with Lucky McKee

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?

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?

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)

The Woman (film)

A disturbing tale of torture and dirty little secrets that can haunt any seemingly harmless neighborhood. The story follows a successful country lawyer who captures and attempts to ‘civilize’ the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast in the wild for decades, thereby putting the lives of his family in extreme jeopardy.

Darlin’ (film)

Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns where she is to be tamed into a “good girl.” However, Darlin’ holds a dark secret and she is not traveling alone. The Woman, equally fierce and feral, who raised her, is ever present and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to step in her way.


Continuing the twistedly vicious adventure of Lucky McKee’s cult hit The Woman, Darlin’ sees standout star Pollyanna McIntosh both in front of and behind the camera.


Based on characters created by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee


Executive Producers: Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee


Written and Directed by Pollyanna McIntosh