New Release Books by Jack Ketchum

Jack Ketchum is the author of The Woman (2021), Freedom of Screech (2019), Shining in the Dark (2020), Terror Tract (2019), Sleep Disorder (2017) and other 100 books.

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The Woman

release date: Jul 06, 2021
The Woman
The Woman is the last of her kind, the lone survivor of a tribe of feral cannibals who have terrorized the Maine coast for years. She is wounded and weak, but she's found refuge in a cave overlooking the sea. Christopher Cleek is an amoral—and unstable—lawyer who sees her bathing in a stream one day while he's out hunting. Cleek has dark, cruel secrets and he will now add one more. He will capture the Woman, lock her in his cellar, and attempt to tame her, with the help of his wife and children. But very soon the question will become: Who is more savage, the hunter or the prey?

Freedom of Screech

release date: Aug 09, 2019
Freedom of Screech
Fifteen freedom of speech-themed tales for the dark of heart. Fifteen twisted visions of consequences from some of the finest writers of the dark fantastique: Chet Williamson Elizabeth Massie Matt Hayward Jessica McHugh Richard Christian Matheson Jenny Orosel Jack Ketchum Georgia R. Buns Tom Monteleone Patricia Lee Macomber David Niall Wilson Robert Guffey Joseph Mulak Michael Picco Norman Spinrad Fifteen stories from living legends, rising stars, venerable masters and surprising newcomers, exploring our troubled past, our turbulent present, and frightening futures yet to come. Freedom of Screech. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Shining in the Dark

release date: Feb 20, 2020
Shining in the Dark
From the founder of the Number One Stephen King news website, Lilja's Library, comes a wonderfully rich anthology of inspirational horror stories, including a rare story from Stephen King himself, classics by Clive Barker and Edgar Allan Poe, and an original novella by John Ajvide Lindqvist (author of Let the Right One In), written for Shining in the Dark. Celebrating twenty years of the expansive Stephen King fan site Lilja's Library, this is a fabulous collection of deliciously creepy stories, perfect for all horror fans. With a terrifying story that has never been previously included in any of Stephen King's collections, Shining in the Dark is an unforgettable anthology, featuring short stories by some of the genre's best-known and most talented authors. Table of Contents: 'The Blue Air Compressor' by Stephen King 'The Net' by Jack Ketchum and P. D. Cacek 'The Novel of the Holocaust' by Stewart O'Nan 'Aeliana' by Bev Vincent 'Pidgin and Theresa' by Clive Barker 'An End To All Things' by Brian Keene 'Cemetery Dance' by Richard Chizmar 'Drawn to the Flame' by Kevin Quigley 'The Companion' by Ramsey Campbell 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe 'A Mother's Love' by Brian James Freeman 'The Keeper's Companion' by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Terror Tract

release date: Dec 11, 2019
Terror Tract
Stories and poems from some of your favorite Indie Authors.Horror Legends- Graham Masterton and Jack Ketchum Interview with Richard Chizmar Tom's Terrible Thoughts And much more! This is an issue you won't want to miss!Authors in this issue: Graham Masterton, Jack Ketchum, Rocky Alexander, Chip DePew, Kelly Evans, Paul Lubaczewski, Rob Shepherd, James Watts, Jim Merwin, Mr. Deadman, Mark Deloy, Glenn Rolfe, Dominic Alexander, Charles Lynne, Kitty Kane, Norbert Góra, Richard Rumple, Chris Miller, Dusty Davis, Shaun Hupp

Sleep Disorder

release date: Mar 03, 2017
Sleep Disorder
For a very long time, Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee have followed their separate paths of line-crossing, gut-wrenching, no holds-barred storytelling. Now, those roads have drawn close and merged for a collection of five collaborative stories guaranteed to shock, amuse, disgust, and bring lovers of extreme fiction back for more. Along with the five stories, the authors have each included the first draft of one of their stories, showing the rough-base that becomes the foundation for their fiction, and giving readers a good chance at separating their voices in the collaborations. Contents include: I'd Give Anything For You Love Letters From the Rain Forest Masks Eyes Left Sleep Disorder & the two first drafts: Good Seeing You - by Jack Ketchum I Would Do Anything For You by Edward Lee

Vs

release date: Dec 04, 2017
Vs
Sequel to the hugely popular VS, VS: X brings together Extreme Horror heavyweights in a head-to-head battle for world domination. Who writes the best Extreme Horror: the US or the UK? Judged by horror enthusiasts and you: the reader. The contenders: Jonathan Edward Ondreshek vs Matt Hickman Michael Bray vs Duncan Ralston Graeme Reynolds vs William Malmborg T.S. Woolard vs Dani Brown David Owain Hughes vs John Ledger Essel Pratt vs Duncan P Bradshaw Michael Noe vs Toneye Eyenot Chad Lutzke vs Rich Hawkins Jaime Johnesee vs J.L. Lane Glenn Rolfe vs Kit Power Wrath James White vs Jasper Bark Jack Ketchum vs Jim Goforth Featuring pre-fight hype from Jeff Strand and Daniel Marc Chant!

The Secret Life of Souls: A Novel

release date: Nov 08, 2016
The Secret Life of Souls: A Novel
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.

OFF SEASON:35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

release date: Oct 18, 2016

The Big Book of Bootleg Horror Volume 3

release date: Nov 25, 2017
The Big Book of Bootleg Horror Volume 3
The third - and incredibly special volume in HellBound Books¿ flagship horror anthology - this one bursting at the seams with even more fantastically dark horror from the cream of today¿s horror scene, each one of whom was specially invited to contribute and support the fantastic Hilarity for Charity and its fight againt Alzheimer¿s - proceeds from this mighty tome will be donated accordingly... Featuring: Jack Ketchum, Michael Bray, Jeff Strand, Chad Lutzke, Eddie Generous, Lance Tuck, Wade H. Garrett, Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar, James H Longmore, Jaap Boekestein, Iain Rob Wright, Michael McBride, Edward Lee, David Owain Hughes, Ray Garton & Benjamin BlakeTwenty-two tales of disturbing terror and nefarious imagination - the perfect antidote to a peaceful night¿s sleep!

Beast:Revelations - A Dark Ethology

release date: Apr 11, 2016
Beast:Revelations - A Dark Ethology
Media Bitch Literary Agency has gathered together Masters of the Macabre from across the world to bring you the world demise when man is no longer the top of the food chain. Including original works from Robert Dunbar, Melissa R Mendelson, Fiona Dodwell, Jason White, Michael Schutz, Iain Rob Wright, Tim Miller, Elizabeth Wixley, Mikhail Lerma, Albert Kivak, C Derick Miller, F G Cottam, Alex Laybourne and Jack Ketchum. The dark fiction world has unleashed the Beast in this second volume shorts and novellas to terrify, excite and psychologically horrify the reader with tales of a new world coming to the fore. Each tale explores retribution of nature as it takes the world down a dark avenues of the future. Nature started to take a hold in Beast: Genesis Vol 1 but now, the world belongs to Beasts. Experience a new world, where man no longer rules. A new world is coming.

Dark Screams: Volume Three

release date: May 12, 2015
Dark Screams: Volume Three
Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Darynda Jones, Jacquelyn Frank, and Brian Hodge contribute five gloomy, disturbing tales of madness and horror to Dark Screams: Volume Three, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the celebrated Cemetery Dance Publications. THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF FREDDIE PROTHERO by Peter Straub A mere child yet a precocious writer, young Freddie records a series of terrifying encounters with an inhuman being that haunts his life . . . and seems to predict his death. GROUP OF THIRTY by Jack Ketchum When an award-winning horror writer on the downward slope of a long career receives an invitation to address the Essex County Science Fiction Group, he figures he’s got nothing to lose. He couldn’t be more wrong. NANCY by Darynda Jones Though she’s adopted by the cool kids, the new girl at Renfield High School is most drawn to Nancy Wilhoit, who claims to be haunted. But it soon becomes apparent that poltergeists—and people—are seldom what they seem. I LOVE YOU, CHARLIE PEARSON by Jacquelyn Frank Charlie Pearson has a crush on Stacey Wheeler. She has no idea. Charlie will make Stacey see that he loves her, and that she loves him—even if he has to kill her to make her say it. THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS STRETCH FAR AWAY by Brian Hodge When Marni moves in next door, the stale marriage of Tara and Aidan gets a jolt of adrenaline. Whether it’s tonic or toxic is another matter. Praise for Dark Screams: Volume Three “Well worth picking up and reading . . . If you have not tried the series yet, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of any (or all) of the books for yourself.”—Examiner.com “Freeman and Chizmar have brought their A-game to Dark Screams: Volume Three. If you pick just one installment in this series to read, pick this one.”—LitReactor “Another winner.”—HorrorTalk “A gathering of perfect little bites of fiction . . . As you finish one story you’ll definitely be ready to move on to the next one.”—Sweet Southern Home “Every story has something to offer for horror fans. They’re creepy, thought-provoking, scary and quick reads.”—The Reader’s Hollow “[Horror] needs to hit you in the sweet spot where the amygdala and the cerebrum whisper to each other, where intellect and emotion intertwine, and all of these stories do that, and they do it well.”—Bibliotica “A fun, frightful read . . . If the editors keep raising the bar, I’ll be back again and again.”—Atomic Fangirl

Book of Souls

release date: Apr 04, 2015
Book of Souls
In this intimate glimpse into the heart of his own creative spirit, Jack Ketchum shares his early career, literary influences, and some of the characters that formed the man he has become. From his early respect and admiration for Henry Miller to the tortured lives of friends, and the aftermath of 9/11 - these are the stories that define a career. This is the kind of book that opens windows into the soul. Step up and take a look.

Red Room Issue 1: Magazine of Extreme Horror and Hardcore Dark Crime

release date: Oct 06, 2017
Red Room Issue 1: Magazine of Extreme Horror and Hardcore Dark Crime
Red Room is a magazine of extreme horror and hardcore dark crime, full color and fully illustrated. FICTION BY Jack Ketchum, Meg Elison, Tim Waggoner, David James Keaton, Larry Hinkle, Tom Barlow, Nick Manzolillo, Josh Scott Wilson, and Gil Valle. "The Phantom Video Stream" by Nick Manzolillo sets the tone with red-room atmospherics in the story of a man who discovers a hidden channel streaming from what may be another reality. Tim Waggoner's "Are You Crazy?" answers its own question in shocking Waggoner style. Larry Hinkle's "Meat Cute" opens with "Stop staring at her tits!" and ends with a coldblooded revelation. Short and not so sweet. Tom Barlow's "Selfie" demonstrates that two heads aren't always better than one, not when they're spitting images. Meg Elison's "The Middle Child" takes an unflinching look at fame and greed and the mania underlying video virality. In "Sick Jokes" Josh Scott Wilson takes political incorrectness to new heights--and depths. David James Keaton, aka DJK, takes us for a ride into brutal biker mayhem that hits like a jackhammer in "The Flowery." Some tattoos ain't cool. Jack Ketchum reprises "Megan's Law," a disturbing look at what can happen when a child molester moves into a concerned dad's neighborhood. If you've never read this classic, you're in for a creepy treat, and if you have then you know it's definitely worth rereading. Plus, an exclusive excerpt from the NYPD's "Cannibal Cop" Gil Valle's upcoming Comet Press release of his first novel A Gathering of Evil, which parallels the message-board fantasies that landed him in jail. FEATURES Duane Bradley takes an irresistible look at the Video Nasties and the uproar those "obscene" video cassettes caused in the UK back in the 1980s. Ben Arzate reviews a formerly out-of-print classic horror novel, which is making a howling comeback. Patrick King reviews one of the best of the recent horror movie releases. Red Room interviews the phenomenal Meg Elison, and David L. Tamarin interviews Gil Valle, getting him to open up about his incarceration by the "thought police." Red Room regular Barfly Bob taste-tests the World's Most F**ked Up adult beverages. A surreal, behind the scenes glimpse at the Red Room headquarters with rogue reporter Brian J. McCarthy.

Zippered Flesh 3

release date: Sep 22, 2017
Zippered Flesh 3
The third anthology in the Smart Rhino Publications "Zippered Flesh" series. Horror stories from some of the best writers in the genre, including Graham Masterton, Jack Ketchum, Billie Sue Mosiman, Jeff Menapace, James Dorr, Charles Colyott, William Nolan, and a dozen others.

Fearful Fathoms

release date: Aug 29, 2017
Fearful Fathoms
HOW DEEP DOES YOUR FEAR GO? Scarlet Galleon Publications and editor Mark Parker are here to help you find out. With thirty stories from thirty talented authors, aquatic terror has never been so chilling...or deep. FEARFUL FATHOMS: Collected Tales of Aquatic Terror (Vol. I - Seas & Oceans) will have you reading long until the last light of summer dies out.

Garden of Fiends

release date: Apr 12, 2017
Garden of Fiends
The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin--drinking and drugging provides the height of human experience. It's the promise of heaven on earth, but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness. The craving to get high is a yearning as intense of any blood-thirsty monster. The best way to tell the truths of addiction is through a story, and dark truths such as these need a piece of horror to do them justice. The stories inside feature the insidious nature of addiction told with compassion yet searing honesty. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental deaths, and some of the most incredible names in horror fiction have tackled this modern day epidemic. A WICKED THIRST, by Kealan Patrick Burke THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE, by Jessica McHugh GARDEN OF FIENDS, by Mark Matthews FIRST, JUST BITE A FINGER, by Johann Thorsson LAST CALL, by John FD Taff TORMENT OF THE FALLEN, by Glen Krisch EVERYWHERE YOU'VE BLED AND EVERYWHERE YOU WILL, by Max Booth III RETURNS, by Jack Ketchum

Cover

release date: Mar 31, 2014
Cover
A battle-scarred Vietnam vet has been living alone deep in the woods, but when a group of weekend campers enters the area, his fragile grasp on reality breaks, and he believes he's back in the jungle--surrounded by an enemy he needs to kill. Original.

Chiral Mad 3 Deluxe Hardcover

release date: Dec 26, 2016

Triptych

release date: Apr 04, 2015
Triptych
This short collection compiles three plays penned by award-winning and best-selling author Jack Ketchum. 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. These are unique pieces, and a must-read for any true Ketchum fan.

The Girl Next Door

release date: Sep 29, 2015
The Girl Next Door
Includes two bonus short stories: "Do you love your wife" and "Returns"--(p. [275]- 294).

Joyride

release date: Mar 31, 2014
Joyride
Carole and her lover thought they had committed the perfect crime, murdering Carole s abusive husband and making it look like an accident. Unfortunately there was a witness, someone far more twisted than they are, with plans for a killing spree of his own. This novel contains graphic content and is recommended for regular readers of horror novels."

Tales from the Lake

Tales from the Lake
If you came here to read short stories about tranquil lakes, run to the nearest exit. Run as far away as you can from Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and our array of international voices: Lisa Morton Tim Lebbon Richard Chizmar Jim Goforth Ben Eads Jan Edwards Hal Bodner Raven Dane Rocky Alexander Glen Johnson Aaron Dries Tales from The Lake volume two also includes the three winners from Crystal Lake Publishing's Tales from The Lake Horror Writing Competition: 1st: Descending by John Whalen 2nd: Forever Dark by Jonathan Winn 3rd: Ripperscape by Vincenzo Bilof Beneath this lake you'll find nothing but mystery and suspense, horror and dread. Not to mention death and misery - tales to share around the campfire or living room floor. Dive beneath a frozen lake with Rena Mason's "Winter's Dollhouse"; allow Tim Lebbon to introduce you to "The God of Rain"; don't go into the lake when Jim Goforth takes you to the haunting sit of "Lago de los Perdidos"; and never get in an elevator again with John Whalen's award-winning "Descending." Cover by Ben Baldwin, and edited by Joe Mynhardt, Emma Audsley and R.J. Cavender, you can't afford to spend another minute away from The Lake. So dive on in. The water's just...right.

She Wakes

release date: Sep 26, 2013
She Wakes
The revised edition of the Bram Stoker Award-winning author's first supernatural thriller is the story of a seductive evil that stalks the Greek islands, hunting and feeding on the living. "Ketchum does here for Greece what Stoker did for Transylvania."--"Publishers Weekly."

Hide and Seek

release date: Apr 15, 2014
Hide and Seek
TRADE PAPERBACK EDITION OF THE OUT OF PRINT SECOND NOVEL BY JACK KETCHUM.

Stranglehold

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Stranglehold
Lydia McCloud meets Arthur Danse at a wedding party in Plymouth, N.H., and she thinks he's a man she could grow to love. Arthur sees things differently. In Lydia, he sees the sort of woman people always want to protect. He decides he's going to show her "she wouldn't always be protected." Once their only child, Robert, is born, Arthur's behavior worsens. When the courts become involved, the nightmare really begins. This scathing novel is an indictment of a justice system that makes a mockery of its very name.

What They Wrote

release date: Mar 12, 2015
What They Wrote
What They Wrote is a collection of introductions, reviews, and essays on books by one of today's premiere horror authors.

Broken on the Wheel of Sex

release date: Apr 04, 2015
Broken on the Wheel of Sex
Jack Ketchum's "Broken On The Wheel of Sex: The Jerzy Livingston Years" is the most complete edition of the "Stroup" stories ever collected together. Each story also features an afterword by the author. These stories, written from 1976 to 1981, and appearing in various men's magazines and other outlets, offer Ketchum readers a look into this author s formulative years. This is where Jack Ketchum honed his writing craft that has become so well known with his novels The Girl Next Door, The Crossing, Off Season and The Lost. Collected here is his character simply known as the Stroup, as well as stories written under the pseudonym Jerzy Livingston, which are rare and difficult to locate almost thirty years after the original publications gave them life. "I've called these the Jerzy Livingston years because over half of them were written under that name and the rest under my real one. Somehow Jerzy seems more appropriate for this collection. My adoption of that particular pseudonym was both a joke a play on words and a nod to a very good writer, which I hoped some day to be" --Jack Ketchum, from the author s introduction.

Peaceable Kingdom

release date: Jun 25, 2013
Peaceable Kingdom
This landmark collection gathers more than thirty of Jack Ketchum's most thrilling stories. "Gone" and "The Box" were honored with the prestigious Bram Stoker Award. Whether you are already familiar with Ketchum's unique brand of suspense or are experiencing it for the first time, here is a book no aficionado of fear can do without. This novel contains graphic content and is recommended for regular readers of horror novels.

Insidious Assassins

release date: Jan 17, 2015
Insidious Assassins
There is a peculiar allure of insidious characters-and especially assassins, hit men, and their ilk. Perhaps we find their uncomplicated moral codes and brutal efficiency appealing. These characters care little about ethics-and perhaps that alone, that freedom from guilt, is exactly why we love them. Perhaps, deep down, we wish we could be like them. And perhaps, by reading stories with such characters, we can vicariously experience that thrill. With this fascination with evil characters in mind, Smart Rhino Publications decided to publish this anthology, Insidious Assassins, a sequel to Uncommon Assassins.The book contains 24 stories by some of the best horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy authors writing today--including Jack Ketchum, Joe Lansdale, Billie Sue Mosiman, Lisa Mannetti, L.L. Soares, James Dorr, Shaun Meeks, and 17 others! In these stories, you will meet some truly insidious characters--characters you may find yourself applauding when you know you shouldn't. Enjoy!

Offspring

release date: Oct 01, 2009
Offspring
Ketchum's classic horror novel about a feral family of cave-dwelling cannibals, first introduced in the popular "Off Season," is now a major motion picture from Ghost House Underground, directed by Andrew van der Houten.

Night Terrors III

release date: Dec 20, 2014
Night Terrors III
Lose yourself in twenty-two remarkable stories of earthly horror and cosmic menace. A wave of sinkholes appears on the anniversary of a rural tragedy, and local residents begin to hear the voices of the dead. A woman encounters a predator from her youth-and a chance to turn the tables. A child's inner beast takes on a sinister life of its own. An undetectable serial killer raises tensions on a college campus. Experimental physics reveals another world, and it might mean the end of ours. Shrouded in darkness, lurking in the shadows, NIGHT TERRORS III awaits you. The third installment of the chilling Night Terrors anthology series includes stories from: Jack Ketchum, Steve Rasnic Tem, Dennis Etchison, Taylor Grant, Eric J. Guignard, Aric Sundquist, Jennifer Brozek, John McNee, Simon McCaffery, Patty Templeton and many more
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