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Jack Ketchum is back to frighten us again with...Red!

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Published October 27th 2009 by Audio Realms (first published January 1st 1996)
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Adam Light
Red is the story of Avery Ludlow, an old widower out fishing, his trusty dog at his side, when he is set upon by three teenage boys intent on robbing him. When they realize Avery hasn't got anything worth their while, the boy with the shotgun blows the dogs head off for shits and giggles.
The titular dog was Avery's best friend, and he wants justice. He plans to get it no matter what the consequences might be.

This is the first Ketchum book I have read that was not necessarily a horror story, and
Horace Derwent
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
days ago, i dove into my piles and sought out that Overlook Connection Press edition which has a whiskered red doggie's face on the front, thus i dove it into my piles again

cuz i bought a mass market copy of this :D the author's way of storytelling and his power of words shivers me once more, he's a hero of the genre!

rereading it makes me wanna see the movie again, and it has robert englund there :O
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition! Touched my heart in so many ways. Ketchum is a true genius! I definitely need to Ketchum all!
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2011
Most of us go somewhat insane when someone messes with our child or our dog. You can talk smack about my sister, my mama, even my husband, but one snarky remark about my child and you will meet my alter, not very nice, ego. Kick my dog and I turn into a pro-death-penalty, gun toting, gray-haired bundle of irrational action.

When Avery Ludlow decides to go after the three teenagers who shoot and kill his dog, I was pumping my fist in the air. I was still pumping it when the book ended. Lord, I hat
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avery Allen Ludlow didn’t do anything to the three punk-ass kids that came up on him while he was fishing down by the river with his dog Red. They did plenty to him however. Now, it’s time to fess up for the deeds done and harms perpetrated. When it becomes apparent that is not going to happen, Avery takes matters into his own hands.

Jack Ketchum can tell a hell of a story. While this one may not be as brutal as some of the previous works I have read by him, there are some definite similarities i
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Very difficult book to read (I've always had a tender spot in my heart for animals), but great satisfaction seeing a man get fed up and take the law into his owns hands.

Red really highlights the inability for citizens to take responsibility for their actions and the actions of their snot-nosed slacker brats.
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

When most people think of Jack Ketchum, they think of horror. You think of horror again when you read a book blurb that sounds like a more realistic, friendlier version of Pumpkinhead. So hey, it’s a horror story right?

Well, not really. Life has decided to stop being predictable after all. Red is much more than the typical revenge story it touts itself as being. Av doesn’t believe a crime can’t be forgiven, but he doesn’t believe in scapegoats, liars, or not manning up to your mistakes and acce
Kev Hector
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me Jack Ketchum is an incredible author and this is underlined with how this novel has been written. J K is so well known for his twisted evil minds, cannibals and blood thirsty horror, this book however is different thus extended his pure talent. There is no added gore or grotesque storyline (though I really do love reading those) just for the sake of it. Instead Jack just grabs you straight from the very beginning of the story, as he always does thus channeling both your mind and your Imagi ...more
Apr 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was initially reluctant to read this, especially after reading Off Season, since that book clearly demonstrated that Jack Ketchum is a writer who is not afraid to "go too far." After reading Off Season and the back cover blurb for Red, I was worried that Red would callously use the death of an old man's dog as an excuse to depict an old man going over the edge and murdering and torturing the boys who did it in the most disturbing and horrific ways possible. After reading The Girl Next Door, ho ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, revenge
No one writes revenge like Jack Ketchum. A masterpiece in my mind.
Rebecca McNutt
Jack Ketchum's books are always vivid and impressive, and Red is definitely no exception. Suspenseful, eerie and somber, this is definitely an amazing thriller that everyone should read.
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the unaware
Red – Jack Ketcum
Leisure – Horror – 211 Weak Pages

You’re at the bookstore, under the gun as the girlfriend has imposed an unwavering 5-minute limit on your remaining time. And there it is….. part of a 3 for the price of 2 bargain…… endorsed boldly on the cover by the greatest hack of our age, Stephen King….. the blood red cover showcasing a wooded area as the background of a recently-fired shotgun and an equally-recent corpse, presumably its victim….. and the synopsis on the back cover alludes t
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a dog person. I wouldn't normally pick up a book about a dog but this one came highly recommended. It's not really about the dog, but about the man, Av and a crime that triggers a series of events both good and bad. This story is about responsibility, consequences, and the often torturous path to the truth. Are there actions that are too heinous to forgive? I believe there are and so does Av. Passion is often considered a young man's condition but Ketchum shows us that given the right ci ...more
Melissa Helwig
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
During an attempted robbery, three teens shoot a man's dog for kicks. But that dog was the best thing in Avery Ludlow's life and he's not going to let them get away with it. He wants justice for Red and he's going to get it no matter what it takes.

What I love about Jack Ketchum is that all of his novels are realistic. I could see any of his plots happening to myself, which makes them even scarier.

And Red is no exception. Loving and losing an animal is something everyone can relate to, making it
Weldon Burge
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story of RED, as well as the novella THE PASSENGER included with this edition. RED was especially touching, different from Jack's usual horror fiction. Violent, sure. But you could truly get into the lead character, Avery Ludlow, and easily sympathize with him. The tension builds steadily throughout, leading to a satisfying conclusion. Well done!

I would have given the book five stars, but I had to give it four because this edition, published by 47North, sorely needed proofreading. No
Vicki Willis
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jack-ketchum, z-2016
My edition had two stories in it. The first one was Red about a man and his love of his dog. It was a story of justice and revenge. I especially liked the ending and give this part of the book 5 stars.
The second story was The Passenger and was about a woman having a very bad night. I thought it was a little too wrapped up at the end with a happily ever after and give this section 3 stars.
Overall a great book which I recommend.
Ken McKinley
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, own-kindle
Avery is a 67 year old veteran of the Korean War and a widow. Red is his dog and faithful companion. His wife bought him when he was a puppy for Avery and is one of the last links to his deceased wife. While fishing in a rural Maine stream one afternoon, he's confronted by three spoiled punk teenagers with a shotgun. In an attempt to rob Avery, they are enraged to learn he only has a few dollars in his wallet all the way back in his parked truck. They then turn the shotgun on the dog instead. As ...more
Dave Granger
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A much better book than I had expected. So much of what I've read of Mr. Ketchum's has been extreme horror, but this one seemed more personal and even touching at times. Sure, there are some crazy and violent moments in here too, but by far this is one of my favorite books of his.
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, really good movie adaptation too.
Trent Zelazny
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of all the Jack Ketchum I've read, this one is definitely my favorite, and that says a lot, I think, as I've loved everything I've read by the man.
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
Based on the blurb for this book, I'm going to have no problem rooting for violence from the MC.
Alex Gherzo
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red wasn't exactly what I expected after reading a few of Jack Ketchum's other books, but I loved it just the same. It isn't a horror novel in the way that those others are, but it deals with similar themes.


When Avery "Av" Ludlow's dog, Red, is murdered in cold blood by a sadistic teen (with his younger brother and an obnoxious buddy looking on), Av seeks justice. But at every turn, it's made abundantly clear to him that no one will have to answer for Red's death. When every traditio
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
For those who have never read Jack Ketchum dont believe everything you hear.His work has been called pornographic and thats one of the nicer things said about his work.I cant speak for everything he has wrote but this book has a lot of heart.

The basic premise is a man in his sixties is harassed by a trio of teenagers.They kill his dog Red in a terribly violent manner.The main component of the story is how the old man Avery Allan Ludlow deals with this loss and what he chooses to do about it.This
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror
It's no secret that Ketchum is one of my favorite authors. He is a master when it comes to character development and delivering an interesting, well executed story. Red is one of those stories.

Avery Ludlow is a simple old man. He lives a nice quiet life since the passing of his beloved wife. He owns a general store and his best friend is an aging dog named Red his wife gave him.

While Avery and Red are out fishing, three teenagers approach and attempt to rob him. When they can't get what they wa
Chad Brown
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this story and the ending brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. The only thing I disliked was Leisure's inclusion of The Passenger, which I have still been unable to get into and read, as a ploy to make the book look longer. Ketchum's exploration of loss (and not just the loss of a pet), justice, revenge, and letting go of the past through the character of Avery are excellent. This book is not one of Ketchum's best, but it is one of my favorites nevertheless. It is also a fine exa ...more
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
I am so glad that I've decided to conquer my fear and read this novel - I adore Jack Ketchum and his stories that show the true human nature and asks uncomfortable questions about the condition of human heart. And this one was no different, except... it gave me hope which is a new feeling when I think about work of this author. It is sad, yet somehow comforting at the end.
I truly recommend "Red" to all Ketchum's fans and to all readers who want to try his books but are afraid of jumping into de
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this alot. A short read and very engaging indeed. I like the way the author writes and is always carefully revealing about his characters. Drip feeding you snippets of history here and there; peaking your interest constantly. From the jacket you get the idea it's going to be a full on "hard done by war vet goes mad and dices up the town" type affair, but really there is a lot more to it than that and Av certainly has dealt with worse than the main event. Classic Ketchum.
11811 (Eleven)
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ketchum is a master of horror that lacks supernatural elements. Another 3 stars for the bonus novella, "The Passenger."
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Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk -- a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is per ...more
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