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Breathing Life into the JTR Victims

Writing the Jack the Ripper Victims Series, I’ve tried to give readers some sense of what the murderer took from the world. As part of that effort, I’ve manipulated mortuary photos to breathe a little life back into the women he killed. Fascination over … Continue reading

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Historical Terror: Horror That Happened—London’s Murder Weapon

Was Jack the Ripper a monster, larger than life, beyond our comprehension?  From all that has been dramatized about the killer, one might think so. But no doubt the killer was merely a man, with the fears and frailties of … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 14

In Chapter 14, Jack London headed out of the city with a cobbler friend to see if they could earn a living wage as seasonal farm workers. They went to the Maidstone district in Kent, southeast of London to pick … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 7

Jack London tried to shelter in the casual ward of the Whitechapel workhouse in chapter 7. While waiting in line, he learned about how a homeless veteran of the British Navy, one who earned the Victoria Cross, had fared over … Continue reading

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Historical Terror: Horror that Happened—Another Murderer in Victorian London

This post is about the historical basis for the murderer in my novel, The Surgeon’s Mate: A Dismemoir. Someone took apart women in the most gruesome fashion in London in the late 1880s. Following that statement, many would say, “Yes, … Continue reading

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Historical Terror: Horror that Happened—Relating to Psyches Long Dead

This post is based on a presentation about writing historical fiction I did for the WordCrafters in Eugene writers’ conference under the title “Relating to Psyches Long Dead: Developing Characters in Historical Fiction” Here are some questions concerning setting that … Continue reading

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Historical Terror—Horror that Happened

What Were They Thinking? How could the people of Jonestown drink the cyanide laced Kool-Aid? How could Jim Jones ask them to do it? How did Marine Sergeant Herbert J. Thomas, Jr. decide to fall on a grenade during fighting … Continue reading

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