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  • Author:
    Jack Ketchum
  • ISBN:
    142851144X
  • ISBN13:
    978-1428511446
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  • Publisher:
    DP (May 2, 2011)
  • Pages:
    336 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Genre Fiction
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  • Rating:
    4.6
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Jack Ketchum has been hailed as a writer whose unflinching gaze at man’s darkness is disturbingly thought-provoking. Dorchester publishing.

Jack Ketchum has been hailed as a writer whose unflinching gaze at man’s darkness is disturbingly thought-provoking. Consistently, he’s displayed a knack for taking readers to uncomfortable places, daring them to stare harsh reality in the eye. -Shroud Magazine. Other books by Jack Ketchum: JOYRIDE.

Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent . Five of his books have been filmed to date. His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards

Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman and soda jerk – a former flower child and baby boomer who who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs, and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher of violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself. His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards. Dallas Mayr – Jack Ketchum – passed away on January 24, 2018.

Dallas William Mayr (November 10, 1946 – January 24, 2018), better known by his pen name Jack Ketchum, was an American horror fiction author. He was the recipient of four Bram Stoker Awards and three further nominations. His novels included Off Season, Offspring, and Red, which were adapted to film. In 2011, Ketchum received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award for outstanding contribution to the horror genre.

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OFFSPRING may well be the most horrifying book you will ever read. Jack Ketchum is probably the scariest author in america

OFFSPRING may well be the most horrifying book you will ever read. Jack Ketchum is probably the scariest author in america. It shocked horror fans everywhere - Jack Ketchum 's OFF SEASON, the brutal and harrowing story of an inbred family of cannibals in present-day Maine. Some readers were horrified, others outraged. Yet no one could put the book down. An instant cult classic.

Offspring, Off Season, Red, The girl next door and Broken on the wheels of sex. All books are in excellent condition.

Offspring, Off Season, Red, The girl next door and Broken on the wheels of sex.

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

In 1965, teenage friends Ray, Tim, and Jennifer liked hanging out in the campgrounds, but Tim and Jennifer didn't know what Ray had in mind for those two girls in the neighboring campground. Four years after Ray murdered the two girls, he's never been charged. 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.

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.


Sha
Once again, Ketchum writes in a no nonsense style that just puts you right there with the characters. He isn't afraid of anything and his stories show this. Another great book by him that left me with chills at the end.
Vareyma
While this book was nowhere near as intense as the first book "Off Season" was, it was still some very good story telling. I may have enjoyed this one even more. I felt more empathy with these characters and was happy at the ending. Even after so many gruesome deaths. As a long time fan of this writer, "30 years" I would recommend this story. It's not his best work, but it's still some dang good writing.
BoberMod
Fabulous book. He's great.
LivingCross
At this point I have read several of Ketchum's novels, and to be honest the first book in this series "Off Season" really didn't thrill me. I had a hard time dealing with Cannibals who were capable of speech and yet were so overly barbaric. The two didn't mesh well in my mind.

This sequel was far less bloody, less immediate, and less terrifying. Too much information was given on the wrong parties in the book, and not enough on the ones that we should have gotten info on. The death toll is far lower in this book, and nowhere near as gruesome. In most cases the deaths are barely described and seem "skimmed over" in comparison to the extreme detail he went to describing them in the first book. Also this plot follows the first almost exactly. There is almost nothing new here from the first book.

(Possible spoiler warning)
You have a group of people in a cabin beset by Cannibals who drag a few of them off to a cave and torture them, there are also some cops trying to find the Cannibals. (/spoilers)

Sounds an awful lot like Off Season doesn't it? Well you could save yourself the money and just read Off Season again because it really is the same exact book, with a lot of what was interesting in the first left out of this one. I won't say this was a bad book, it just brought nothing new to the table and seemed rather unfocused. If you like Ketchum, read "The Girl Next Door" rather than this book, it's a much better read.
Cildorais
I can't even begin to say how much I loved this book. Jack Ketchum is fantastic. I'm not going to go into details of the story, like a lot of "reviewers" do. I'm simply going to say that Ketchum is one of the best horror writers I've ever read. The thing that I like most about his writing is that you actually care what happens to the people in his tales. Other writers, Bryan Smith for example, have such shallow, one-dimensional characters who are totally unrealistic...you really can't cheer for any of them. And that doesn't make for an exciting read. Do yourself a favor. Get into Ketchum.
Amhirishes
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

I just discovered Jack Ketchum, read his first book, OFF SEASON, and was blown away by it. Wow, I thought, here is an author who isn't afraid to go the limit. The violence and gore were truly over the top, but what set it off from similiar stories was that no one in the book, absolutely no one, was safe. The prose had a raw, visceral quality that made the reader overlook or at least forgive certain infelicities in the writing (beginning too many successive sentences with the same word, using the "said John" construction instead of "John said", etc.). In short, a masterpiece of the genre, and a truly frightening read.

I immediately picked up OFFSPRING with high hopes. Alas, these hopes were dashed. First of all, the storyline is basically a retread of the original: Ketchum assembles a group of characters in an isolated cabin in the Maine woods and sets his cannibal family loose upon them; these scenes alternate with others that focus upon the police investigation. I don't have a problem with recycling the plot; my complaint is that it's done in such an anemic way. First, the victims are not nearly as interesting as those in the first book. Second, very few of them are killed--in fact, only two out of six actually die. Yes, two of the survivors suffer horribly at the hands of the cannibals, but the final scene shows them sitting in a hospital room smiling, as if all is right with the world once more. A typical Hollywood happy ending. The ones who really get decimated are the cannibals, but with names such as First Chosen, Second Chosen, the Girl, the Woman, it's hard to keep them straight, let alone work up any interest in them. Finally, the prose style is far weaker than in the original: pages of sentence fragments alternate with long run-on sentences that go on forever.

In short, a major disappointment. I had been looking forward to reading more Ketchum, but if this is how he's mellowed, I won't bother. One reviewer likened OFF SEASON to the film director Wes Craven's early work, and I would agree. Unfortunately, OFFSPRING reminds me of Craven's anemic later work, after he sold out to Hollywood.
Iseared
Thanks to Overlook Connection Press for releasing this signed, limited hardcover edition of one of Ketchum's out of print novels. This sequel to Off Season is a fast paced follow-up to the original with some of the same characters returning to fight against some more nasty cannibals.

Sure, parts of it seem like more of the same, but Laymon's "Woods Are Dark" cannibal novels had four in the series plus mentions in other stories and all of those were good as well. Isn't that how most sequels go? Haven't you seen all of those Chainsaw movies that are virtual remakes of each other?

Bonuses for the limited edition of Offspring include the unexpurgated text and two afterwords by Ketchum. I would recommend this one for your Ketchum collection. I'm glad it's back in print again, and hope to see Leisure release a mass market edition.