The Girl Next Door

Movie tie-in edition.


Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages or a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons – and finally the 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.


This edition also features the stories Do You Love Your Wife? and Returns. The Movie Tie-In Edition also contains a bonus interview.



  • The Girl Next Door
  • Do You Love Your Wife?
  • Returns
  • We Have Permission (interview with Jack Ketchum by Quentin Dunne) – Movie Tie-In Edition only.

The Lost

Movie tie-in edition.


It was the summer of 1965. Ray, Tim and Jennifer were just three teenage friends hanging out in the campgrounds, drinking a little. But Tim and Jennifer didn’t know what their friend Ray had in mind. And if they’d known they wouldn’t have thought he was serious. Then they saw what he did to the two girls at the neighboring campsite – and knew he was dead serious.


Four years later, the Sixties were drawing to a close. No one ever charged Ray with the murders in the campgrounds, but there was one cop determined to make him pay. Ray figured he was in the clear. Tim and Jennifer thought the worst was behind them, that the horrors were all in the past. They were wrong. The worst was yet to come.

Old Flames

Burned again. Men never treated Dora well. This latest cheated on her and dumped her. The last decent guy she knew was her old high school boyfriend, Jim. He’d said that he loved her. Maybe he did. So with the help of the Flame Finders, Dora’s found him again. Turns out he’s married with two kids. But Dora isn’t about to let that stand in her way…


Also contains the novella Right to Life.



  • Old Flames
  • Right to Life

Book of Souls

Where does inspiration come from? What secrets lie at the heart of an author’s stories and novels? What is written on the invisible ink between the lines of dialogue and description? Most writers will never tell you, will leave you to guess at the connections between their fiction and their lives.


Jack Ketchum gives a rare and intimate look into his world and into some of the people who have influenced his life in this collection of essays. Idols and friends, lovers and strangers are revealed, examined, adored and lamented as only Jack Ketchum can.



  • Henry Miller and the Push
  • The Dust of the Heavens
  • Risky Living: A Memoir
  • Us Again (with Carolyn Kessaratos Shea)

The Woman

The Woman is the powerful story of the last survivor of a feral tribe of cannibals who have terrorized the east coast from Maine into Canada for years now. Badly wounded in a battle with police, she takes refuge in a cave overlooking the sea. Christopher Cleek is a slick, amoral — and unstable — country lawyer who, out hunting one day, sees her bathing in a stream. Fascinated, he follows her to her cave. Cleek has many dark secrets and to these he’ll add another. He will capture her, lock in his fruit cellar, and tame her, civilize her. To this end he’ll enlist his long-suffering wife Belle, his teenage son and daughter Brian and Peg, and even his little girl Darlin’, to aid him. So the question becomes, who is more savage? The hunter or the game?

Triptych: Three Short Plays

This short collection compiles three plays.  The first, Kill: A Confession for the Stage – is the final stage play Ketchum ever wrote…inspired by the Boston Strangler Case – it is powerful, and eerie.  Also included in this are Drive-In Movie – which Ketchum also penned for theathre, and a short piece titled Olivia: A Monologue.

I’m Not Sam

Now I’m way beyond confusion.


Now I’m scared.


I’ve slid down the rabbit-hole and what’s down there is dark and serious. This is not play-acting or some waking bad dream she’s having. She’s changed, somehow overnight. I don’t know how I know this but I sense it as surely as I sense my own skin. This is not Sam, my Sam, wholly sane and firmly balanced. Capable of tying off an artery as neatly as you’d thread a belt through the loops of your jeans.


And now I’m shivering too.


In some fundamental way she’s changed…



  • I’m Not Sam
  • Who’s Lily?

Turning Japanese: Articles, 1997 to 2007, for Asian Cult Cinema

Turning Japanese offers an insight into films that “pushed the edge of the envelope” as reviewed by Jack Ketchum in Asian Cult Cinema Magazine. Several films by Katsuya Matsumura, Yahuharu Hasebe, Ran Masaki, and Takashi Miike are covered. Among the titles reviewed are: the All Night Long series, Assault! Jack the Ripper, Snake and Whip, Audition, Visitor Q, and the Flower and Snake films.

The Girl Next Door: Collector’s Edition Screenplay

The Girl Next Door Collector’s Edition Screenplay is  screenplay adaptation of the novel  The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. The book is loosely based on true events surrounding the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens by Gertrude Baniszewski during the summer of 1965. Set in 1958, the screenplay follows the story of two adolescent girls, Meg and Susan who, upon losing their parents in an accident, are sent to live with their Aunt Ruth Chandler, a sadistic psychopath, and their three cousins. The screenplay was written by Daniel Farrands and Philip Nutman.

Notes from The Cat House

Stephen Sondheim wisely said that content dictates form, and sometimes something short and tight is what seems necessary to what I want to say at that particular moment – not something a novel or novella would explore, nor even something the length of a short story.


What’s left but poetry?


Notes from The Cat House collects 60 poems from Jack Ketchum.



  • Introduction
  • Johnnie Mack Brown
  • Hoboe’s Memoir
  • When I Am A Boy
  • Arthur
  • KU
  • KU Two
  • 11/11/87
  • Announcement
  • Beast
  • Contact
  • Cats Hide Nothing
  • Sleeping Woman
  • Fireflies
  • Hearts
  • For Caity
  • Christmas Day, 1969
  • To Lance And Cathy’s Child On The Afternoon Of Her Birth, July 9th, 1970
  • Billy’s Dad
  • Bethel, New York, August 16, 1969
  • A Terrible Thing
  • Wings
  • Michou
  • An Honest Word
  • Dreams The Luna Moth
  • Mondo Cane
  • St. John
  • Greece
  • Sword and Sandal
  • Cats’ Haiku For Paula On The Road
  • Question
  • Second Virgin
  • Rehearsal, Marat/Sade, 1969
  • Poetic
  • TV Guide
  • Mathematics
  • Vinni
  • Tragedy
  • The Teacher, 1969
  • Crisis
  • For Cujo
  • M.D.
  • Walk
  • Bethel, New York, August 16, 1969
  • Janis
  • A Promise
  • Morning Star
  • Imperatives
  • On “The Gates”, NYC
  • Catskill Morning Observation
  • The Letter
  • Clocking
  • Imperatives Two
  • Note
  • For Abbie Hoffman
  • For Julius Hoffman
  • KU You
  • For K.
  • Rituals
  • That Moment
  • For Philip H. Schreyer, 1924-2005
  • Old Age
  • Suicide Note #1
  • Empathy

What They Wrote

What They Wrote is a collection of introductions, reviews, and essays on books.



  • Author’s Foreword
  • Edward Lee’s Quest for Sex, Truth and Reality, Introduction
  • On The Haunting of Hill House, Essay
  • Mysteries of the Word – by Stanley Wiater, Introduction
  • The Midnight Tour by Richard Laymon, Review
  • Judas Eyes – by Barry Hoffman, Introduction
  • Monochrome Love – The Alchemy of Love by Elisabeth Engstrom & Alan M. Clark, Introduction
  • The Painter Next Door – On Neal McPheeters, for an Unpublished Collection Introduction
  • Midlisters – by Kealan Patrick Burke, Introduction
  • Tessier and the Wolf – The Nightwalkers by Thomas Tessier, Introduction
  • In the Spirit by P.D. Cacek, Introduction
  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King, Review
  • On Chas. Balun: An Opinion of an Opinion, Introduction
  • “It’s the Dog Scene That Gets Me”, On John Carpenter’s The Thing
  • On Header, Needlepoint, and the Journal of American Medicine, Header by Edward Lee, Introduction
  • Fatal Journeys – by Lucy Taylor, Introduction
  • White and Other Tales of Ruin – by Tim Lebbon, Introduction
  • Dark Arts – Thomas F. Monteleone, Introduction
  • On I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Article
  • Robert E. Howard’s Typewriter, SHIFTERS by Edward Lee & John Pelan, Introduction
  • Some Seeds Take – Strange Seed by T.M. Wright, Introduction
  • ‘What Rio Sees’ – All That I See – by Rio Youers, Introduction
  • From A Buick 8 by Stephen King, Review
  • A Short Peter Straub Companion, Written for the 2016 World Horror Convention Program Book

A Little Emerald Book of Ephemera

The fifth volume of the the second series of the popular “Little Books” collection from Borderlands Press collects essays, opinions, reflections, and even a few poems!



  • NECON Fantasy #1
  • A Week in the Work-Life of a Non-Essential Author
  • Barflies
  • Remembering Charlie
  • Afterword to Tales from a Darker State
  • On Writing The Girl Next Door
  • Afterword to the Movie Tie-In Edition of The Girl Next Door
  • Introduction to the Film Script of The Girl Next Door
  • On The Lost
  • Foreword to Cover
  • Afterword to Hide and Seek
  • Afterword to Old Flames
  • On Writing Joyride
  • Afterword to Only Child aka Stranglehold
  • Afterword to The Unexpurgated Off Season
  • On Writing Offspring
  • Introduction to The Crossings
  • Afterword to Sleep Disorder
  • Elvis Ku
  • The I’m Not Sam Blogs
  • On John Carpenter’s The Thing

The Secret Life of Souls

A gripping family drama that brilliantly explores the relationship between a young girl and her dog—and the mysteries that lie within.


At the heart of this psychological suspense novel is the haunting depiction of a family’s fall and the extraordinary gifted dog, Caity, who knows the truth. As the drama unfolds Caity evolves from protector to savior, from scapegoat to prop, and eventually, from avenger to survivor. She is an unselfish soul in a selfish world—and she is written with depth and grace by authors Ketchum and Mckee, who display a profound understanding of a dog’s complex emotions. With her telling instincts and her capacity for joy and transformative love, Caity joins the pantheon of great dogs in contemporary literature.   


Eleven year old actress Delia Cross is beautiful, talented, charismatic. A true a star in the making. Her days are a blur of hard work on set, auditions and tutors. Her family—driven, pill­-popping stage mother Pat, wastrel dad Bart, and introverted twin brother Robbie—depends on her for their upscale lifestyle. Delia in turn depends on Caity, her beloved ginger Queensland Heeler—and loyal friend—for the calming private space they share. Delia is on the verge of a professional break through. But just as the contracts are about to be signed, there is a freak accident that puts Delia in the danger zone with only Caity to protect her.

Gorilla in My Room

Jack Ketchum is back with a brand new short story collection, full of the horror and terror we’ve come to love and expect from the author Stephen King has called, “one of the best in the business.”


What Ketchum has crafted in these stories are portrayals of the starkest, darkest aspects of the human condition. These stories are enthralling, expertly constructed, and very very powerful. Some will put a lump in your throat. Some will have you squirming. Some might be so intense and disturbing that they leave you no choice but to put it aside for awhile, catch your breath, and finish when you’ve worked up the guts.


This is fiction that does far more than “entertain,” and it goes far beyond what we expect when we read “horror.” No haunted houses here, no pitchfork-wielding devils with horns on their heads. The only monsters are the very worst kind: humans.



  • Gorilla Intro (by Edward Lee)
  • Gorilla in My Room
  • The Western Dead
  • Bully
  • Listen
  • Polaroids
  • Squarely Shirley (with Lucky McKee)
  • Group of Thirty
  • Winter Child
  • Cow (with Lucky McKee)
  • The Transformed Mouse
  • The Right Thing
  • Awake
  • That Moment
  • Oldies
  • Seconds

Meine besten Erzählungen (Germany)

Für diese Festa-Sammlerausgabe hat Jack Ketchum noch selbst seine besten Erzählungen ausgewählt, bevor er im Januar 2018 überraschend starb. Leider hat er es nicht mehr geschafft, diese Ausgabe auch zu signieren.


34 Erzählungen in deutscher Erstveröffentlichung. Geschichten voller Schrecken, die mehr als nur Unterhaltungsliteratur sind. Ketchum steigt tief hinab in die dunklen Abgründe der Psyche.


Stephen King nannte Jack Ketchum den »furchteinflößendsten Autor Amerikas«. Seine Storys werden dich ängstigen und einige sind so verstörend, dass du das Buch einfach zur Seite legen musst, bis sich dein Pulsschlag wieder normalisiert hat.


For this  collector’s edition from Festa, Jack Ketchum personally selected his best stories before he unexpectedly passed away in January, 2018. Unfortunately he was unable to sign this edition. This book contains 34 stories published in German for the first time.


These stories are full of horrors that are more than just entertaining literature. Ketchum descends deep into the dark abyss of the psyche. Stephen King called Jack Ketchum “America’s most frightening author.”


These stories will not only scare you but some are so disturbing that you will have to put the book aside until your heart rate returns to normal.


Translated by Patrick Baumann

Illustrated by Jana Heidersdorf



  • Jack Ketchum – Meister des (ganz alltäglichen) Grauens (Vorwart von Thorsten Hanisch)
  • Die Schachtel (The Box)
  • Die Rose (The Rose)
  • Schlangen (Snakes)
  • Das Gewehr (The Rifle)
  • Das große Schäbige-Flittchen-Massaker von San Diego (The Great San Diego Sleazy Bimbo Massacre)
  • Winterkind (Winter Child)
  • Feuertanz (Firedance)
  • Die Ausfahrt von Toledo Blade Boulevard (The Exit at Toledo Blade Boulevard)
  • Wenn der Penny fällt (When the Penny Falls)
  • Megan’s Law
  • Pech (Luck)
  • Vater und Sohn (Father and Son)
  • Sonntage (Sundays)
  • Zwillinge (Twins)
  • Für immer (Forever)
  • Verschwunden (Gone)
  • Das Spuklokal (The Haunt)
  • Mutter und Tochter (Mother and Daughter)
  • Rückkehr (Returns)
  • Abschnitt Zwei (Station Two)
  • Das tapfere Mädchen (Brave Girl)
  • Vertrauensbasis (Honor System)
  • Feierabend (Closing Time)
  • Olivia: Ein Monolog (Olivia: A Monologue)
  • Monster
  • Meerlandschaft (Seascape)
  • Der Besucher (The Visitor)
  • Hotline
  • Der Tyrann (Bully)
  • Das Richtige (The Right Thing)
  • Oldies
  • Wach (Awake)
  • Nachschlag (Seconds)
  • Der Gorilla in meinem Zimmer (Gorilla in My Room)
1 5 6