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!
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.
Latest Installment of Battle at Cedar Bridge Tavern
Everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, has been posing as the dead General William Howe that was in command of the British forces in America. In this installment, we will learn how a few years ago how Howe threw the war for the Americans and was forced to hide in the Pine Barrens of NJ. Also, we learn more about his friendship with Benjamin Franklin and Franklin’s love of the Ark of the Covenant and his personal hatred of the Jersey Devil. Most important of all, we learn how the Ark was stolen from Howe and why…
Come back every Tuesday for another installment of Battle at Cedar Bridge Tavern:
Today we start a new story, Battle at Cedar Bridge Tavern. Henry, everyone’s favorite immortal, finds himself as General William Howe at the last battle of the Revolutionary War in the New Jersey Pine Barrens trying to steal back the Ark of the Covenant. So read on to find out how Henry became the British general who led the war, how he lost the Ark, how he got it back, and what Benjamin Franklin has to do with the Jersey Devil?
This week Henry gets a message from Tesla to meet him near the Mason Lodge to meet Mme. Zaza; who turns out to be an old soul Henry first met 2,000 years ago. Mme. Zaza warns them of strange powerful people who have arrived by train to visit President Taft’s Summer White House at Woodbury Point.
Come back every Tuesday to read another installment of Summer Cottage form Hell featuring everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, and his third-generation Viking ragtag crew. Will Henry and the gang including Teddy Roosevelt, Rough Rider Keno Crowninshield, and Nikola Tesla solve the mysterious death of the man who rented President Taft the property? Come back each week to find out…
Another installment to keep you entertained during this time of containment
This week Henry, Tesla, Teddy Roosevelt, John Hammond Jr. (Hammond Castle), and President Taft meet at the Essex Country Club in Manchester. There Telsa and John Hammond Jr. argue if flesh can be reanimated after death and we meet General George Patton.
Come back every Tuesday for another installment of Summer Cottage from Hell appearing in the Winter Issue of Arkham Tales from the Flipside. A story featuring everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, and his third-generation Viking ragtag crew where they are out to solve the mysterious death of the man who rented President Taft his Summer Whitehouse for two years. Tesla, Roosevelt, Illuminati, and Lovecraft monsters fill this tale based on real events in Beverly MA.
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.
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?