Rest In Peace: Jack Ketchum (1946 - 2018)

It is with heavy hearts that we report today that horror novelist Jack Ketchum has passed away. Ketchum, a pseudonym for Dallas Mayr, was 71 years old and had been battling cancer.

His work is well-known in the horror community for being unflinchingly brutal, which he proved with his very first novel, Off Season, in 1980. Many more novels and short stories followed including the two sequels to Off Season, Offspring and The Woman, along with Red, The Lost, and The Girl Next Door. Ketchum was the recipient of multiple Bram Stoker Awards and nominations for his works of fiction. In 2011, he received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award “for outstanding contribution to the horror genre.”

Ketchum’s writing style was the definition of in-your-face and visceral, but it was also very honest and real. He gave readers incredibly compelling tales that you couldn’t look away from – a trait that also carried over into the several film adaptations of his prose. He was truly one of the strongest voices in horror literature, and he will be sorely missed.