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The Mystery Of Spring Heeled Jack

Author : John Matthews
ISBN : 9781620554975
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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An extensive investigation of the origins and numerous sightings of the mysterious and terrifying figure known as Spring-Heeled Jack • Shares original 19th-century newspaper accounts of Spring-Heeled Jack encounters as well as 20th and 21st-century reports • Explains his connections to Jack the Ripper and the Slender Man • Explores his origins in earlier mythical beings from folklore, his Steampunk popularity, and the theory that he may be an alien from a high-gravity planet Spring-Heeled Jack--a tall, thin, bounding figure with bat-like wings, clawed hands, wheels of fire for eyes, and breath of blue flames--first leapt to public attention in Victorian London in 1838, springing over hedges and walls, from dark lanes and dank graveyards, to frighten and sometimes physically attack women. News of this strange and terrifying character quickly spread, but despite numerous sightings through 1904 he was never captured or identified. Exploring the vast urban legend surrounding this enigmatic figure, John Matthews explains how the Victorian fascination with strange phenomena and sinister figures paired with hysterical reports enabled Spring-Heeled Jack to be conjured into existence. Sharing original 19th-century newspaper accounts of Spring-Heeled Jack sightings and encounters, he also examines recent 20th and 21st-century reports, including a 1953 UFO-related sighting from Houston, Texas, and disturbing accounts of the Slender Man, who displays notable similarities with Jack. He traces Spring-Heeled Jack’s origins to earlier mythical beings from folklore, such as fairy creatures and land spirits, and explores the theory that Jack is an alien marooned on Earth whose leaping prowess is attributed to his home planet having far stronger gravity than ours. The author reveals how Jack the Ripper, although a different and much more violent character, chose to identify himself with the old, well-established figure of Spring-Heeled Jack. Providing an extensive look at Spring-Heeled Jack from his beginnings to the present, Matthews illustrates why the worldwide Steampunk community has so thoroughly embraced Jack.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Spring Heeled Jack

Author : Jan Stolz
ISBN : 1984003186
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This is a book telling the true stories of three different "Jacks", The Spring-Heeled Jack, Jack the Ripper, and Pelorus Jack.The Spring-Heeled Jack was a fantastic character whose antics inspired many a "penny dreadful" novel. Never caught nor identified, his actions even today sound almost impossible.Jack the Ripper terrorized London for three months in 1888; a true to life monster whose savagery is still talked about today, then disappeared into thin air.Pelorus Jack wasn't a human at all - he was a dolphin who guided ships through the dangerous French Pass off of New Zealand. So admired by the people of that country that they protected him by law.

The Return Of Spring Heeled Jack

Author : Jennifer Caress
ISBN : 9780985882976
Genre : Fiction
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Spring-Heeled Jack is a British urban legend, first appearing in 1837. Eye witnesses tell of a man who could leap several stories in the air with little effort. Some say he could breathe blue fire, others say he lured women out of their homes and attacked them by clawing at their faces. By all accounts he was a thief and a menace. Sightings of Spring-Heeled Jack continued for several centuries and crossed numerous continents, but he has been mysteriously absent from the 21st century. Until now. Spring-Heeled Jack breaks into the houses of two women, brutally attacking them both. Police report that a few items from each house were stolen and neither women were critically injured. His appearance is frightening: dressed in all black with hat, full face mask, goggles, cape, shirt, pants, and boots. He then breaks into an antique store, searching for special items for their energies including a rare glass knife. With the correct combination of objects and energies, Jack can open portals to different times and places. Enter Alice, who works at the store. Jack suspects she herself can open portals and the two develop an unlikely alliance in a search for a portal to a mythological utopia.
Category: Fiction

Spring Heeled Jack 3

Author : Tony Deans
ISBN : 9781681242347
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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After the dramatic conclusion in the previous issue, Doyle and Bell find their partnership strained more than ever. Setting out on his own, Doyle begins to unravel the mystery of the true nature of Spring Heeled Jack and tries to discover a plan that will defeat him once and for all...
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

The Legend Of Spring Heeled Jack

Author : Karl Bell
ISBN : 9781843837879
Genre : History
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An intriguing study of a unique and unsettling cultural phenomenon in Victorian England.
Category: History

Spring Heeled Jack And The Disc Men

Author : David J. H. Smith
ISBN : 9798638375676
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Spring-Heeled Jack & the Disc-menOne night, while out causing his unique brand of mischief, Spring-Heeled Jack, terror of old London Town, is captured by the mysterious inventor Samuel and his niece Sara.He is then forced to help them as they embark on their secret mission to hunt down the mysterious Professor Kender and his strange mechanical creations known as The Disc-men.However, as the investigation unfolds, it seems that there is a greater enemy at play, the power behind the Professor.

Spring Heeled Jack 1904

Author : Charlton Lea
ISBN : 9798667616115
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As Spring-Heeled Jack made his final "canonical" appearance in Liverpool in 1904, 12 issues of a serial novel was published by the Aldine Newspaper Company.Set just before Britain engages in the Napoleonic wars, celebrated officer Bertram Wraydon, is framed for spying for the enemy. He escapes execution and flees into hiding, but, in doing so, he forfeits his estates to his half-brother, Hubert Sedgefield. Wraydon attempts to reclaim his lost heritage, and, to do so, he is assisted by the mysterious figure known as Spring-Heeled Jack. As Wraydon is forced deeper into the shadowy underworld of espionage and treason, Spring-Heeled Jack confronts each of Wraydon's adversaries to restore his good name. But there is a line between Justice and Law that Spring-Heeled Jack is willing to cross.All of the collections of this rare serial novel are incomplete, however, the missing issue has been located and included for this volume, which also features a new introduction by J.S Mackley.

Spring Heeled Jack

Author : Anonymous Anonymous
ISBN : 9781908694874
Genre : Fiction
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The "penny blood” came into being through a process which began with higher standards of general education and literacy in England at the beginning of the 19th century, and continued with the invention of fast and efficient printing presses and cheap paper production. These combined elements simultaneously created a new, mass market for literature, and fed that market with new, affordable product. The gothic novel, popular amongst a rarefied class of literary readers, duly gave way to sensationalistic, graphic shockers for the masses. The PENNY BLOOD CLASSICS ebook series, which focuses on the "golden age” of the penny bloods, continues with the legendary tale of Spring-Heeled Jack, first reported in 1808, and again in 1837. Spring-Heeled Jack was described by people who claimed to have seen him as having a terrifying and frightful appearance, with diabolical physiognomy, clawed hands, eyes that "resembled red balls of fire”, and the ability to perform astounding leaps. Jack was perfect melodrama material, and in 1840 John Thomas Haines wrote "Spring-Heeled Jack, the Terror of London", a play portraying him as a villain who stalks and attacks innocent women. This volume features "Spring-Heeled Jack: The Terror Of London", an anonymous penny blood published by the Newsagents' Publishing Company c.1864-1867. The book also includes an extensive introduction on the history of the penny blood.
Category: Fiction

The World S Most Mysterious People

Author : Lionel Fanthorpe
ISBN : 0888822022
Genre : Reference
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This is a collection of remarkable and mysterious people, from all ages and places, including our own.
Category: Reference

The Skeptical Inquirer

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ISBN : UOM:39015075716327
Genre : Electronic journals
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Secrets Of The World S Undiscovered Treasures

Author : Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe
ISBN : 1770705082
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Treasures of many kinds still lie hidden below crumbling castles and ruined monasteries; in macabre tombs; in subterranean labyrinths and sinister caverns. Many sunken treasures lie beneath the seas, oceans and lakes of the world. Vast stores of pirate gold are still hidden on many a real life treasure island such as Oak Island at Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Many treasures were looted, hidden and lost after the two World Wars - Hermann Goering, for example, one of most powerful leaders of Nazi Germany, is strongly suspected of hiding huge treasures at Veldenstein and Lake Zeller. This fascinating, expertly researched book brilliantly reveals all these unsolved mysteries. The final section covers useful ideas for treasure-seekers: the study of old maps and charts; coded messages; secret symbols; and intensive research into the lives and locations of those people through out history who probably in all certainty, had treasure to hide.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Mysterious Creatures N Z

Author : George M. Eberhart
ISBN : STANFORD:36105111826470
Genre : Animals, Mythical
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Offers an A-Z guide to animals that have yet to be officially recognized in science, discussing where these animals live and why they remain a mystery.
Category: Animals, Mythical

Open Files

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ISBN : 1851550437
Genre : Curiosities and wonders
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Category: Curiosities and wonders

The Strange Affair Of Spring Heeled Jack

Author : Mark Hodder
ISBN : 1906727503
Genre : Criminal investigation
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It is 1861, and Albertian Britain is in the grip of conflicting forces. Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labour; Libertines oppose restrictive and unjust laws and flood the country with propaganda demanding a society based on beauty and creativity; while The Rakes push the boundaries of human behaviour to the limits with magic, sexuality, drugs and anarchy. Returning from his failed expedition to find the source of the Nile, explorer, linguist, scholar and swordsman Sir Richard Francis Burton finds himself sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, employs him as “King's Spy.†His first mission: to investigate the sexual assaults committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack; to find out why chimney sweeps are being kidnapped by half-man, half-dog creatures; and to discover the whereabouts of his badly injured former friend, John Hanning Speke.
Category: Criminal investigation

The Legend Of The Changeling 3 Spring Heeled Jack

Author : Dubois
ISBN : 9791032806005
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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The mysterious red-eyed man's plan succeeded: the dragon woke from its slumber and the mine collapsed, leaving but a few protected survivors. Following the trial of fire, Scrubby has now passed the trial of earth, and the trial of water is on the horizon. But Scrubby is not the only one whose life is in danger... With the police discovering a string of bloody murders, it seems a new killer is in town. But is he a man, or a demon?
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

The Secret Fiend

Author : Shane Peacock
ISBN : 9781770492134
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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It is 1868, the week that Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister of the Empire. Sherlock's beautiful but poor admirer, Beatrice, the hatter's daughter, appears at the door late at night. She is terrified, claiming that she and her friend have just been attacked by the Spring Heeled Jack on Westminster Bridge and the fiend has made off with her friend. At first Sherlock thinks Beatrice simply wants his attention, and he is reluctant to go back to detective work. He also believes that the Jack everyone fears is a fictional figure. But soon he is suspicious of various individuals, several of them close friends. Set at a time when many in England were in a state of fear because a Jew was running the country, Shane Peacock presents a compelling story filled with an atmosphere of paranoia and secrets and surprises played out on late-night London streets. Sherlock gets drawn deeper and deeper into the pursuit of the Spring Heeled Jack, whose attacks grow in number until it seems that there are Jacks everywhere. The Secret Fiend is the fourth book in Shane Peacock's award-winning Boy Sherlock Holmes series, combining brilliant storytelling with fascinating historical detail and a mystery worthy of one of the greatest sleuths in English literature.
Category: Young Adult Fiction