The horror literary world lost a giant today. Jack Ketchum, often credited with spearheading the Splaterpunk craze has passed. His debut novel, Off Season, came to light in 1980 and took the horror world by storm. Much like Stephen King, Ketchum had been submitting his work to men’s magazine for years prior to the publishing of Off Season. Primarily known for his novels The Girl Next Door and The Woman – both turned into very popular films – his work was vicious, gut wrenching, unflinching and nothing short of spectacular. Ketchum, whose given name was Dallas Mayr – was a four time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award and received the Grand Master Award at the World Horror Convention in 2011. Always cutting edge, always controversial, his unique voice and vision will be sorely missed. He was 71 years old.