31 Days of Halloween, Day 14: TALES OF JACK THE RIPPER

Dear Boss,

We keep on hearing the police have congratulated the Nightmare Factory book club on another successful month but they wont fix us just yet. We have laughed when they look so clever and talk about being on the right track. Reading and rereading Tales of Jack the Ripper, edited by Ross E. Lockhart, gave us real fits. We are always down for more and we shant quit reading till we do get buckled. Grand work the last job was (when we read and discussed Martin Millar’s Lonely Werewolf Girl). The book and subsequent meeting made us squeal with perverse delight. How can they catch us now. We love reading literary horror fiction and want to start again. You will soon hear of us with our funny little games. We saved some proper red ink in a ginger beer bottle over the last month to write with but it went thick like glue and we cant use it. Red font color is fit enough I hope ha. ha. The next awesome job we do we shall clap our hands off and send good tidings to the police officers just for jolly wouldn’t you. Keep this blog back till we do a bit more reading, then give it out straight. Our minds’ so nice and sharp we want to get to work right away if we get a chance. Good Luck. Yours truly
The Nightmare Factory

Dont mind us giving the trade name

PS Wasnt good enough to post this before we got all the pizza sauce off our hands curse it No luck yet. Didn’t say we’re proper bloggers now. ha ha

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This confounding message was sent anonymously to local news sources earlier this month, and its contents appear to circuitously make reference to a clandestine meeting of fans of horror fiction in the cafe at BookPeople this Tuesday October 15th at 8:00 p.m. At this time and place, it would seem the cabal, unofficially dubbed “The Nightmare Factory Book Club” by the media, will be discussing Tales of Jack the Ripper, edited by Ross E. Lockhart, possibly in connection with 2013 being the Quasquicentennial Anniversary of the Whitechapel murders in London, England. Those among you with steely constitutions and insatiable curiosities would be urged to attend these festivities, if only to help defeat the unrepentant madmen behind this incoherent missive, ending their years-long reign of terror once and for all.

Tales of Jack the Ripper is a collection of short fiction about or inspired by the “Jack the Ripper” killings that terrorized Victorian London during the Autumn and Winter months of 1888. It features poetry and prose from sources as diverse and renowned as Joe R. Landsdale, Laird Barron, Ramsey Campbell, Mercedes M. Yardley, and even local author Ed Kurtz with a story about Austin’s own 19th Century serial killer “The Servant Girl Annihilator”.

The Nightmare Factory book club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 p.m. in the creaky, abandoned manor that is BookPeople’s cafe to stalk the darkest, deadliest depravities of literary horror fiction through the haunted catacombs of the mind. Join us this Tuesday to discuss Tales of Jack the Ripper, edited by Ross E. Lockhart. Catch us when you can.

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