The Latest from “The Sinclair Narratives”

A Strange Literary Twist…

Henry, everyone’s favorite immortal (just ignore that other Scotsman…), encounters the strangest visitor to Greenlawn Cemetery within the Witch City.  This encounter brings him on a journey to find a long lost rare novel featuring Dupin, the world’s first detective. Follow Henry as he tries to remember the plot of a book he lost on a train years ago. A plot detailing the most famous murder within the ivy halls of Harvard University. Filled with twists and turns so original, it might have created a new modulation on the murder mystery.

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The Latest from Arkham: Tales from the Flipside

The Fall Issue is here!

This is Professor Wilmarth and your friendly neighborhood Cthulhu welcoming you to another journey within the world of the macabre and the strange. In this season’s issue, we have several tales of ravens, cuckoos, and aliens; maybe you will think of me cuckoo for mentioning aliens…

This season Henry meets someone sitting inside the Greenlawn Cemetery, which is stranger than any ghost, who starts their journey looking for a long lost book by Edgar Allan Poe detailing an infamous murder within the ivy halls of Harvard. Then we learn from Philip K. Dick that some gifts for your wife can prove deadly. Then James Stammers teaches us that gifts for your girlfriend can become just as troublesome. Then in Deschenes’ tale, we learn the best-boxed gifts are the ones you find for yourself. Simak then explains to us that for some rare aliens sorrow is the best gift you can offer. Poe teaches us what happens when your most precious gift is removed from your life.

Some stories touch on historical facts and others you will hope are just pure fiction. Let’s see if you can figure out all the connections between the tales. Who knows, you might even find more than I reveal at the end of our installment from Arkham: Tales from the Flipside. Well, I’m off to feed the ravens in the cemetery. I do hope they eat all of the bodies before I get a ticket for littering. Do you mind if I leave Cthulu here to dine on your toes?

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Arkham: Tales from the Flipside Fall 2020

The latest Arkham: Tales from the Flipside is up!
We have tales from Edgar Allan Poe, Clifford D. Simak, Lisa Dechenes, Christopher Jon Luke Dowgin, and Philip K. Dick for the Fall Issue.
Henry Sinclair meets the famous detective C. Auguste Dupin, We have another tale of mystery in The Salem Cemetery series of finding one’s self, a murderous cuckoo, a tormenting raven, and an alien that gets drunk on people’s sorrows.

New Issue of Arkham: Tales from the Flipside

Jinn and Bass River Beverly Ma

A bit of Comedy and Horror this Season!

Read the latest issue of Arkham: Tales from the Flipside. In this season’s issue, we have six illustrated stories. The first story is The Land of .Oz, the latest in The Sinclair Narratives, where everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, fights off a horde of jinn before Cecil Rhodes (Debeers Diamonds and apartheid) floods America with gold to crash our economy and England invades from the Thousand Islands. In the next tale, Robert Bloch’s (author of Psycho) Creeper in the Crypt tells about a critter that stalks through the tunnels in Arkham. Followed The Gathering by Lisa Deschene, the latest from The Salem Cemetery series, where a man goes up against nature’s crafty squirrels in a game of death. Then in Evelyn E. Smith’s tale Man’s Best Friend, a slacker has been appointed by a machine at random to kill the previous overlord to become the new leader. Our final tale is about what happens when you get a wishing machine beyond your credit level in Something for Nothing by Robert Sheckley.

Lovecraft Tour of Salem

In this video follow Christopher Jon Luke Dowgin of the Salem Smugglers’ Tour as he brings you on the Lovecraft Tour of Salem. He will bring you to the locations behind Lovecraft’s most famous stories. For example, he will bring you to the Bentley-Crowninshield House. The house appears within The Thing on the Doorstep.  Further, he will bring you to the old Charter Street Burying Ground. Inside the pages of Pickman’s Model, they mention the graveyard. Moreover, he will give you the real histories behind the locations and the people who lived in them. So watch this video and take the tour of Arkham, which we locals know as Salem MA! Lovecraft and Cthulhu would be so proud!

To find out more about the weird locations in Salem and the tunnels that run under the city, book a tour on the Salem Smugglers’ Tour. Plus read the books Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and Sub Rosa.

 

The Murder that Influenced the Game Clue

In Christopher Jon Luke Dowgin’s latest book Murder on the Common, we follow everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, as he tries to solve the murder of Joseph White.  This murder influenced the game Clue. In the video, Chris explains the true story of the most infamous murder of the nineteenth century.  Consequently, a murder that reached the highest ranks within our national politics.  One that involved a Supreme Court Justice, the most powerful Senator at the time, and the man who controlled our national bank. Likewise, it inspired many creative endeavors.

The Murder that Influenced The Tell Tale-Heart

The story of a man driven mad by a dead eye was influenced by the ship captain Joseph White’s murder, Salem’s first privateer. Edgar Allan Poe was familiar, along with the rest of the nation, of this murder in Salem. It created the fodder for one of his most famous works. It inspired others as well. For instance, the Parker Brothers would be inspired to change the game Cluedo. They modeled Clue after this murder. Why? You just have to watch the video to find out.

The Locations behind the Murder that Influenced the Game Clue

Follow Chris as he tours Salem and brings you to the locations involved in the murder and the game Clue. Just hit play and enjoy!

Read the first novel within The Sinclair Narratives (from Arkham: Tales from the Flipside) called Murder on the Common Today! Learn more about the real murder that influenced the game Clue! Fall in love with the quirky immortal and read further adventures of Henry Sinclair within the pages of Arkham: Tales from the Flipside!

New Issue of Arkham: Tales from the Flipside

Welcome, in this installment of Arkham: Tales from the Flipside, we bring you into another dimension to read 6 illustrated supernatural tales. Tales of war and murder from the old masters and new. Tales that all play into one another through time and space.

First, we have our anchor story Battle at Cedar Bridge Tavern, the latest in The Sinclair Narratives. A tale about the last battle in the Revolutionary War and the theft of the Ark of the Covenant. This sojourn features Benjamin Franklin and the Jersey Devil. It’s followed by There is a Reaper that investigates what happens to your murder victim after death, written by Charles V. de Velt.

Then we have…Black Colossus by Robert E. Howard featuring Conan the Barbarian who is picked by chance to lead an army for a desperate princess. Up next is Lisa Deschenes’ tale of a strange way to get rid of an ex-husband in Things that go Bump. Further, we present Steve Mullen’s Shock Treatment which explores the idea that our solar system is the insane asylum of the galaxy. After that, we have Beyond Lies the Wub by Philip K. Dick about an intelligent space pig that might end up on the menu.

Six tales that weave in and out of each other. Can you discover all of their secrets of how they fit together? Give it a read and find out.

Buy Arkham: Tales from the Flipside today at Salem House Press!

Arkham: Tales from the Flipside Spring 2020 cover

Illustrator of the Week: John Schoenherr

Dune

John was raised in Queens where he used drawings to communicate with speakers of other languages within his polyglot neighborhood.  Later he went to Pratt University.

Schoenherr may be known best as the original illustrator of the dust jacket art of Dune,[6] a 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert that inaugurated a book series and media franchise.[7] He had previously illustrated the serializations of the novel in Analog, an endeavor which secured him a 1965 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.[6][8] He later did the art for the Analog serialization of Herbert’s Children of Dune.[6] In 1978 Berkley Books published The Illustrated Dune, an edition of Dune with 33 black-and-white sketch drawings and 8 full-color paintings by Schoenherr.[6][7] Herbert wrote in 1980 that though he had not spoken to Schoenherr prior to the artist creating the paintings, the author was surprised to find that the artwork appeared exactly as he had imagined its fictional subjects, including sandwormsBaron Harkonnen and the Sardaukar.

Also he gained fame for  Dragonriders of Pern stories by Anne McCaffrey, the 1967/1968 novellas “Weyr Search” and “Dragonrider” (each featured on one Analog cover as well) that were subsequently developed as the novel Dragonflight.[14] Schoenherr’s July 1975 cover for Analog has been cited as influential in the designs for the Star Wars character Chewbacca.

Analog was a magazine in which Dune and the Dragon Riders of Pern first appeared in. Among other stories in the magazine he illustrated was Randall Garrett’s  The Eye’s Have It which is rereleased in Arkham: Tales from the Flipside Winter Edition.

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Latest Installment in Battle at Cedar Bridge Tavern

This week Henry and Benjamin Franklin dress up as Mummers on St. Stephen’s Day to sneak into Cedar Bridge Tavern to steal back the Ark of the Covenant.

Come back every Tuesday to read the latest in The Sinclair Narratives featuring everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, and his third-generation Viking ragtag crew.

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Henry Sinclair in the mud under a bridge Chris Dowgin posing