Freddie Blakeley.