This book examines the paranormal craze of 1838 when many Londoners reported seeing a tall, thin figure with blazing eyes, bat-like wings and clawed hands springing over hedges and walls. "Spring-Heeled Jack" was never captured or identified. This thorough and comprehensive account of the urban legend is richly illustrated and eloquently told. Drawing on folklore, mythology and historical accounts, Matthews offers an enthralling read. Illustrated with 15 colour plates plus monochrome plates.
Rochester: Destiny Books, 2016. Paperback, ix 341 pages. New.