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In Memoriam Jack Ketchum

In Memoriam Jack Ketchum

Jack Ketchum

(Dallas Mayr)

10 November 1946 – 24 January 24, 2018

More sad news in the world of horror as Pollyanna McIntosh broke the word of author and actor Jack Ketchum’s death at 71 of cancer:
Jack Ketchum Instagram Pollyanna McIntosh

Ketchum’s own Twitter account confirmed it:
Jack Ketchum Twitter JK

And Ketchum’s good friend and fellow writer Christopher Golden commented on his passing:
Jack Ketchum Twitter Christopher Golden

Ketchum, whose works The Lost, The Girl Next Door, Offspring, The Woman, Mail Order, Olivia, and “The Box”, have been adapted for film and video, had been battling cancer for a long time.

XX (2017) The Box-Jack Ketchum
The Woman (2011)-Jack Ketchum
The Lost (2006)-Jack Ketchum
The Girl Next Door (2007)-Jack Ketchum
Olivia (2013)-Jack Ketchum
Offspring (2009)-Jack Ketchum
Mail Order (2011)-Jack Ketchum

The Bram Stoker Award winner was an actor as well as an author, appearing in Offspring (2009) and Red (2008) under his given name Dallas Mayr and The Girl Next Door (2007), Header (2006), and The Lost (2006) under his best-known writing pseudonym Jack Ketchum.

Ketchum received a BA in English from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and worked as a soda jerk, lumber salesman, high school teacher, and literary agent in addition to his work as an author and an actor. Like many in the horror industry, Ketchum found solace in horror during his childhood, even beginning to make up stories at a very young age and using his toys as characters in them.

[m]y interests [were] Books, comics, movies, rock ‘n roll, show tunes, TV, dinosaurs […] pretty much any activity that didn’t demand too much socializing, or where I could easily walk away from socializing.

As a teenager, Ketchum became friends with Psycho author Robert Bloch, who became his mentor, supporting Ketchum’s work in the same way H.P. Lovecraft supported his.

Ketchum primarily supported himself by selling his short stories and articles to magazines – many under the pen name Jerzy Livingston – before finally concentrating on his novels. Like Stephen King, Ketchum had the problem of too much at one time. Thus, to prevent flooding the market, he would submit under his own name and the pen name in case both pieces were accepted for publication.

Awards

  • “The Box” (1994) Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Story
  • “Gone” (2000) Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Fiction
  • Peaceable Kingdom (2003) Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection
  • Closing Time (2003) Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction
  • World Horror Convention Grand Master Award (2011)

Nominations

  • Right to Life (1999) Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Long Fiction
  • The Lost (2001) Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Novel
  • The Haunt (2001) Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Short Fiction
  • I’m Not Sam (2012) Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Long Fiction (with Lucky McKee)
  • I’m Not Sam (2012) Shirley Jackson Award nominee for Best Novella (with Lucky McKee)

Jack Ketchum was a unique talent and, from all reports, a wonderful person. Rest in peace, sir.


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