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For the train-robber Black Jack Ketchum, see Tom Ketchum.
Jack Ketchum at a book fair in Paris, France, in March 2009.

Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym of American horror author Dallas Mayr. Born in 1946, Mayr has been praised by such literary icons as Stephen King,[1] and condemned by a Village Voice[2] critic who dismissed his work as violent pornography. A onetime actor, teacher, literary agent, and lumber salesman, Ketchum credits his childhood love of Elvis Presley, dinosaurs, and the horror genre for instilling him with the foundation to build a respectable career. His 1981 debut novel, Off Season, laid the groundwork for a series of novels and short stories (sometimes inspired by real-life events) in which humankind proves to be the most dreaded beast of all. Most notably, his novel The Girl Next Door was inspired by the 1965 murder of Sylvia Likens.

Over the years, Ketchum has received numerous Bram Stoker Awards for such works as The Box, Closing Time, and Peaceable Kingdom, and his short story Gone (which was first published in October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween, a horror anthology edited by Richard Chizmar and Robert Morrish) was nominated for the 2000 Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Fiction. Several of his works have also been translated into feature film adaptations, including The Lost, The Girl Next Door , and Red.



  • Off Season:
    • original, edited paperback (1980)
    • unexpurgated edition (1999)
  • Hide And Seek (1984) [later reprinted in limited edition]
  • Cover (1987) [later re-written for limited edition]
  • The Girl Next Door (1989)
  • She Wakes (1989) (later restored/re-written for Cemetery Dance Publications, 2003 ISBN 1-58767-065-8)
  • Offspring (1991)
  • Joyride [aka Road Kill {UK title}] (1994)
  • Stranglehold [aka Only Child] (1995)
  • Red (1995)
  • Ladies' Night (1997)
  • The Exit At Toledo Blade Boulevard (1998) (limited edition short story collection) (later reprinted in Peaceable Kingdom)
  • "Right To Life" and 2 Stories (1998) (short story collection)
  • Father And Son (1999) (limited edition chapbook)
  • The Lost (2001)
  • Station Two (2001) (limited edition chapbook)
  • Peaceable Kingdom (2002) (short story collection)
  • Sleep Disorder (2003) (limited edition) (short story collection) [with Edward Lee]
  • Honor System (2002) (limited edition chapbook)
  • The Crossings (2004) (limited edition)
  • Weed Species (2006) (novella) (limited edition)
  • Closing Time and Other Stories (2007) (limited edition short story collection)
  • Old Flames (2008)[3]
  • The Western Dead (2008) (short story based on Book 1 of The Minions of Ka graphic novel franchise) [1]
  • The Cover (2009)

Film and Television adaptations

The Lost was adapted for film in 2005 by director Chris Sivertson.

The Girl Next Door was adapted for film in 2007 by director Gregory Wilson.

Red was adapted for film in 2008 by directors Lucky McKee and Trygve Allister Diesen.

Offspring was adapted for film by director Andrew van den Houten and released direct-to-video in October 2009.[4].

See also


  1. ^ Stephen King's National Book Award Acceptance Speech (2003)
  2. ^ 1981
  3. ^ Stephen King writes, "Remember Glenn Close as the bunny-boiler scorned in Fatal Attraction? Raise that to the 10th power and you get Dora Welles, the crazy ex-girlfriend in this short chiller." See Stephen King, "The Best Books of 2008," Entertainment Wekly 1025 (December 12, 2008): 22.
  4. ^ OFFSPRING (DVD Review)

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