Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom

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by Jack Ketchum
     
 

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This landmark collection gathers more than thirty of Jack Ketchum's most thrilling stories. "Gone" and "The Box" were honored with the prestigious Bram Stoker Award. Whether you are already familiar with Ketchum's unique brand of suspense or are experiencing it for the first time, here is a book no aficionado of fear can do without. This novel contains graphic content…  See more details below

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This landmark collection gathers more than thirty of Jack Ketchum's most thrilling stories. "Gone" and "The Box" were honored with the prestigious Bram Stoker Award. Whether you are already familiar with Ketchum's unique brand of suspense or are experiencing it for the first time, here is a book no aficionado of fear can do without. This novel contains graphic content and is recommended for regular readers of horror novels.

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Publishers Weekly
"As a writer I'm all over the place," says horror maverick Jack Ketchum (the pseudonym of Dallas Mayr) with typical understatement in his introduction to Peaceable Kingdom, a collection of 32 shorter fictional works from the past decade. You never know what you'll get when you pick up a Ketchum story (the contents range from the "ice-cold" to the "almost cuddly" and include a western, a vampire tale and the Stoker-winning "Gone" and "The Box"), but you can be sure you'll always be surprised-and scared.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477806548
Publisher:
47North
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Pages:
415
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Peaceable Kingdom 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Another good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good collection of short stories that cover a vast array of topics. The most common themes are justified homicide, righteous fury, sex, love, lust, zombies, cheating partners, incest, crazy people and murder for hire. You never know where you will end up after turning the next page. Some titles are better than others. The subjects introduced in each story varies wildly and keeps you guessing about what is next on the menu. There are westerns, snuff film addicts, haunted strip clubs, serial killers in-the-making, insanity, paranormal events, urban horror, and lust/love gone wrong. Definitely worth the five dollars Barnes and Noble is charging for the ebook. The novel is 300+ pages long in Nook pages. Some of the stories make you cringe and many of the characters get what they seemingly deserve. I recommend it for fans of Jack Ketchum because it shows how talented the author is at writing vastly different, but good short stories. -AvidReader
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Horror_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is the first Ketchum I ever read back when it first came out and it is positively one of the best collections out there. Bar none!
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I love short stories,and these were very well constructed and packed a punch, from the first story to the last, they were all great. Bravo Jack Ketchum!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Ketchum is an author who, it seems, may be destined to be one of the greats that went largely unrecognized. While he¿s often cited by other authors and the hardcore horror readers as one of the best I think it¿s a safe bet to say the average reader has never heard of him. The collection ¿Peaceable Kingdom¿ brings together 32 of Ketchum¿s short tales including a couple of Bram Stoker award-winners and an introduction and afterword by Ketchum himself. The tales in ¿Peaceable Kingdom¿ run the gamut from supernatural horror and thriller to the just plain weird. The one consistent factor among the stories is Ketchum¿s stellar writing. Regardless of how plain or outrageous the tale is, Ketchum¿s crisp descriptions and well-realized characters bring an atmosphere to his writing that few authors are able to achieve. I won¿t be surprised to find Ketchum someday being required reading in high school as his writing deserves to be right up there with the classical masters. This is a collection that, once you¿ve started reading you¿ll find it quite literally hard to put down. Other than a few tales which don¿t shine quite as brightly as the rest (but still outdo most other author¿s work), ¿Peaceable Kingdom¿ is a collection of tiny masterpieces.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Ketchum is one of those writers that are often hard to approach because most of their work is largely unavailable. There are many reasons, most being that Ketchum does not cut corners as far as blood, guts, and human issues that plunge the reader into the darkest depths of the human psche, so understandably, some folks just won't touch him. This book levels the playing field. The stories are like popcorn. You can't read just one. Some are outright horrifying, like 'The Rifle,' or 'The Box,' but others are deeply moving, like 'Sundays,' in which a man reflects on a shattered relationship and a pet squirrell. Other stories like 'The Work,' seem to give a reflection of Ketchum's own struggles with publishers, and one really gains a perspective of where this guy is coming from. If you read nothing else by Jack Ketchum, at least read this. This collection is busting at the seams with great material that will make you think almost as much as it will make you flinch.