From Hell

Dear Boss,

You know what your mailbox is missing? A kidney, preserved in spirits of wine. Okay, you’re going to have to bring your own wine (or ethanol), but I’ll bring the kidney and a book, eh? I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled.

Jack the Ripper was known (or was he?) for sending taunting letters to the police, saying he had eaten a (lady) kidney, saying he would send his knife right along, nearly begging the police to catch him if they could. Grand work the last job was. I gave the lady no time to squeal.

To win a trade paperback copy of TALES OF JACK THE RIPPER, let me catch you commenting on this post (a From Hell letter all your own, perhaps)!

I’m giving away TWO copies of this beautiful book, and some other goodies, my dear Mister Lusk. Random.org will do the number picking for me, as per usual! You have until AUGUST 15 to leave a saucy note of your own. (That’s two days after the drawing for Silver & Steam concludes!)

My knife’s so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck. Yours truly

jacktheripper1888: 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.

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15 thoughts on “From Hell

  1. A.C. Wise

    Dear Boss,

    The police dont look so clever now. All these years, and my knife is still so nice and sharp. I hear of a man who thinks wine goes with fava beans and liver, but I know kidney is the best. ha ha. I love my work and want to start again. I think I will start with this man who has such bad taste in food. It has been years, but soon you will hear of me again and my funny little games.

    Catch me if you can.

    Yours truly
    Jack the Ripper

  2. punkypeggy

    I was not codding dear old Boss when I said you wouldn’t catch me. I gave you the tip 125 years ago, and you still don’t know who this Saucy Jacky is. I hope this book will make me squeal like the last one, the one I couldn’t finish straight off. thanks for keeping the memory alive till I got to work again.

    Jack the Ripper

  3. Johann Thorsson

    From the cold North,

    I’d send you a piece of the lovely kidney pie I had for lunch, but I fear it would spoil in the mail.

    This comment is less creepy than I had intended.

    Have a good day.

  4. fetchmyviolin

    Dear Boss,
    You an me know the truth dont we. i want this book i shant stop till i am buckled.
    Sorry bout the blood still messy from the last one ha ha.
    Catch me if you can
    PS you see i know your website address

  5. Yagiz [BetweenTwoBooks]

    Dear Boss,

    I did some thinking while sharpening my knives again. I have a good plan to make you want to catch me even more. Just follow the blood marks and the occasional body parts. But know this: I’ll be a step ahead because I always keep my knives sharp.

    Yours truly,
    JtR

  6. Jason L. Cheung

    There once was a man called the Ripper,
    Who murdered a number of strippers,
    His crimes were intense, and they did not make sense, but no doubt they tightened his zipper.

    Freak.

    Would love a copy!

  7. Jason L. Cheung

    There once was a man called The Ripper,
    Who murdered a whole bunch of strippers (ARTISTIC LICENSE!)
    His crimes were intense, the did not make sense,
    But no doubt they tightened his zipper.

    Freak.

    Would love a copy! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  8. Jason L. Cheung

    There once was a man called The Ripper,
    Who murdered a whole bunch of strippers (ARTISTIC LICENSE!)
    His crimes were intense, they did not make sense,
    But no doubt they tightened his zipper.

    Freak.

    Would love a copy! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

    (edited to correct spelling error)

  9. Elise Post author

    ACCORDING TO RANDOM.ORG…
    #8 and #1 are winners! Winner winner kidney dinner! (Ew!) I shall be in touch, gentlemen. 🙂