726 Thu July 01 2010 - 23:41:08
Comments: I want to get the book with the bones! I'm seriously considering the layaway plan. I'm also interested in the illustrations :) . I'm talking about The Woman of course.
727 Thu July 01 2010 - 16:07:49
Comments: The Poland trip sounds great. Finished 'The Wasp Factory', what an ending! Also read Lee's 'The Black Train', another fun ride. School has started back up for summer term so no more recreation reading, but did pick up 'Cloud Atlas' and O'Rourke's 'Decadence'. I love the recomendations, but also ready for a new Ketchum novel! Take care, Dirk
728 Thu July 01 2010 - 00:55:48
Comments: I'm honored that you felt that my question deserved such a long answer. What you wrote made perfect sense. More pages do not necessarily mean a better book. That said, I can't wait for the next full-length Ketchum novel because you create spell-binding stuff. I have read several of your books several times now, and I am now lending them to my friends who have nothing but praise for your work.
729 Wed June 30 2010 - 21:03:50
Comments: STEVE - I've just e-mailed you some photos, enjoy!
Anyway, guys, there is more to Poland than Stefan Cruel's play :)
730 Wed June 30 2010 - 16:13:13
Fullname: Stv Mayes
Comments: Bartek - Yes I'm interested in some links :)
U can post them here or email them to me!
731 Wed June 30 2010 - 11:50:51
Comments: hi from germany! when will you come to visit germany?
732 Wed June 30 2010 - 06:52:27
Comments: Steve - nope, it wasn't written by King himself, the play is just based on his short story. As far as I know, there is no info on it in English. If you're interested, I can give you some links to Polish sites - at least there are photos...
733 Wed June 30 2010 - 03:07:23
Fullname: Steve Mayes
Comments: There's a 1408 play?? I have heard nothing about this and can't find info on it. Is the stageplay written by King?
734 Tue June 29 2010 - 18:47:32
Comments: Um, spellcheck -- that's "boat" not "boad" and "phonetically" not "phenetically." Call it jet-lag...D
735 Tue June 29 2010 - 18:42:44
Comments: Well, as you can see from the messages below my adventure in Wroclaw, Poland is over -- and a very good adventure it was. Had dinner in a castle, lunch in another castle, went back to the first castle for interviews, talks and signings (what a good idea to have a fantasy and horror convention in a real old castle instead of some boring convention center or hotel!)took a boad cruise through some canals, a walk through a Japanese garden (yes, in Poland!)where I saw goldfish in a pond as big as Rocky Balboa's biceps, walked through Adolf Hitler's favorite Polish park (which to this day looks as though it were pulled directly out of Albert Speer's playbook), drank beer everywhere (and Polish beer is very good beer) drank vodka everywhere (ditto the vodka -- try some Zubrowka Bison Grass sometime, and, if you're really feeling adventurous, a shot of Mad Dog -- which is rasberry syrup, tabasco, and vodka, layered. Your sinuses will thank you and your brain will dazzle.) I went on a half-hour museum tour of a single painting and in a small church saw the most bizarre nativity scene imaginable, almost all moving parts, automatons, from Joseph looking as though he's going to attack baby Jesus in his crib to Mickey Mouse, the Pope and literally dozens of wacky people who don't belong in there at all. Did you know that Stephen King's name, phentically translated into Polish, is Stefan Cruel? Now you do. So thanks to everyone involved here -- my publishers at Papierowy Ksiezyc -- especially Artur -- the festival organizers, everyone who made me feel so welcome and most importantly to Bartek, my translator, and Sonia, my editor, both of whom led me on a merry tour all the way, and whom I now consider good fast friends. Nostrovia! BART -- enjoyed MUTANTOID -- keep making movies! AGNIEZKA & GABRIEL -- good meeting you too, and I'll tell Mr. King we enjoyed his play! ROB -- I'd say that dedication was one of my better ones, yes! Good fun. Again, thanks to all. Best, D. P.S.: Read Joyce Carol Oates' THE FALLS on the plane. Damned good. You might want to check it out...
736 Mon June 28 2010 - 19:53:02
Fullname: Sonia & Bartek
Comments: Dallas -
Thank you so much for you know what... Already missing you!
737 Mon June 28 2010 - 15:17:13
Fullname: Robert Cichowlas
Comments: Jack, thanx a lot for you visit in Poland on Dni Fantastyki 2010 and for best dedication I ever had:
Also thanx for our conversations during drinking bear, and for your patience!
You are great guy!
738 Mon June 28 2010 - 12:16:55
Fullname: Agnieszka and Gabriel
Comments: Dear Mr Ketchum!
Thank you very much for visiting Wroc³aw on Dni Fantastyki, it was a real pleasure to listen to you, to talk with you, and later to see the 1408 play with you :) HUGE thanks for autographs and pictures. Keep writing the cool books!
739 Mon June 28 2010 - 10:37:38
Fullname: Bart Krawczyk
Comments: Hello Jack Ketchum!
It was a great pleasure to meet you on Dni Fantastyki in Wroclaw (Poland, 25-26 th June). Thank You very very much for our conversations and Your autographs on my books. I hope that you liked our little short movie called "Koszmary Mutantoida" ("The Nightmares of Mutantoid"). We did it on extremely low-budget with the nasty use of mannequins and plenty of fake grue. What do you think about it? We are hoping to make another low-budget gorefest in July.
Have a pleasant flight to New York,
I hope to see you again in Poland someday,
Bart, Your avid reader
740 Thu June 24 2010 - 17:00:25
Comments: Thanks Steve...appreciate it :)
741 Tue June 22 2010 - 16:19:10
Fullname: Steve Mayes
Comments: The Lost, The Girl Next Door, Red, and Offspring.
742 Tue June 22 2010 - 15:29:37
Comments: I know Dallas will be away for a little bit, but maybe someone here can answer this: Which Jack Ketchum books have already been made into movies?
743 Sun June 20 2010 - 17:46:57
Fullname: Steve Mayes
Comments: Happy Fathers day Ketchum readers :)
744 Sat June 19 2010 - 16:38:51
Comments: Howdy out there...LUCAS -- grateful you found me too. Hope you keep reading. STEVE Y -- the story guarding THE WOMAN's flanks is called COW. It's brand-new, also a collaboration between Lucky and I, and it picks up the tale begun in THE WOMAN about a year later. Don't know this anthology, but THE BIRDS is a wonderful story. I read it when I was just a kid. As I recall Du Maurier really gets down the dread-factor in spades. I leave for Poland on Tuesday so I won't be posting for a while. Catch you all in a week and half or so. Till then, feel free to talk behind my back. Best, D
745 Thu June 17 2010 - 22:55:21
Fullname: Steve Y
Comments: Dallas, is the long short story you mentioned that will be in THE WOMAN a new story, or previously uncollected story? And what is the title? Also, on a sidenote, have you ever read the John Stadler edited Eco-Fiction from the 70s? It has short stories related to ecological issues. "The Birds" is one story in it. Thanks. Later
746 Wed June 16 2010 - 13:14:49
Comments: So upon trying to find a horror author to fill the Stephen King void, after I've read all of his stuff, I picked up The Lost on a whim. I am eternally grateful that I did. It was one of the most intense, shocking, and yet, literary, novels I have read in a long time. I took it as more than just entertainment. It actually has something to say.
747 Tue June 15 2010 - 20:06:33
Comments: A novel I'd like to recommend VERY highly -- CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell. Here's a review. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/10/10/RVG1H91HJT1.DTL I guarantee you're read nothing quite like it. Best to all, D.
748 Sun June 13 2010 - 17:19:31
Comments: SIMON -- No offense taken. Mass-market publishers tend to "punish" writers like me who write short genre novels -- if I were Gabriel Garcia Marquez that would be another story -- by always wanting to bulk them out so they can please their distributors by putting a certain price-tag on the book. I've actually been asked to "pad" some of my books. I refuse. But I'm cranky. I believe that each story has its own trajectory and establishes its own length. I'm my case that's usually short. I even had to add a long short story to THE WOMAN. I hate that tail-wagging-the-dog nonsense. So since THE LOST I've gone in a completely contrary direction, writing what I like to write, mostly novellas -- THE CROSSINGS, CLOSING TIME,OLD FLAMES, WEED SPECIES, SHEEP MEADOW STORY, THE PASSENGER. And the occasional filmscript. Screw 'em, I say. I didn't get into this to please a bunch of number-crunchers. GAIL -- glad you're having a good time with my stuff and DAWNH? CANNIBAL? if I were capable of blushing I might blush. Thanks. BOBZ -- Fowles' THE COLLECTOR was a devastating book for me. Thanks for the comparison, and if some of you out there haven't read it, pounce! Best, D.
749 Sun June 13 2010 - 07:35:42
Fullname: Bob Z
Comments: So I just finishing reading Off Season, and I feel like my ass was just kicked by a book. I wanted to thank you for it Jack. I love that it doesn't all go down as expected, where people don't always get what they 'deserve' whether it's positive or negative. The last thing I read with such a similar viewpoint was John Fowles' The Collector. Very different but equally disturbing. I look forward to getting to The Girl Next Door when I recover from this one!
750 Thu June 10 2010 - 07:22:11
Comments: DawnH - I know what you mean, every time I read THE LOST, I am about to burst into tears, I feel this overwhelming sadness. Terrific novel. Paraphrasing King's words: "Ketchum is, quite simply, THE BEST in the business".
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