Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review: The Big Book of Jack the Ripper

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

Title: The Big Book of Jack the Ripper
Editor: Otto Penzler
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: Mystery/Short Stories/True Crime
Recommended If You Like: theories and stories about the infamous Jack the Ripper, well-curated anthologies

The Book:

Penzler has collected a large group of wide-ranging short pieces on Jack the Ripper, including non-fiction essays, famous stories like The Lodger, and less well-known speculative fiction.

What I Liked:

Penzler did a brilliant job of curating this collection. There are some really strong pieces in this book, and there were a lot of stories and authors I had never heard of before, even though I had previously read a lot on Jack the Ripper.

Anything I Didn't Like?

As in any anthology, there will always be some pieces that read as weaker than others. But there were very few of those instances in this collection.


If you are interested in Jack the Ripper, I highly recommend this book. It's a great mix of fact and fiction, including everything from essays stating the facts to stories involving time travel.


  1. I really need this book. I am fascinated with Jack the Ripper, I even did a paper about him in college and had to try and figure out who I thought Jack the Ripper was, it was a lot of fun.

    1. I'm fascinated by Jack the Ripper too-I would definitely recommend this book! I did the Jack the Ripper tour when I was in London. Who did you decide your main suspect is?