Spring-Heeled Jack

Spring-Heeled Jack

 

I’ve just added a new track to SoundCloud. It’s about Spring-Heeled Jack, the Victorian half-man half-myth “Terror of London”.

 

As has been often noted by scholars, Jack the Ripper was an ideal subject to titillate the Victorian middle-class palate as readers could express horror and pity without having to feel at threat themselves. Spring-Heeled Jack however was probably more difficult to ignore as the targets appear less specific. Reading the WikiPedia entry here the victims, servant girls mostly, are variously frightened into faints, fits and comas. Seven girls deprived of their senses, two of which are not likely to recover and to become … “burdens to their families”.

 

The story brings to mind both the world of Steampunk and that of the Penny Dreadfuls with their curious mix of gore and cloying sentimentality.

 

That’s what I started out with, but once going I followed it where it took me. The voices / shouts are from iVoxel and SampleWiz, be reassured nobody’s larynxes or dignity were hurt in this production.

 

It’s complete but not the final mix as I like to listen for a week or so before making the last changes.

 

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