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Jack Ketchum

The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door

Suburbia in the 1950’s. A nice quiet simpler time to grow up -unless you count the McCarthy trials and red-scares and the shadow of the Bomb and the Cold War, unless you could see the dark side emerging. And on a quiet tree-lined dead-end street, in the dark damp basement of the Chandler house, it’s emerging big-time for teenage Meg and her crippled sister Susan -whose parents are dead now, who are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant Aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons -and finally an entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make. Between love and compassion, and lust and evil.

The Girl Next Door has generated a lot of controversy, and as new readers discover it, we get a lot of e-mails asking how the book came to be. The book is (very unfortunately) based on a true story, about a young girl named Sylvia Likens. You can find out more about her on Wikipedia.

The 2005 and 2008 Leisure Books Mass-Market Paperbacks also contain the short stories Do You Love Your Wife? and Returns.

The Girl Next Door has been adapted into a film, and is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.


1989 Warner Books (Mass-Market Paperback)
1997 Overlook Connection Press (Limited Hardcover Editions, Trade Hardcover, Trade Paperback)
1998 Akti-Oxy (Greek Translation by Nikos Roussos, Trade Paperback)
1998 Fusosha (Japanese Translation, Mass-Market Paperback)
2005 Leisure Books – (Mass Market Paperback, plus bonus stories Do You Love Your Wife? and Returns)
2006 Heyne Hardcore (German translation as Evil, Trade Paperback)
2007 L’Ombre de Bragelonne – (French Translation as Une Fille Comme les Autres, Trade Paperback)
2007 La Factoria de Ideas (Spanish Translation as La Chica de al Lado, Trade Paperback)
2008 Leisure Books (Mass-Market Paperback, Movie Tie-In Edition, plus bonus stories Do You Love Your Wife? and Returns)
2008 Lava Konyvkaido (Hungarian Translation as A Szomszed Lany)
2008 Heyne (German Translation as Evil, Trade Paperback, New Cover)
2009 Gargoyle (Italian Translation as  La Ragazza della Porta Acanto, Hardcover)
2009 Lightning Rod Books (Korean Translation, Trade Paperback)
2010 Papierowy Księżyc (Polish Translation as Dziewczyna Z Sąsiedztwa, Trade Paperback)
2010 Locus Publishing (Chinese Translation, Trade Paperback)
2011 Logeion Publishing (revised Greek Translation by Nikos Roussos, Trade Paperback)
2015 47North (Trade Paperback)
2016 Tantor Audio (Audiobook)