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A new independent publishing company, Word Horde, has what looks to be a kick ass book for its first title. Tales of Jack the Ripper is an anthology with some stellar authors behind it: Joe Lansdale, Laird Barron, Ramsey Campbell, Ed Kurtz and more have penned the stories found within the pages.

From the press release:
Before Hannibal Lector, Patrick Bateman, and Dexter Morgan, there was Jack the Ripper. The difference? Jack was real.

Featuring many of the most distinct voices in dark fantasy and horror, Tales of Jack the Ripper celebrates the 125-year literary legacy of Jack the Ripper, the first serial killer to achieve rock star status.

1888: One hundred and twenty-five years ago, a killer stalked the streets of London’s Whitechapel district, brutally–some would say ritualistically–murdering five women (that we know of): Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly.

The story of Jack the Ripper captured lurid headlines and the public’s imagination, and the first fictionalization of the Ripper killings, John Francis Brewer’s The Curse Upon Mitre Square appeared in October of 1888, mere weeks after the discovery of Jack’s first victim. Since then, hundreds of stories have been written about Bloody Jack, his victims, and his legacy. Authors ranging from Marie Belloc Lowndes to Robert Bloch to Harlan Ellison to Roger Zelazny to Alan Moore have added their own tales to the Ripper myth. Now, as we arrive at the quasquicentennial of the murders, we bring you a few tales more.

From the editor who brought you The Book of Cthulhu comes Tales of Jack the Ripper, a collection of seventeen stories and two poems from many of today’s darkest dreamers, including Joe R. Lansdale, Ramsey Campbell, Laird Barron, Ennis Drake, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and many more.

Edited by Ross E. Lockhart, Tales of Jack the Ripper is now available in both paperback and eBook.

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He's the puppet master. You don't see him, but he pulls the strings that gets things done. He's the silent partner. He's black ops. If you notice his presence, it's the last thing you'll notice — because now you're dead. He's the shadow you thought you saw in that dark alleyway. You can have a conversation with him, and when you turn around to offer him a cup of coffee, he's already gone.
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