Horror Novelist Jack Ketchum Dead at 71

Horror News Network is sad to report the news of Jack Ketchum’s untimely death at the age of 71.

The news was reported today on Ketchum’s official twitter page today by his webmaster.

As a teenager, Ketchum was mentored by Psycho author Robert Bloch and eventually made a name for himself in the early 1980’s with such novels as Off-Season and The Girl Next Door.  The author was known for his realistic and terrifying fiction, staying away from the supernatural, and instead focusing on maniacs and terrible displays of human nature.  Many of his novels were turned into films and his short story “The Box” was recently adapted by director Jovanka Vuckovic’s  in the horror anthology XX.

Ketchum (whose real name was Dallas Mayr) counted Stephen King as a major fan who called him “an outlaw horror writer”.  King also took to twitter to share a tribute to the late author and friend.

Ketchum’s unflinching story-telling will certainly be missed by his fans.

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Nick Banks
Staff Writer at Horror News Network
Nick joined the website in 2015. His lifelong love of comics and horror began with Universal Monsters and the Incredible Hulk. He has fond memories of going to Waldbaum’s supermarket with his mother and being rewarded with a 3-pack of sealed comics. It’s been all downhill from there… Since those early days, his life has been immersed in four color action and scares on the silver screen.
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