Title: Oh Have You Seen the Devil?
Author: Stephen Dedman
In: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Maxim Jakubowski)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime
Dates read: 5th May 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: The carter probed the darkness with his buggy-whip, crying something in a foreign language as the tip of the shaft poked Liz’s lifeless body.
Michael and Liz are having a few relationship issues. Yet, when there is a horror stalking the streets at night, their relationship is truly put to the test. In ways that Michael could never imagine… and it brings him face to face with the devil.
This is an incredibly easy Jack the Ripper story to read. A lot of the literature, mythos and understanding around the man is kind of convoluted. A little bit confusing. And a lot bit intense. This was a much easier short story to deal with. It was more approachable, written in a far more current form of language, and actually incredibly relatable. So it was a nice change of pace compared to the other stories in this collection.
A disproportionately large number of attacks made on women is done by their significant others, or someone close to them. Which means that it kind of makes sense to have a villain in this story who is a significant other. There have even been some theories that there was an intimate relationship (beyond sex) with at least one of the Ripper victims which made him… well Ripperish. This provides a slightly different take on that, but still highlights the idea of a victim being ended by the man she is intimately involved with. Highlights the idea that maybe not everything in the murders was quite as they seem…
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