Books

Broken on the Wheel of Sex

Before there was Jack Ketchum there was Jerzy Livingston, a writer new at his craft but thoroughly jazzed to it, living in a very strange time in a very strange New York City, going straight to hell in a handbasket and loving every minute, writing stories for the likes of Swank, Cavalier, Genesis, Nugget, and High Society. Dark, black-comic stories mostly, the kind you might almost expect of the Ketchum who was waiting in the wings. The Sexual Revolution was lost by then -lost on all fronts- and only a few had noticed. He had. He was whistling in a graveyard.

 

Contents:

  • The Hang Up
  • The Heat
  • Skin Game
  • Bosom Buddies (aka The Burn Artist)
  • The Rubdown
  • Fixing Her Plumbing (aka Never Trust a Smart Cunt with Two First Names)
  • Fish
  • Dancing’ (aka Old Men Dancing)
  • The Liar
  • The French
  • The Christmas Caller
  • Head Games (aka East Side Story)
  • Dead Heat
  • The Making of a Religious Cult (lettered edition only)

 

Masks

(with Edward Lee)

 

Masks is a limited edition chapbook co-authored with Edward Lee produced for ChillerCon in October of 1999 by Sideshow Press. 

Father & Son

Father And Son is a limited edition chapbook of a previously unreleased story, only available through Camelot Books, as part of a promotion.

Ephemera

Ephemera was offered as a premium by Gauntlet Press in conjunction with their limited edition hardcover of Cover.

 

This limited edition chapbook contains pieces written by Jack around the time Cover takes place, and features a self-portrait on the cover.

Night Visions 10

In 1984, the legendary Night Visions series was conceived by Dark Harvest Press as a showcase for the outstanding short fiction being produced by the best of the established authors and the most talented of the new writers in the fields of horror and dark fantasy.

 

In 2001, the series was resurrected by Subterranean Press with Night Visions 10, featuring original novellas by Jack Ketchum and John Shirley, and five stories by David B. Silva.

 

Jack’s contribution, The Passenger, follows the story of a woman who gets a flat tire, leading to a stretch of bad luck as she becomes a passenger in a car bound for Hell.

The Lost

It’s 1969, and the Vietnam War is raging. A rough time for most kids. You either work like hell to stay in school or hightail it to Canada or else Uncle Sam comes knocking at your door and the next thing you know you’re slogging through the rice paddies and trying not to think about all those body bags shipping back to the World every day.

 

Not so for Ray and Tim. They’ve slipped through the cracks. They’re neither college kids nor grunts. They’re undraftable.

 

But Ray and Tim have their own problems.

 

Murder, for one.

 

A murder Ray committed four years ago because he felt like it. A murder to which Tim, along with Ray’s sometime-girlfriend Jennifer, are accomplices. A murder which — for at least one world-weary cop — simply won’t go away. He knows Ray did it but can’t prove it. Now, on the verge of quitting his job, with nothing much to lose, he decides to have one last shot at goading Ray into blowing his arrogant cool, into doing something really stupid.

 

Which Ray’s already doing, just by being who he is.

 

He’s a possessive, egotistical, compulsive liar. He’s dealing drugs. But mostly he’s chasing skirts. He’s all but dumped Jennifer and is courting not one new girl but two, doing anything and everything he can to impress them. One girl finds his weird posturing repulsive, but Ray refuses to hear that. The other’s playing with him — and might be just as dangerous as he is, moving him further and further into waters way over his head. It doesn’t help that both girls are college-bound and Ray isn’t, or that one of them’s the cop’s best friend’s secret lover. It doesn’t help that Jennifer’s turning into a drugged-out booze-hound in front of his very eyes. It doesn’t help that Tim sees this as a pretty good time to make his move on Jennifer. And it sure doesn’t help that Ray’s got a rage inside him that could make a cyclone look like a breezy summer day.

 

Things are converging. Something’s going to crack. Something’s going to break loose into a world of pain.

 

And who will be The Lost?

Eyes Left

A story of what happens when a pair of friends end up cruising the wrong girl. Delightfully twisted, and a lot of fun, it will definitely make you think twice before considering that one night stand…

Triage

Never-before-published, full-length novellas of terror, suspense, weirdness, and erotic darkness by Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, and Edward Lee.  All three novellas start with the same premise… a stranger walks into a place of business, pulls out a gun, and opens fire…

 

Triage is an exploration of mankind’s dark side, and all copies are signed by Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and Matt Johnson.

 

Contents:

  • Triage by Richard Laymon
  • In the Year of Our Lord: 2202 by Edward Lee
  • Sheep Meadow Story* by Jack Ketchum

 

*A new story featuring Stroup, the “hero” of many of the stories in Broken on the Wheel of Sex

Station Two

Station Two follows a not-so-typical night in a Greek restaurant somewhere in the city. Nice quiet dinners are interrupted Ketchum-style. 

Sleep Disorder

Sleep Disorder is the first collection of collaborations by Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee – and what a collaboration it is. As Ketchum states in his Afterword, “There’s nothing in here that’s going to change foreign policy or save the whales or even break your heart. We did this just for fun, folks. And for no other reason whatsoever.”

 

Let the fun begin.

 

Contents:

  • I’d Give Anything for You
  • Love Letters from the Rain Forest
  • Masks
  • Eyes Left
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Good Seeing You (by Jack Ketchum)
  • I Would Do Anything for You (by Edward Lee)
  • Afterword (by Jack Ketchum)

 

Lettered edition also contains an interview with both authors by Tom Piccirilli

The Fountain

The Fountain is a short story coupled with another story, The Piece of Paper, by Edward Lee. 

 

This chapbook was given as a premium to those who purchased Sleep Disorder directly through Gauntlet, as a token of customer appreciation.

 

Studies in Modern Horror #1

Studies in Modern Horror: A Scholarly Journal for the Study of Contemporary Weird Fiction, edited by NGChristakos. Issue #1 was a dedicated author issue, focused on Jack Ketchum.

 

Contents:

  • Editorial by NGChristakos
  • Monsters Among Us: An Introduction to the World of Jack Ketchum by Larry Roberts
  • The Ordinary and the Otherworldly by NGChristakos
  • Hanging Out in the Weird West with Jack Ketchum by Valarie Thorpe

Jack Ketchum: A Selected Bibliography

This bibliography was published as a limited edition chapbook (250 copies) by Seele Brennt Publications in 2003.

 

It is a listing of works done solely under the guise of Jack Ketchum; pieces credited to Dallas Mayr, Jerzy Livingston, Bruce Arthur, Dallas Ketchum, or that were published uncredited are not listed unless said works were later published under the Jack Ketchum nom de plume. Books only list publication dates in the United States, unless foreign publication predated first U.S. printing. Online, non-print sources are not cited.

Honor System

The What-U-Need Motel has exactly that. And if you’ve been driving fo hours and hours and hours by yourself, looking for a place to stay, it can seem like an oasis. All the owners ask is that you pay. On the Honor System.

Peaceable Kingdom

Doom in a plain carboard box. A snake in the grass. A captive with a rose tattoo. The innocent-looking letter in your mailbox that can kill you or set you free. The rifle hidden away in a young boy’s closet. Closing time in a Manhattan bar just days after 9/11. Punishment that actually suits the crime for a change. A parrot in a strip-joint. Sleazy bimbos and parted lovers. A UFO. A Western. A vampire for godsakes. Zombies. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, twins. Cats and dogs and a dancing lynx.

 

Welcome to the dark — and diverse — world of Jack Ketchum. Peaceable Kingdom is the ultimate Jack Ketchum short story collection, gathering together the complete contents of The Exit at Toledo Blade Boulevard (minus Winter Child and Henry Miller and the Push) plus 20 additional classics.

 

Contents:

  • The Rifle
  • The Box
  • Mail Order
  • Luck
  • The Haunt
  • Megan’s Law
  • If Memory Serves
  • Father and Son
  • The Business
  • Mother and Daughter
  • When the Penny Drops
  • Rabid Squirrels in Love
  • Sundays
  • Twins
  • Amid the Walking Wounded
  • The Great San Diego Sleazy Bimbo Massacre
  • The Holding Cell
  • The Work
  • The Best
  • Redemption
  • The Exit at Toledo Boulevard
  • Chain Letter
  • Forever
  • Gone
  • Closing Time
  • The Rose
  • The Turning
  • To Suit the Crime
  • Lines: or Like Franco, Elvis Is Still Dead
  • The Visitor
  • Snakes
  • Firedance