Leah Rhyne and Richard Thomas offer an interesting analysis of The Girl Next Door at LitReactor.
They thought they knew about pain…
You can read through their entire discussion here (minor spoilers may be involved).
There’s a new Freebie in the Free Stuff section.
Jack Haringa has quite the reputation, and some have decided that enough is enough.
To read Jack (Ketchum)’s list of offenses, check out the free download of Death to Haringa!
There are other free goodies there, too. Check ‘em out!
New from Cemetery Dance – Turn Down The Lights, edited by Richard Chizmar, celebrating 25 years of Cemetery Dance!
Featuring original short stories by Stephen King, Norman Partridge, Jack Ketchum, Brian James Freeman, Bentley Little, Ed Gorman, Ronald Kelly, Steve Rasnic Tem, Clive Barker, and Peter Straub!
Available in two editions, trade and artist editions – The artist edition features Will Renfro’s illustrations for Jack’s story, The Western Dead (the story appears in the trade edition as well – just without the illustrations).
Turn Down The Lights can be ordered now, from Cemetery Dance!
Chiral Mad 2 is an anthology of psychological horror containing twenty-eight short stories by established authors and newcomers from around the world. All profit from sales of this anthology go directly to Down syndrome charities. Jack has a story in it, and so does David Morrell, Ramsey Campbell, John Skipp, Gary A. Braunbeck, Mort Castle, Gene O’Neill, Gary McMahon, Lucy A. Snyder, Thomas F. Monteleone, and more! It is now available on Amazon.
Horror for a good cause – help people while getting scared!
Jack’s story is called The Right Thing – and here’s your chance to do just that.
It’s true! Today is Jack Ketchum Appreciation Day at Horror Novel Reviews!
They’ve got several reviews, and an exclusive interview, talking about pulling punches, Christmas, and legendary collaborations!
Go check it out!
Jack’s second podcast for the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is titled “Don’t Waste My Time“.
From their description:
As a guest lecturer at Odyssey 2013, another topic Jack Ketchum discussed is writing about thematic content that’s important to you. Sometimes you may be aware of particular themes in your work, and sometimes you may not. Jack explains that you are drawn to particular material because it resonates for you. Your emotional core–your pains, concerns, fears, loves, and losses–makes you a unique writer. This doesn’t mean you need to be self-obsessed, but it means that you should allow your concerns and fears to inform your work and run through the subtext. Jack describes how fiction allows you to discuss issues important to you, as long as you tell a good, suspenseful story, so the story never becomes preachy. Genre fiction provides a great venue for this. Jack leads students in considering key questions. What’s important to you? What don’t you like? Who don’t you like? Who and what do you love? Jack explains that without significant thematic content, the author may be simply wasting the reader’s time. The author needs to give the reader something worth reading about. Jack then considers some of the higher tasks he attempts to achieve in writing.
Jack’s first Odyssey podcast, “Writing from the Wound” can be found here (#34).
What starts like a haunted house novel as written by the Marquis de Sade develops into a meta-deconstruction of hardcore horror and why we love sex and violence.
There is something seriously wrong with the house at Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road. Its history is awash with sadistic violence and fiendish sex. For generations the house has corrupted its inhabitants. Now Arrianne and Chuck have moved in, and the house is ready to hunt once more. But this time the house’s occupants won’t be the only targets. No one is safe-not the reader, not the authors, and not the horror genre itself…
Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is a round-robin novel now co-authored by Jack, Edward Lee, Brian Keene, J.F. Gonzalez, Bryan Smith, Wrath James White, Nate Southard, Ryan Harding, and Shane McKenzie – use your imaginations. Now available from Deadite Press.
The Premiere Issue of Evil Jester Presents from Evil Jester Comics is coming!
This issue is one not to be missed, as it features not only adaptations of pieces by William F. Nolan, Jonathan Maberry, and Joe McKinney, but also an adaptation of Jack’s Stoker Award winning story, The Box.
Visit the Evil Jester Comics Website for updates and information about where and when to get this exciting first issue!
It’s Black Friday!
If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve decided to not camp out at the mall for pre-holiday insanity. Or, you’ve already returned from it.
Either way, why not check out the latest freebie from Jack, Remembering Charlie?
Our latest free offering is Jack’s memoir of prolific and talented author Charles L. Grant, who passed away in 2006.
What was Charlie like? Well, Jack has a story for you, and you can download it -for free- here, in .PDF, .lit, .mobi, or .epub formats…
Notes from the Cat House collects 60 poems from Jack into one eBook, just in time for the holidays!
You can find it on:
Barnes & Noble
Perfect for the eBook reader of your choice.