American fiction writer and screenwriter who is best known for horror novels such as The Girl Next Door and Red. He was a recipient of both the Bram Stoker Award and the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He published his first novel, Off Season, in 1980.
He was born Dallas Mayr; he adopted Jack Ketchum as his pen name.
He was born in Livingston, New Jersey to Evelyn and Dallas Mayr.
He was influenced by Stephen King during his career.