"Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" (Narrated By Jeffrey LeBlanc)

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An aged cloak turns a man into a vampire. A hotel clerk has trouble controlling his murderous “Mother”. And a lunar flower causes people to howl at the moon…as werewolves, as we cut across the Bloch to another ripping yarn from Robert Bloch. His latest tale may get him hunted by…Jack the Ripper.

Our “From-the-Grave Mentor”, Robert Bloch, was a fiction writer with a diverse array of stories in crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction. He is best known as the writer of “Psycho” that led to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, many great tales on Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery”, Weird Tales, Strange Stories, and others. Our personal favorite is Bloch’s script for the Hammer horror film classic, “The House That Dripped Blood”.

Horror and comedy were his trademark. Robert Bloch’s fondness for humor in horror was evident in puns. It could be seen in the titles of his story collections such as “Tales in a Jugular Vein”, “Such Stuff as Screams Are Made Of” and “Out of the Mouths of Graves”.

And of course, there’s the classic Bloch favorite line that tickles our funny bone, “I have the heart of a child. I keep it in a jar on my shelf.”

A protégé’ to H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch was in a select group known as the Lovecraft Circle with such greats as Frank Belknap Long, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and many more. Learning with these masters, Bloch created hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels.

Robert Bloch won numerous awards in writing. He won The Hugo Award (“That Hell-Bound Train”), The Bram Stoker Award, and The World Fantasy Award. Bloch served a term as president of The Mystery Writers of America (1970). He was a member of The Mystery Writers of America, Science Fiction Writers of America, The Writers Guild of America, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Most notably, there is one society he probably still is an undead member of –The Count Dracula Society.

“Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper” is a short story written by Robert Bloch and published for Weird Tales in July 1943. This ghastly horror mystery no doubt influenced “Time After Time” a 1979 science fiction horror movie starring legendary actors Malcolm McDowell and David Warner.

Bloch’s version though, brings pulse-pounding dread and a twisting staircase of terror.

This lurid tale centers on Sir Guy Hollis and psychiatrist John Carmody’s investigation of a serial killer in present day Chicago. Sir Guy Hollis believes the murderer to be the legendary Jack the Ripper.

Can Sir Guy and John Carmody find this maniac to stop the murders? Or will they both fall prey to the blade of Jack the Ripper?--JL

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