A look back, and a look forward


While, on a personal level, it was easily one of the worst years of my existence, I can’t deny that 2010 was my best year to date, professionally. I had seven short stories published within the year, almost double the four that were published in 2009 (I’m not counting those that were published as part of Broken Skin).

When it comes to longer pieces, Bloodletting Press released He Stepped Through in May.  Reviews were positive, and sales were solid.  Very gratifying for something I consider my best work to date.

While they were not released until just after the new year, I had two novels go up for pre-order this year.  Red Sky sold out its print run prior to release, while there are still a few copies of Bad Magick left.  I also sold a third novel, which I’m not quite allowed to discuss yet.

Other than that, 2010 was largely full of World Horror Convention planning.  I guess that brings us to…


Of course, 2011 begins with the release of Red Sky and Bad Magick.  Both books have been a blast from beginning to end, and it’s great to see both wind up in the hands of readers.

Also hitting stands at the beginning of the year is Shivers 6.  Five years back, I made it a goal of mine to land in a Shivers anthology, and this year I achieved it with my story “I Found a Little Hole.”  There’s an extra thrill with this one, as its my first anthology appearance alongside Stephen King and Peter Straub.  Those two names on the Table of Contents means a fair amount of exposure, so I’m pretty damn excited about the whole thing.

Another short coming in the first half of the year is “The Blisters on My Heart,” a wicked blend of horror and crime that will be appearing in Ellen Datlow’s Supernatural Noir anthology.  Dark Horse Comics is releasing this one, which I believe is due out in June.

Sometime in 2011, Burning Effigy Press will release my novella This Little Light of Mine.  This one’s a nasty little monster story.  I don’t want to say too much about it, but I think it’s a roller coaster of a story.

When April/May rolls around, I have to big releases lined up, both scheduled during the World Horror Convention.  The first is Focus, a novella I wrote with Lee Thomas, that will be released by Thunderstorm Books.

The other major release is a new novel.  I can’t tell you much else about it, so I’ll just say it’s a huge thrill.  I think you’ll dig it.

So that’s that, a look at both 2010 and 2011.  I hope you guys stick around for it.  Wouldn’t be a party without you there!

Jack Ketchum Named World Horror 2011 Grand Master!



Fans name “The scariest guy in America” as convention Grand Master.

Austin – January 17: The registered members of the World Horror Convention 2011 have voted and named author Jack Ketchum as their Grand Master. The international conference of horror’s premier talents and their fans will take place in Austin, Texas from April 28th through May 1st, 2011.

Stephen King once commented, “Who’s the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum.” Many of Ketchum’s fans would agree, as his work often foregoes supernatural trappings and explores real-world terrors with human beings as his monsters-of-choice.

“There’s no one like Ketchum,” said convention co-chair Lee Thomas.  “His work is brilliantly crafted, always relevant, and disturbing as hell. Plus, he’s one of the nicest guys you’re ever going to meet.”

“Ketchum’s work was some of the first to really capture my imagination and inspire me as a writer,” said Nate Southard, convention co-chair.  “His prose is among the best I’ve ever read, and he’s a master of voice, theme, and character.  It’s an honor to have him attend our convention.”

The Grand Master Award is presented to an outstanding contributor to the horror genre by election. Only registered members of the World Horror Convention are eligible to vote, and recipients must be alive at the time of voting. Former Grand Masters include Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, and Stephen King.

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 both best collection for Peaceable Kingdom and best long fiction for Closing Time. He has written eleven novels, arguably twelve, four of which have been filmed — The Lost, The Girl Next Door, Red, and Offspring. The Woman, his film collaboration with Lucky McKee (May) will be screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. 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.

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry: publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

Visit our guests at:

Steve Niles: www.steveniles.com
Joe Hill: www.joehillfiction.com
Sarah Langan: www.sarahlangan.com
Joe R. Lansdale: www.joerlansdale.com
Brett Savory: http://chizine.com/chizinepub
Sandra Kasturi: http://chizine.com/chizinepub
Vincent Chong: http://www.vincentchong-art.co.uk
Brian Keene: www.briankeene.com
Del Howison: http://www.darkdel.com/

Jack Ketchum: http://www.jackketchum.net

For more information please contact Nate Southard at registration [at] whc2011.org or Lee Thomas at info [at] whc2011.org.

Shipping Updates

Looks like a lot of things are heading toward the mail right now.  Received word from Cemetery Dance that my copies of Shivers VI are on the way.  This anthology contains my story “I Found a Little Hole,” and features rare reprints by Stephen King and Peter Straub.  Exciting stuff!  You should consider grabbing a copy.

Bloodletting Press has been shipping copies of Bad Magick for the past week or so.  If you haven’t received your copy, it should be arriving soon-ish.  Copies are still available, so if you want one of these handsome books, you should jump at the chance.

Finally, it looks like Red Sky should return from the printers within the next week or two.  Those who have reserved copies should be getting their billing notcies soon (I think).  Can’t wait to see how this one turned out!  Looks like the entire print run has been reserved, but I’ll do everything I can to get a more affordable edition out as soon as possible.