Meeting Jack Ketchum

girl-next-door-ketchum-warner-1989Tonight I was poking around online looking for something interesting when I came across a list of the top 100 scariest books. The number one book by Horror Novel Reviews was Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door.

“I met him at HWC!” is all I could think of. Walking around the convention, Jack Ketchum had the air of a rock star. I had a chance to speak with him outside the hotel as we stood outside watching the cars pass and we talked about cats. Nothing stellar, just how we both liked cats.

Of course, I’ve added The Girl Next Door to my reading list. Next year, if I see Ketchum at StokerCon in Las Vegas I might have some amazing questions to ask about his books and his “writer’s process,” but in the end I will probably still just talk about cats.

Who doesn’t like cats?


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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