The Girl Next Door Readies for her Close-Up


I've seen this book.. several times at the store, and even picked it up once - but for one reason or another, I did not buy it... maybe now I will. It's being reported that Jack Ketchum's novel: The Girl Next Door has been picked up by Modern Cine and it has been confirmed that turning this book into a film is their next project.

For those who may not be familar with the book, here's an overview of the story: David has a new friend and neighbor. Her name is Meg. David is twelve, Meg is fourteen. Meg holds that mystery of life for David. She's older and has that spark that boys his age begin to feel for older girls.

Aunt Ruth is a friend to the neighborhood kids. She treats them almost as equals, and not as kids like most adults do. She'll even let them slug back a beer from time to time.

The Game. The neighborhood kids knew all about it. It was forbidden for parents or any adults to know or participate in The Game. But then, Aunt Ruth was now one of the kids, wasn't she?

Suburbia in the 1950s. A nice quiet simpler time to grow up — unless you count the McCarthy trials and red-scares and the cold Cold War, unless you could see the dark side emerging. And on a quiet, tree lined dead-end street, in the dark damp basement of the Chandler house, it's emerging big-time for teenage Meg and her crippled little sister Susan — whose parents are dead now, who are now left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant Aunt, who is rapidly descending into madness.

It is a madness that infects all three of her sons — and finally, an entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their lingering, cruel, tortuous death. One boy with a very adult decision to make. Between love and compassion, and lust and evil.

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