A Long December

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A man hunts aliens in human form, or so he believes. A mother’s horrifying discovery casts suspicion on her son. A historian discusses the first days after the end of the world with a prominent survivor. A college student’s video collection of his conquests begins displaying his violent death. A water tower in a quiet town becomes murder central. A novelist finds himself under siege because of a thriller he wrote. A cop goes rogue to avenge his fallen partner.

Richard Chizmar is an underappreciated name in horror, a chillmaster whose stories can range from the unsettling to the thought-provoking, from the dark-and-stormy-night macabre to the “Ooh, gotcha! What a twist!” O. Henry-with-bite sort of scares. A Long December collects sinister stories from throughout his career, including the heartrendingly-effective title story.

This is a terrific gateway collection not only for Chizmar’s works, but for the horror genre in general, which so often gets typecast by gore and shock value content instead of the proper chill-you-to-your-bones unsettling darkness that well-crafted horror can bring.

It even contains the story from which Cemetery Dance magazine drew its iconic name. You can’t go wrong with this one.

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Author Richard Chizmar
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 520 pages
Publisher Subterranean
Publish Date 2016-10-31
ISBN 9781596067936
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Issue November 2016
Category Poetry & Short Stories


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