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.Atlantis Bookshop is inviting people to celebrate the launch of The Mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack from 7pm. There will be special guests, signings and more. If you want to go you need to reserve a place in advance. Call the Atlantis Bookshop on 020 74052120.
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.
If you are unable to attend but would like an inscribed copy, Atlantis will be happy to arrange that for you.
John Matthew is also one of the creators of the Sherlock Holmes Tarot.