- “The Star got famous because of Jack the Ripper. They took the stories of these murders and created one of the first media superstars. And they did a really good job, because here we are, over a hundred years later, still obsessed.”
- ~ Jerome, from The Name of the Star
The Star was a London newspaper that was in publication from 1888 until 1960. The writers for the Star Newspaper are credited with coining the name 'Jack the Ripper', which launched the faceless murderer to infamy in the late 1800s. Jack the Ripper is now one of the most notorious serial killers in cultural memory.
The first book in the Shades of London series, entitled The Name of the Star, is a reference to this newspaper and its role in sensationalising the Jack the Ripper case.