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 Sun July 27 2014 - 16:43:27
Fullname: Russell
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Comments: Hey Jack-- Took you up on the McMurtry recommendation and read his latest, The Last Kind Words Saloon. I...think I'll head straight for Lonesome Dove next time. Read Leonard's western The Bounty Hunters, though, and enjoyed it. Interesting to see that he broke pretty much all of his 10 Rules in his first novel. Good to know even The Master had to work at it.

Russell

P.S.--You should check out "Horror Cafe" on YouTube if nobody's recommended it yet. Barker, Campbell, Atkins, Tuttle, Carpenter, and Corman make up a round-robin horror story in the last half. Awesome.


2 Thu July 24 2014 - 20:34:03
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: He guys...server kicked me off for a few days but that's fixed now. AMET -- I'll be happy to consult with you on THE GIRL any time you choose. You have my e-mail, right? Glad to see you doing this. FEDY -- I've got McBean on my list. THE MOTHER in particular looks interesting...Bes to all, D.


3 Thu July 24 2014 - 03:08:23
Fullname: Editor Test
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4 Tue July 08 2014 - 23:14:18
Fullname: Fedy
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Comments: Hi Jack,
again on Brett McBean's stuff... the more I read of him, the more I like what I read and the more I think you would dig it too!
You should add another title to the list: "The mother".
I am so sure you'll agree with me!!!


5 Mon July 07 2014 - 15:59:46
Fullname: Amet
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Comments: Hello Dallas.
I hope you remember me - I translated EYES LEFT into Russian. Got the green light from Favorit at last, so I started to work at GIRL NEXT DOOR.
To give it a hundred per cent, I'd be glad if you won't refuse to consult me from time to time. Can I ask you for help?
Best,
Amet



6 Sun July 06 2014 - 16:38:44
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Loved the panel's Burgess hoax too. They really had me going there. I was all ready to Google her up!


7 Sun July 06 2014 - 16:31:32
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: STEVE Y -- thanks for the recommendations, especially THE STATE OF MODERN HORROR panel. What a gem of a time-capsule! With a roster of great guys. Thank you! SHAWN -- glad you liked I'M NOT SAM so much...and for the right reasons. We didn't want to sit in judgement. We wanted to write about love and family, about terrible breakings-apart and hard comings-together. Your comment's much appreciated.


8 Thu June 26 2014 - 15:28:39
Fullname: Shawn
Email: shawncraig1@gmail.com
Comments: I just finished I'm not Sam, and I haven't stopped thinking about it for 4 days. Loved this little story but couldn't figure out why it kept me thinking about it for so long after. It's the lack of right or wrong. It makes no judgements for us. There's no Ray Pye. There's no goddess. There's them and us. We are the flies on the wall, and that's the scariest part. Bravo! What a great story.


9 Sun June 22 2014 - 20:06:07
Fullname: Steve Y
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Comments: Dallas, I haven't read a lot from them, but both were considered minimalist writers, with Dubus being more emotional I think. From what I have read I have liked. Some of Carver's stories were adapted into the Altman film SHORT CUTS. Dubus' "Killings" was made into IN THE BEDROOM. If you find Dubus' selected stories collection, I highly recommend the last 2 stories "Adultery" and "A Father's Story". Finished MR MERCEDES(good). Heard there will be 2 more books in that series. Found some rare footage of Karl Edward Wagner on Youtube. Look up "The State of Modern Horror 1983". King and Straub are there too. Anyway, enjoying the summer weather. Later


10 Tue June 17 2014 - 14:25:55
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Just back from Tennessee...STEVE Y -- I don't know Dubus' work, but if Richard Russo likes him, he must be good. I read Raymond Carver back in college, which was about 100 years ago. Pretty sure I liked him. How are you feeling about these two guys? ELLISON -- what can I say? You get a note like this, you figure you must be doing something right. Many thanks...best, D.


11 Mon June 09 2014 - 04:49:49
Fullname: Ellison Wade
Email: joshualami1985@gmail.com
Comments: Jack, I just wanted to let you know your work is something I regard as some of the most important out there. You have a reputation of being cold and ruthless within your stories, and I admit, when I first came across them that's really all I saw. In the few years I have had in becoming truly acquainted with your work I have found it to be some of the most thought provoking and emotionally resonating writing I have ever come across. A fine example of this is the paragraph in the short story "The Rifle" in Peaceable Kingdom that talks about love being a signature that fades over time. That paragraph alone helped me immensely thought some marital problems earlier this year. Your stories give me new perspective in the way I treat members of my family and how I approach my own work. I just wanted to say thanks for being amazing, unabashed, and uncompromising in regards to your art. It's a rare thing to come across these days. Can't wait to see what's next.


12 Sun June 08 2014 - 15:46:37
Fullname: Steve Y
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Comments: Dallas, what is your opinion of Andre Dubus II and Raymond Carver? I am reading some short fiction by both right now. Also reading Mr Mercedes. Thanks


13 Sun June 08 2014 - 14:44:47
Fullname: ketchum
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Comments: IAN -- Powells didn't have any of my books as far as I could see, but there were a lot of us there from the con and it's entirely possible they bled 'em dry. The only comparable bookstore in NYC is The Strand, which has been around since the 1920s, at Broadway and 12th. It's kind of an institution. FEDY -- the McBean books are on my list. Thanks! Best to all, D.


14 Wed June 04 2014 - 01:37:54
Fullname: Fedy
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Comments: Hi Jack, I need to suggest everyone two very good books by an Australian author you should definitely check out. I know they are available in the States and believe me you won’t be disappointed. They are “The Last Motel” and “The Awakening” by Brett McBean. I am pretty sure you will dig them Jack! Cheers from Oz


15 Mon June 02 2014 - 00:18:35
Fullname: ian
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Comments: Hi Jack, I'm glad you liked Powells. I hope they had your books shelved in the right sections. Are there any equivalent bookstores in NYC? I recently met the Soska Sisters, who directed the great horror film AMERICAN MARY at the Seattle Crypticon horrorfest. I recommended that they read Mathew Stokoes COWS since they mentioned thinking the AMERICAN PSYCHO book was the most disgusting, yet brilliant book they'd ever read, which is what I thought until reading COWS. They said they would read it but were wondering what it was about. I told them the less they knew before reading it, the better.


16 Fri May 30 2014 - 16:25:26
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Hi DIRK -- glad you're liking CHIRAL MAD -- I think it's a great collection. Tom Monteleone and I go way back. And you're right -- he's a wiseass, in the best possible way... Best,
D


17 Mon May 26 2014 - 23:31:46
Fullname: Dirk
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Comments: Hey D! Just started 'Chiral mad', everyone needs to pick this one up, really cool. Do you know Thomas Monteleone? I found his introduction cool, seems like a smartass (in a good way).

So far love 'Brighter Her Aura Grows' by David Hearn.




18 Sun May 25 2014 - 19:54:24
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Hi, all...back from sunny Costa Rica and I already miss the mangos and iguanas...FEDY -- love Shriver and BIG BROTHER's high on my list. As to ROOM 237, I dunno. I cordially hate Kubrick's movie. IAN -- I did make it to Powells on Sunday. Wow! An entire block and three stories high, warrens of books all over the place. Out of print books, Ace Double-Novels, specialty press books. Man, you could spend a couple of days just getting to know the layout of the joint. Any of you hit Portland, I recommend it highly without question.


19 Tue May 20 2014 - 01:18:02
Fullname: ian
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Comments: Hi Jack, how was your trip to Portland? Did you get to check out Powells Books at all?


20 Mon May 19 2014 - 22:09:00
Fullname: Fedy
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Comments: Hi Jack, yesterday I watched an interesting documentary on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, called Room 237.
Some parts are definitely far-fetched, but on the overall it makes you think. Kubrick was a genius, so the fact that this movie is not about the book at all makes a lot of sense.
Highly recommended, especially if you don’t like Kubrick’s version (which I personally dig even more now).

I also read Big Brother by Lionel Shriver. Highly recommended, well written and smart as always.

Cheers



21 Wed May 14 2014 - 18:24:27
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Heading off early tomorrow to Costa Rica for a week. 'Til next week, best to all! - D


22 Wed May 07 2014 - 21:26:58
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: IAN -- it's supposed to rain up until Sunday but I'm hoping somebody will have a car and want to make the trip over to Powell's. Odds are not all the WHC attendees are afraid to melt. RUSSEL -- I sure do have a real list. Thirty four on my computer and another ten in my closet waiting to be cracked. I loved Pryor, so I guess I'll make the computer list an uneven thirty-five. Best,
D


23 Mon May 05 2014 - 18:48:49
Fullname: Russell
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Comments: Hey Dallas-
I know your reading list is already very long(do you follow an actual list, by the way, or just have books you plan to read?) but I'm almost done reading Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him, and felt the need to sing its praises somewhere. Extremely well-written and entertaining biography. There, I'm done.


24 Mon May 05 2014 - 03:37:18
Fullname: ian
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Comments: Hi Jack, you'd think that a bookstore owner would know not to judge a book by its cover. I hope you get a chance to check out Powells, it's definitely a book lovers paradise. On the top floor is a really cool rare books room with books that were written before Columbus came to America, along with a signed first edition copy of HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson and one of the only copies of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS published while H.P. Lovecraft was still alive. I got a rare hardback copy of ONLY CHILD (STRANGLEHOLD) from them for a reasonable price. E-readers are nice, but I prefer to own and hold the ACTUAL books that I love.


25 Sun May 04 2014 - 16:48:52
Fullname: Ketchum
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Comments: Hi, folks...FEDY -- you mean BIG BROTHER. No, I havn't read it yet. But it's on my (very long) list...SHAWN -- thanks for recommending STRANGLEHOLD. I think that one's gotten a little lost in the shuffle, and I was very happy with it. DIRK -- I read a good book about Shackleton a while back, called ENDURANCE. Know that one? IAN -- I do play to visit Powells if I have a chance. Heard very good things about it. I've been a victim of bookstore displacement before. I found a copy of COVER once in the "war" section, and a guy came up to me at a con a while back and apologized to me, said he ran a bookstore years ago and because of the original cover, he put THE GIRL NEXT DOOR with the R.L. Stine books. I told him he was lucky some dad didn't come after him with a baseball bat! Best, D.


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