St Michael Cornhill

Tales beyond time and place

Tales beyond time and place: Eerie tales and stories by LONDON BEYOND TIME AND PLACE.

  • Ghosts of the East End: Jack the Ripper and his victims
    London has many ghosts. Just like any other area, the East End of London is full of tales and legends of apparitions and spectres. Today we are going to look at several of these stories that are connected to the notorious Jack the Ripper and his victims. The Ripper murders occurred in Whitechapel and Spitalfields […]
  • Review: Swallows – In the Shadow of the Seven Stars (Music album)
    Frances Coles was murdered in the early morning hours of Friday, February 13, 1891, under a railway arch at Swallow Gardens near the Whitechapel District of London. A witness standing outside the nearby Crown and Seven Stars Pub looked on in horror as he watched the scene unfold. He wanted to rush to the poor […]
  • Review: MAJESTICA – A Christmas Carol (Music album)
    On December 4th, 2020, the power metal band Majestica released their Christmas album “A Christmas Carol” on the label Nuclear Blast Records. The nine songs are a musical version of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”. The four members of the band are Tommy Johansson on guitar and vocals, Alex Oriz on guitar, Chris David on […]
  • Review: Magoria – JtR1888 (Music album)
    Mark Bogert is guitarist with the Dutch prog band Knight Area. He is also a solo artist and performs as acoustic duo Un-Plugged with his fiancée, the singer Nadine Pruim (who also sings on this album). His latest project was released under the name “Magoria“. Called “JtR1888”, it is a rock opera about Jack the […]
  • Curious World – Documentary about “The Ratcliffe Highway Murders”
    Last year I stumbled across the YouTube channel of Curious World on a return trip from London. Then we have started working together – I provided Curious World with ideas and facts about the Ratcliffe Highway murders and the result is a three-part documentary about this exciting criminal case. The documentary chronicles the horrific events […]
  • Guest blog for “Jack the Ripper tour”: A look at the connection between the Whitechapel Murders And the TV Series “Whitechapel”
    It’s an honour to be featured as a guest author on Richard Jones’ website. Richard is a bestselling author and a tour guide of Jack The Ripper Tour and London Discovery Tours.
  • William Terriss – The ghost of a murdered actor
    William Terriss (1847 – 1897) was the hero of the Adelphi melodramas. He was murdered outside the theatre in Maiden Lane on 16 December 1897. His ghost is said to haunt Covent Garden station.
  • 50 Berkeley Square – The most haunted house in London
    Many spectacular spirits are said to haunt 50 Berkeley Square, the “most haunted house in London”: According to legend, the house is so charged with psychic tension, you only need to touch the exterior brickwork in order to receive a tingling sensation that sends shivers down your spine.
  • London: The Hardy Tree in the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church
    Before Thomas Hardy became a novelist, he supervised the removal of the graveyard St Pancras Old Church in 1865, when the railway lines of St Pancras Station were laid through the site. The tombstones were placed against a great tree. Over the years its roots curled among them, they embraced them. It looks as if […]
  • Cleopatra’s Needle – London’s true obelisk
    Cleopatra’s Needle is situated on the Westminster side of the Thames, near Victoria Embankment, across from Lambeth. There were plans to place it right outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, but the location had been rejected. Now Cleopatra’s Needle stands beside the Thames and just like the river, is a solid and fixed part […]
  • Review: Steven E Blomer – Inside Bucks Row – Mary Ann Nichols: An Anatomy of Murder (The Whitechapel Murders Project: Book 1)
    “Inside Bucks Row” is the first of a number of planned volumes on the Whitechapel Murders by author Steve Blomer. It deals with the first of the Jack the Ripper murders, that of Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols in Buck’s Row on 31 August 1888. In his book, Blomer examines all the details surrounding the murder […]
  • Sherlock: The London filming locations of series one
    The world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. Holmes and his companion Dr John Watson have become iconic characters. The most recent fame came with the BBC series Sherlock, in which Holmes and Watson investigate in modern day London. The series was created by Steven Moffat and […]
  • Review: David Charnick – Death and the City
    “Death and the City” is a collection of twelve short stories by David Charnick. Each of them deals with the topic of death – well, more with the connection of death and life in London. Or rather: With the ever-existing presence of death and the dead in London.
  • Shakespeare and Game Of Thrones – Cymbeline and A Song of Ice and Fire
    In one of the many Game of Thrones online forums a member going by the nickname ‘AlbertTheSamurai’ asks the online community if they agree if “Game of Thrones is greatly inspired by Shakespeare”. He wonders “whether George R. R. Martin coincedentally made many of his characters like those found in Shakespeare plays (especially the Othello, […]
  • The Playwright and the Killer: The Connection between the Jack the Ripper Murders and Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
    Appeared originally in Ripperologist no. 144/June 2015 Additional bonus material to chapter 3.2 of my book London and its genius loci – a journey beyond time and place In a post in the Jack the Ripper Casebook forum dated 18 February 2008 someone going by the username Serena stated that she had heard ‘that there […]
  • London and its genius loci – a journey beyond time and place (2019)
    Philipp Röttgers, M.A., born in 1989, feels deeply connected to London, more than to any other place in the world. He is an expert in the capital’s (and Britain’s) literature and culture (he studied English literature and culture accordingly). Röttgers is also a “Ripperologist” (and was already featured in the magazine of the same name). […]

About Philipp Röttgers

Philipp Röttgers (M. A.), born in 1989, is a writer, musician and music journalist. He is drummer for PARIAHLORD. His first book “Two eras of Genesis?” was published in 2015. His second book “London and its genius loci – a journey beyond time and place” was published in 2019.

For Philipp, London is not just some city. London is a setting in various films, novels and poems. Not only that, it is a character which defines the works in which it appears.

Philipp wants to share the fascination and connection that he feels for the city. In fact, he had felt the fascination even before he was there for the first time. So being an experienced London traveller and writer, he defined his very own London. And he wants everyone of his guests to feel the same. If you experience this great city by walking and through literature, it opens up for you and allows you to write your own story.