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Seasonal, Shamanic & Natural Wisdom Book Titles | Mystery of Spring Heeled Jack by John Matthews
    Mystery of Spring Heeled Jack by John Matthews      
From Victorian Legend to Steampunk Hero in an extensive investigation of the origins and numerous sightings of the mysterious and terrifying figure known as Spring-Heeled Jack who, in Victorian London in 1838, was reported as springing over hedges and walls, from dark lanes and dank graveyards, to frighten and sometimes physically attack women. 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. Sharing original 19th-century newspaper accounts of Spring-Heeled Jack sightings and encounters, he also examines recent 20th and 21st-century reports, including a 1953 UFO-related sighting from Houston, Texas, and disturbing accounts of the Slender Man, who displays notable similarities with Jack. He traces Spring-Heeled Jack’s origins to earlier mythical beings from folklore, such as fairy creatures and land spirits, and explores the theory that Jack is an alien marooned on Earth whose leaping prowess is attributed to his home planet having far stronger gravity than ours. 328 pages, 6 x 9 Includes 8-page color insert and 34 black-and-white illustrations. Also available as ebook.

​Listen to a radio interview about John's Spring Heeled Jack book here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Listen to another radio interview (Darkness in the US) about John's Spring Heeled Jack book here (part 1) and here (part 2).

​A third interview with Z Talk Radio is available via YouTube here.

 
   
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Product code: S12 Price: UK: £22 Eur: £24 RoW: £28
   
       
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