R.I.P. horror novelist Jack Ketchum

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Dallas Mayr, a self-proclaimed “a former actor, singer, trainer, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk” who wrote dozens of horror novels and quick tales beneath the pen identify Jack Ketchum, has died. His dying was confirmed by his pal and webmaster Kevin Kovelant, who instructed the Related Press (by way of The New York Occasions) that he died this morning. He had been battling most cancers, based on horror web site Bloody-Disgusting. He was 71.

Born in New Jersey in 1946, Mayr had a typical baby-boomer childhood, albeit an introverted one; on his web site, he says “in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs, and horror most likely saved [my] life.” When he was in his late teenagers, Psycho creator Robert Bloch—who had himself been mentored by H.P. Lovecraft—took on the function of mentor in Mayr’s life, and he spent his 20s and early 30s working as a literary agent and at his dad and mom’ luncheonette and publishing articles and quick tales beneath the identify Jerzy Livingston. In 1980, he revealed his first novel as Jack Ketchum, Off Season, which he proudly notes “prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its writer in print for publishing violent pornography.”

Mayr would go on to win 4 Bram Stoker Awards as Jack Ketchum, starting in 1994 with the Greatest Quick Story award for his story “The Field.” (That exact story was tailored right into a section by director Joana Vuckovic within the 2017 anthology movie XX.) He acquired a Grand Grasp award from the World Horror Conference in 2011, and noticed a number of of his novels—together with The Misplaced, The Lady, The Lady Subsequent Door, Offspring, and Pink—become films. Ketchum’s work is understood for its disturbingly violent, psychologically harrowing subject material, rendered much more impactful by his blunt, easy writing model. His admirers embody Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King, who stated that he “remade the face of American in style fiction” in his Nationwide Ebook Award speech in 2003. King can be certainly one of a number of horror luminaries who’ve paid tribute to Mayr/Ketchum on social media:

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