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Tales of Jack the Ripper

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  33 reviews
1888: A killer stalks the streets of London’s Whitechapel district, brutally—some would say ritualistically—murdering women. With each slaying, the killer grows bolder, his crimes more extreme. So far, there have been five victims (that we know of): Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 31st 2013 by Word Horde
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Leza Cantoral
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ross E. Lockhart's Tales of Jack the Ripper takes you on a twisting hallucinatory and heart rending journey into the dark Whitechapel nightmare that still haunts us to this day. The terror lives on, undiluted by the passing of the years.
More violent crimes have been commited since, it is true, so why does it endure? There is no easy answer, perhaps that in itself, IS the answer. The mysterious timing between murders, the grim setting, the dizzying array of possible motives, the lifestyles of t
Orrin Grey
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: with-me
Full Disclosure: This volume contains my story "Ripperology."

Tales of Jack the Ripper is the first anthology from Ross Lockhart's new Word Horde imprint, and even if I didn't have a story in it, I'd say that it's an incredible, confident move out of the gate for one of the best editors working in the field of weird and supernatural fiction. Not that every story in Tales of Jack the Ripper falls under the rubric of "weird" or "supernatural," but the anthology as a whole definitely has that vibe.

Justin Steele
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Serial killers hold the title of being the most terrifying form of criminal, yet also the most fascinating. Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez, David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, and John Wayne Gacy. The crimes they committed were numerous and brutal, and the complete lack of remorse they displayed made them all the more terrifying. While they all had more victims, many killed in a more gruesome manner, they still haven't quite achieved the status of Jack the Ripper. In his story, Ripperology, Or ...more
Allison Stumpf
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Horror is not a genre that can be successfully categorized - and part of the appeal of every scary story is the lack of resolution. The best horror leaves you hanging, with the unshakable dread that it's not over yet, that whatever it was that inspired such fear, whoever it was, is still out there - waiting. But stories about the things that lurk in the night are far more comprehensible then bald analyses of the human condition; above all else, we're absolutely terrified by exactly what humanity ...more
Amy Sturgis
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I read a thematic collection, I look for three main ingredients: quality stories, a wide diversity of stories, and stories that prove their authors possess an awareness and appreciation of the tradition in which they are writing. This collection delivers wholeheartedly on all three. I enjoyed some stories more than others, but I truly loved some of them, and only one was a disappointment. I salute editor Ross E. Lockhart for doing an admirable job. This is a superior achievement.

Here's the
Ann Schwader
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: horror, books-i-m-in
Full disclosure: the two sonnets that begin & end this anthology are mine. I won't be discussing them in my comments.

Emerging just in time for the Ripper's 125th anniversary of terror, Tales of Jack the Ripper is a widely varied anthology of mostly new works. There's something for everyone here, from meticulously researched speculations on Jack's identity (Stanley C. Sargent's "When the Means Just Defy the End," Ed Kurtz's "Hell Broke Loose") to cosmic horror (T.E. Grau's "The Truffle Pig") to p
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
What I appreciated most about this anthology was the breadth of the stories. I wasn't sure if I would actually enjoy a book entirely themed around Jack the Ripper. I was fascinated by Silvia Moreno-Garcia's "Abandon All Flesh" and its combination of the classic legend, the wax Ripper, and older, darker tales. In some ways, it made me think of Lovecraft's "Horror in the Museum." "Ripperology" captured the more academic side of my imagination and I plan to reread it. Given the premise, I was quite ...more
(I understand I should mention I got my copy as a gift. And it came with a little rubber kidney. A kidne, people. You try explaining to a bewildered barista why that's making you laugh. The looks you get.)

Another book that's making me revisit my policy of reserving five stars for books that everyone should read regardless of whether they are usually interested in the genre--because by any other metric, this would be a five-star book. It's thoughtful, strange, creepy, weird, clever--it ranges fro
Rena Mason
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
TALES OF JACK THE RIPPER is a great collection of works from many different points of view regarding the infamous Jack the Ripper. Some of my favorites are "A Host of Shadows," "A Pretty for Polly," "Hell Broke Loose" and "Once November" but every single work in the anthology is entertaining, you won't be disappointed with this purchase.
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

The anthology, Tales of Jack the Ripper, edited By Ross Lockhart takes its inspiration from one of the darkest chapters in our history and the fiend who in fostered it. The murderer, know only as Jack the Ripper, could have been anything from a kindly and well renown Doctor to the dark impulses latent in any human heart. Included are such stories as Alan M. Clark and Gary A. Braunbeck ‘s touching and ghastly “Host of Shadows” , Joe R. Lansdale’s harrowing “God of the Razor”, Orrin Grey’s well wr
M.P. Johnson
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Party At Jack's Place

A good anthology is like a good party. You go into it knowing a few people there and leave with some awesome new friends and get your throat slit and your guts ripped out. Wait, no, that's not it. This is a tight anthology. Not a bad story in the bunch. I knew some of the authors going in. If you haven't read "God of the Razor," you need to get with the program. And I came out with some new names I'm really psyched about seeing more from: Edward Morris, Patrick Tumblety, Sil
Feb 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: short-stories

From the synopsis, as well as this fantastic publication (I didn't finish it, as there are many spoilers,) Word Horde publisher and author, Ross E. Lockhart, has put together one heck of an anthology, with a lot of great talent. Check it out.
Is there anyone who reads genre fiction who isn't in some way interested in, if not obsessed with, Jack the Ripper? Jack, or versions of him, has appeared in mystery fiction, science fiction, fantasy and of course horror ... and I wouldn't be surprised to learn he's appeared in western stories too. Lockhart's volume contains only five reprinted stories; the remainder are new additions to the lore of Bloody Jack. Some are about Jack himself, some about his legacy. Some are stronger than others. ...more
Rand Burgess
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wouldn't want to be caught dead without a copy of `Tales of Jack the Ripper' from Word Horde. Needless to say, Ross E. Lockhart has brought us another brilliantly alchemized collection of tales. These stories will have you feverously flipping pages in a hungry suspense--each holding that `one more page' grip that established readers search for. If you thought you knew all about dear ol'Jack, think not again, but 19 more times! From the sensation of a skipped-heart beat behind heated skin, the ...more
Gianfranco Mancini
My problem with this kind of antologies is always the same: I buy them thinkin' "Oh, I'm really going to love this one!" and at the end just a few tales were really great, some nice and some not at all. The good is that sometimes you can find small gems like Pete Rawlik's "Villains, by necessity", a pastiche with Professor Moriarty, Fu Manchu and more. Have to read his "Reanimators" novel as soon as possibile. Vote: 3.5
Caidyn (NO LONGER ACTIVE; he/him/his)
This was an impulse buy for me. Saw it on Amazon. Realized that I hadn't read anything like this for Jack the Ripper, and decided I was going to get it for my Kindle to give it a shot.

I'm not sure how much I really enjoyed it.

Poems at the beginning and end were both good, perfect to set up the story and provide a close to it. The stories on the other hand...

In any anthology, there are hits and misses. To me, this one had more misses than hits. And I call them misses when they don't provide what
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of Ripper stories. The individual writers have a very liberal interpretation of the theme, and that works here. Who wants to read an endless series of faux-Victorian Ripper pastiche? No matter how well written each story might be, the overall effect would pall.

No need to worry that this might occur in this collection. Our "Rippers" are not restricted to being male, adult and within the Victorian period - they are not even restricted to being human.

There are some names you
Jul 29, 2014 marked it as to-read
Table of Contents

1 - Introduction Ross E. Lockhart
3 - Whitechapel Autumn, 1888 – Ann K. Schwader 1999
5 - A Host of Shadows – Alan M. Clark and Gary A. Braunbeck 2000
27 - Jack’s Little Friend – Ramsey Campbell 1975
39 - Abandon All Flesh – Silvia Moreno-Garcia 2013
47 - God of the Razor – Joe R. Lansdale 1987
59 - The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker – Ennis Drake 2013
75 - Ripping – Walter Greatshell 2013
83 - Something About Dr. Tumblety – Patrick Tumblety 2013
95 - The Truffle Pig – T.E. Gr
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
An interesting collection of stories, all loosely based on London's most famous serial killer, The reader gets to examine the killings from various viewpoints including those of the victims and the man himself. There are also a couple of interesting stories set in locations other than gaslight London.
Damien Angelica Walters
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wickedly good anthology!
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The stories I most enjoyed in this anthology are by:

Ramsey Campbell
Mercedes M. Yardley
Joe R. Lansdale.
Horror DNA
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michel-sabourin
What I mostly enjoyed about this collection is that it is as varied in its takes on Smiling Jack as the real life events. There are more Ripper theories floating in the ether than can be combined in any one definitive history, and it seems as though each writer managed to latch onto a different answer to who Jack was and the reasons for the original crimes. He was a doctor, a sexually abused son of a hooker, or the bastard sons of Mr. Hyde. He did it for love; for honor; to cleanse the city. Wit ...more
Leigh Anne
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a very diverse mix of short stories related to Jack the Ripper. Some were very bizarre, and all were fairly disturbing as they should be. I preferred the ones that were based more on the actual crimes of Jack the Ripper, and set in the same time period. There were several that were a more modern spin with the actual crimes being a kind of influence. All were well written, but not all of them were too my taste. Still, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Jack t ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The most interesting things are the mystery and the mood of this book. There is something deeply morbid about the engagement with it. It is like some sort of opening into the pysche of place and space.
Josh Spears
Skip the Laird Barron's terrible.
Marian Paroo
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I generally don't "do" Jack the Ripper, but this is a fantastic collection of short stories. And there is a quote from one of them, "Ripperology", that I use a great deal in religious discussions
Jason Allen
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ross E. Lockhart is a megaphone of an anthologist, broadcasting the best voices Horror and Weird fiction has to offer. Proof of this can easily be found in his Books of Cthulhu I and II, and this gem of a collection, Tales of Jack the Ripper.
Anne K. Shwader opens this anthology with an ominous little poem that plunges like a knife in your chest, and the beauty and brutality never lets up.
These stories are diverse, and come from writers with distinct voices putting new spins and perspective to th
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won this on goodreads in a giveaway. It pains me to give it less than five stars, but it was a very uneven collection.

I've always been fascinated with what could be considered the world's most famous unsolved mystery. After reading this collection of short stories and poems, I think I'll stick to non-fiction treatments.

That's not to say that this isn't worth picking up, but if you're a fan of pure Ripper lore, skip this.

A few entries are very good. So good, I was disappointed when they ended.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Took me forever to finish this one. Not that I didn't like the stories, most of them were fine. A few were really good, actually. But with an entire anthology on one murderer, I had to space things out to maintain interest. "When the Mean Just Defy the End" was a standout, involving the killers motives and the ghosts of his victims. Teachers the valuable lesson not to pimp out your kids, but who needs to be taught that? "A Pretty for Polly" by Mercedes M. Yardley was simple and disturbing. It wa ...more
David F.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Quite a good collection of stories, and several poems, inspired by the history and legend of Jack the Ripper. A couple are rather weak but most are good and some are very good. It would have been better if the editor had included some commentary on each story or author notes on each of the contributors.
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Ross E. Lockhart is the Publisher/Editor in Chief of Word Horde. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, Lockhart holds degrees in English from Sonoma State University (BA) and SFSU (MA). He is a veteran of small-press publishing, having edited scores of well-regarded novels of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Lockhart edited the acclaimed Lovecraftian antho ...more

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