"Who's the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum."
-- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 19, 2004.
OFF SEASON: UNEXPURGATED - Hard cover.
by Jack Ketchum
Introduction by Douglas E. Winter.
This novel appears for the first time in its original unexpurgated of the authors vision. The original publisher refused to publish it in this version in 1980. Now available in this edition with an introduction by Douglas E. Winter.
They had Hunted every animal but there was no flesh like mans . . . Welcome to Jack Ketchums ferocious and unforgettable first novel, Off Season. Originally published in 1981, Off Season was a defining moment of contemporary horror fiction, an instant classic whose impact on the writing and reading of horror continues today... ...when I read Off Season, I knew that its writer was different; that he was working from that raw and risky perspective known as personal vision, and that he had written a novel that was his own, and not what a publisher wanted or expected. Stocked in the shadows of bestsellers and a blur of Stephen King wannabes, Off Season was issued as a paperback original by Ballantine -- a publisher who has never shown much enthusiasm for the fiction of fear. The cover was a minimalist triumph, its title embossed in black on black, stained with a red thread of blood. The authors name -- a pseudonym -- was reported in white block capital letters, and the top of the cover announced:"THE ULTIMATE HORROR NOVEL." The hyperbole was deserved. Off Season was the genuine article, its horror insistent, visceral, and disturbing.
-- From the Introduction to Off Season: Unexpurgated by Douglas E. Winter
ill. Neal McPheeters. Hiram, Georgia: Overlook Connection Press, 2004. First Edition. 6 X 9. Hard cover. As New / As New. ISBN: 1892950553.
JACK KETCHUMS SEASONS TITLES.