Greetings dear reader and welcome to my method of loci, or memory palace, if you like. Perhaps you have journeyed here seeking the identity of the world’s most infamous serial killer known only as Jack the Ripper. Maybe you wish to sharpen your powers of observation and follow in the deductive footsteps of the greatest consulting detective – Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Then again, you may have simply chanced upon this site out of morbid curiosity.
No matter, regardless to either motivation or predisposition, I hope you will find something to amuse as we explore, among other things, nineteenth-century Gothic Literature, Detective Fiction and Victorian Culture in general together with their film and television representations. Indeed, one is reminded of a particular young lady and her most wonderful adventure when Alice asks, “How do you know I’m mad?”, to which the Cheshire Cat replies, “You must be or you wouldn’t have come here.”
So, ladies and gentlemen, let us dream together with open eyes for fear of waking to sanity in straitjackets – it will be dark soon . . .
Damian Michael Barcroft is a freelance writer/historian of Detective Fiction and the Victorian Gothic.