Episode 13: Spring-heeled Jack, the Fire-Spewing Phantom of London

In 1837 & 1838, horror was afoot on the streets of Victorian London. A strange and terrible entity stalked the lanes: Spring-Heeled Jack, a bizarre fiend who spewed flame, leapt huge distances, and stalked women and children, tearing at his victim’s clothes and flesh with claws of iron. A terror that would return, time and again, for almost two centuries.

Is he a phantom, an alien monster, a vengeful aristocrat, a psychopathic sex attacker… or something even more insidious? Martin and Mike explore the facts and folklore of Spring-heeled Jack, the Victorian boogeyman who refuses to die.

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This episode contains discussion of sexual assault, which some listeners may find distressing.

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Further reading/sources:

Spring-heeled Jack, To Victorian Bugaboo From Suburban Ghost, by Mike Dash (pdf)

The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures, by Karl Bell  

The Mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack: From Victorian Legend to Steampunk Hero, by John Matthews

Spring-heeled Jack: the Original Batman?, by Alex Grand

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