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Writers on Writing

Writers on Writing Vol.1Crystal Lake Publishing has just released Writers on Writing vol. 1, a tremendous resource for authors, and those who want to be authors, including Jack’s essay, “Go Pace Yourself”. It is available for Kindle, here.

From the website:

In this first volume you’ll find in-depth essays from authors such as Jack Ketchum, Brian Hodge, Mercedes M. Yardley, Tim Waggoner, Jasper Bark, Kevin Lucia, Monique Snyman, Todd Keisling, and Dave-Brendon de Burgh. Edited by Joe Mynhardt.

Writers On Writing is an ongoing series of 15,000 to 20,000 word eBooks, with original ‘On Writing’ essays by writing professionals. A new edition will be launched every few months. Future volumes will include essays by the likes of Kealan Patrick Burke, Richard Thomas, Mark Scioneaux, Rena Mason, J.G. Faherty, William Meikle, Lucy A. Snyder, Kate Jonez, Chantal Noordeloos, Taylor Grant, Gary McMahon, Lori Michelle, Robert W. Walker, Brian Kirk, Lisa Morton, Lynda E. Rucker, Maria Alexander, and many more.
Writers On Writing give young authors the guidance they need, but has advice for all authors, from the interested newbie to the seasoned veteran (sounds delicious, right?).
This ongoing series of essays on the craft of writing will include all topics related to writing fiction, including: The Basics, Plot & Structure, Voice, Theme, POV, Characterization, Dialogue, Narrative, Creating a bond with your reader, Pacing, Advanced writing and plotting techniques, Writer’s block, Marketing, Branding, Publishing, Self-publishing, Healthy habits, Bad habits, The Writer’s Life, eBook formatting, Paperback formatting, Amazon keywords, Writing blurbs and descriptions, Cover design & layout, Productivity, The Classics, Short stories, Poetry, The Writing Process, Show don’t Tell, Self-editing, Proofreading, Building a solid career, Targeting a specific genre, Genre Fiction, Literary Fiction, Sharpening your writing skills, Making every word count, Deadlines, Putting together an Anthology, Working with other artists, Collaborating, Grammar, Punctuation, Writing for a career, Treating it as a business, Running a small press, Financing your career, Keeping track of your royalties, Staying motivated, Writing movies, Writing comics, Writing games, Building a fan-base, Online presence, Newsletters, Podcasting, Author interviews, Media appearances, Websites, Blogging…
And so much more!

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For those of you who read Polish, there is a new interview with Jack at książki.wp.pl

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Suspended in Dusk

Jack has written the Introduction to the new anthology, Suspended in Dusk, from Books of the Dead Press, edited by Simon Dewar.

Suspended in DuskDUSK 
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.



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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.

UPDATE: Hardcover and Paperback editions are now available from Crossroad Press!

Ebook available at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon!

Posted in non-fiction, What They Wrote

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.


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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!

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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.


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