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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 breath a little life back into the women he killed. Fascination over … Continue reading

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Chapter 1 of APOLOGIES TO THE CAT’S MEAT MAN

Chapter 1 Rivals Saturday, September 1, 1888 “You pay for Eliza’s bed too,” Annie said to Eddie, careful not to sound angry. They sat together in the early evening at the Britannia Public House, known locally as the Ringers. He … Continue reading

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Chapter 6—Cat’s Meat

(Excerpt from the Jack the Ripper Victims Series novel, Apologies to the Cat’s Meat Man, by Alan M. Clark) Around age twelve, Annie cut her right hand while helping her mother slice bread for an evening meal. Over the ensuing muggy summer days, … Continue reading

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Author’s Note from APOLOGIES TO THE CAT’S MEAT MAN

(This is the author’s note from the Jack the Ripper Victims Series novel, Apologies to the Cat’s Meat Man a novel of Annie Chapman, the second Victim of Jack the Ripper.) Author’s Note—Historical Terror: Horror that Happened In September1888, after … Continue reading

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Dec 20 2016 Christmas Ghosts: An Excerpt from Alan M. Clark’s A Brutal Chill in August

One of our favorite Christmas traditions, particularly popular in the Victorian era, is the telling of ghost stories. Something about the long nights of winter, the glistening of ice, and the clouds of breath that form as you step outside … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 27

The last chapter of The People of the Abyss is titled “The Management.” In it, Jack London compares the health, happiness, and personal wealth of the average Londoner of 1902 to that of the average Inuit of Alaska of the … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 26

“Drink, Temperance, and Thrift” is the title of Chapter 26. In it, Jack London spoke of the problems alcohol caused among the poor; how drink made human beings less healthy, less thoughtful, less capable; how drink provided the drinker with … Continue reading

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