Ok, we’re back. And this next week, the first of a four part blog about Spring Heeled Jack in the dime novels. It’s amazing how much confusion there is out there on the web about SHJ’s dime novel advetnures that I’ve decided to settle it once and for all by actually READING the stories, or as many as I was able to get ahold of. If you Google his name, you’ll mainly get sites dealing with the urban legend, most of which are just cut and paste jobs with a few new speculations tossed in. I personally don’t care if he was an alien or a demon or a nutball Royal. But there’s nothing worse than reading cut-and-paste info that is WRONG, and particularly about something I’m interested in. I’ll beat that drum more next week.
Below are two covers from a bizarre Spanish serial novel from the early 1910s called El Hijo del Contrabandista o el Abismo de Dos Razas. It doesn’t translate well, but comes out to something like The Smugglers Son, or the Abyss of (between?) Two Races. There are reportedly some fantasy elements in the series. I hope to do some posts this year on all the really cool fantasy/horror/weird stuff that was appearing in Europe during Lovecraft’s day. I can’t help but think he would like these covers.