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A murder mystery and supernatural melodrama featuring Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper, Cthulhu, & the Cottingley Fairies! Read more

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A murder mystery and supernatural melodrama featuring Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper, Cthulhu, & the Cottingley Fairies!

Sheffield, UK Fiction
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"Harry Houdini, Conan Doyle, & the Curious Case of Jack the Ripper" is a fictional novel of high drama and supernatural suspense by Paul Voodini from an original idea by Iain Dunford.

New rewards added! Because we've reached £1000, everyone who pledges £15 or more will also receive PDF and EPUB versions of the book alongside the physical book! This means as well as getting your hands on the actual book, you will also be able to read it on your electronic devices should you so wish! More value for you, our beloved backers!

Harry Houdini & Arthur Conan Doyle - mysterious circumstances drew them together and would eventually force them apart!
Harry Houdini & Arthur Conan Doyle - mysterious circumstances drew them together and would eventually force them apart!

The fictional novel that it's taken 125 years to write!

The killings began without warning. 125 years ago, almost to the day, the first of five women was brutally murdered on the streets of Whitechapel in London by the monster who would become known as Jack the Ripper. They were crimes so horrific that they sent shock waves around London, around England, and around the world. We feel the shock waves still. There was something about these particular murders in this particular city in that particular year that has haunted us to this very day. Why is that?  

And what did a 14 year old Hungarian boy, touring the UK with an American circus, have to do with the murders? And why was it that on the 10th of November, one day after the horrific death of Jack the Ripper's final victim, that young Hungarian boy was admitted to Colney Hatch mental institute? No straight-jacket could hold him, no locked door could imprison him, no handcuffs could bind him. Every morning, staff at the mental hospital would find him out of his cell, naked and asleep in the corridor. How did he escape? How? And then, almost in a puff of smoke, the young Hungarian was gone, never to be seen again.  

Just who was Jack the Ripper, and what madness drove him?
Just who was Jack the Ripper, and what madness drove him?

In 1920, Arthur Conan Doyle, celebrated author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, arrived in Cottingley village in Yorkshire to meet with the girls who took the infamous fairy photographs. While there, in the woods, by the edge of the beck, he received a message from a creature claiming to be his spirit guide. There was someone he must save. Someone who he must bring back into the light. Someone whose soul he must rescue from the grip of a demon known as Cthulhu. And so Conan Doyle leaves immediately for London, with the express intention of befriending the world-renowned magician Harry Houdini.  

Featuring a cast of thousands, including Harry Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper, Cthulhu, the Cottingley Fairies and Elsie Wright & Frances Griffiths, 'Houdini, Conan Doyle & the Curious Case of Jack the Ripper' is a tale of magic, murder, horror, and demonic possession. It is written by Paul Voodini from an original idea by Iain Dunford. Both Paul and Iain are experienced magicians and mind-readers, and both of them have long had an interest in the occult, the mysterious, and the paranormal. From these weird worlds comes 'Houdini, Conan Doyle, & the Curious Case of Jack the Ripper'. A murder mystery and supernatural melodrama like no other.

Harry Houdini - what was his connection to the creature known only as Cthulhu?
Harry Houdini - what was his connection to the creature known only as Cthulhu?
Arthur Conan Doyle - what message did his spirit guide pass on to him while he stood at the edge of Cottingley beck?
Arthur Conan Doyle - what message did his spirit guide pass on to him while he stood at the edge of Cottingley beck?
Margery the Medium - did she have information that could reveal the true identity of Jack the Ripper?
Margery the Medium - did she have information that could reveal the true identity of Jack the Ripper?

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Many thanks to Tristan Stothard for the wonderful video.

Whitechapel in the East End of London. Our action takes place in the squalid backstreets of this notorious area, and also in the scenic Yorkshire village of Cottingley, home of the infamous fairy photographs!
Whitechapel in the East End of London. Our action takes place in the squalid backstreets of this notorious area, and also in the scenic Yorkshire village of Cottingley, home of the infamous fairy photographs!

PLEASE NOTE - This is the third Kickstarter project that we have managed. The first project was the Victorian Academy of Magick book that was successfully funded and has been fulfilled with all backers now in receipt of their rewards. The second project was the Vampire Survivors book. This project was also successfully funded and rewards are now in the process of being organised, typeset, and dispatched to the printers. The original anticipated delivery of these books and rewards was September, and we are more than on course to meet that delivery date. By backing this project you can relax, knowing that you are working with a team of people who have a successful track record at delivering their promises and who see you very much as a partner in this exciting project.

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At the launch of the project, the text is approximately 40% complete and will be finalised over the coming months. We have set a realistic timescale for getting the book finished, typeset and printed. If we do encounter any problems along the way, you will be kept fully informed. We see you as a true partner in the creation of this amazing project.

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    Every little bit(e) helps! Pledge £5 and receive a personally signed thank you letter from creator Paul Voodini!

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    A first edition paperback copy of the book. Only those who pledge to support this project will receive a first edition. All subsequent printings of the book will not be second edition, etc.

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    A collector's edition hardback copy of the book, signed and individually numbered by creator Paul Voodini. This will be the limited first edition of the superb hardback book with dust cover, limited to just 200 copies. Only those who pledge to support this project will receive a first edition hardback book. All subsequent printings will be second edition, etc.

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    A signed limited first edition hardback copy of the book as the £50 level above, plus your name (or a name provided by you) will be listed as a producer and member of the Honoury Order of Cthulhu at the start of the book. The Honoury Order of Cthulhu will be listed in all subsequent editions of the book, and so your name (or the name provided by you) will forever be associated with Harry Houdini, Conan Doyle & the Curious Case of Jack the Ripper. Limited to just 25.

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    A signed first edition hardback book with your name (or name provided by you) being featured as a producer and member of the Honoury Order of Cthulhu at the start of the book, all as per the £100 level. Plus have one character in the book named after you (or a name supplied by you). Limited to just 5 spots.

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    The ultimate pledge that's more than a little crazy! Have your name (or name supplied by you) listed as a producer and Honoury Member of the Order of Cthulhu at the start of the book, one character named after you (or name you supply), plus 2 limited, signed first edition hardback books, AND Paul will come to your club, group or organisation (at a time and date mutually agreeable) to talk about the book and give readings from the book. UK ONLY. Limited to just 2 pledges.

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    As above but for the USA or Canada. Limited to just one pledge.

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