Off Spring - Special Edition: The Sequel to off Season

Off Spring - Special Edition: The Sequel to off Season

by Jack Ketchum, Neal McPheeters

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Off Season (1980), the tale of a cannibal holocaust in rural Maine, established Ketchum as a writer of hardcore horror and cultivated ground where Splatterpunk fiction eventually took root. This sequel, first published as a paperback original in 1991, reprises characters and themes from its predecessor and far too much of the grisly plot. Survivors of the feral flesh-eating clan, who were all but destroyed at the end of the first novel, are back and chowing their way through the locals again. Amy Halbard and Claire Carey strive to survive their abduction by the cannibals and save their children. A subplot involving Claire's despicable husband, Steven, gives Ketchum another opportunity to cleverly compare predatory civilized folk to the appetite-driven primitives. The story is suspenseful, fast-paced and intelligently written, but readers nurtured on horror fiction that has come up in the wake of this saga may wonder what the fuss is all about. Agent, Alice Martell. (Apr. 5) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
When a grisly multiple murder accompanies the theft of an infant in the small Maine coastal town of Dead River, former Sheriff Peters recognizes the signs that a group of feral cannibals has returned to continue its quest for fresh meat. When more children go missing, Peters knows that he is the only one who can track down the killers and, perhaps, save the lives of the young victims. Ketchum's sequel to Off Season (1980) relies on a tried-and-true formula for terror and gore as he exposes the feral side of human nature and the rough edges of "civilized" man. Using shock and splatter to good advantage, this savvy and disturbing story is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Libraries should purchase according to the demand for "grue." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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