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  • ISBN 0345312376
  • ISBN13 978-0345312372
  • Language English
  • Author Jack Ketchum
  • Publisher Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (May 12, 1984)
  • Formats mbr docx mobi lrf
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1952 kb
  • Size Fb2 1989 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 666

A nighttime visit to the strange old Crouch house and a game of hide and seek become a nightmare of horror and violence for Dan, a handsome young local, and Casey, the reckless, bored vacationer with whom he becomes involved

Reckless, dangerous games. Games you might even want to play yourself if you're with the right people. Cemetery Dance Publications, October 21, 2000.

Reckless, dangerous games. Reckless, dangerous games.

Cemetery Dance Publications. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

I love Jack Ketchum, and I assumed that I would love this short work by him as well, but the first 60% of the book felt like fluff and fuller.

The horror part of the story is based on a tried and true element, an ancient almost abandoned house. I love Jack Ketchum, and I assumed that I would love this short work by him as well, but the first 60% of the book felt like fluff and fuller. Something that could have and probably should have been summarized in a paragraph or three. It felt like the author just wanted to stretch the work out a bit so it didn't feel so short storyish.

Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman and soda jerk – a former . His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards.

Jack 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 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 of violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself. Dallas Mayr – Jack Ketchum – passed away on January 24, 2018.

They're like seventies horror films- there was a glut of them, and most of them were awful, but awful in such a way that one can have a nostalgia for them

They're like seventies horror films- there was a glut of them, and most of them were awful, but awful in such a way that one can have a nostalgia for them. But, once in a while, one appeared that was far better than the general run of dreck. Games you might even want to play yourself if you’re with the right people.

Author: Jack Ketchum.

Following in the footsteps of Off Season this is a gruesome novel that will captivate the horror novel enthusiast. Set in Dead River a small town in Maine, the action of the novel mainly occurs during the hot summer months. The first part of the book is the story of Dan a local who bumps into visiting college students Steven, Kim, and Casey who become his friends. Great books are timeless, web browsers are not. It looks like your browser is out of date. We do our best to support a wide variety of browsers and devices, but BookBub works best in a modern browser. BookBub offers a great personalized experience.

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I was looking for a really scary haunted house story. This is not it. It is more of a psychological thriller. In addition I had to skip most of the end due to animal violence. Reader beware. There is nothing haunted about this story, it has gratuitous sex and violence, but no ghosts.
I gave it one star as the author did take time to write the book. I had read 48% of the book and had a hard time getting to that point as it was all sex. When the story finally got around to the "game(s)" it was not very entertaining.......I did not care for the book at all.
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Hide and Seek by Jack Ketchum is an emotional, action, horror story. That is in reverse order. The horror part of the story is based on a tried and true element, an ancient almost one-hundred-year-old abandoned house. Its original owners, Ben and Mary Crouch, had simply abandoned it. The brother and sister couple, both of whom were considered mentally feeble, had gotten behind on mortgage or tax payments. Warned of imminent foreclosure, they had simply disappeared. Perhaps they had taken some of their dogs with them, but twenty-three were left behind. Confined and hungry, they presented a challenge to the police officers who responded to a call based on neighbor complaints. After throwing food, some possibly tainted with drugs, into the house, the officers waited for the noise of dogs fighting for food to abate before entering the house. They found heaps of garbage, old newspapers, items that could only be considered junk, and general filth. The house remained empty until a doctor bought it, tried to renovate at least parts of it, but eventually gave up either out of frustration or perhaps due to a sinister implied threat from the disappeared Ben and Mary Crouch. Abandoned again, the house fascinated the curious, usually young, inhabitants of Dead River.

Dan was still considered young but he was old enough to buy alcohol. That was part of the fascination for Casey, Kim, and Steve. They were younger than Dan and also more wealthy. Steve had a Chrysler Le Baron and Casey had a Chevy convertible. The cars were far superior to Dan’s Chevy pickup truck that couldn’t go too fast without the front end trying to shake itself loose from the rest of the truck. Dan had lived in Dead River all his life. Casey, Steve, and Kim were tourists. They had no job, didn’t want a job, and would leave after the summer was over. Or not. That is what makes this a horror story. Dan had a fairly low-level job driving a forklift at a lumber mill but it satisfied Dan up until the time he met Casey. To know Casey was to accept her friends, Steve and Kim. To know Casey was to accept that she took risks just for the sake of taking risks. Dan discovered that when he realized she had just stolen the car he was riding in. When Dan accompanied the trio on shopping trips for anything, only three of them paid. Casey never paid. Whether Dan was seduced by Casey or by the thrill of taking risks is one of the questions in this novel.

While growing up in Dead River Dan and his good friend Rafferty had explored the abandoned Crouch house. Of course, they explored the house at night because that is what young people do; they explore creepy old abandoned houses in anticipation of the thrill of finding a ghost. Dan and Rafferty didn’t find a ghost but they did run away from the house because of some unexplainable feeling of fear. Dan knew the stories and rumors surrounding Ben and Mary Crouch. The pair had never resurfaced and gossip was that they had only moved closer to the sea into a series of caves and tunnels. Perhaps they only wanted to watch over the house they had never wanted to give up. Dan was grown now but still had a creepy feeling about the Crouch house. He did not want to go back there for any reason.
But then he met Casey, a girl who lived for risks. Her best friend Kim might say she had a death wish. Kim knew a haunting secret from Casey’s past, one that provoked the death wish and depression that could only be lightened by taking risks. Dan knew there was something strange in her past but Casey’s friends would not tell. Dan would have to find out for himself. Meanwhile, Dan became a participant in the gang’s risk-taking adventures. Once Casey heard the story of the Crouch house, it was only a matter of time that she would come up with a risk that should entertain Dan. Maybe the whole scheme was a test for Dan. The four would play a game of hide and seek in the abandoned house. At night, of course. And without flashlights.

This is where the horror and action elements come together. For this game of hide and seek in the dark, each of the four would draw a length of rope from a bag. The one with the shortest length of rope was “it.” That person would collect all the lengths of rope and carry them while searching for the other three. When a person was found, “It” would use two of the ropes to tie the person up. Another two ropes were for another found person and then “It” was free to find the last person at which time the game was over. Ketchum describes the set up for the game and the search in the dark in a way that will provoke reader shivers. And, of course, there are things in the dark that were not anticipated. This action element continues to the novel’s conclusion. This part is one of those page-turner, can’t-put-it-down parts.

So where is the emotional part? After chapter twenty-three, the novel’s conclusion, there is an eight-part addendum titled Risky Living: A Memoir. Readers should identify the elements that Ketchum expanded for Hide and Seek. Due to its basis in reality, I found it emotional. It is not a teaser or prequel for another novel. Readers who do not read it will miss something important that adds a lot to Hide and Seek.

Ketchum does a fine job of writing in the first person. Dan gives frequent hints at secrets and the reader is pulled by a continuing set of teases and hints about what will be revealed. The vocabulary is crisp and spare without unneeded words. I look forward to reading more Jack Ketchum novels. I gave this novel five Amazon stars for the entertaining writing style.
Another great Jack Ketchum novel. Four college-age kids hell-bent on escaping their past, present, and future lives engage in increasingly dangerous and foolhardy stunts that culminate in a disastrous game of… Hide and Seek. The first half of Hide and Seek spends the majority of its time establishing the backgrounds and personalities of its four main characters, and the complexity of these people and their relationship would easily stand on their own as a gripping novel about love, loss, and human connections. But Ketchum’s horrific third-act twist feels like a natural progression despite the far-fetched nature and origin of the novel’s climactic antagonists. Special kudos to his handling of the novel’s narrator, whose occasional lapses into poetic contemplation should feel forced or out of place, but somehow ring true to the narrator’s voice. Ketchum’s novels are never just about the horror; every story he tells is rooted in the human experience, and this book is no different. Perhaps you could call it ‘Compassionate Post-Splatterpunk’? The horror elements of the book will surely scare and entertain, but the human drama that unfolds in the foreground will touch you just as deep.
A lot of people passionate about either loving or hating this one, I clearly fall into the camp of the former. I feel expectations play a big role in whether we enjoy a book, and the blurb for this one is quite deceiving ... The "game" itself is only the last fourth of the novel. This isn't "Saw," it's not a haunted house tale (though you could make arguments that it incorporates some of the tropes of the genre), but I found it both moving and brilliant.

Ketchum takes his time in this one, allowing the characters to drive the narrative rather than the other way around, and it works magnificently. One of my biggest gripes with a lot of books / films in the horror genre is that I don't care enough about the characters before the blood starts flying. This doesn't mean I need lengthy back stories or -- even worse -- flashbacks; quite the contrary. Often it's through a character's actions and/or reactions that we get to know them. But it's also through their wounds that they become real.

For me, this was a story I didn't want to end simply because I felt I knew these characters, and I could have spent more time with them. Ketchum's approach only made the horror elements of this novel that much more shocking, which led to some great and/or tragic discoveries. A novella to take your time with and not race through, but highly recommended.
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A horror novel with actual character development! Four friends go play hide and seek in an abandoned house where bad stuff happened in the past. What could possibly go wrong? But this is just a small part of the story, the first half is simply the story of how Dan met and fell for Casey, a free spirit with a dark streak. Dan is a funny guy, and following him around is a lot of fun.. until bad things start happening.
A lot of people passionate about either loving or hating this- but for me the issue is more about the age of the lead and how he seems to be much older than he should be (don't worry not a spoiler), and the very cliche story of hot-and-wild girl catches the eye of too-cool-for-tourists guy. It reminded me a lot of the beginning of Twilight in that way, and that is not a compliment.