700 posts? Can it be true? That’s humbling, honestly. And it makes me happy. But even better? I have a contest where you can win a copy of a VERY COOL anthology that I’m delighted to participate in! It’s titled TALES OF JACK THE RIPPER and I can’t wait to read it myself! Do you see those fantastic names? Do you see my name on the cover with them? I died a little, yes I did.
1888: One hundred and twenty-five years ago, a killer stalked the streets of London’s Whitechapel district, brutally–some would say ritualistically–murdering five women (that we know of): Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly.
The story of Jack the Ripper captured lurid headlines and the public’s imagination, and the first fictionalization of the Ripper killings, John Francis Brewer’s The Curse Upon Mitre Square appeared in October of 1888, mere weeks after the discovery of Jack’s first victim. Since then, hundreds of stories have been written about Bloody Jack, his victims, and his legacy. Authors ranging from Marie Belloc Lowndes to Robert Bloch to Harlan Ellison to Roger Zelazny to Alan Moore have added their own tales to the Ripper myth. Now, as we arrive at the quasquicentennial of the murders, we bring you a few tales more.
You can read more about it, including the full TOC, here.
My tale is called “A Pretty for Polly” and I attempted to explore the gentler side of Jack the Ripper. Let’s see how it goes, shall we?
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. The contest will run for one week, ending on Friday, August 9. Multiple posts will be deleted so everybody has one entry, and I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner. You’ll have a choice of a print copy, or if you’d prefer an e-copy, I can certainly get you that, as well. Enjoy! Have fun! Spend some time with Saucy Jacky as seen through the eyes of some of today’s dark writers. And if you don’t win, you can always pick it up here: