JACK KETCHUM MESSAGE BOARD

JACK KETCHUM is the author of many novels and short stories. His books include THE LOST, SHE WAKES, COVER, RED, OFF SEASON and the Stoker Award winning PEACEABLE KINGDOM. His latest title, I'M NOT SAM, is available as a trade paperback from Sinister Grin Press and soon to be released in a limited edition format and ebook from Cemetery Dance Publications.

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1 Wed April 16 2014 - 03:31:13
Fullname: ian
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Comments: Hi Jack, I met Joe Hill at a book signing in Seattle last year and he is a really nice and funny guy. I don't remember him being tall, but I'm 6'3" so I'm usually not impressed by other peoples height. He signed my copy of HORNS and admitted to me that he liked the American remake of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN even though he really didn't want to like it. I've only read HORNS and HEART SHAPED BOX but liked them both. His graphic novel LOCKE AND KEY looks interesting too.


2 Sun April 13 2014 - 15:32:11
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Hi folks...STEVE Y -- BLOW TO THE HEAD sounds strange. Let me now what you think. IAN -- first of all, regarding DEATH TOUR...what are you, a lawyer? Kidding. Glad you liked 11/22/63. Time-travel books are incredibly hard to pull off in my experience and King does so here very handily. I'v never read Joe Hill but he's on my list. Met the guy and he's very funny and very...tall. ELLISON -- Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorite living writers. I've read everything he's done and even shamelessly stolen a lick or two. Check out RED and you'll hear a little McCarthy blues now and then. RUSSELL -- Ed Lee is underrated as a writer in my opinion. Probably because he so often goes for the gross-out. But beyond that is a highly literate, intelligent guy who can tell a damn good yarn. Best to all, D.


3 Sat April 12 2014 - 19:06:32
Fullname: Russell
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Comments: Hey Jack-
This week I read Edward Lee's "The Messenger" and was greatly impressed. I expected wall-to-wall shocks and not much craft from what I'd heard about Lee, and was pleasantly surprised to find that he's a damned good storyteller. I read "Header" awhile back and wasn't taken with it, but there seems to be a lot of overlap between Ketchum and Lee fans, so I gave him another go. Glad I did. Thanks for turning me on to him.


4 Fri April 11 2014 - 04:24:12
Fullname: Ellison
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Comments: Jack, I read a lot, but whenever anyone asks me who my favorite author is, I always come back to 2 answers: Jack Ketchum and Cormac McCarthy. As a huge fan of both, it made me wonder if you were, by any chance, also a McCarthy fan? Your writing styles are vastly different, but you both seem to have similar tonality in your writing, especially in regards to human nature. Anyway, just a question from one literature fan to another. Thanks for reading.


5 Thu April 10 2014 - 02:04:33
Fullname: ian
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Comments: Hi Jack, I just finished Stephen Kings 11-22-63 and I really liked it. I usually don't like the way he ends his books, but the ending of this one was perfect. In the afterword he credits his son (author Joe Hill) with the ending. Have you read any Joe Hill? Also I completely agree with you on the issue of religion. You only have to look at the Middle East or the American south to see the problems a hyper religious populace causes.


6 Mon April 07 2014 - 23:22:46
Fullname: Dirk
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Comments: D, ditto on religion, well said. Dirk


7 Mon April 07 2014 - 22:49:29
Fullname: ian
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Comments: Hi Jack, I think you should just say you're David J. Michael and that DEATH TOUR is your book. If Mr. Michael doesn't turn up to sue you then you get to add another great book to your collection and sell the movie rights. If he does turn up you would be able to ask him questions and find out about him. Either way you win!


8 Sun April 06 2014 - 19:05:16
Fullname: Steve Y
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Comments: Hi. I found an ex library copy of A BLOW TO THE HEAD. The story is about a character named Pooch and his "part in delivering a fatal blow," growing up at a Catholic high school, and the "decline of athletics, neighborhood and the human spirit." The picture on the dust jacket shows a young man with a dark beard. Born in Oshkosh WI April 1, 1944. Graduated at University of Detroit. Received the Herman Ziegner Writing Fellowship at Columbia University in 1968. And said he was writing his second novel tentatively titled TROLL JOKE. (I assume that was what turned into DEATH TOUR). Can't find any info on anything called TROLL JOKE. Anyway, after I read BLOW I'll let you know. Later.


9 Sun April 06 2014 - 14:11:15
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: MAHMOUD -- when I was a kid I was encouraged to go to church though my parents didn't particularly, and in my little town there were a lot of them, so I was a Lutheran, a Baptist, a Methodist,an Episcopalian (low church) and even attended the Catholic Mass for a while. I went to bible school. I was a troubled kid and I think I felt I needed forgiveness probably for not being a better one. But by the time I got into college I was through with all that, my infatuation with the Jesus story was done. I found out I could remake myself without the aid of some higher power who, among other inexplicable, ugly things, valued the slaughter of an animal over the gift of grain, who chose to drown the world, who killed his own son and whose symbol, for Christians at least, was an instrument of torture and death. I've become convinced that the world won't ever be sane or safe until all modern religions go the way of Zeus and Loki and all the rest -- important historically, but useless and fundamentally destructive to the modern world. 'Nuff said. -- Best, D.


10 Mon March 31 2014 - 05:53:21
Fullname: Mahmoud
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Comments: I really enjoyed your interviews, particularly your (spot-on) take on religion and sexual hysteria. Makes me wonder, what sort of environment did you grow up in? Did religion play a big part in your childhood?


11 Sun March 30 2014 - 20:55:29
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Try her collection, DANGEROUS RED.


12 Sun March 30 2014 - 20:49:43
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Bel Wilson's a very good writer and a very nice lady...enjoy!


13 Sun March 30 2014 - 18:05:32
Fullname: Steve Y
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Comments: Dallas, any opinion on Mehitobel Wilson? She's written mostly short stories. One called "The Mannerly Man" that has an interesting plot. Got that Rampo book. Going to read it soon. Later.


14 Sun March 30 2014 - 14:56:34
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Hi, IAN -- well, he sure ain't me, or I'd know. Can't find a thing on A BLOW TO THE HEAD, just a couple of books about boxing! If you turn anything up let me know. Always been curious about the guy. Best, D


15 Fri March 28 2014 - 01:29:19
Fullname: ian
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Comments: Hi Jack, I just finished DEATH TOUR and it was great! It seems to be a pretty obscure book which is sad because it's really great. I gave it to my dad to read and I'll probably even see if my grandpa might like it. I thought the writing style and themes were similar to yours and it came out around the time of OFFSEASON, maybe David J. Michael is an alias of yours? There's another book by the author called A BLOW TO THE HEAD that seems to be even harder to find. Have you ever read anything else by this author? I wonder what the hell happened to him.


16 Sun March 23 2014 - 15:00:14
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Happy Spring, folks! STEVE Y -- Try this for SUB HUMAN, don't know if it helps -- Sideshow Double #1: Sub-Human/The Colour out of Darkness (1998) with John Pelan. But I think you'll like the pieces in FATAL JOURNEYS. I sure did. CATHY -- all good wishes with your treatments. Glad you liked 65 STIRRUP IRON ROAD. Wacky stuff. If you anthologies are your thing, try this one -- THE NEW BLACK, edited by Richard Thomas. Also CHIRAL MAD 2. Solid through and through. LINDA -- happy you liked the movies. Now read the books! DIRK -- thanks for the review of e-readers. I have a Kindle myself which I use for travel, and I've always found a very wide selection of the authors I like. SHAWN -- here's the solution. Convince the wife...to come along! Best to all, D


17 Thu March 20 2014 - 14:31:17
Fullname: shawn
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Comments: Anyone trying to make the trip to scares that care? If you're on the fence, do it! I had the pleasure of meeting Jack at a festival. He's an awesome guy. well worth the 24 hr drive!...now I just gotta try to convince the wife to let me go again!


18 Thu March 20 2014 - 12:41:31
Fullname: Dirk
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Comments: Hello all, thought I would comment on electronic readers. I took this plunge over a year ago and have some insight for those of you thinking of doing the same. I spent a few days comparing the Kindle and Nook and ultimately decided on the Nook, for these reasons, I love the store Barnes and Noble, you can actually touch the books and smell good coffee. I also felt I was pulling for the underdog, B&N has been on the ropes and the Nook was designed by retired Microsoft guys hoping they could compete with the Amazon giant. (Don't get me wrong, I love Amazon and use them regularly) All this being said, the Nook seems to be very limited when it comes to the type of books we talk about and enjoy in this forum, for example, last night I finished 'The Troop' (which I highly recommend) and wanted to dive into 'Chiral Mad 2', no such luck. I have found this to be true with authors like Graham Joyce too. This isn't a huge concern for me, because I still love to actually hold a book and this gives me the excuse to order a copy, but when your in the garage enjoying a cigar and think you are one click away from entertainment and your not it can be a real downer. Hope this information will help someone out, take care.
Dirk


19 Wed March 19 2014 - 22:27:37
Fullname: Linda
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Comments: Hello Jack! I just wanted to drop a small post of my appreciation for your work. I recently watched The Woman and The Girl Next Door and enjoyed both of them very much. They had me gripping my couch and have not left my mind for days. I look forward to reading your books and other movies once I get my hands on them. Thank you for enriching the world.


20 Wed March 19 2014 - 12:40:31
Fullname: Dirk
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Comments: Fedy, agreed, Penpal is awesome.

Dirk


21 Wed March 19 2014 - 12:19:11
Fullname: Cathy Davies
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Comments: Hi Jack hope your well, im struggling with chemo still and hoping they can shrink it abit. Thank you for 65 Iron stirrup road, i dont usually like a mix of authors but this was fantastic, i couldnt put it down and great twists at the end. Reading morrisseys auto atm as he was my idle growing up. Any recomendations to while away my time?


22 Tue March 18 2014 - 20:54:26
Fullname: Fedy
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Comments: Hi Jack and All,
I read Penpal in a day. Go get it. It is amazing.


23 Sun March 16 2014 - 17:57:37
Fullname: Steve Y
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Comments: Hi. I see that FATAL JOURNEYS by Lucy Taylor will be published in July. Looking forward to it and the Ketchum intro. I wonder if it will have "Sub Human" in it. It is a novella that was supposed to be published back in '98. Later.


24 Sun March 16 2014 - 15:20:22
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Hi Folks...JOHN -- I'm with you on THE NEW BLACK. That and CHIRAL MAD 2 are the best anthologies I've read in a long time. You should seek out the latter. IAN -- Do I remember the Manson Murders? Do I ever! I was doing summer stock in Maine when the news broke, a Hippy to the core at the time. It was like a shock-wave through the entire underground community. People took it personally. It felt like some strange betrayal. I remember one woman saying "he couldn't have done it. He has long hair!" But the real nail in the counterculture culture was the Altamont Free Concert five months later -- the anti-Woodstock -- in which, with the violence steadily mounting throughout the event, the Hell's Angels eventually murdered a guy for trying to climb onstage, two people were killed in a hit-and-run, and another drowned in a canal. Steve King is the same generation as I and you can bet he remembers it too -- hence, I think, the True Knot. I think if Melcher had given Manson a contract it probably would have saved Tate & Co.'s lives, but he would have taken somebody else's somewhere down the line. Helter Skelter, remember? Besides, did you ever hear him sing? Ugh! Yikes! Best, D.


25 Sun March 16 2014 - 06:40:30
Fullname: ian
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Comments: Hi Jack, I just finished MANSON: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHARLES MANSON. Some of my random thoughts on it-the LA police chiefs back in the 60s were insane-Manson seems to have just self destructed into insanity because he had a pretty good setup going there-the Tate murders seem to have been the end of Americas tolerance of the hippie movement-the Manson family reminded me of the True Knot in Kings DR. SLEEP-that douchebag Terry Melcher should've just given Manson his stupid recording contract. He owed Manson and he would've saved a lot of lives in the process-I'm with John Waters when it comes to Leslie Van Houten. She should've been paroled a long time ago but the parole boards are just a bunch of political cowards-the turmoil of the 60's reminded me of the turmoil of the 2000s, the 60's music was definitely better though-I really felt bad for Dennis Wilson, he was just an insecure guy that was taken advantage of, I want to listen to his solo album now. I guess the OJ Simpson trial would be my generations Manson trial. Do you have any memories of the Tate murders or the Manson family coverage from 1969?


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