Books & Films

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)

The Lost (film)

Once upon a time, a boy named Ray Pye put crushed beer cans in his boots to make himself taller. But this is no fairy tale: For suburban sociopath Ray (Marc Senter) and his friends, small-town life is a dead-end road of sex, drugs, liars, and losers. And what begins with a sudden act of senseless violence will climax in a mind-blowing frenzy of depravity…with the worst still to come. Michael Bowen (Kill Bill), Dee Wallace-Stone (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Ed Lauter (True Romance), Megan Henning (Seventh Heaven), Katie Cassidy (Black Christmas), and Erin Brown (aka Misty Mundae) co-star in this controversial shocker adapted from the infamous novel by Jack Ketchum and based on a true story that stunned America.

The Girl Next Door (film)

In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth (Emmy® winner Blanche Baker of Holocaust). But Ruth s depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that involve her young sons, the neighborhood children, and one 12-year-old boy whose life will be changed forever. William Atherton (Die Hard), Catherine Mary Stewart (Night of the Comet) and Grant Show (Melrose Place) co-star in this devastating drama adapted from the controversial best seller by Jack Ketchum that Rue Morgue Magazine called one of the most disturbing reads in the history of horror literature.

Red (film)

An older, reclusive man, Avery, (Brian Cox) has a best friend in his dog Red. When three teens kill Red for no reason, Avery sets out for justice and redemption, attempting to follow the letter of the law. But when the law fails him, and the boys’ father (Tom Sizemore) clearly defines right and wrong in his own way, Avery must use whatever means possible.

Offspring (film)

THEY HUNT IN PACKS. THEY FEED ON FLESH. THEY PREY ON INNOCENCE. Back with a vengeance and an insatiable appetite for human flesh…THEIR TIME HAS COME AGAIN. Based on the acclaimed novel and adapted for the screen by best-selling author Jack Ketchum, Offspring follows the survivors of a brutal flesh-eating clan that has resurfaced in the once sleepy town of Dead River, Maine. The locals are in for a rude awakening when they realize it’s the same pack that the sheriff thought he’d killed off a decade ago. Just when they thought the nightmare was over, theyre about to discover that the fight for their lives has only just begun.

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.

Mail Order (film)

A Wall Street trader who’s addicted to snuff films thinks he sees an ex-girlfriend starring in one. Directed by Eric Shapiro, this short film is an adaptation of Mail Order, a short story by Jack Ketchum (The Girl Next Door, Red, The Woman).

XX (film)

An all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by women. Includes an adaptation of The Box, directed by Jovanka Vuckovic.

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

The Cult of Ichi (film)

Bonus feature on the American DVD and Blu Ray release of Takashi Miike’s cult classic, Ichi the Killer, featuring interviews with Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee (among others).

Dark Dreamers (TV series)

They have created the dreams that mark our nightmares, forging an unforgettable world of dark fantasy, horror and suspense. After thirty years of accruing in-depth interviews, award-winning author Stanley Wiater has created the ultimate video library of horror icons as SMASH VISION presents “Dark Dreamers; – Volume One.” This four-DVD set features one-on-one interviews with over 30 writers, directors, producers, actors and SFX artists – including “I Am Legend” author Richard Matheson. From John Landis to Stan Winston; Forrest J Ackerman to Clive Barker; John Saxon to Wes Craven; Sean S. Cunningham to Larry Cohen….. the artistic world of horror would not exist without these dark dreamers. Why did they enter this dimension? How did they make their mark? What is it about their craft that drives their passion? Respected journalist and horror aficionado Stanley Wiater spent decades developing relationships with renowned subjects, and their stories will entertain, enlighten, and perhaps …


Also includes an interview with Jack Ketchum

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