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.
I found this story well balanced and it was an emotional read as well. The writer really gave great ...more
"Hide and Seek" takes place during the crazy days of summer in the Maine coast town of Dead River, the book divides into two parts.
In the first part, the narrator, local guy Dan, meets some visiting college kids Casey, Kim and Steven. They do some drinking and goofing around together. Dan hqappens to fall for the good looking and wild child Casey. As fate wold have it, they manage to have sex in a graveyard, and Dan learns ...more
I read this one right after The Girl Next Door and I shouldn't have. Would have enjoyed myself more had I spaced these two book out more. I ...more
The story slowly unfolds as a very good drama that I forgot this was a horror book. The suspense really starts to pick up at the last 25 percent of the story and it did not disappoint.
This is a very well-written book ...more
I'm going with the full five stars based on that alone. Ketchum consistently has an emotional impact on me but this was the creepiest one yet. I think Jack and I dated the same girl. Different time, different place, different name - but I'm still pretty sure it was the same girl.
The first 90% was a great Ketchum story; as I expect it should be. The last 10% floored my ass. It was ...more
I love Ketchums stories and this one does not disappoint. Starts like a spooky ghost story told by teens in a sleepy vacation town, and ends up a horrifying tale. I always love a good horror story, so this is highly recommended by me!
RIP to one of the greatest horror writers ever.. ...more
A group of rich college kids arrive in town and adopt a local lumber worker into their group.
Introduce a house with an interesting history, a little holiday boredom that needs relieving, a local legend or two, a little liquor and you have an electric mix.......one that can easily turn deadly....
I will be seeking more of Jack Ketchum's work.
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 ...more
The twist is so predictable, it's unpredictable. Personally, I had ruled out the possibility and was ...more
Hide and Seek
by Jack Ketchum
Steve, Kim, and Casey are three rich, reckless, and bored teenagers who are forced to go on vacation with their parents to a small town in Maine known as Dead River. The problem is there is nothing for these three teens to do in order to keep themselves preoccupied and so they are bored out of their mind. In order to stir up a little excitement, these three decide to stir up a little trouble. Dan Thomas, a town local, is following the tedious and mundane ...more
Ketchum takes his time in this one, ...more
Hide and Seek By Jack Ketchum
Cemetery Dance Publications, October 21, 2000
176 Pages, Kindle Edition
"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."
Goodreads Rating: 3.44/ My ...more
Although the root story isn't completely original, it was perked up by Mr. Ketchum's eerie style, (see what I did there...), and likable characters involved.
Hide And Seek is available for free with Kindle ...more
OK so the description I have given doesn't sound very horror does it? That is probably because it is not in my opinion a real horror story in the way that I ...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 ...more
A onetime ...more