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Off Season

(1981)
(The first book in the Off Season series)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
Eighteen years after its mass market release by Ballantine, Ketchum's debut horror novel gains hardcover publication. It's about time. Though this merciless tale of human evil in the Maine woods went out of print soon after publication, its bleak vision and extreme violence still influence horror today. Only a novel of expert articulation and emotional truth can cast such a long shadow, and Ketchum's is both. Horror critic Winter calls the book one of "remarkable elegance," and indeed it's drum tight. Equally impressively, Ketchum uses the devastation of a group of tourists by a band of cannibals not to pander, as so many horror writers after him have done, but to explore with intelligence (and ferocity) the nature of evil and of the human spirit that can resist it. The novel's structure isn't original, modeled largely on the film Night of the Living Dead, but its events unfold with shocking energy and directness. The imagery is cruel--bloody battles between the tourists and cannibals, torture and consumption by the cannibals of their victims--as is the arbitrariness of who will live and who will die; but always Ketchum is in command. In an afterword, Ketchum details the rough history of the novel, explaining how he has reinserted cuts forced by Ballantine. This signed and limited edition not only revives a horror classic and offers some neat publishing lore, but also reminds us that, once upon a time, some of the most exciting genre writing came in paper covers. (Aug.) FYI: Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym of Dallas Mayr (Ladies' Night, etc.). Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.



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Hardback Editions

March 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Off Season - Unexpurgated Hard Cover Edition
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 1-892950-55-3 / 978-1-892950-55-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Overlook Connection Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 0-7582-8869-7 / 978-0-7582-8869-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 1-4778-4052-4 / 978-1-4778-4052-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: 47North
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May 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 1-4285-1143-1 / 978-1-4285-1143-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: DP
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May 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 0-8439-5696-8 / 978-0-8439-5696-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dorchester Pub Co Inc
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August 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 0-7472-5045-6 / 978-0-7472-5045-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
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June 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 0-345-29427-0 / 978-0-345-29427-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 1-5318-1534-0 / 978-1-5318-1534-9
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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July 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

June 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Off Season
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
Publisher: 47North
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