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The Big Book of Jack the Ripper

Unabridged Publication date: 01/31/2020

The Big Book of Jack the Ripper

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684576791
Digital Download ISBN:9781684576784


Edgar Award–winning editor Otto Penzler's latest anthology takes its inspiration from the historical enigma whose name has become synonymous with fear: Jack the Ripper.

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Of the real-life serial killers whose gruesome acts have been splashed across headlines, none has reached the mythical status of Jack the Ripper. In the Ripper's wake, terror swept through the streets of London's East End in the fall of 1888. As quickly as his nightmarish reign came, Saucy Jack vanished without a trace—leaving future generations to speculate upon his identity and whereabouts. He was diabolical in a way never seen before—a killer who taunted the police, came up with his own legendary monikers, and, ultimately, got away with his heinous crimes.

More than a century later, the man "from hell" continues to live on in our imaginations—and in some of the most spec­tacularly unnerving stories, both fiction and nonfiction, ever written. The Big Book of Jack the Ripper immerses you in the utterly chilling world of Red Jack's London, where his unprecedented evil still lurks.

This anthology includes legendary stories by Marie Belloc Lowndes, Robert Bloch, and Ellery Queen; captivating essays from George Bernard Shaw, Stephen Hunter, and Peter Underwood; riveting new stories by contemporary masters Jeffrey Deaver, Loren D. Estleman, Lyndsay Faye, and many more; and astonishing theories from the world's foremost Ripperologists.


“A monumental collection. . . . [Penzler] leaves no stone unturned.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Ambitious [and] comprehensive. . . . As with previous Big Books, Penzler’s dogged research has enabled him to include undeservedly obscure stories. . . . High-quality tales original to this volume, from such 21st-century masters as Daniel Stashower, Lyndsay Faye, and Jeffery Deaver, are another bonus.” —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Otto Penzler, proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, founded The Mysterious Press in 1975, now an imprint at Grove/Atlantic, and publishes classic crime fiction through MysteriousPress.com. Penzler has won two Edgar Awards, MWA's Ellery Queen Award, and the Raven Award.