Jack Ketchum

Jack Ketchum

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His novel the Girl Next Door (not to be confused with the Elisha Cuthbert film) was one of the most emotionally draining books I've ever read. It got so personal and horrific at times that I wanted to stop reading, but I just couldn't put it down.

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read The Girl Next Door in a day, couldn't put it down,... now I'm reading The Lost,.. loving it. He's a great author, also a great guy. I met him at a horror fest a few months ago. I have a lot of respect for authors that will actually talk to you like a person.

I just got Girl Next Door. If it's that good, I will bump it up to the top of my reading list. I read Off Season. It was pretty good. Not my favorite. Good to hear that he's a nice guy. I always feel better about buying books when I know the author isn't a jerk.

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read The Girl Next Door in a day, couldn't put it down,... now I'm reading The Lost,.. loving it. He's a great author, also a great guy. I met him at a horror fest a few months ago. I have a lot of respect for authors that will actually talk to you like a person.

I just got Girl Next Door. If it's that good, I will bump it up to the top of my reading list. Nice to hear that the author is a decent guy. I always feel better about buying someone's books if I know they aren't jerks.

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Can anyone tell me how well Jack Ketchum's novel She Wakes compares with his other works? I purchased She Wakes while travelling and was literally bored to tears by the time I got three quarters of the way through. This book was slow and very uninteresting to me. However, I've heard a lot of good things about his other books, like Offseason. How do those two books compare? Maybe I needed to keep reading it, but it was just so slow. Does She Wakes get any better as the book progresses?

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I just read The Girl Next Door and She Wakes back to back......The Lost is next. Ketchum is an author who does not pull any punches...great stuff!!

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Can anyone tell me how well Jack Ketchum's novel She Wakes compares with his other works? I purchased She Wakes while travelling and was literally bored to tears by the time I got three quarters of the way through. This book was slow and very uninteresting to me. However, I've heard a lot of good things about his other books, like Offseason. How do those two books compare? Maybe I needed to keep reading it, but it was just so slow. Does She Wakes get any better as the book progresses?

I personally liked She Wakes....but it is no comparison to Offseason or The Girl Next Door.

VincentPrice's picture

Love Jack Ketchum, still have a couple I haven't read but my favorites are Off Season and The Girl Next Door.

Doomed's picture

She Wakes was Ketchum's attempt at a Stephen King type story. It's just not as good as his others. His others are more realistic (as real as a family of cannibals living on the Maine coast can be).

The Girl Next Door is a great read and was actually based on a true story. And that makes it all the more difficult to forget. I read it in one day and I was wasted afterwards.

Laymon's books are really entertaining as well. His are a kind of combo of King and Ketchum. Lot's of fun.

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I just finished The Girl Next Door and also The Cellar by Laymon. I have to say I like Girl Next so much better. It was the first book I read by Ketchum and The Cellar was my first Laymon. For me the difference was startling. I had heard so many wonderful things about Laymon, but man, Ketchum (at least as far as Girl vs. Cellar goes) just blew him away. In Girl, I really CARED about the characters. Ketchum also took a lot of time describing the setting, creating an atmosphere, whereas I didn't see that with Laymon in The Cellar. Anyone else feel the same way or did I just pick a particularly GOOD Ketchum book and a shallow Laymon one?

Blessings,

ing

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Oh yeah, don't forget to check out the library for the books you can't afford right now! Borrow them or get them off their used book shelves. (yeah, I'm a librarian)...

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