Off Season Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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About the Author
Jack Ketchum, a four-time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, is the author of many novels and works of short fiction. Several of his books have been adapted to film. Jack lives in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I won't attempt to describe the horrible things the depraved attackers do--imagine the worst things you can think of, then imagine how much worse the unthinkable is, then imagine children taking part in it. This really is one of the goriest, most extreme horror novels I have read, but it rises far above any charges of shock value or gore for gore's sake.Read more ›
Would recommened this to anyone who likes to be scared.
I'd never read any Jack Ketchum before this, but I'd heard good things, and so, intrigued by 'The Sawney Bean Clan' style premise, and it's heavily censored publishing history, I thought I'd give this one a go first.
Pretty good. I quite enjoyed it overall. The first 60 pages are duller than a train~spotters memoirs, but after that, once it kicked off, just under halfway into the book, the action was fairly relentless..
Now don't get wrong, it's by no means the goriest/nastiest book I've ever read, and whether it deserved to be so heavily cut (or indeed it's reputation as being so gruesome) on it's release back in 1980, probably depends on how easily shocked you are, and your views around censorship in general, but overall you can kinda see why it might have upset a few mainstream readers at the time..
Featuring as it does, some nice juicy chapters that include: dismemberment, brain eating, child decapitation, point blank lobotomies, castration, mutilation, stone age torture, organ removal, cannibal cooking tips and sexual assault, etc!Read more ›
The idea is pretty good, especially if you like movies like The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn and such (sorry, don't know many books with similar themes). But for me it just didn't work that well. There is little suspense and no surprise, and the cannibals aren't really that creepy. Stephen King is a bit of a liar, saying you won't sleep until Christmas if you read this on Thanksgiving. I'd say that if you read this on Thanksgiving, you'll sleep pretty much right away.
This book is exactly for the feint of heart, because horror fans wouldn't react at all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been on a bit of a Cannibal kick recently and picked this up after reading The Tale of Sawney Bean. Absolutely loved it. Based on the same legend but this ones a lot longer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a brilliant book absolutely amazing. I thought the authors note at the end explaining the books history was a brilliant touch.Published 9 months ago by Pen Name
The story is rather simple but is far from simplistic. A group of adults retreat to a remote cabin in the woods of Maine for a week of relaxation. Read morePublished on 25 April 2014 by E. Orr
This is the first book I've read by Jack Ketchum and overall I was impressed. In some ways I was reminded of Richard Laymon's work, which I'm not a huge fan of, but the standard of... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by Phobophore
This story is, to quote previous critics, "unputdownable" I've always been fascinated by man's inhumanity to their fellow man but this goes beyond depravity, inhumanity and pure... Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2013 by Mrs HS Bates-Glover
Short story threw together over a weekend. No expansion of the story, just felt it was on rails heading to the inevitable conclusionPublished on 26 Oct. 2013 by L. Anderson
I was very disappointed in this book. I suppose it is meant to be "racy" and exciting but I found it rather poorly written and a bit of a "poor man's Stephen King"Published on 10 Oct. 2013 by Richard Baxter
a violent sexually explicit story set in the deep woods of america cannibals and coppers the end is not the usual american everybody lives happily ever afterPublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by Timothy Wakefield