A Sting in the Tale Only the fear­less will try this dark-side-of-the-moon ver­sion of ‘Stand By Me’

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If you haven’t read a book by Jack Ketchum, then you def­i­nitely should. With sto­ries that are vi­o­lent, graphic and psy­cho­log­i­cally scarring, the ‘King of Hor­ror’ him­self, Stephen King, once de­scribed Ketchum as “the scari­est guy in Amer­ica”, also call­ing him “one of the best in the busi­ness, on par with Clive Barker, James Ell­roy, and Thomas Har­ris.” And if you were to choose just one book then it would have to be ‘The Girl Next Door’, which tells the shock­ing story of the abuse of a teenage girl by her aunt and some neigh­bour­hood kids, who tor­ture, mu­ti­late, and hu­mil­i­ate the poor 16-yearold over the course of a sum­mer. What makes ‘The Girl Next Door’ all the more un­palat­able is that the events re­ally did hap­pen, in In­di­ana, in 1965. In short, this book isn’t for the faint-hearted.

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