Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek is a book about games. Reckless, dangerous games. Games you might even want to play yourself if you're with the right people. But shouldn't. Not ever. In a small Maine town, a group of thrill seeking college kids finds a game of hide and seek in an abandoned house turning into a reality of stark terror.
Waaaaay back in the early 80's, Stephen King pronounced: "Who's the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum." It was, to say the very least, a generous compliment that drew attention to a relatively unknown entity in horror publishing. Even to this day, Ketchum remains on the margins of an already ghettoized genre. He doesn't publish lots, and what he does produce tends to be graphic, propulsive stories filled with violence, sex, and grim outcomes.
He is most notoriously known amongst hor...more
I have to say that I was a bit underwhelmed by the book. The kids don't even enter the house until the last third of the book. I'm not even sure what the point of the first two-thirds of that book were. The narrator, Dan, talks about how he met the kids he goes into the house with and his...more
Dave lebt in einem kleinen Dorf namens Dead River. Jeder Tag gleicht dem anderen und für junge Leute verkörpert es die pure Langeweile.
Eines Tages lernt Dave drei Touristen in seinem Alter kennen, die das Dorf nach und nach aufmischen und zusammen mit ihnen begibt sich Dave in höchste Gefahr...
Das Buch lässt sich schnell weg lesen und ist spannend, allerdings fand ich die Charaktere etwas flach und zu geradlinig.
Dieses verlassene und gruselige Haus, welches im...more
Its not: the kind of "smash hit" of horror titles with the kind of notoriety and fame of his other works such as Offseason.
It is: a fantastic and edgy take on the "haunted house" tale mixed with a coming of age story gone wrong.
The story of 4 teens entering a haunted house and the grisly end that awaits them unfolds before your eyes with all the horror of a car crash in slow motion. The unease and sense of fear builds up across the novel to a fever pitch and it goe...more
What the hell? All that build-up for a climax of two lame vagrants and their steroid-taking flesh-eating dog? Not a very exciting concept in itself. Should have developed it a whole lot more or not publish it at all. No real horror except a character getting eaten alive and no suspense. The house wasn't creepy and the dank-hole to death was bland in it's description. Casey was an interesting character but what was the purpose of her father raping her? I thought she would turn ou...more
"He is, quite simply, one of the best in the business, on par with Clive Barker, James Ellroy, and Thomas Harris."
“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.”
On the upside, I checked this out from the library, and it happene...more