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Jack The Ripper
03 Nov 2016 * HARDBACK * £25 * 9781784976248

The ultimate compendium of the legacy and legend of history's most notorious murderer.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 928 pages  Format: 240 x 170 mm
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Jack The Ripperby Otto Penzler

The predatory ritual, the escalating savegery of the crimes, the grisly trophies taken from his victim's bodies, the games played with his pursuers, the cannibalism: Jack the Ripper's reign of terror in London's East End during the autumn of 1888 casts a long shadow. Many have murdered more, but few have killed so brutally and none have forged such an enduring legend.

For a century and a quarter the Ripper's crimes have appalled and fascinated in equal measure, inspiring over one hundred theories about this prototypical serial killer's identity and spawning thousands of works of fiction. This collection is the ultimate exploration of the Ripper legend. It sifts through Jack's legacy, blending the true story (told via contemporary reports and a century's worth of the best analysis) with the best crime and horror fiction his depraved deeds have inspired. Some of these stories are classics, some have been written especially for this volume. Including writing from Jeffery Deaver, Anne Perry, George Bernard Shaw, Ellery Queen, Boris Akunin, Ramsey Campbell, Harlan Ellison and Robert Bloch.

Series editor Otto Penzler is the founder of the Mysterious Press (1975), Mysterious (2011) and New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop (1979). He has won a Raven, the Ellery Queen Award, two Edgars and lifetime achievement awards from Noircon and The Strand Magazine. He has edited more than 70 anthologies and written extensively about crime fiction.

Uniquely blends fiction and non-fiction to explore the enduring hold Jack the Ripper has on our imaginations.

Includes a brand new Ripper story from Jeffery Deaver.

Penzler has dug deep in producing Jack the Ripper, a carefully chosen 1000 pages of fascinating Ripperama... Not meant for quick absorption, but dipping in and out is thoroughly recommended' The Times

This is far more than a re-tread of the known facts... Otto has assembled a truly stellar cast of contributors... The perfect nugget nestling at the heart of this mammoth compendium, however, is the chance to read Marie Belloc Lowndes' influential The Lodger in both forms' Shots Magazine

'Fascinating and thought-provoking. Not a stone is left unturned in this vast exploration of all the horrors that Jack the Ripper committed' The Bookbag

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