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Yesterday’s mail brought a letter promoting Henry P. Gravelle’s The Fort Providence Watch. Being a big fan of all things morbid, I’m intrigued by the synopsis:

London surgeon Dr. Paul Barnet’s career is shattered by a botched surgery and brazen attack that nearly takes his life. Because of his downfall from society, loss of skills and the love of his fiancee, Dr. Barnet attempts to regain his lost career, and surgical abilities, through an alter ego — Jack the Ripper.

Jack the Ripper does occasionally show up in children’s fiction, playing a major role in Claudio Apone’s Italian import My Grandfather Jack the Ripper, reincarnated in Ian Beck’s Pastworld, and making a cameo in Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist. But I don’t think we’ll be reviewing The Fort Providence Watch (or the publisher’s other stuff), as it seems unlikely that a press called “Damnation Books” publishes many kids’ books.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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