READERS CHOICE AWARD WINNER of the BLACK QUILL AWARD from Dark Scribe Magazine for BEST DARK GENRE COLLECTION (2008)
CLOSING TIME AND OTHER STORIES is Jack Ketchum’s new collection of 19 stories that have never been published together before. The book contains “Closing Time” (Ketchum’s Bram Stoker Award winning novella), hard-to-find recent stories and one original, previously unpublished story, “Hotline” To further enhance the collection, Ketchum has written an afterword for each story. This will be a 500-copy signed numbered edition plus a 52-copy signed lettered edition. Cover art is by Harry O. Morris, who worked together with the author to create it.
CLOSING TIME AND OTHER STORIES will be published as:
500-copy numbered edition for $40 (cover price is $50)
500-copy numbered plus bonded leather slipcase for $60
52-copy lettered traycased edition for $150
The lettered edition will contain four poems that will not appear in the numbered edition.
Those buying CLOSING TIME AND OTHER STORIES from Gauntlet will receive a bonus chapbook. Ketchum wrote several lengthy tributes to the late-Richard Laymon and these will appear in this chapbook.
Table of Contents
Damned If You Do
Do You Love Your Wife? (original and unpublished)
At Home With the VCR
Those Rockports Won’t Get You Into Heaven
Olivia: A Monologue
Snarl, Hiss, Spit, Stalk
“These well-told tales are proof that quiet horrors wrought by a skilled writer can make powerful reading.”
— Publishers Weekly
“There is something almost tangibly wicked about (Ketchum’s) short stories… This excellent new collection compiles the vivid range of styles and subjects that have made this author a cult favorite and mainstream success.”
— Creature Feature
“I’m delighted to say (Ketchum) is in top form in CLOSING TIME AND OTHER STORIES… It should come as no surprise to his fans that Ketchum pulls off feats of violence and poignancy with equal aplomb.”
“Nineteen stories of tragedy and nightmare, compassion and funeral memory, Closing Time is a bittersweet poem to the age we live and sigh and die in.”