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Peaceable Kingdom [Mass Market Paperback]

Jack Ketchum
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Aug 2003
This landmark collection gathers more than thirty of Jack Ketchum's most thrilling stories. "Gone" and "The Box" were honored with the prestigious Bram Stoker Award. Whether you are already familiar with Ketchum's unique brand of suspense or are experiencing it for the first time, here is a book no aficionado of fear can do without. This novel contains graphic content and is recommended for regular readers of horror novels.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843952164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843952162
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk––a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself. His short story The Box won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from the HWA, his story Gone won again in 2000––and in 2003 he won Stokers for best collection for Peaceable Kingdom and best long fiction for Closing Time. He has written eleven novels, three of which have recently been made into feature films––The Lost, The Girl Next Door, and Red. His stories are collected in The Exit At Toledo Blade Boulevard, Broken on the Wheel of Sex, Peaceable Kingdom, Sleep Disorder (with Edward Lee) and Closing Time and Other Stories. His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards. King has also called him “the scariest man in America” in Entertainment Weekly. He believes King is wrong on this and that the scariest man in America lives across the Potomac.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Put it Down! 16 Feb 2004
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I must confess I am not a great lover of short stories, I prefer a good book with a story that unfolds that you can really get into. BUT this collection of short stories was a breath of fresh air - I couldn't put it down - I would finish one short story, and just had to read the next and the next! Some of the stories, I didn't want to end, they could quite easily have been made into a novel! Ketchum's characters are so interesting and twisted in ways which are so refreshing with each story getting better than the last. Although some of the subject matter is the same throughout, the stories were still original. Jack Ketchum is relatively new to me, I have only recently read 'The Lost', which I also enjoyed, but 'Peaceable Kingdom' is brilliant. This has something for everyone, horror, thrills, intrige, sex and a twist in the tale. All in all a thoroughly good read. Puts my faith back into short story collections!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! A superb selection of weird tales!! 15 May 2006
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This was the first book I read by Jack Ketchum, and definately not my last!! Thirty two short stories in one volume make this very accessible to those who like to read in short bursts. However, once you start, I think you will find it difficult to put down.

The quantity of stories enables the author to invoke a broad spectrum of emotions within the reader. Jack Ketchums ability to make you gasp, laugh, squirm, sigh, cheer, sob and balk surely marks him out as a modern master of the genre. These stories will pleasantly surprise you with their originality, and their endings will often catch you by surprise. Excellent!!

As can be expected with any collection of short stories, some of these will rock your boat more than others. However, if you like surreal/freaky/supernatural short stories and have the stomach for an occasional dollop of hardcore horror, I think you will really enjoy this book,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful shorts from one of the best 1 Dec 2005
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Jack Ketchum is an author who, it seems, may be destined to be one of the greats that went largely unrecognized. While he’s often cited by other authors and the hardcore horror readers as one of the best I think it’s a safe bet to say the average reader has never heard of him. The collection “Peaceable Kingdom” brings together 32 of Ketchum’s short tales including a couple of Bram Stoker award-winners and an introduction and afterword by Ketchum himself.
The tales in “Peaceable Kingdom” run the gamut from supernatural horror and thriller to the just plain weird. The one consistent factor among the stories is Ketchum’s stellar writing. Regardless of how plain or outrageous the tale is, Ketchum’s crisp descriptions and well-realized characters bring an atmosphere to his writing that few authors are able to achieve. I won’t be surprised to find Ketchum someday being required reading in high school as his writing deserves to be right up there with the classical masters.
This is a collection that, once you’ve started reading you’ll find it quite literally hard to put down. Other than a few tales which don’t shine quite as brightly as the rest (but still outdo most other author’s work), “Peaceable Kingdom” is a collection of tiny masterpieces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A veritable feast! 16 Feb 2004
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I have never been a fan of short stories, I prefer novels, so to read this was very refreshing! Jack Ketchum has created a collection stories with dark, unsavoury, perverse, strong and credible characters - some you will like, some you won't, some you'll sympathise with, some you won't. There's something for everyone in this book, horror, fantasy, sex, violence, thriller, suspense and all so beautifully written. I couldn't put this book down, I wanted to read it from start to finish, but I also wanted to savour it as well, which is what makes this compendium so much more enjoyable. There were some stories I didn't want to end, I was left wanting more - a whole novel! This book delivers, if you haven't read Jack Ketchum before, this would be a great initiation ceremony. Pure brilliance, by far the best thing I have read in a long time. Bring it on!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack ketchum 27 Oct 2013
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Ketchum is a voice. A storyteller. And he tells them well... He opens his worlds quietly and brings you into the maelstrom..
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