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!

The End of a Tale…

So will Joseph Knapp Jr. Hang as the New Year Tolls?

This is the exciting climax of Murder on the Common. History books say he did, but what really happened? How did this infamous 19th-century murder that kept the country riveted at the time really end? Did he die? For that matter our star, Henry Sinclair, nobody is sure of when his death happened as well…

If you didn’t get to read this exciting free serial of Murder on the Common, it will be in print on April 7th for the 290th anniversary of the Captain Joseph White murder which inspired Edgar Allan Poe to write the Tell-Tale Heart and the Parker Brothers to alter the game Cluedo. Did you know a relation of the Parker Brothers was the judge in the real case who died on the night of the first trial and the lead pipe in Clue was mentioned as the murder weapon in two blackmail letters written to the man who got away with murder? Buy your copy of Murder on the Common on April 7th, 2020.

Next week we will bring you a sample of the next tale from The Sinclair Narratives called Summer Cottage from Hell presented in the Winter edition of Arkham: Tales from the Flipside. A tale about the mysterious death of the man who rented President Taft a home in Beverly MA that became the summer White House for two years. A tale featuring Henry alongside Teddy Roosevelt, Nikola Tesla, Rough Rider Frank “Keno” Crowninshield, and Mark Twain going up against Lovecraftian monsters, Bohemian Grove, and the Illuminati.

This week’s installment of Murder on the Common!

illustration from Murder on the Common from The Sinclair Narratives

Not Everyone Gets a Christmas Present this Year, but a Hanging

It is Christmas Day and Joseph Knapp Jr. is waiting to be dropped before the ball falls on New Year’s Eve.

Even though Stephen White has admitted to murdering his uncle and a few others…Joseph Knapp Jr. is still sitting in his cell this Christmas Day waiting for his death on the New Year.

Caroline, the Hibernians, Caroline’s Boys, and Henry celebrate Christmas at the Essex Hotel (location of the Salem Five on Essex Street). Afterward, Louie, Caroline, and Henry travel to Ipswich to celebrate with Achak and Malmusis where Malmusis tells them a traditional Agawam ghost story.

Come back every Tuesday to hear the latest from Murder on the Common featuring everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, and his reincarnated third-generation Viking rag-tag crew. Henry has just solved the most infamous murder of the 19th century, but now how can he free the man who is going to be wrongfully executed while the man who did commit the murder resides on the Prison Commission for the governor?

New Installment

Illustration from Murder on the Common featuring a little Native girl with her uncle that has just grown large rabbit ears while telling a story.

7 Great Stories that Weave in and out of Each Other: Poe, Lovecraft, Dowgin, Maguire, Garrett, Hawthorne, Deschenes, and Poe!

Check out a free sample of our latest issue of Arkham: Tales from the Flipside featuring a story from Hawthorne, Poe, and Lovecraft for free. Plus sample our new stories by Matt Maguire of Wolverine and Heavy Metal fame, Lisa Deschenes, and Christopher Jon Luke Dowgin. Check out the latest Sinclair Narratives featuring everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, and his reincarnated third-generation Viking ragtag crew.

In this story, Henry has to solve the murder of the man who died just days after President Taft rented his house as the official White House in Beverly Ma. Many strange things have been happening in Beverly since his arrival centering on the Skull & Bones and Lovecraftian monsters. Come read how Teddy Roosevelt, Rough Rider Keno Crowninshield, Nikola Tesla, and Henry solve this murder.

Also, read new installments every Tuesday of Henry’s case in Murder on the Common where he must solve the most infamous murder of the 19th century involving the strange murder of Captain Joseph White which involved the highest members of our government. This is the murder that inspired the game Clue and Poe to write the Tell-Tale Heart.

Comic panel.

Exciting Sea Battle Filled…with Chinese Vampires????

I Never Knew Vampires Could Sail…

This week Hatch returns and Henry has a very horrible torture waiting for him. Afterward, there is an exciting sea battle where Henry’s reincarnated third-generation Viking rag-tag crew is pitted against The Grand Turk filled with an elite Chinese vampire crew sent to infect America.

Come back every Tuesday to read the latest installment of Murder on the Common featuring everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, and his reincarnated third-generation Viking ragtag crew as he fights off vampire hordes, Lovecraftian monsters, Mormons, Anti-Masons, and more while trying to solve the most infamous murder of the nineteenth century that influenced the Parker Brothers’ when they created the game Clue.
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Vampires and Werewolves in Boston this Week!

Yes, we have another installment of Murder on the Common. Every Tuesday we bring you the latest from your favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, and his reincarnated third-generation Viking ragtag crew. This week it is Thanksgiving and we have Native Americans throwing gourds at us white folk, tales of werewolves, and vampires attacking in Boston. It is another thrill-seeking installment this week. So come back every week and see if Henry can solve the murder of Captain White. The most infamous murder of the 19th century that influenced the game Clue and Edgar Allan Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart.

To read this week’s installment click here!

Chinese Vampires in front of Old Town Hall Boston.

The Sinclair Narratives is a regular serial inside the pages of the quarterly Arkham: Tales from the Flipside. To read a sample from our Winter edition click here.