Offspring Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2007
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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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Rather than reiterate the stories, as so many have already done, I thought I would explain the Dead River Chronicles, chronologically.
The story begins with Off Season (1981) and continues in Offspring (1991), making The Woman (2012) the third in this series of books. Like all the stories, Off Season is set along the coastline from Maine to Canada, specifically in the fictitious town of Dead River, Maine. In the caves that pepper the mountainside overlooking the ocean are a tribe of cannibals. These feral cave-dwellers are bent on terrorizing the townsfolk and visitors to the area. Other stories that are linked with this trilogy are the novel Hide and Seek (1984) and the short stories Winter Child (2006) and Cow (2012); Winter Child fills the gap between Off Season and Offspring; Cow is a vignette that tracks events following The Woman.
I hope this explains the Dead River series to the uninitiated or those who may have read one of the books and crave more.
If you like vicious murder, blood-sucking and molestation this is for you
Since then almost all those involved have moved on, that is except Sheriff Peters, or should I say ex-Sheriff Peters. Who has since retired from the force and now sits in his house, drinking heavily (wise man!); haunted by the horrors of what happened that night, the mistakes he made, the lives that were lost...
However that's all a distant memory now, what with the tribe completely wiped out.. Or is it?!
Because that's when the new Sheriff, Manetti, wakes Peters up one night at 4am; having discovered an infant stolen and it's babysitter and mother horrifically butchered.
Manetti is in need of some expert advice. Help. And he hopes Peters will have the answers...
Surely it couldn't be that the tribe somehow survived the 'justice' that Peters and his officers so severely meted out to them that decade past? And if they did, will he be able to make amends this time around, by actually finishing what he started all those years ago..?
Second novel in the 'Dead River Chronicles' trilogy by American horror author Ketchum.
The Feral family are back, this time for second helpings!
However with their numbers somewhat decimated in the first novel, they are largely made up of vicious wild children, who are being led by the rather formidable 'Woman', that has been stealing new recruits and giving birth to others over the last few years, in order to make her tribe stronger.
Once again the action is bloody, and it flows thick and fast, when everything kicks off about 100pages in.Read more ›
I have read 'Off Season' - the 'original' version and Ketchum's preferred 'unexpurgated' edition, which is really a chance to restore the bleaker ending.
'Offspring' scared me more than the first book. I felt for the characters - David, Amy, Claire, Luke, and baby Melissa. I found it hard to turn the page wondering what was about to happen to them. (I haven't felt that level of terror in a book since reading Laymon's 'In The Dark'.)
Ketchum is a psychologically acute writer. And he gets the anthropological sense of 'The Family' just right. It didn't feel like a lame sequel at all, but a darker shift of the lens.
However, I won't be able to look at kitchen taps the same way after reading this.
In the midst of all the awfulness is a sense of Ketchum's wisdom amd humanity. It's not what one would expect from a 'renegade' horror writer, but you can find treasure in the strangest places. (His book 'Cover' is one of the best novels ever about the effects of Vietnam, next to Kent Anderson's 'Sympathy For The Devil'.)
I'm glad Ketchum is getting a bigger readership from the film tie-ins. He is one hell of a 21st century writer - examining the primal in human nature.
This book is very well crafted - from the horrific beginning to the devastating end. Definitely worth a read.
Another fast paced read that takes you on a journey to places you didn't know ever existed.