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The Ripper follows Jack the Ripper throughout 1888’s London and beyond. It tells the story of a man one would not normally associate with the Ripper, and of the hardships that brought him there. It is the second novel in the Next Life Universe book series and a prequel to Afterworld. The story fits somewhere in between that and the upcoming book, The Desperado’s Tale. Be sure to check it out to understand the full Next Life story.

This image displays the second novel in the Next Life Universe book series.
Cover art by Oleg Beloded.

Orignal Release

January 15th, 2021

Available Formats

Ebook, US Trade Paperback

Available Here



Releasing Oct 9th, 2022

Audiobook Trailer

Full cast and credits for the audiobook can be found HERE

Full Synopsis

In Whitechapel 1888, death was abound. The devilish Jack the Ripper haunted the streets like a spectre while mutilating his victims. But who is this man, if even a man at all? The theories given tell of a barber, a doctor, and a prince. Those couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s time to set the record straight, and reveal the origin of the troubled Jack—both from his eyes, and those among him.

The riveting quest of Jack and his most beloved friend John is now shown to all as the tales of those they damned at the request of the goddess Fate, and those they saved at no one’s behest, comes to light. This is a story of loss, demons, witches, and the torment of one man by the puppeteering hands of a very stingy individual named Old Nick.

Author’s Favorite Quote

“Jack the Ripper, I’ll burn bright as a light. Burn out the darkness like a single lantern in sight. One message of fear, one message of hope, which Jack will outlast is the question provoked.”