Jack Ketchum
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Jack Ketchum

Jack Ketchum "is on a par with Clive Barker (Hellraiser), James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) and Thomas Harris (The Silence of The Lambs)," and that "the only novelist working today that is writing more important fiction is Cormack McCarthy (No Country for Old Men, The Road). - Stephen King

Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for novelist Dallas Mayr. He was born in Livingston, New Jersey in 1946. A onetime actor, teacher, and lumber salesman, Ketchum credits his childhood love of Elvis Presley, dinosaurs, and horror for getting him through his formative years. As a teenager, was befriended by Robert Bloch, author of "Psycho" who became a mentor to him. He supported Ketchum's work just as his work was supported by his own mentor, H.P. Lovecraft. This relationship with Bloch lasted until his death in 1994.

A pivotal point in Jack Ketchum's career came while he was working for the Scott Meredith Literary Agency. He met Henry Miller and assisted him as his agent until shortly before his death in 1980. His extraordinary encounter with Miller at his home in Pacific Palisades is one of the subjects of his memoir in "Book of Souls".

In 1980, Jack Ketchum published his first novel "Off Season". Stephen King said in his acceptance speech at the 2003 National Book Awards that "Off Season set off a furor in my supposed field, that of horror, that was unequaled until the advent of Clive Barker. It is not too much to say that these two gentlemen remade the face of American popular fiction." Ketchum has received continued praise by King throughout their friendship.

Ketchum's work is largely based upon true events. The Girl Next Door , for example, was inspired by the 1965 murder of the young Sylvia Likens. In the special edition of the novel, King, who volunteered to write the preface, wrote one of the longest introductions of his career. He later went on to say that the movie adaptation of the book was "the first authentically shocking American film I've seen since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer over 20 years ago. If you are easily disturbed, you should not watch this movie. If, on the other hand, you are prepared for a long look into hell, suburban style, The Girl Next Door will not disappoint. This is the dark-side-of-the-moon version of Stand By Me."

He has received numerous Bram Stoker Awards for works such as "The Box", "Closing Time", and "Peaceable Kingdom". As his books gained in worldwide popularity, they also began to be adapted into feature films, the first of which was "Jack Ketchum's The Lost" which went on to be a cult success, followed by the highly controversial second film "The Girl Next Door". However, the main launch for Jack Ketchum into international commercial and critical success was the long-awaited release by Magnolia Pictures of the film Red, based on his novel, starring Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy) and Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan). After favorable reviews at The Sundance Film Festival, the movie made a critical showing in the United States and enjoyed relative success internationally with subsequent translations of the novel.

The author enjoyed more international succes with the publication and film version of "The Woman" co-written and directed by Lucky McKee in which the New York Times said "in this lean adaptation of a novel by Jack Ketchum and himself, maintains an artfully calibrated pace, investing a powerful parable with an abundance of closely observed details. Like David Cronenberg and Roman Polanski, Mr. McKee is a master at drawing suspense from pregnant silences."

Jack Ketchum continues his rise with the present showing of "The Woman" at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 co-written by Ketchum with director Lucky McKee. The novel is to be released this year.

Kethcum lives in New York City where he continues to write, articles, reviews, short stories, novels and screenplays. For more information go to international website: www.thejackketchum.com.

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    • The Girl Next Door

    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: Jack Ketchum
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 725
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 664
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 668

    Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets; well-tended lawns; and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Truly disturbing.

    • By J.K. Peters on 04-28-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Joyride

    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: David Stifel
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Carole and her lover thought they had committed the perfect crime, murdering Carole’s abusive husband and making it look like an accident. Unfortunately there was a witness, someone far more twisted than they are, with plans for a killing spree of his own....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Volvos are not a joy to ride in

    • By Spooky Mike on 09-07-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Off Season

    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 348
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 302
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 299

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow!

    • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 11-22-09

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hide and Seek

    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: Wayne June
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 100

    In a small Maine town, a group of thrill seeking college kids finds a game of hide and seek in an abandoned house turning into a reality of stark terror....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible

    • By Lee on 04-08-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Red

    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: Gary Kohler
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    The old man hears them before he sees them, the three boys coming over the hill, disturbing the peace by the river where he's fishing....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • two adequate short stories

    • By Dan on 04-03-11

    Regular price: $22.37

    • The Box

    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: Jack Ketchum
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    The box is Jack Ketchum's 1994 Bram Stoker Award-winning story. It has been anthologized, reprinted, and now it is available for the first time in digital....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • SCRATCH A SON AND YOU ALWAYS GET HIS DAD

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-21-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Offspring

    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: Hannah Kane
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    The sequel to Off Season, arguably Jack Ketchum’s most famous novel about a historic family of cannibals off the coast of Maine....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • THE FLIES FLEW IN AND OUT

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-22-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Crossings

    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: Scotty Drake
    • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    It's the Arizona Territory. The year, 1848. The year the Mexican War ended....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Western/Horror

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-27-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Closing Time

    • Collected Stories
    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: David Gilmore
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    From award-winning author and storyteller Jack Ketchum, a collection of bleak stories of loss and pain....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I absolutely loved this book!!!

    • By Matthew S. Hill on 02-08-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Book of Souls

    • By: Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated by: Thomas M. Hatting
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 2

    In this intimate glimpse into the heart of his own creative spirit, Jack Ketchum shares his early career, literary influences, and some of the characters that formed the man he has become....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • was hard to follow

    • By ST on 07-12-16

    Regular price: $6.95

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