The Woman is the last of her kind, the lone survivor of a tribe of feral cannibals who have terrorized the Maine coast for years. She is wounded and weak, but she's found refuge in a cave overlooking the sea. Christopher Cleek is an amoral—and unstable—lawyer who sees her bathing in a stream one day while he's out hunting. Cleek has dark, cruel secrets and he will now add one more. He will capture the Woman, lock her in his cellar, and attempt to tame her, with the help of his wife and children. But very soon the question will become: Who is more savage, the hunter or the prey?
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Jack Ketchum’s debut novel, Off Season (1981)—an updating of the Sawney Beane story—prompted The Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher for publishing violent pornography. Since then, he has published 12 additional novels and several short story collections.He has won numerous Stoker Awards, including Best Collection 2003 ( Peaceable Kingdom), Best Long Fiction 2003 ( Closing Time), Best Short Fiction 2000 ( Gone), and Best Short Fiction 1994 ( The Box).Four of his books were recently filmed as movies: The Lost (2001), The Girl Next Door (2005), Red (2008) and Offspring (2009). Lucky McKee wrote and directed the cult favorite May, which in turn got him selected to write and direct an episode ( Sick Girl) in the first season of Showtime’s Masters of Horror series, alongside such directors as Tobe Hooper, Dario Argento, Joe Dante, John Landis, and John Carpenter.
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