OFF SEASON. New York: Ballantine Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Ballantine 29427. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Ketchum to Stanley Wiater on the copyright page: "To Stan --- / Many thanks for / paying attention. / Best best, / Dallas." "Ketchum's harrowing account of vacationing Manhattanites trapped by an inbred family of flesh-eaters in rural Maine is a clever social critique that raises the question of which group is more predatory and vicious -- the sophisticated ubranites or the country cannibals? A novel clearly influenced by films such as 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968) and 'The Hills Have Eyes' (1977), OFF SEASON is certainly not as shocking today as when it was originally published, but it is still a compelling reading experience, well-written and clear evidence that Ketchum is more than just a hack writer of pulp horror." - Boyd White. Wiater's red ink library stamp on the inside front cover. Some rubbing to black background ink along cover edges, a nearly fine copy. (#164988).
"First Printing: July 1981" on copyright page.