The Woman by Jack Ketchum

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The Woman is the powerful story of the last survivor of a feral tribe of cannibals who have terrorized the east coast from Maine into Canada for years now. Badly wounded in a battle with police, she takes refuge in a cave overlooking the sea. Christopher Cleek is a slick, amoral -- and unstable -- country lawyer who, out hunting one day, sees her bathing in a stream. Fascinated, he follows her to her cave. Cleek has many dark secrets and to these he'll add another. He will capture her, lock in his fruit cellar, and tame her, civilize her. To this end he'll enlist his long-suffering wife Belle, his teenage son and daughter Brian and Peg, and even his little girl Darlin', to aid him. So the question becomes, who is more savage? The hunter or the game?

Praise for Jack Ketchum

“Who’s the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum.”—Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly

“Ketchum has become a kind of hero to those of us who write tales of horror and suspense. He is, quite simply, one of the best in the business.” —Stephen King

“You never know what you'll get when you pick up a Ketchum story … but you can be sure you'll always be surprised – and scared." – Publishers Weekly

“[The Girl Next Door is] one of the most disturbing reads in the history of horror literature.” –Rue Morgue

“Jack Ketchum is one of America’s best and most consistent writers of contemporary horror fiction.”—Bentley Little
 

About Jack Ketchum

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Jack Ketchum's debut novel, Off Season (1981)-an updating of the Sawney Beane story-prompted The Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher for publishing violent pornography. Since then, he has published 12 additional novels and several short story collections.He has won numerous Stoker Awards, including Best Collection 2003 (Peaceable Kingdom), Best Long Fiction 2003 (Closing Time), Best Short Fiction 2000 (Gone), and Best Short Fiction 1994 (The Box).Four of his books were recently filmed as movies: The Lost (2001), The Girl Next Door (2005), Red (2008) and Offspring (2009). Lucky McKee wrote and directed the cult favorite May, which in turn got him selected to write and direct an episode (Sick Girl) in the first season of Showtime's Masters of Horror series, alongside such directors as Tobe Hooper, Dario Argento, Joe Dante, John Landis, and John Carpenter.
 
Published December 16, 2013 by Crossroad Press & Macabre Ink Digital. 336 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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The first page of this non-fiction horror story immediately drags the reader off their comfortable and safe chair thrusting them into a deformed world.

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