Live From Miskatonic: In Conversation with Jack Ketchum (NYC)

Date(s) - Wed. Sep. 21, 2016
12:00 am GMT - 10:00 pm GMT

Morbid Anatomy Museum

Jack Ketchum, Kier-La Janisse


Stephen King called him “the scariest guy in America.” And so we kick off Miskatonic NYC with a bang as a titan of horror fiction, Jack Ketchum (OFF SEASON, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE LOST, RED) joins us for our first event at the Morbid Anatomy Museum for an in-depth look at his work and adaptations to the screen, moderated by film writer, programmer and Miskatonic Institute founder Kier-La Janisse.

 With clips, images and anecdotes we’ll look at Ketchum’s history on the screen, his frequent collaborations with Lucky McKee and Andrew van den Houten and talk about the horror writers and filmmakers who have influenced his work.


Jack KetchumthumbJack 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 perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself. His short story THE BOX won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from the HWA, his story GONE won again in 2000 — and in 2003 he won Stokers for both best collection for PEACEABLE KINGDOM and best long fiction for CLOSING TIME. He has written eleven novels, the latest of which are RED, LADIES’ NIGHT, and THE LOST. His stories are collected in THE EXIT AT TOLEDO BLADE BOULEVARD, BROKEN ON THE WHEEL OF SEX, and PEACEABLE KINGDOM. His novella THE CROSSINGS was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards. (Photo by Steve Thornton)