March 16, 2011

Wish List Wednesday #90: Jack Ketchum's "The Woman"

Wish List Wednesday is a weekly meme I started in July '09, in which I put the spotlight on a book that is on my wish list--whether new release, blast from the past, or hidden gem.

During the Sundance Film Festival, one loud-mouthed audience member achieved more publicity for a horror film than just about any publicist in attendance, whil simultaneously demonstrating the futility of protesting a movie of which he disapproved.

The collaboration of Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee may have struck a bit of gold with the latest adaptation of Ketchum's work, The Woman. But before I ever get a chance to see the movie, I want to get my hands on the book. It's out via Crossroad Press.

Here's the write-up:

The Woman is the powerful story of the last survivor of a feral tribe of cannibals who have terrorized the east coast from Maine into Canada for years now. Badly wounded in a battle with police, she takes refuge in a cave overlooking the sea. Christopher Cleek is a slick, amoral — and unstable — country lawyer who, out hunting one day, sees her bathing in a stream. Fascinated, he follows her to her cave. Cleek has many dark secrets and to these he’ll add another. He will capture her, lock her in his fruit cellar, tame her and civilize her. To this end he’ll enlist his long-suffering wife Belle, his teenage son and daughter Brian and Peg, and even his little girl Darlin’, to aid him. So the question becomes, who is more savage? The hunter or the game?

How about you? Any interest in reading this one too?


  1. Very much so. I watched all the footage of the guy freaking out at the screening, and I'm a HUGE fan of Lucky and thought is was interesting that they co-wrote the book as well as collaborated for the film.

  2. TOTALLY interested in reading this. Love Ketchum, love his series of cannibals in a cave books. I don't think this one will disappoint.

  3. Tony - I'm unfamiliar with Lucky's work, but if he's good enough for Jack ...

    TheGirl - His work is so hard to find locally, I'm probably gonna have to resort to Kindle for PC purchases in the future. Shame, too.