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Now Write!

nowwriteIn keeping with his recent talk, Jack has an essay (Economy) in the fifth volume of Now Write! (now available), focusing on how economy of language helps tor create a truly frightening tale.

From the book’s description:

The fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing-guide series offers a full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist…

Among the other writers incluided are: Steven Barnes, Peter Briggs, David Brin, Sara B. Cooper, Brian James Freeman, Joe R. Lansdale, Bruce McAllister, Vonda N. McIntyre, William F. Nolan, Michael Reaves, Melissa Scott, Michael Dillon Scott, Vanessa Vaughn and others.

This collection of storytelling secrets from top genre writers—including winners of Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Bram Stoker awards—is essential for any writer looking to take a leap beyond the ordinary.

If you’ve ever thought of writing speculative fiction, this is a must-have for your shelf.

Posted in Economy

In Conversation: Jack Ketchum and Laurie Lamson

The Center for Fiction now has video of Jack’s talk from April 15 -

If you missed the event, now’s your opportunity to get caught up!

Check it out!

Posted in Uncategorized

Hide and Seek reissue

hideseek14Fresh on the heels of its other recent Jack Ketchum reissues, Amazon has reissued Jack’s novel, Hide and Seek.

Hide and Seek is a book about games. Reckless, dangerous games. Games you might even want to play yourself if you’re with the right people. But shouldn’t. Not ever. In a small Maine town, a group of thrill seeking college kids finds a game of hide and seek in an abandoned house turning into a reality of stark terror.

Available here.

Posted in Hide and Seek

New Story!

jamaisvu2The second issue of Jamais Vu: Journal of the Strange Among the Familiar features Jack’s new story, Oldies.

Now available from Post Mortem Press, and Amazon!

Posted in Oldies

Three Classics Available Again!

jkbooksThree of Jack’s books have just been re-printed by Amazon, and are available now!

If you missed them before, now is your chance to get paperback editions of Cover, Joyride, and Old Flames!


Posted in Cover, Joyride, Old Flames


Notes from the Cat HouseIt’s Monday – why not take a moment to hear Jack read a poem, from Notes from the Cat House?

Van Gogh’s Ear is hosting free audio of Jack reading his poem Michou.

Give it a listen, here!

Posted in Notes from the Cat House, poetry

Closing Time Trade Paperback

Closing Time TPBJack’s collection of short stories, Closing Time, is now available as a trade paperback from Crossroad Press.

You can purchase it directly from the publisher, here.

Contents include:

Closing Time (winner of the Stoker Award)
Damned If You Do 
Station Two 
The Fountain 
Do You Love Your Wife? 
At Home With the VCR 
Those Rockports Won’t Get You Into Heaven 
Olivia: A Monologue 
Brave Girl 
Honor System 
Lighten Up 
Snarl, Hiss, Spit, Stalk

Posted in Closing Time, short stories

Συνέντευξη με τον Jack Ketchum

There is a new Greek interview with Jack at Diavasame.gr…

There is also an English translation, further down the page.

Topics include The Girl Next Door (the book and the film), Jack’s inspirations, what draws people to horror, and more.

Check it out, here!

Posted in interviews

All American…

All AmericanHonor System is now out in Mort Castle’s All-American Horror of the 21st Century, “uniquely American themes and subjects.”  Also present, Bentley Little, F. Paul Wilson, Tom Monteleone, Brian Hodge, Sarah Langan, David Morrell and many more.

You can order your copy, directly from Wicker Park Press

Posted in anthologies, Honor System

Scares That Care

Jack will be attending Scares That Care, in Williamsburg, VA from June 27-29.

Scares That Care is a different kind of convention, and if you are in the neighborhood (or even if you’re not), you should really consider attending.  Not only are there great guests, but it’s for a great cause.

From their website:

The Scares That Care Weekend Convention is a horror convention designed to delight horror fans while benefiting those in need. “Scares That Care!” is an IRS approved, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, designed to bring together the fans of “all things spooky.” Whether it’s haunted houses, paranormal, horror films, or anything else in the “vein” of the horror genre, “Scares That Care!” brings together those individuals in order to give back to the families that need it most…and in turn, become “Good Ambassadors of Horror.”

The difference between our convention and the other, fantastic shows that are out there, is simple. All of our proceeds will go to the families that need our assistance. We pride ourselves in being an organization that has no salaries, and no paychecks. We do this because it’s the right thing to do, and we want to represent the Horror community in the best light possible.

Please join us for our convention, which will be held June 27th-29th, 2014, in Williamsburg, Virginia. We plan on having a really great time with awesome celebrities, fun events, and the joy of being able to give back.

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