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Offspring

Movie tie-in edition.

 

The local sheriff of Dead River, Maine, thought he had killed them off ten years ago – a primitive, cave-dwelling tribe of cannibalistic savages. But somehow the clan survived. To breed. To hunt. To kill and eat. And now the peaceful residents of this isolated town are fighting for their lives…

Joyride

Features the bonus novella, Weed Species.

 

Carole and her lover, Lee, knew there was only one way to get rid of Carole’s abusive husband for good. They planned every detail. And they thought they had committed the perfect crime. But a stranger named Wayne saw what they did, and he was thrilled. Now Wayne wants to be their friend. He wants to share the excitement of murder with them. He wants to take Carole and Lee on a road trip straight to hell so his new friends can enjoy an all-out killing spree that can only end one way…

 

Contents:

  • Joyride
  • Weed Species

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…

 

Contents:

  • 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.

 

Contents:

  • 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.

 

Contents:

  • 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
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