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.
As the days get shorter, and the nights get longer, you may want to Beware The Dark, with some great stories and articles!
The premiere issue of Beware The Dark is now available from Short, Scary Tales Publications, and features a story from Jack, as well as stories from Ramsey Campbell, Kealan Patrick Burke, and more!
Check it out, and Beware!
Horror Online.PL (that’s for Poland) has a Polish translation of Jack’s piece “It’s The Dog Scene That Gets Me” – On John Carpenter’s THE THING just in time for Halloween!
You can also find it available in English (also for FREE) here.
Happy Halloween from Jack, and Kev (the Webmaster)
Off Season, the one that started it all, is available once more in both paperback, and Kindle editions direct from Amazon! This is the “unexpurgated” edition that sets the stage for both Offspring, and The Woman.
Have you heard of Edward Lee? Did you know he’s written a lot of amazing books, including one with Jack – Sleep Disorder?
Back in 2006, he was a NECON Guest of Honor, and Jack wrote an introductory piece about him. This piece, NECON Guest of Honor, Presenting Edward Lee is our latest piece of FREE STUFF.
Get to know Edward Lee today!
Heyne Hardcore continues to impress with their latest German translation, Versteckt. This German edition of Hide and Seek is available as a trade paperback and Kindle edition, wherever German books are sold (hint: Amazon.de)