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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Unforgettably Scary

    Every summer I pick up a few trashy paperbacks to read on the beach over my summer vacation. I picked up OFF SEASON simply because I was searching for something in the grocery store's book section on the way out of town enroute to our camping trip. The teaser on the back flap intrigued me. Something about a group of friends staying in a secluded cabin and having to survive their worst fears in a single night of horror. I figured this would be a great read since I was camping in the woods alone with my husband. BIG MISTAKE!!! This book had me riveted and sitting on the edge of my seat (sorry for the cliches) from start to finish. It is the absolutely most violent, debase, graphic thriller I've ever read. As repulsed as I was by the violence I couldn't put the damn thing down! I finished it in 24 hours (only because I was sneaking reads at our camp site)! I had to keep putting the book down to take breaks and recover before proceding. It was so disturbing and at the same time compelling. After finishing the book I was so traumatized I burned it in the campfire. That night while sleeping in our tent I became convinced there was someone outside our tent trying to kill us. I was scared, my hubby was scared (and he has since forbidden me from ever reading a horror story again while camping). This book was better than any scary movie I ever saw. Proceed to the check out if you dare!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Unspeakably bad (that means GREAT!)

    Jack Ketchum (the pseudonym for Dallas Mayr) is a deranged, and completely whacked-out writer. I love it! This is my first full book by Mr. Ketchum after reading his story 'Sheep Meadow Story' in the three story collection called 'Triage' and I am very pleased with it. The premise of this book is the terrorizing of an coastal Maine town called Dead River by a 'family' of cannibalistic backwoods people during the tourist 'off season.' An unsuspecting group of friends made up of former and current lovers rents a vacation home outside this nice coastal town only to have their relaxing plans completely (and I mean completely!) ruined with the horror of an invasion of unfathomable proportions. Talk about graphic! This book breaks new ground, for me at least, on the level and intensity of horror, and yes, gore (a tactic used by too many hacks for shock apeal, but here is an integral and necessary ingredient). I turned each page with dreadful anticipation of what was to come next. This is a great way to experience a book. I have missed a real 'page turner' and I have never really used that term before to describe a book. I never really knew what that meant, but this book has defined it for me. If you are at all squeamish, you should definitely read this book! Ha! Actually, I found myself reading with my mouth agape more than once and that's no easy task for a writer to get me to do. Artful (if you can call it that, and I think you can) description of the horror of an unbelievably horrible scenario. To top it all off, this publication (the only version I would recommend reading by the way) is somewhat of a victory dance for Jack Ketchum as he explains in his Afterword. You see, this book was originally published with some key details omitted and a very key change from his original vision. This is his victory over admittedly somewhat of a forced yet self edit. The ending is great in this form and I'm very happy I didn't read the 'original' published version. Nothing in this book follows a formula, and that's truly refreshing. Who is the hero in this book? Well, you have to read it, and that's all I can say. You will be surprised by what you find, or don't find. Don't expect anything... or maybe you should expect everything! Stephen King calls this guy, Jack Ketchum, the scariest guy in America! 'Who's the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum, the outlaw horror writer whose terrifying first novel, Off Season, is finally available uncut.' - STEPHEN KING I have to agree with Mr. King, in more ways than one... -=R=-

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Best ketchum novel so far

    I struggled for awhile to find this book once i did i was very satisfied. I had read cover, the girl next door, and she wakes and i wasnt really impressed with cover or she wakes but i thought the girl next door was interesting. I had heard a lot about ketchum but he really hadnt delivered until i read off season now im a fan. I have since read the crossings by him and it was also very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    Hard Core

    There is a tremendous amount of violence and gore in this book, probably more than I've ever seen in any horror movie. Also, there is enough gratuitous sexual detail to make this book a pornographic read. Fortunately, the book isn't half bad in terms of plot. A group of friends travel to a cabin in the deep country of Maine and are terrorized by a family of deranged humans. I won't give anything away, but if you're into hard core horror at all, then this book very well may be for you.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

    Pass the ketchup - but make mine rare.

    Interesting story, thrilling plot - cross between Lord of the Flies meets Summer Vacation. What happens when a group of sex starved couples, out for a relaxing time at a pal's cabin in the woods - meet up with the neighborhood wild children with a passion for blood and hunting people.

    A good read, enjoyed the creepy theme. Like King and Koontz - you will like Ketchum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    Not as good as I thought it'd be...

    I was expecting this book to be a bit better but it was very good none the less. My first Ketchum book was 'The Lost' and I was blown away but this one wasn't quite up there with that. 'Off Season' certainly had some good gore and violence in it, but it's not Ketchum's best in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    PETAL TO THE METAL TERROR

    I read this modern day petal-to-the-metal take on the real life cannibalistic Sawney Beane clan when it first came out in paperback. Jack Ketchum became a name I now keep an eye out for. I¿ve got about three more of his books waiting to be read. Can¿t wait!

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