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Jack Ketchum (1946–2018)

Autor/a de The Girl Next Door

96+ obres 5,933 Membres 260 Ressenyes 34 preferits

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Obres de Jack Ketchum

The Girl Next Door (1989) 1,564 exemplars
Off Season (1981) 896 exemplars
The Lost (2001) 410 exemplars
Offspring (1991) 346 exemplars
Red / The Passenger (2002) 276 exemplars
Joyride (1995) 232 exemplars
Peaceable Kingdom (2003) 216 exemplars
She Wakes (1984) 185 exemplars
Triage (2001) — Col·laborador — 171 exemplars
Hide and Seek (1984) 161 exemplars
Old Flames (2008) 152 exemplars
Cover (1987) 134 exemplars
Stranglehold (1995) 128 exemplars
Right to Life: And 2 Stories (1998) 106 exemplars
Ladies Night (1997) 103 exemplars
I'm Not Sam (2012) 82 exemplars
The Crossings (2003) 61 exemplars
Red (1995) 57 exemplars
Weed Species (2006) 52 exemplars
Sleep Disorder (2011) 47 exemplars
Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road (2013) 45 exemplars
The Woman [with bonus novella 'Cow'] (2012) — Autor — 30 exemplars
Closing Time and Other Stories (2007) 28 exemplars
Gorilla in My Room (2017) 25 exemplars
Broken on the Wheel of Sex (1999) 23 exemplars
Book of Souls (2008) 21 exemplars
The Box [short fiction] (2014) 18 exemplars
Absinthe (2-in-1) (2006) 10 exemplars
The Passenger 9 exemplars
The Transformed Mouse (2003) 8 exemplars
SCAR: Roman (2017) 7 exemplars
The Girl Next Door [2007 film] (2007) — Based on the book by — 6 exemplars
Bad News (Anthology) (2000) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Ephemera (2000) 5 exemplars
The Woman [2011 Film] (2011) — Novel — 4 exemplars
Insidious Assassins (2015) 4 exemplars
Masks (1999) 4 exemplars
Father & Son (1999) 4 exemplars
Red [2008 Film] (2014) — Novel by/Actor — 4 exemplars
Notes from the Cat House (2013) 4 exemplars
Honor System (2003) 3 exemplars
Psychotic (2020) 3 exemplars
What They Wrote (2015) 3 exemplars
Gone 3 exemplars
Rudy (2012) 3 exemplars
Sheep Meadow Story 3 exemplars
13 Ran (2012) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Station Two (2001) 2 exemplars
Winchester Pass (1966) 2 exemplars
Przeprawa 2 exemplars
Richard Laymon: Tributes (2006) 2 exemplars
Offspring [2009 Film] (2009) — Creator — 2 exemplars
Cemetery Dance Issue 70 (2013) 2 exemplars
The Dust of the Heavens (1998) 2 exemplars
Cemetery Dance Issue 34 (2001) 2 exemplars
Comme un chien (2019) 1 exemplars
Sentieri di Sangue (2016) 1 exemplars
Cemetery Dance Issue 20 (1994) 1 exemplars
Returns 1 exemplars
Border Dawn (1976) 1 exemplars
Extras 1 exemplars
The Holding Cell 1 exemplars
Amok Jagd 1 exemplars
Übler Abschaum 1 exemplars
Seascape 1 exemplars
Cold House 1 exemplars
Dust of the Heavens 1 exemplars
The Haunt 1 exemplars
VS:X: US vs UK Extreme Horror (2017) 1 exemplars
Ich bin nicht Sam 1 exemplars
At Home With The VCR (2003) 1 exemplars
Sie erwacht 1 exemplars
In viaggio con l'assassino (1998) 1 exemplars
Saison de mort (1986) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection (1991) — Col·laborador — 310 exemplars
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween (2000) — Col·laborador — 262 exemplars
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection (2001) — Col·laborador — 249 exemplars
Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (2010) — Col·laborador — 219 exemplars
The Nightwalker (1979) — Introducció, algunes edicions162 exemplars
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge (2005) — Col·laborador — 134 exemplars
Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (2010) — Col·laborador — 132 exemplars
Vampire Detectives (1995) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
Deadly After Dark (1994) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (2018) — Col·laborador — 87 exemplars
Out of Tune (2014) — Col·laborador — 84 exemplars
Night Screams (1996) — Col·laborador — 82 exemplars
Fear the Fever (1996) — Col·laborador — 79 exemplars
Mister October: An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala (Volume 2) (2013) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars
Graven Images: Fifteen Tales of Dark Magic and Ancient Myth (2000) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars
The Century's Best Horror Fiction: Volume 2 (2011) — Col·laborador — 46 exemplars
The Horror Hall of Fame: The Stoker Winners (2012) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
Turn Down the Lights (2013) — Col·laborador — 43 exemplars
Darkside : horror for the next millennium (1624) — Col·laborador — 42 exemplars
Dark Screams: Volume Three (2015) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
Mondo Zombie (2006) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror (2017) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars
The World Is Dead: A Zombie Anthology (2009) — Col·laborador — 33 exemplars
Shivers (2002) 29 exemplars
Night Visions 10 (2001) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
Reading Stephen King (2017) — Autor — 20 exemplars
Shock Totem 5: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted (2012) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
The UFO Files (1998) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Suspended In Dusk (2014) — Pròleg — 19 exemplars
Masques V (2006) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
Chiral Mad (Anthology) (2012) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
D.O.A. II - Extreme Horror Collection (2013) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology (Volume 1) (2012) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Chiral Mad 2 (Anthology) (2013) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Fear Itself (1995) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Dead Cats Bouncing (2002) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 22/23: The Company He Keeps (2010) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Damned: An Anthology of the Lost (2004) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Tales from the Lake: Vol. 2 (Anthology) (2016) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Imagination Fully Dilated (Anthology) (1998) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Chiral Mad 4: An Anthology of Collaborations (2018) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Jack Haringa Must Die! (2008) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions8 exemplars
Borderlands 6 (2016) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Bizarre Sex and Other Crimes of Passion (1994) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Subterranean Gallery (1999) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
XX [2017 Film] (2017) — Based on Story Written by — 4 exemplars
Imagination Fully Dilated - Volume II (2000) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Fear of the Unknown (2005) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Darlin' [2019 Film] (2019) — Based on Characters Created By — 2 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Ketchum, Jack
Nom oficial
Mayr, Dallas
Altres noms
Livingston, Jerzy
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Livingston, New Jersey, USA
Lloc de defunció
New York City, New York, USA
literary agent
Premis i honors
Bram Stocker Award (Short Story ∙ 1994)
Bram Stocker Award (Short Story ∙ 2000)
World Horror Convention Grand Master Award (2011)
Biografia breu
Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk. He is also a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, OFF SEASON, an updating of the Sawney Beane story, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He has always wondered what they would think of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. His short story THE BOX won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from HWA.



Calrisia | Hi ha 80 ressenyes més | May 17, 2024 |
More than any for quite some time, this was a book I struggled to finish; but not because it’s boring or badly-written—it’s neither. I think the reason was that I knew from the start that what it describes is based on real events, that most of this really happened to someone; it’s appalling, but I couldn’t just look the other way and pretend it’s only fiction.
    We are in the small town of Farmdale, New Jersey, during a long hot summer holiday in the late 1950s, and living next door to the twelve-year-old narrator, David, is Ruth Chandler and her three children. There are also two other girls now living there, cousins whose parents were killed in a car crash. Ruth hates these two, particularly the older one, Megan, who is everything she no longer is—young, pretty, nice, full of life—and what begins as insults and petty humiliations gradually escalates into physical abuse.
    But it doesn’t stop there. Beneath the house Ruth’s husband, when he was still around that is, had built a nuclear shelter: a windowless concrete box, sealed by the heavy steel door from a meat-packing plant (this was the 1950s, a lot of people built them). Over the course of weeks in that basement, first under Ruth’s guidance and then passive acquiescence, the cruelties become outright tortures as her own children increasingly take over; then word gets around among the local teenagers and they start turning up to watch or join in. The victim, Megan, is fourteen years old, most of her tormentors about the same age or younger. It goes on all day, day after day, for weeks on end while summer passes.
    For me, what’s most appalling here is not that it is children who are doing most of these things, nor even the physical acts themselves, but the numbers doing it. If a single human being did all this to another, that would be terrible; but here you have four, eight, twelve of them at once with their cans of Coke or beer, all crowded around a single, naked, badly-injured girl: gagged, blindfolded, her hands bound and suspended by ropes from the ceiling beams. A dozen doing all this to one—it’s that.
    Although horror fiction, this is based on what really happened to sixteen-year-old Sylvia Likens who was tortured and starved to death over months by Gertrude Baniszewski, her children and the neighbourhood teenagers—a case which shocked America. That was Indiana and 1965, but similar to this novel otherwise with the process escalating from taunts and minor cruelties to such tortures as immersing Sylvia in a bath of near-boiling water while repeatedly banging her head against the tub to bring her back round each time she fainted. There, too, the mother, and perhaps also her eldest daughter Paula, seem to have been at least partly driven by jealousy of Sylvia’s youth and prettiness. But the rest of them were driven by nothing—they simply enjoyed doing it, and remained mostly unrepentant afterwards.
    The Girl Next Door does differ in some ways from these real events. For one thing, here there’s a narrator, more ambivalent about what’s happening than the others and who only watches but never joins in. In the real world there was no one at all to help Sylvia Likens; a number of people in the neighbourhood suspected what might be going on, but not one of them said a word or did a thing. Also, I found the second half of the novel less convincing than the first, less realistic (due to the presence of that narrator I think). All the same it’s a ghastly, an unputdownable, read. In both fiction and real life these were not “monsters” who did this, but ordinary human beings. They were anybody, and that maybe is the real horror.
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justlurking | Hi ha 80 ressenyes més | May 10, 2024 |
This book was pretty good. It is slow moving if you are expecting action and the creepies, but perfectly paced if you want to care about what happens.
HazeyRecollect | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Nov 13, 2023 |
This book was disturbing and unsettling. Very well written. Sad though.
HazeyRecollect | Hi ha 80 ressenyes més | Nov 13, 2023 |



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