Getting personal with Jack Ketchum

By Becky Narron and A.J. Brown

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I have been honored to meet, talk to and interview many talented and amazing authors. This next man certainly needs no introduction. I am thrilled that he was more than willing to take time to talk to me and let me do an interview with him. He has been nominated for seven Bram Stoker Awards and won four of them. Many of his novels have been adapted into movies, including The Girl Next Door. He is a super nice and intelligent man who I’m very proud to have met and with whom I have become friends. Please make welcome Jack…

How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I’m guessing I was ten or eleven. I know I was copying stories like those I’d read by Bloch, Bradbury, and Theodore Sturgeon. Never Lovecraft, by the way. He slid by fast in my imagination. Old Gods never got to me like people did.

How many books have you written? And what’s your favorite book you wrote?

Twenty-nine books to date. Novels, novellas, nonfiction, poems, story collections. I’m not going to name a favorite. Would you do that to one of your children? Of course not!

Anything you won’t write about?

Nothing. Though some stories are harder to write about than others, places I’d rather not visit in my imagination for any period of time. Usually, I go there anyway.

Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job, etc…

I’m sixty-nine, be seventy in November. Ancient hippie, so I never cared much for marriage, though I’ve been with the same woman since the seventies, quite happily. No kids. Five cats. And no other job except writing since 1976, thank you very much.

Who or what inspired you to write?

Pre-teen angst? I don’t really know. I just loved reading so very early and loved escaping into those worlds books afforded us, and I guess I had worlds of my own I wanted to explore and escape to, however, strange and grim sometimes. It just seemed natural to write, as a natural extension of reading.

What do you like to do for fun?
Read, write, mess with my cats, travel, watch movies, spend time with good friends in good conversation.

Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

I usually have a scotch whiskey. Maybe a couple.

Anything you would change about your writing?

I can’t change much about my writing. I do what I do. Though that doesn’t stop me from reading something and saying to myself, hey, how’d he get that effect? Think I’ll take a shot at that sometime! I’m still learning. That’s part of the fun.

Where do you live?
New York City.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Total immersion in the process of putting it together, of having the idea, the characters, the themes, the places and times, the sensory factors, and going into that wonderful zone where all these things have to converge in order to make a story. Magic!



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Photo credit: Steve Thornton

As always, Jack it was my extreme pleasure to talk to you. Thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you better. I wish you much happiness and continued success.

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A big thanks to A.J. Brown for helping me on this one 😊

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