- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Leisure Books; First Thus edition (August 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0843952164
- ISBN-13: 978-0843952162
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The stories are well written, but for the most part they are not scary, and maybe in the remaining 66% there are some more great stories, but if there are, I won't be reading them, there are too many more interesting stories and books to read.
A story depicting a mother killing her own son after seeing the horror that he keeps in his personal hideout is just the first of this wonderfully written short story collection; most of the rest are just as thought-provoking and bleak. And to mix it up, he's even added some stories outside of his normal writing range. There are comedies and there is even a sci-fi story in "Amid the walking wounded" in there. But make no mistake, this is Ketchum you're reading and like Stephen King said, he doesn't play nice. Not at all.
Don't let your fear of Ketchum prevent you from reading this wonderful collection though. You'll be drawn in by some of the best suspense writing this industry has to offer.
I've always been a fan of Ketchum's work and this is my favorite publication of his (and this is coming from a person who isn't the biggest short story fan).
Having said that, there are still some selections here to interest Ketchum fans. Closing Time generates a great deal of tension, Gone is heartbreaking, and The Rose is one of the most disgusting and disturbing things I've ever read. There are also 2 stories that take place after a zombie plague has struck. Ketchums' other books like the Offspring and Hide & Seek are excellent.