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Peaceable Kingdom Hardcover – April, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
"As a writer I'm all over the place," says horror maverick Jack Ketchum (the pseudonym of Dallas Mayr) with typical understatement in his introduction to Peaceable Kingdom, a collection of 32 shorter fictional works from the past decade. You never know what you'll get when you pick up a Ketchum story (the contents range from the "ice-cold" to the "almost cuddly" and include a western, a vampire tale and the Stoker-winning "Gone" and "The Box"), but you can be sure you'll always be surprised-and scared.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk––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, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself. His short story The Box won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from the HWA, his story Gone won again in 2000––and in 2003 he won Stokers for best collection for Peaceable Kingdom and best long fiction for Closing Time. He has written eleven novels, three of which have recently been made into feature films––The Lost, The Girl Next Door, and Red. His stories are collected in The Exit At Toledo Blade Boulevard, Broken on the Wheel of Sex, Peaceable Kingdom, Sleep Disorder (with Edward Lee) and Closing Time and Other Stories. His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards. King has also called him “the scariest man in America” in Entertainment Weekly. He believes King is wrong on this and that the scariest man in America lives across the Potomac.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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).
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.
Fans of Jack Ketchum have probably already read this multiple times (I replaced a lot copy of the book with this purchase). My favorite stories in this collection is Twins, To fit the Crime, The Box, Gone and Closing Time.
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.
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