Jakob finds himself in the UK after having to flee his home country of Hungary. When he is betrayed and turned into a vampire, becoming one of the undead, he flees, and in self-exile he battles with his morals — and his bloodlust. After his gentle upbringing he refuses to kill, opting instead to feed on the blood of rats and small animals.
Eventually, Jakob arrives in London’s East End, trying to blend in and, hopefully, disappear in the notorious streets. The year is 1888, and Jakob meets Jack. Together, they form a macabre pact where Jack will happily kill for Jakob as his bloodlust increases. Little does Jakob know they are to become central to the Whitechapel murders.
But when a new and different source of blood becomes available to him, Jakob decides to stop Jack before he kills again. But Jack has different ideas.
The question is: Will Heaven or Hell profit?
English author Simon Whitmore was born in Leicester, and spent his youth watching all the late night horror double-bills on TV and reading some of the many tales of Agaton Sax by Swedish author Nils-Olof Franzén. During his formative years he dragged himself through the 1980s to the tunes of The Smiths, Madness, New Order, The Human League, Yazoo, Heaven 17, OMD and Japan amongst many others (some good, some bad).
In 1996, he moved to New Zealand where he worked in the security industry. It was during his time in NZ he stepped up his reading, in particular the many theories surrounding the Jack the Ripper case of 1888. After seven years, he returned to the UK with a passion for writing.
Some of his favourite reads include Neverwhere & The Graveyard Book, both by Neil Gaiman, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, I am Legend by Richard Matheson and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.
He has recently read and enjoyed My Dear, I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young and he harbours a dream one day to write a novel about the Great War.
Death & Taxes is his first novel.
Partnership from Hell is his second novel, spawned from his interest in JTR and love of vampires.