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Off Season

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Publisher's Summary

September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River - off season - awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall.

And before too many hours pass, five civilized, sophisticated people and one tired old country sheriff will learn just how primitive we all are beneath the surface...and that there are no limits at all to the will to survive.

©1981 Jack Ketchum; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"If you read Off Season on Thanksgiving, you probably won't sleep until Christmas." (Stephen King)

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    Barry Katy, TX, United States 11-22-09
    Barry Katy, TX, United States 11-22-09
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    "Wow!"

    Where has this autho been all my life? I'd never heard of Jack Ketchum till recently, and took a chance on this book. I am partial to this type of story, and the genre in general, but I didn't expect the book to be as good as it was. Very, very intense, graphic violence, but for a good reason. The antagonists (the family of cannibals) are truly froghtening, even the children. If you can deal with the violence, I highly recommend this book. One of the most frightening stories I've read in a long time.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-27-09 Member Since 2015

    book chick

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    "Breathless"

    I now understand why Jack Ketchum's "Off Season" is a classic.
    Mr. Ketchum is a master of setting a scene. He is also expert in building tension and conflict.
    The story was gruesome...deliciously so. His writing...genius.
    I will listen to it again.
    And again.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 11-04-10
    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 11-04-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice!"

    Flowed really well. People didn't like some of the gore but I'm all for it. It wasn't to much that made the story lose traction. It was a good listen. Fast paced and had me tense up in quite a few moments. People out to relax and end up in a fight for survival that leads to one of the most horrible nights I can remember in a book. Overall I liked this book. Good scary horror.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-23-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-23-14 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "CRAZY AS A WHORE IN THE VATICAN"

    Backwoods, backward, cannibalistic inbreed Yankees, my kind of book. This is Ketchum's first book, which explains the inconsistences in the writing. At times you think great and at others NOT. Overall it is a good read if you are into this type of stuff. Konrath writes better, but I don't know if I have read his first book, so we may not be comparing apples to apples.

    It has gore, it has lots of sex and yea, it is a little sophomoric. If you are not into this genre, you will not like it, if you are into it, you will have a hoot.

    I thought the narrator was pretty good. He is the kind of narrator, which makes you forget someone is narrating. You feel like you are reading it in your head, can't see how anybody could object to him.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    peter 06-25-12
    peter 06-25-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Disappointing"

    While Ketchum's story is entertaining in a "guilty pleasure" sort of way, it would require a far better narrator than Richard Davidson to make it acceptable as an audio book. The story and prose are crude and require a more skilled narration than is provided to make it work. I gave up on it about one third of the way through. Not recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neva Kingston, TN, United States 12-03-09
    Neva Kingston, TN, United States 12-03-09 Member Since 2008

    Thrillers zombies and action make my day! Fast moving stories and characters worth reading. New twists to a great genre will always get me

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    "Great Read"

    Didn't expect this! Exciting and different. Not familiar with the author but want to read more. Story is just enough to feel for the characters without being bored.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-04-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-04-12 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "The 1980s were a long time ago, eh?"

    Overall, it's an okay story. I didn't realize that 1981 was so long ago but after reading this book and noticing just how much it reads like a "classic", I understand that the 1980s is a whole world ago and what was shocking and revolting then in fiction has been outdone since in real life. I didn't find it particularly gory or disturbing (go read Meat if you want something disturbing) but I'm sure for an 80s audience it must have been.

    The women are beyond useless and the "bad guys" are beyond believable, and if I lived in Maine I'd be offended at how "hillbilly-y" Ketchum portrays the locals, but it's fast and nicely paced and you might still find yourself wondering how it'll turn out in the end, even if you might not care about any of the characters enough to hope for their survival.

    But, for a fast and gory - albeit somewhat dated - horror book, it's decent enough. I don't think I'll read more of Ketchum though as it's really more like Shock-Horror than Terror-Horror which is what I prefer when I read horror books. Oh, and there's no subtlety as to what's going on, or what will happen in the end.

    The narration is okay. He's not the most animated narrator I've heard, but he doesn't hurt the story any.

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    Jason McAteer 03-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A tale of door and sheer brutality"

    I like my horror like I like my spaghetti, really messy. I would rather see this on screen than listen to it although it did paint a pretty gruesome narrative which is ultimately what I was seeking and found. the narrator is fabulous on this one, every other character sounds like the old man in Pet Sematary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 01-28-17
    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 01-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    ""Off Season" hit the bullseye on every level."

    This is a great horror tale. I felt it was a clear hats off to so many great horror writers. Yet told with an original voice.
    Stephen King said that you must write honestly when writing a story. I only recently figured out what that means. You can feel it when a writer is not being honest and here's where things get truly scary... Jack Ketchum's "Off Season" is honest writing and because of that, even though the subject matter is extremely violent and absolutely vile it comes across as sort of beautiful. And that probably be the one and only time that anyone ever uses the words beautiful when describing "Off Season".

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    The Average Bear 10-20-16
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    "Savage, Violent, and Incredible"

    Off the coast of Maine, a tribe of cannibalistic savages has their eyes set on a cabin in the woods where a buffet of unsuspecting 80's era New Yorker's have decided to stay for a week. While this sounds like the simple, troupe fest plot to a cheesy slasher film, Jack Ketchum's "Off Season" is a slasher film fan's wet dream. Unapologetic, brutal, violent, and unafraid, "Off Season" quickly devolves into a nightmarish battle for survival where normal men and women must sink to the level of their enemies to overcome them.

    Jack Ketchum doesn't pull any punches here. This book IS NOT for the faint of heart. Once called "violence pornography" in 1980 upon its first printing, this is the author's preferred version of the story. In the Afterword, Ketchum discusses the backlash the book received, the differences between the original published version and this newer edition, and his reasoning for the decisions he made in the book.

    As far as the audio book performance goes, I felt in some parts the narrator got a little too far into the accents he does and it takes away from being able to understand what he is supposed to be saying. There are also a few parts where the narrator speaks too low and I am forced to turn up the radio and then all of a sudden, he shouts or gets emotional and it gets way too loud. Otherwise, the performance itself is wonderful and the narrator gives a voice to each of the characters making it easier to follow who is speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • jennifer
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    "Off Season by Jack Ketchum"

    If you like Texas chainsaw massacre and the hills have eyes then this is the book for you although its very gory and very detailed it makes you think that you would never want to be in the position these characters were great disturbing well written story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dallas Winston 9
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    "The Hills Have Eyes meets The Strangers"
    What made the experience of listening to Off Season the most enjoyable?

    This book was no holds barred in all departments. The afterward by the author highlights how graphic the book was for its times, but it still is. Put it this way, if it were to be adapted Rob Zombie would be the man to do it. However, the violence, sex etc all suit the story. So to answer the question the book delivers on its promises! The narrator was also a good match to the story.


    What other book might you compare Off Season to, and why?

    This books is 'Constant Reader' territory. So anything Stephen King, IT WAS SET IN MAINE! The story was most like the films; 'The Hills Have Eyes' and 'The Strangers'. I would recommend to anyone who likes gore!


    What does Richard Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Richard Davidson was well suited and brought a slick laid back style.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book grossed me out😝


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyable. Steady at first but when the s!!t hits the fan it explodes. Give it a try😀

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madcozy
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    "Love this author"

    Love this author the books are no holds barred shocking at time but you can't stop listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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