The Mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack: From Victorian Legend to Steampunk Hero

John Matthews (Author)

Product Details

Destiny Books
Publish Date
October 24, 2016
5.9 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 1.35 pounds
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About the Author

John Matthews has made a lifetime study of the legends of King Arthur, the Celtic traditions, and more recently, the history of pirates. He is the author of more than 100 books, including Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman, The Grail: Quest for Eternal Life, The Wildwood Tarot, the award-winning Arthur of Albion, and the New York Times bestseller Pirates. He has acted as an advisor on several big budget movies, including King Arthur, and is the recipient of several awards including a Benjamin Franklin Award, a NAPPA Gold Medal, and a BIB Golden Apple. He lives in Oxford, England.


"Probably no one in the world but John Matthews could have written this book. His scholarship is, as always, of the highest order yet joined to a deep love of stories. His unwillingness to make artificial separations between traditional folklore and popular culture allows Spring-Heeled Jack to come vigorously to life."-- "Rachel Pollack, author of The Child Eater"
"John Matthews intrigues, disturbs, and delights us with his detailed account of the legendary Spring-Heeled Jack who, whether real or not, terrified victims amid the shadows of Victorian London and beyond. Leaping into the fears of the unwary, such figures persist in the modern imagination, and Matthews gives us much to chew on with regard to our fascination with untamed, semi-animal, evil in superhuman guise. Victorian supernaturalism, ghost stories, Jack the Ripper, the Green Man, demonic lore, and much else illuminate the shifting image of 'Jack' in Matthews's crepuscular romp through the ginnels and repressions of fervid times, where unearthly clawing and ripping threatens to confront us with the archetypal fiend."-- "Tobias Churton, author of Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin"
"Thoroughly researched, John Matthews's writing is effortlessly accessible for both newcomers and those familiar with London's original bogeyman. This book could and should become one of the definitive texts about Spring-Heeled Jack in the years to come."-- "Jack Bowman, cowriter of The Springheel Saga audio dramas"
"For a fascinating guide to the history and mystery of England's most famous phantom attacker, look no further than John Matthews's remarkable book."-- "Robert Valentine, cowriter of The Springheel Saga audio dramas"
"This detailed and comprehensive account of--and inquiry into--the unsolved mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack is scholarly, highly entertaining, and deeply impressive. It's easily the best study available."-- "Mark Hodder, author of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack"