Late one night after a strange tube journey to Whitechapel in East London, Paul makes a new friend, John Reaper – daring and enigmatic, just as Paul longs to be, away from his cloying mother (his only family – so he thinks). Redman charms Paul at once, but also a girl called Jude they meet on a night about town. A few days later, Paul learns that Jude has mysteriously died, and Redman has disappeared. Shortly after that, one of Paul's teacher dies suddenly – frightened to death – near where Jude's body was found. A link for sure. And Paul feels implicated, because both victims were known to him. He senses Redman, who comes and goes as it suits him, is involved as well. His new friend is dangerous. But so, we learn, is Paul. In uncovering the truth about Redman he learns shocking facts about himself. There's an evil curse loose in his family and Paul is the latest inheritor. The spree of death – camouflagued as copycat Jack the Ripper-style murders – will continue until Paul confronts the demon in himself head on.
Alan Gibbons is a full-time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major book festivals. Alan has recently embarked on a high-profile, nationwide campaign to champion libraries and librarianship and to re-evaluate government commitment to educational spending. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.
Hell's Underground :: SeriesPaul Rector is an ordinary schoolboy when the bodies start to turn up on the streets of East London. Somebody is duplicating the Jack the Ripper murders. Strangely, there are no marks on the bodies. It is as if they have been scared to death.
As Paul starts to follow this baffling case something stirs inside him, a sense of recognition... and disturbance. Somehow his destiny and that of the Ripper are entwined. So begins a terrifying journey into the dark heart of London.