When we think of London our first thoughts are usually of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben. London's image seems inexorably tied to the landmarks of its glorious history and the reminders of the British Empire's age of splendor.
Yet there is another, darker London which is no less famous--the city of fog-enshrouded midnights and alley-ways lit eerily by gas lamps. It is a place of mayhem, murder and mystery, which serves to remind us that even amid glory and splendor, there is evil.
In this bone-chilling collection of twenty-two stories, some of London's most macabre wordsmiths offer a guided tour of the city's darker side. Each story is rich in details of the metropolis's most deadly ground, taking you through the neighborhoods where Jack the Ripper and other infamous villains once stalked. The criminals, however, do not stand unopposed. This same city is the site of Holmes's Baker Street. Poirot's Park Lane and the world-famous Scotland Yard. Tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, P.D.James, Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers and Graham Greene set the mood for London After Midnight and you will be
convinced that you hear footsteps on the cobblestones behind you as the fog rolls in.