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About hudsonhousemysteries

I am a graphic artist. My work is based on photography and I am also a writer of historical novels, specializing in the Victorian era with a strong emphasis on the historical connections between that time and this.I began writing by working with my late father, Alvin Schwartz, who wrote Superman and Batman comics for more than twenty years. Starting very early, about age six, I plotted comic book stories then moved on to writing film, advertising and fiction ranging from young person’s novels to my current historical novels http://hudsonhousemysteries.com/south.php. In addition to telling a good yarn, I like to use an historical perspective to comment on modern issues. I learned about art from my mother who was one of Hans Hofmann's students and had one of the last show at Peggy Guggenheim's in NYC. I have had one man shows in Montreal and Toronto. My art website is Alan McKee.com.

Want to time travel and meet Jack the Ripper? It’s more of a thrill than visiting the Olympics.

A lot of people will be pouring into London this summer to see the Olympics. But I would rather have the thrill of time travel. I would rather walk in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper, see what he saw, … Continue reading

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Who was “the great London Minotaur”?

“…not even the great London Minotaur himself—that portentous incarnation of lust and wealth—fill us with such sorrow and shame….”W.T. Stead in the Pall Mall Gazette July 8, 1885 In his epoch making series of articles on the Victorian business of … Continue reading

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The most bizarre method of detection used to trace Jack the Ripper

So desperate were the police to track the mysterious killer known today as “Jack the Ripper,” they resorted to some unusual methods of detection. A letter to Sir Charles Warren, Commisioner of Police, was written by J.H. Ashforth of Nottingham … Continue reading

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A monumental source of eye-witness information on the Victorian age

Where did Charles Dickens go when he needed first hand information on London street merchants? Of course, he went out with detectives as they made their rounds but what if he needed to know about the street people who worked … Continue reading

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Who was Jack the Ripper?

According to Dr. Thomas E.A. Stowell, he was a member of the Royal family, Dr. Stowell claimed he had seen evidence that Jack the Ripper was Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. Of course, others have mentioned the … Continue reading

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The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria

In Her usual thorough and efficient way, Queen Elizabeth II, has given  her subjects all the information about Royal Diamond Jubilees that anyone could desire. She has taken Queen Victoria’s own journals and posted them on the internet. I don’t … Continue reading

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A hero, novelist and an Englishman who was beloved by the Indian people whose lives he improved

Few people today know the name, Philip Meadows Taylor. He came out to India when he was barely fifteen. Like many who came to the subcontinent, he had few resources in England. He did not attend Haileybury, the training school … Continue reading

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