“Who’s the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum.” – Stephen King
Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym of a former actor, singer, author’s agent, teacher, copy writer, lumber salesman, soda jerk and short-order cook, and the author of thirty books to date – novels, novellas, story collections, essays, memoirs and poetry, mostly in the areas of horror and suspense. Of his fourteen novels, which have been translated into fifteen languages, five have been filmed – THE LOST, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, RED, OFFSPRING and THE WOMAN.
Ketchum has been a full-time writer since 1986. Just prior to that he was a literary agent for three years with Scott Meredith, Inc., representing such clients as Norman Mailer, Arthur C. Clark, Robert Bloch and Evan Hunter. He was Henry Miller’s last agent, and was responsible for bringing the author of TROPIC OF CANCER to his agency.
He is the four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association and was elected Grand Master at the 20011 World Horror Convention. His script for THE WOMAN, co-written with director Lucky Mckee, won Best Screenplay at the Sitges Festival in Germany. His book, THE CROSSINGS, was cited by Stephen King at the 2003 National Book Awards. He is a frequent reader at the KGB Bar Writer’s Series in New York City, has taught writing seminars at Pine Manor College, Borderlands Workshop and the Odyssey Writers’ Workshop in New Hampshire, and for three years has held an online writers’ class called TALKING SCARS at LitReactor.com.
In 2015 Ketchum was honored with the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association.
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