Jack the Ripper fiction

Jack the Ripper fiction

Jack the Ripper has been featured in a number of works of fiction, either as the central character or in a more peripheral role.

Novels and short stories

*The most famous Jack the Ripper novel is "The Lodger" (1913) by Marie Belloc Lowndes, which in 1927 was the subject of an Alfred Hitchcock-directed film.

*Robert Bloch's short story "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" (1943) cast the Ripper as a sorcerer who must occasionally make a series of human sacrifices to extend his immortality. The science-fiction anthology "Dangerous Visions" (1967) featured an unrelated Ripper story by Bloch, "A Toy for Juliette," and a sequel by Harlan Ellison, "The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World," written with Bloch's permission.

*"Time After Time" (1979), a novel by Karl Alexander in which the author H. G. Wells builds a time machine used by Jack the Ripper to continue his killing spree in a future San Francisco.

*The Chris Elliott novel "The Shroud of the Thwacker" spoofs the Jack the Ripper case. This version takes place in 1882 New York City (six years prior to the Ripper murders). The serial killer, instead of ripping his victims, thwacks them over the head with a sack of apples.

*In Kim Newman's 1992 alternate history novel "Anno Dracula", Britain has been taken over by Count Dracula and vampires loyal to him. Jack the Ripper is actually Jack Seward, a character from the novel "Dracula", and his targeting of vampire prostitutes leads to a political uprising against Dracula. In the novel, Jack the Ripper is the name given to him by the press, despite having originally named himself "Silver Knife".

*Michael Slade's novel "Ripper" (1994) involves psychotic killers expanding on Jack the Ripper's ritual slayings.

*Robert Asprin and Linda Evans's Time Scout series includes two books featuring the Ripper: "Ripping Time" (2000) and "The House That Jack Built" (2001). In them, time-traveling tourists attempt to determine the identity of Jack the Ripper by traveling to the 19th century, but the Ripper discovers the time gates and escapes into the future.

*Jô Soares' novel "O Xangô de Baker Street" (1995) involves a Brazilian assassin, who is supposed to become Jack the Ripper after moving to London.

*The "Doctor Who" novel "Matrix" (1998) features the Ripper, who is here portrayed as the Doctor's old foe the Valeyard, attempting to defeat the Doctor by using the murders to empower the Dark Matrix, the evil contained in the thoughts of all deceased Time Lords, and unleash it on the world by using the Ripper murders as sacrifices.

*The short story "Mummy and Jack," co-authored by mother and son Faye Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman, deals with Jack the Ripper's relationship with his mother.

*In the Vampire Hunter D novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi the protagonist 'D' escapes an infinite loop in space by raising a gale. Doing so causes a rip in the spacetime continuum that made several objects and people across time diseppear from existence, it is said that it erased Jack the ripper from the pages of history.

*Michael Dibdin's novel "The Last Sherlock Holmes Story" (1979) has Doctor Watson discover that Sherlock Holmes is Jack The Ripper.

Other novels featuring the Ripper include "Ritual in the Dark" (1960) by Colin Henry Wilson, "I, Vampire" (1990) by Michael Romkey, "White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings" (1987) by Iain Sinclair, "Savage" (1993) by Richard Laymon, "The Tea Rose" (2003) by Jennifer Donnelly, "The Gods of Riverworld" (1983) by Philip José Farmer, "Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem" by Peter Ackroyd, "A Night in the Lonesome October" (1993) by Roger Zelazny, "Exit Sherlock Holmes" by Robert Lee Hall and Boris Akunin's "Special Assignments" (1999).


The following films feature the Ripper as a subject:
* Marie Belloc Lowndes' book has been made into three films: Alfred Hitchcock's "" (1927), "The Lodger" (1944) with Laird Cregar as the "ripper" and "Man in the Attic" (1953) with Jack Palance playing the killer.
* "Pandora's Box" was a 1929 German silent film about a woman, played by Louise Brooks, whose uninhibited lifestyle leads her to walk the streets of London and an encounter with Jack the Ripper.
* "Jack the Ripper" (1958) was a made-for-television film, starring Boris Karloff.
* "Jack the Ripper" (1959), produced by Monty Berman and Robert S. Baker [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053961/] , is loosely based on Leonard Matters' theory that the Ripper was an avenging doctor.
* "A Study in Terror" (1965) and "Murder by Decree" (1978), both featuring Sherlock Holmes attempting to find the murderer. "Decree" follows the masonic/royal conspiracy plotline popularised by Stephen Knight, positing a royal physician as the murderer. Coincidentally, in both movies, character actor Frank Finlay plays Inspector Lestrade.
* In "Hands of the Ripper" (1971), a Hammer Films production, the Ripper's daughter grows up to become a murderer after she sees her father kill her mother.
* In "Time After Time" (1979), based on the novel of the same title, Jack escapes in a time machine to modern-day San Francisco and is pursued by H. G. Wells.
* "This Is Spinal Tap", (1984), features a vignette in which the band discusses the possibility of composing a rock opera about Jack the Ripper's life, called "Saucy Jack".
* "Amazon Women on the Moon", a 1987 comedy film that speculated that Jack the Ripper was none other than the Loch Ness Monster in disguise.
* "Ripper" (2001), is based around the murders. A survivor of a massacre, Molly Keller (A. J. Cook), studies serial killers under a famous expert, but her classmates start dying at the hands of a Jack the Ripper copycat. The film makes reference to the actual murders through the characters, who had the same initials as the original victims.
* "From Hell" (2001) (see also Comics, below)
* Though technically not featuring Jack the Ripper as a subject, the 1988 film "Jack's Back" starred James Spader as a man whose identical twin brother was murdered by a man copy-catting the Jack the Ripper murders in Los Angeles to mark the Ripper's 100th anniversary.
* In 2002's "", Conan and company get into a videogame and have to solve the case of Jack The Ripper.
* In 2003's "Shanghai Knights", Fann Wong's character "Chon Lin" kicks Jack the Ripper (played by Oliver Cotton) off a bridge into a river.
* The antagonist in the novel and film "Dr. Strangelove" is named General Jack D. Ripper.


The Ripper features briefly at the end of Frank Wedekind's play "Die Büchse der Pandora" (1904), in which he murders Lulu, the central character. This play was later turned into the film "Pandora's Box" (1928, directed by G. W. Pabst) and the opera "Lulu" (by Alban Berg), both of which also end with this murder.


Jack the Ripper has so far appeared in three comic book stories featuring Lee Falk's "The Phantom". In the stories, the 18th Phantom did his best to solve the mystery of the London murders. Jack the Ripper ends up drowning in the London sewers in one of the stories.

"From Hell" is a graphic novel about the Ripper case by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. Moore bases his version on the Stephen Knight/Masonic conspiracy plot, though uses this as a springboard for a mediation on the nature of good and evil in the modern world, rather than opting for a straight retelling. In 2001, the Hughes Brothers made the book into a film starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. The film version is rather broader, sticks to the Knight storyline, and thus resembles a remake of "Murder by Decree", though with the Depp character exhibiting character aspects of both Sherlock Holmes (deductive powers, drug addiction) and Robert Lees (psychic ability, foresight).

DC Comics' "Elseworlds" series puts their well-known characters in markedly different alternate universes and a number of these tales have involved Jack the Ripper. The very first of these tales, ', features a Victorian-era version of the superhero Batman hunting the killer, who has come to Gotham City. Another Elseworld story, ' has a different fictional version of Jack the Ripper, who eventually became king of England. A third story, "", featured Jack the Ripper as an orangutan who was one of Moreau's early experiments. In the mainstream DC comics, it has been suggested that Vandal Savage was involved in the Ripper murders. Another time Jack the Ripper is mentioned when the Project Cadmus was hired to discover his identity but the dried blood samples were stolen and made into the rampaging super-villan Ripjak by Dabney Donovan.

The "" graphic novel "Serial" is about a Jack the Ripper copy-cat killer in present-day Las Vegas during a "Ripper-Mania" Convention, leading to hundreds of Ripper case enthusiasts as suspects in the murders.

In Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol, Red Jack was an omnipotent butterfly-collector who believed himself to be both Jack the Ripper and God. The names of Jack the Ripper's five victims were used to open a door to his sanctum.

In the Marvel Graphic Novel, Cloak and Dagger: Predator and Prey, Jack the Ripper left England and went to America where he continued to murder. Afterward he would bury his victims in the foundation of the Holy Ghost Church, which was under construction (this same church was used as a refuge by Cloak and Dagger years later). While burying a victim one night, part of the building collapsed on him and killed him. Years later later he was resureccted by the demon living within Cloak's darkness to do the demon's bidding, but refused to help the demon by getting life light from people to feed him and decided to feed on this light himself. He was eventually defeated by Cloak and Dagger and forced to return to the demon. Jack the Ripper has had other appearances in Marvel Comics.

One of the Trident Corporation's operatives in Spriggan was codenamed Jack the Ripper due to his speed from his Armored Machine Suit and expertise in handling his concealable blades hidden in his prosthetic arms.

Writer/artist Terry Moore uses the Ripper story as a back drop for a short story entitled "Molly & Poo" in his popular, independent comic series Strangers In Paradise. In the story, the Ripper murders are revealed to have been perpetrated by a woman; a sort of "Jackie" the Ripper instead of a "Jack".

Artist Kaori Yuki uses Jack the Ripper in her manga Count Cain, where the murderer kills the girl Cain was supposed to marry with.

Jack the Ripper has also appeared in the Japanese manga, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. He appears as in the first part titled Phantom Blood as the right hand man to the series' main antagonist, Dio Brando.

Recently, Marvel Comics British superhero Pete Wisdom had to fight an entire army of Jack the Rippers, every version of him throughout the multiverse.

Jack the Ripper Appears in the Japanese manga, Soul Eater as the main protagnoists 99 collected soul. He appears as a long, thin man with giant metal claws and a long, sharp nose.


*"Jack the Ripper" is a song originally recorded by Screaming Lord Sutch and was covered by The White Stripes, The Horrors, The Gruesomes and others

*Other songs titled "Jack the Ripper" were recorded by artists as varied as Motörhead, Morrissey, Link Wray, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, LL Cool J, My Chemical Romance, Macabre, AFI, The Legendary Pink Dots and Bob Dylan.

*Judas Priest and The Used have done the same, but with a song titled "The Ripper". B'z recorded a song named "Jap The Ripper".

* Infernal Majesty recorded a song about Jack the Ripper titled "Anthology of Evil".

* Influential heavy metal band Manilla Road had a song on their 1988 album "Out of the Abyss" called "Whitechapel."

* Chicago-based pop-rock band Spitalfield took its name from Spitalfields, one of the sections of London's East End where the killer was active.

* The song "Blood Red Sandman", a single by Lordi, has the opening lines "They called me The Leather Apron/They called me Smiling Jack", both of which are alternative names for Jack the Ripper.

* British Goth Rock band Scary Bitches created the song "I'm the Woman that Killed Jack the Ripper", which is about a female vampire that (obviously) killed Jack the Ripper.

* The rapper Canibus has an alter ego named Rip the Jacker and has a song title Bis Vs Rip which contains a sample from the letter "Dear Boss" on his Mic Club album.

* Japanese symphonic black metal band Sigh) have an album Scenario IV: Dead Dreams, which features the song "In the Mind of a Lunatic" which is about Jack the Ripper

* Tennessee-based deathcore band Whitechapel took their name from Whitechapel, an area in London's East End where the killer was also active. They also have a song titled "Fairy Fay", and most of the lyrics on their debut album reference the violent manner in which he killed his victims.

* On their album Horror Show, heavy metal band Iced Earth recorded a song title "Jack". Much like other songs on the album, the lyrics seem intended to give a sympathetic view of the character (in this case, Jack) and are told from his view.

* The Rancid (band) song "Maxwell Murder" from their platinum album ...And out come the Wolves contains the line "he ain't Jack The Ripper he's your ordinary fool"

* In "La mécanique du cœur" album and book he features as a character who scares the protagonist on a train in London.

* On Interpol's debut album Turn On The Bright Lights, one track titled Roland has several allusions to Jack the Ripper, as well as suspect Aaron Kozminski.

* The track "Nice Man Jack" from John Miles' 1978-album Zaragon is literally about Jack the Ripper and alluding to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde as well: "Nice Man Jack so very warm and kind / It's a pity there aren't more like him / Such a well respected gentleman / Midnight stranger takes a ride / Nice Man Jack got lots to hide / Street girls feel the ripper's knife / Surgeon skill taking life".


*In the "Star Trek" episode "Wolf in the Fold" (1967), written by Robert Bloch, a highly aggressive alien energy being which feeds on emotions, particularly fear, is responsible for the Ripper murders and ones on other planets.
*In the "Get Smart" episode "House of Max" (1970), written by Chris Hayward, Max shoots Jack the Ripper in self-defense, while visiting London. The police inspector reveals that "Jack the Ripper is not a man!" ("Jacqueline the ripper?" asks a puzzled Max), and that he is a wax dummy, somehow brought to life.
*In the first episode of "" (1974), titled "The Ripper", reporter Carl Kolchak pursues a killer whose victims match the patterns of the original Ripper murders. The killer's superhuman strength and invulnerability to weapons lead Kolchak to surmise that the killer is indeed the original Jack the Ripper.
* In an episode of "The Twilight Zone" Jack is a wax figure, which with several other murders killed the former giuded (along with his wife, her brother, and the their former owner) for their serial killer area.
*In the fourth season, sixth episode of "Fantasy Island", one of Mr. Roarke's guests is Lorraine Peters (Lynda Day George), a criminologist who believes she's identified Jack the Ripper as a medical doctor. Roarke opens a time portal that Peters uses to check her theory; however, the doctor, Albert Z. Fell (Victor Buono), sees her peeking at his personal papers, and follows her back through the portal. Fell nearly murders one of the Polynesian women of the island before Tattoo warns everyone to stay in plain view; Fell manages to grab Peters and take her back to 1888, where Roarke intervenes, and Fell dies moments later while fleeing. Peters decides to let the Jack the Ripper mystery remain unsolved, she and Mr. Roarke keeping her discoveries to herself. As Peters departs the island, Roarke shares with her a microfilmed newspaper article about the death of Fell as he rushed on a "mercy call".
*The 1988 TV film "Jack the Ripper" re-told the story of the murders with Michael Caine as Inspector Abberline. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095388/]
*In an episode of "Goodnight Sweetheart", via entering the opposite end of the time portal to normal Gary Sparrow travels back to Victorian London where he encounters Jack the Ripper. Jack is revealed to be a time traveller himself who hides out in the 1990s after the murders. Following Gary however, he forces Gary to let him out of the locked shop and meets his end under the wheels of a double decker bus.
*In an episode of "Voyagers!", American news reporter Nellie Bly nearly becomes a victim of 'Jack the Ripper', except that the Ripper is a rogue voyager who's on the run from justice.
*The "Babylon 5" episode "Comes the Inquisitor" (1995), features a character named Sebastian who proves to be Jack the Ripper, taken by Vorlons in the year 1888 and made into their inquisitor so that he can test (through torture) the motives and identity of people who are called to lead an important cause.
*An episode of "The Outer Limits" titled "Ripper" (1997), starred Cary Elwes as Doctor Jack York, who discovered an alien entity possessing people and killing them; he was frequently nearby during the deaths and became a suspect in the case.
*The 1997 TV movie "The Ripper" featured Patrick Bergin as (fictional) Inspector Jim Hansen and Samuel West as Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120023/]
*In Descent, an episode of the X-Men animated series of the 1990s, Jack the Ripper extracted organs form mutants to give them to his master, the scientist Nathaniel Essex, who would use them to become the villainous Mister Sinister.
* In "A Rip in Time", the first episode of the short-lived TV series "Timecop" — an adaptation of the movie of the same name — Jack Logan travels back to November 1888 to catch a future criminal that killed Jack the Ripper and took his place and then Jack Logan is accused of being the Ripper.
*In an episode of "Celebrity Deathmatch", Jack the Ripper fought against Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. After Watson was killed, Holmes unknowingly killed Jack the Ripper with his own knives.
*In the 2007 online web-series "Sanctuary", John Druitt (played by Christopher Heyerdahl) is presented as Jack the Ripper: a human that can bend time and space. He has traveled through time and has killed 8 prostitutes in total, including the 5 in the Jack the Ripper case. Dr. Helen Magnus (played by Amanda Tapping) was engaged to him and also conceived a child with him before he began his killing spree. According to Sanctuary he has traveled through time under 157 years in search of his daughter Ashley Magnus (played by Emilie Ullerup) and has been hunted by Dr. Magnus for over a century.
*In the "Futurama" episode "Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch" Jack the Ripper appears as a malfunctioned hologram that was brought to life.
*In an episode of "The Lost World" the explorers meet two men who worked together and where both Jack the Ripper.
*On the October 18th, 2007, episode of "Smallville", a villain doctor named Curtis Knox, who has supposedly lived for centuries, admitted that he was Jack the Ripper right before he planned to remove a victim's heart.
*In the "Criminal Minds" episode "Jones" (season 2, episode 18) the FBI-team hunt for a Jack the Ripper copycat in post-Katrina New Orleans. The main difference here being that the killer (stalking the famous French Quarter) is female, and the victims are male.
* In an unaired episode of "" Spider-Man goes back in time to Victorian England to find Mary-Jane. While there he discovers that Carnage has been hiding out in the same area, under the guise of Jack the Ripper. [http://members.aol.com/drg4/semper.html]

Video games

Jack appears in the PlayStation video-game "MediEvil II" as a tall green monster with giant claws protruding from his hands, long sharp teeth and a top hat. He first appears in the level "Whitechapel", where policemen roam the streets to track him down.

Jack the Ripper is featured prominently in the plot of the Nintendo 64/PlayStation game "Shadowman". The game begins with Jack revealing in his journal the he is also known as Spring Heeled Jack, and he appears as a principal villain who has the ability to jump extremely high and crawl along ceilings in order to ambush the player.

In Touhou 7 (Perfect Cherry Blossom) Sakuya "A" uses an attack called Jank the Ripper and another called Jack the Ludo Bite.

Jack is found in the Nintendo 64 video game "Duke Nukem: Zero Hour" when Duke travels to Victorian England. When confronted Duke spins one of his famous catchphrases and says "Who better than to rip 'em a new one?".

Jack is one of the historically-based characters in the "World Heroes" series.

Jack is also in a PC game called "Jack the Ripper" that is published by The Adventure Company. Thirteen years after the Ripper's murders, two women in New York are killed, and a reporter is sent to cover the stories, only to end up trying to track him down as other women are killed before he eventually escapes.

Jack is also in another PC game named simply "Ripper", which deals with a copycat serial killer in a futuristic New York City in the year 2041. Many references to the original "Jack the Ripper" (including copies of the 1888 letters) are also present in the game.

Jack the Ripper is the first boss in the Sega Master System game "Master of Darkness", though he is revealed to be an animated wax doll upon defeat.

Jack the Ripper is also the name of a text adventure game for the Commodore 64, released in 1987 by CRL Group PLC.

In the Dreamcast game "Power Stone", there is a character named Jack who is a likely reference to the Ripper; in his ending, he is referred to as "Jack the Slayer," and he uses the Power Stone to create a look-alike to escape prison and hunt prostitutes.

Jack the Ripper is featured in the dungeon crawl style RPG game "".

Jack the Ripper is a nickname given by Solidus Snake to Raiden, the main character of the "Plant" chapter, in .

In the game Gears of War there is a robot named Jack who at times has to open doors, which is referred to as "ripping".

External links and sources

* [http://www.HollywoodRipper.com/ Hollywood Ripper] - A resource for information about Jack the Ripper as featured in films and television
* [http://casebook.org/ripper_media/book_reviews/fiction/ Ripper fiction book reviews] from ""
*imdb character|0031664|Jack the Ripper (film character)

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