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Reddit AMA – 3/24

From Jack – Get ready with your questions!

I’ll be conducting a Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session on March 24 at 2:00 PM E.S.T. at http://www.reddit.com/r/horrorlitFeel free to stop by and ask me stuff, pertinent or im- .  Anyone can view the discussion, but you’ll need an account if you wish to post questions.

The first person to ask me a question I actually answer will receive a manuscript copy of the filmscript for The Woman, written by me and Lucky McKee, unpublished and signed by me.  The second will receive the galleys from I’m Not Sam, also by Lucky and me, published by Cemetery Dance, signed and dated 8/9/12.  The third will receive the galleys from Old Flames, published by Gauntlet, signed and dated 3/27/08.  This offer good in the U.S.A. only, I’m afraid, sorry.  Come by, folks!

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Night Terrors III

Night Terrors III is out, and features a nasty new story by Jack, Listen.

Night Terrors IIIPer Amazon:

Lose yourself in twenty-two remarkable stories of earthly horror and cosmic menace. A wave of sinkholes appears on the anniversary of a rural tragedy, and local residents begin to hear the voices of the dead. A woman encounters a predator from her youth—and a chance to turn the tables. A child’s inner beast takes on a sinister life of its own. An undetectable serial killer raises tensions on a college campus. Experimental physics reveals another world, and it might mean the end of ours. Shrouded in darkness, lurking in the shadows, NIGHT TERRORS III awaits you. The third installment of the chilling Night Terrors anthology series includes stories from: Jack Ketchum,Steve Rasnic Tem,Dennis Etchison, Taylor Grant,Eric J. Guignard, Aric Sundquist, Jennifer Brozek, John McNee, Simon McCaffery, Patty Templeton and many more!

Available Now!

Posted in anthologies, short stories

Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, The Horror Writers Association (HWA) awards The Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.

From their website:

THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT is presented periodically to an individual whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre. While this award is often presented to a writer, it may also be given for influential accomplishments in other creative fields.

Previous winners have included Clive Barker, F. Paul Wilson, Stephen King, Peter Straub, John Carpenter, Christopher Lee, Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Joyce Carol Oates, and more.

This year’s awards are being presented to Tanith Lee, and – you guessed it – Jack.

Per the committee:

Jack Ketchum has been one of the premiere authors in the horror field for many years.  His novel, The Girl Next Door, is considered a classic, but he’s written many other equally deeply moving works.  Ketchum has won the Bram Stoker Award four times and been nominated an additional three times, showing the broad appeal to his audience.  He was named the Grandmaster at the 2011 World Horror Convention.

The award will be presented at World Horror Con 2015, in Atlanta, GA.


Posted in awards

Publisher’s Weekly

Publisher’s Weekly has released its list of The 10 Best Horror Books You’ve Never Read.

Why haven’t you read them?

The Girl Next Door clocks in at #5.

Why haven’t you read it?

The Girl Next Door is 100-proof horror. I don’t know what else to tell you. But it’s brilliant, too. It’s real-life horror, so believable and psychologically astute that it might just change you in a profound way. If you’re in need of that kind of a change, well, fill your boots.


Posted in The Girl Next Door

Insidious Assassins

Insidious AssassinsJack’s story, Those Rockports Won’t Get You Into Heaven, is featured in the new anthology, Insidious Assassins, from Smart Rhino Publishing.

There is a peculiar allure of insidious characters—and especially assassins, hit men, and their ilk. Perhaps we find their uncomplicated moral codes and brutal efficiency appealing. These characters care little about ethics—and perhaps that alone, that freedom from guilt, is exactly why we love them. Perhaps, deep down, we wish we could be like them. And perhaps, by reading stories with such characters, we can vicariously experience that thrill.

Also featuring stories by Joe Lansdale, Shaun Meek, DB Corey, and more!

Posted in anthologies

physical Cat House

Notes from the Cat HouseFor those of you who prefer physical books to ebooks, Notes from the Cat House, Jack’s collection of poetry, is now available in hardcover from Crossroad Press.

Notes from the Cat House collects more than 60 poems in an 88 page hardcover edition, for a very nice price!


Posted in Notes from the Cat House, poetry

Out of Tune

Front_Cover_Image_Out_of_Tune-200x300Out of Tune is an anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry, and now available from JournalStone Books.

Out of Tune gathers a collection of original dark fantasy tales inspired by folk ballads, with stories of strange creatures and stranger humans, treachery and love, murder and monsters.

Jack’s new story, Awake, is featured alongside works by Gary Braunbeck, Simon R. Green, Nancy Holder, Jeff Strand, Christopher Golden, and more.

With a great premise, and great company, this is one you don’t want to miss.


Posted in anthologies

The Stanley

The Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is (in)famous for being the hotel that inspired the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s book, The Shining.

What better place for a writer’s retreat?

Jack will be attending next year (plan ahead!), from October 22-25, 2015.

Details to emerge on their Facebook Page.



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What They Wrote…

What They WroteWhat They Wrote is a collection of introductions, articles, and reviews by Jack Ketchum of various horror novels and collections. Included here are introductions for works by Edward Lee, Stanley Wiater, Barry Hoffman, Kealan Patrick Burke, Thomas Tessier, P.D. Cacek, Lucy Taylor, Tim Lebbon, T.M. Wright, and Rio Youers. Also included are reviews of two Stephen King novels, a John Carpenter movie, and a Richard Laymon novel.

It is available as an e-book (now), and a paper edition coming soon!

Available at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon!

Posted in non-fiction, What They Wrote

Suspended in Dusk

Simon Dewar‘s new anthology, Suspended in Dusk features an Introduction by Jack, and is already burning up the charts on Amazon. Kindle edition is available now, with a print edition coming soon!

A time between times.

A whore hides something monstrous and finds something special.
A homeless man discovers the razor blade inside the apple.
Unlikely love is found in the strangest of places.
Secrets and dreams are kept… forever.

Or was it all just a trick of the light?

Suspended in Dusk brings together 19 stories by some of the finest minds in Dark Fiction:

Ramsey Campbell, John Everson, Rayne Hall, Shane McKenzie, Angela Slatter, Alan Baxter, S.G Larner, Wendy Hammer, Sarah Read, Karen Runge, Toby Bennett, Benjamin Knox, Brett Rex Bruton, Icy Sedgwick, Tom Dullemond, Armand Rosamilia, Chris Limb, Anna Reith, J.C. Michael.

Posted in anthologies