Jack Ketchum

American horror writer
Ketchum in April 2009

Dallas Mayr (November 10, 1946 – January 24, 2018), better known by his pseudonym Jack Ketchum, was an American author and screenwriter. He was born in Livingston, New Jersey. He was best known for writing the 1989 crime novel The Girl Next Door.

Many of his novels have been made to movies, including Red and The Woman. In 2011, Ketchum received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award for outstanding contribution to the horror genre.[1]

Ketchum died on January 24, 2018 in New York City of pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.[2]


  1. Jack Ketchum Official Website, p. 1. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
  2. "Horror Writer Jack Ketchum Dies at 71". The Washington Post. January 24, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.

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