A Long December

A Long December

by Richard Chizmar


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In 1996, Richard Chizmar’s debut short story collection, Midnight Promises, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Publishers Weekly called it “a sterling collection” while singling out “The Silence of Sorrow” as “an understated masterpiece.”

Two years later, Subterranean Press published a mini-collection from Chizmar entitled Monsters and Other Stories. In his introduction, acclaimed genre critic Edward Bryant said, “When all is said and done, this book should leave you in utter silence, giving you time and opportunity to contemplate what you just read. Tough storytelling from a tough writer; but a writer who is not calloused. Chizmar possesses a finely honed gift of empathy. With utter grace and loving kindness he’ll put you right inside the life (and soul) of the monster.”

Now, nearly two decades later, Chizmar assembles thirty-five stories, including a previously-unpublished novella, and presents us with A Long December. This massive new collection features more than 150,000 words of Chizmar’s very best short fiction and includes 8,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in A Long December range from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery.

As New York Times bestselling author Scott Smith (A Simple Plan, The Ruins) notes: “It’s an idyllic little world Richard Chizmar has created. Boys fish in the shallows of a winding creek. A father tosses a baseball with his young son in the fading light of a summer day. There’s the smell of fresh-cut grass. And then, well…just beneath the surface? There are those missing pets whose collars turn up in a shoebox. Or the disturbing photos the dead can leave behind. Or the terrible thing you might find yourself doing when a long lost brother suddenly returns, demanding money. Chizmar does a tremendous job of peeling back his world’s shiny layers, revealing the rot that lies underneath. His stories feel like so many teeth: short and sharp and ready to draw blood.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934267592
Publisher: Gauntlet Pr
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Sales rank: 747,209
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

RICHARD CHIZMAR is the founder/publisher of Cemetery
Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications book imprint.
He has edited more than 20 anthologies and his fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won two
World Fantasy awards, four International Horror Guild awards, and the
HWA's Board of Trustees' award.

Chizmar (in collaboration with Johnathon Schaech) has also written screenplays and teleplays for United Artists, Sony Screen Gems, Lions
Gate, Showtime, NBC, and many other companies.

Chizmar is the creator/writer of Stephen King Revisited, and his next short story collection, A Long December, is due in 2016 from Subterranean Press.
Chizmar's work has been translated into many languages throughout the world, and he has appeared at numerous conferences as a writing instructor, guest speaker, panelist, and guest of honor.

You can follow Richard Chizmar on both Facebook and Twitter.

Table of Contents

Blood Brothers
The Man with X-Ray Eyes
The Box
Ditch Treasures
The Silence of Sorrow
After the Bombs
Last Words
Night Call
The Lake is Life
The Good Old Days
Grand Finale
The Artist
Family Ties
Mister Parker
Like Father, Like Son
The Tower
Cemetery Dance
A Crime of Passion
Devil's Night
Bride of Frankenstein: A Love Story
The Season of Giving
A Capital Cat Crime
The Sinner King
A Season of Change
Midnight Promises
The Night Shift
Only the Strong Survive
The Interview
The Poetry of Life
A Long December
Story Notes

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A Long December 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed most stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific collection of short stories to keep you up at night!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richard Chizmas weaves a spellbinding web with compelling tales of dark fiction, horror and double-whammies in his anthology, A Long December. Also enjoyed reading Richard's Story Notes. Highly recommend reading!
CatAfterDark More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! 35 dark fiction stories from the publisher of Cemetery Dance. The title - A LONG DECEMBER - comes from the final story, actually a novella length piece about a serial killer. These stories are classic dark fiction, not necessarily horror, and show the influences of Robert Bloch and Richard Matheson among others. One story, which shall remain nameless (for your reading enjoyment!) clearly showed a Stephen King influence in a "what if?" kind of way. I received my copy of A LONG DECEMBER from the publisher, Subterranean Press and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading dark fiction