The Mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack

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

Paperback (01 Dec 2016)

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781620554968
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Imprint: Destiny Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 398.20942
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: ix, 341
Weight: 582g
Height: 154mm
Width: 229mm
Spine width: 23mm