Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday and to celebrate I am sharing one of my favourite web series: Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Invite Only Casual Dinner Party/Gala For Friends Potluck or more simply, Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party.

Edgar Allan Poe has invited some of the world’s most renowned authors from Dostoyevsky to Mary Shelley, George Eliot to Ernest Hemingway and gathered them in his home where he and the ghost of Lenore are planning a murder mystery dinner party. Things immediately start to go wrong when actual murder is committed, and now the guests must find who the murderer is or risk being killed themselves.

The series was originally funded through a Kickstarter in 2016, and was created by Sinead and Sean Persaud of Shipwrecked Comedy (and who also play Lenore and Edgar). They bring humour, drama, snark and wit to a dinner party and make murder fun. The writing is wonderful as each character uses their own literary styles and works to make references and adds style and drama to the night, or just general frustrations to other dinner guests.

There is so much I love about this series. Seeing George Eliot try to hide the fact that she’s a woman is wonderful, plus Edgar’s frustrations that his dinner party isn’t going as planned, not to mention the continual sarcastic contributions of Lenore or Oscar Wilde’s entire existence.

It includes actors many actors who were in award-winning The Lizzie Bennet Diaries including Ashley Clements and Mary Kate Wiles who played Lizzie and Lydia respectively. It also features Lauren Lopez who you may recognise as Malfoy from A Very Potter Musical among other things, as well as Blake Silver, Jim O’Heir, Ryan Garcia, and a host of other brilliant actors.

The series is made up of 11 episodes, all around ten minutes each. There are also multiple additional videos including prologues, bloopers, and behind the scene videos which are just as fun to watch. You also get to see the planning stages as they hunt for costumes, practise lines, and set up for filming.

The entire series can be found on the Shipwrecked YouTube channel along with all the bonus features. The Kickstarter page, while ended, also has a lot of great information about the cast as well as some great art. You can watch the trailer here and I hope you will fall in love with it instantly. I love this series so much and I think everyone needs to watch it, if not for me, do it for Mr Poe on his birthday.

Bookish on iView

is a wonderful new show that launched today which is exclusive to ABC iView and is hosted by Jennifer Wong. Dubbed the “digital sister to ABC TV’s The Book Club“, Bookish brings you all things book related including advice, interviews, and book events. The stars of the recent YA Squad event (Will Kostakis, Megan Jacobson, Kylie Fornasier, and Shivaun Plozza) appear in episode 4 to discuss the appeal of YA, and Jennifer Byrne from The Book Club (formally The First Tuesday Book Club) makes an appearance, interviewing Comma Queen and copy editor of The New Yorker Mary Norris in the first episode.

In the debut episode Norris discusses grammar and her career with Byrne and on the lighter side, host Jennifer Wong discusses the best books to read on public transport to get your own seat. Each episode is very short, averaging around five minutes, but in that time there are some great tips. For instance in episode 3 Wong points out the dos and don’ts of asking questions at a writers’ festival. With the Sydney Writers’ Festival coming in the next couple of weeks this is crucial information; you don’t want to be one of those people.

The show will be airing (if that’s the right word) online all year with a new episode every Tuesday. There are already five episodes available to start you off, with guests like Stan Grant and Yassmin Abdel-Magied, and fun things like looking at the worst colouring books available and the many stupid things booksellers hear with Benjamin Law and Todd Alexander.

I think this is a fantastic little series, and with quick short episodes it’s easy to enjoy anywhere or anytime. I don’t actually know what the ABC’s rules are on international viewing but anyone in Australia should be able to watch the series. If you’re looking for some bookish fun than it’s definitely worth checking out.


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