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'The Terror of London': Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press

One of London's greatest monsters, Spring-heeled Jack has held the city's imagination in his claws since he first appeared.


One of London's greatest monsters, Spring-heeled Jack has held the city's imagination in his claws since he first appeared as "a ghost, a bear, and a devil" right up to contemporary comics and internet radio dramas.

This talk explores Spring-heeled Jack’s appearances in and relationship to Victorian London. It considers his origins in the capital, and the way the metropolitan press gave life to a strange urban legend that went on to terrorise the rest of the country.

Dr Karl Bell is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth. He has published on a variety of topics linked to magic and the supernatural in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of two books, 'The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England' 1780-1914' (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and 'The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures' (Boydell and Brewer, 2012). The latter won the 2013 Katharine Briggs Award.


Speaker(s):

Dr Karl Bell | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

29 January 2015 at 7:45 pm

Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

 

Venue:

The Vaults at Dirty Dicks
202 Bishopsgate
London
EC2M 4NR

http://www.dirtydicks.co.uk/
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Organised by:

London Fortean Society
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Tickets:

£3 / £2 concessions

Available from:

the door

Additional Information:

Liverpool Street & Aldgate East stations

7.45 for 8pm start.

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