Cabinet 15: Horror
Stuart James, Jack the Ripper. Sydney: Horwitz, 1960. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9610.J35 J32 1960
____, Jack the Ripper. 2nd ed. London ; Sydney: Horwitz, 1962. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9610.J35 J32 1962
The mystery and intrigue surrounding Jack the Ripper, serial killer, has always generated interest. Tying it in with a film in 1959, and Jimmy Sangster’s screenplay, Stuart James wrote his Jack the Ripper, published in 1960 by Monarch Books, an American publishing firm specialising in pulp novels. Horwitz published their cheap format edition that same year. A reprint with a different cover was called for two years later. This second reprint (priced at 4 shillings) once belonged to a student at Pius XII Catholic Seminary at Banyo, near Brisbane. Robert Bloch’s Psycho was so successful that Horwitz used it as a way of promoting his Horror-7, a not so well-known title. Indeed, even the blurb on this copy is about Psycho!