Herr Slossen Boschen
Jerome K. Jerome Character
First Appearance: Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
Creator: Jerome K. Jerome
Nationality: Germany
Date of Birth: 19th century
Occupation: Professor, Singer
Turtledove Appearances:
Three Men and...Stories
Fantasy Pastiche
Appearance(s): "Three Men and a Vampire"
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Herr Slossenn Boschen is a German professor who appears in chapter eight of Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) (1889). The narrator Jerome ("J."), and a crowd of unnamed characters, encounter Herr Slossenn Boschen at a fancy gathering. The Professor is prompted to sing a comic song, which he had once famously sang for Kaiser Wilhelm I. After he's finished singing in German, J. suggests Herr Slossen Boschen translate the song into English so its audience would get the full comedic effect. Herr Slossen Boschen angrily explains that the song is not a comic one, but rather a tragedy, and that the Kaiser was brought to tears by it.

Herr Slossen Boschen in Three Men and...Stories[]

Because J. mistook Professor Abraham van Helsing for Herr Slossen[1] Boschen, and because J. felt he needed to make amends to the German, he and his friends helped van Helsing hunt a vampire in the early hours one Saturday morning.[2]


  1. Harry Turtledove changed the spelling of this name.
  2. Some Time Later: Fantastic Voyages Through Alternate Worlds, pgs. 13-17, TPB.