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on 5 December 2015
I love the late Mr Haining's anthologies of supernatural fiction, but this is a baffling attempt to claim that the fictional Demon Barber was a real person with no hard evidence provided. I confess that initially I was as gullible as some reviewers here and presumed that because the book is by a prolific author what he says bears some relation to the truth - but when you realise he gives no sources for his alleged unearthing of Todd's trial and execution you begin to scent a dodgy meat pie. Robert L.Mack's book on the Todd mythos exposes some of Haining's errors. But was he sincere, having a laugh, or playing a literary hoax? Who knows, but I'd love someone to investigate and let us know.