Offspring is the sequel to Out of Season which was a story about a clan of cannibalistic children that terrorized the east coast. The hero of both books is the old, overweight police chief, George Peters. Eleven years have passed since Peters thought he had killed the last of the clan. His wife has died of cancer and he has quietly retired to a sedentary life of alcohol consumption to try to erase the painful memories of his near-death battle with the kiddie klan, the passing of several of his deputies and several innocent victims, and his best friend and loving partner, Mary. Unfortunately, the clan is alive and prospering by stealing babies and raising them as their own. They have pretty much remained undetected through perseverance and dumb-luck over the years. They are back to the battlefield town of Dead River, Maine and the madness is about to be repeated. Stephen King has written high praise about Ketchum's work, so I thought I would give him a try. I was not surprised to find out that some of his books were made into B horror movies. His writing is very descriptive. Not anywhere approaching great literature, but he does know how to spin a suspenseful yarn...that leans heavily towards the grotesque side of life.