The novelist Cornelius Mathews' Behemoth: A Legend of the Mound-builders, which appeared in 1839, was largely based on Priest's theories.
Like Priest, Bryant concluded that the demise of the Mound-builders was brought about by the villainous depredations of the red race:
Since then he has produced perhaps seventy sf novels, more than thirty-five sf story collections, about eighty non-fiction books on everything from ancient mound-builders
to the Rockefellers, probably more than a hundred erotic or juvenile novels under pseudonyms, and more than sixty books upon which his name appears as editor.
along these Amerindian trade routes died suddenly and otherwise unaccountably, and yet recent forensic analysis of burial remains has shown the presence of viable plague bacillus.