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Widow’s Peak by Richard Chizmar & Billy Chizmar.

23 Feb

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Richard Chizmar is one of the best horror writers around.  Many readers would agree with this reviewer. This time around Richard and his son Billy Chizmar have joined forces to give us the tale of  Widow’s Point, a lighthouse in Harper’s Cove that has been plagued with death since it’s construction in 1838, where three workers were killed, with one of them falling to his death from a catwalk. Since that time, about a dozen people have met their deaths from suicide, accidents, murder (an entire family is killed) and many people have just disappeared. Author Thomas Livingston who has written thirteen books on the supernatural is seeking a story for his next book. He agrees to spend the weekend along locked inside this tower of death with no contact with the outside world. The inhabitants of the lighthouse have other plans for this intruder.  Richard and Billy Chizmar let you know that something bad is about to happen and it’s that suspense that keeps the reader glued to the story. I should know. I read this book in one sitting. My only mistake was to read it all alone one night. I should have known better, but I just couldn’t put it down. I had to know what the ghosts had in mind for this greedy author. Soon the video camera that Livingston is using to document his ordeal starts to malfunction, only capturing audio at times. I won’t go into other gruesome details, but the Chizmar s sure do! They write in detail what happens to this man who is not wanted in the lighthouse. If you enjoy reading haunting tales, then pickup a copy of this book to read. My only advice? Read it during the day and definitely not alone at night!

I was given a copy of this book to read  in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other material by this father and son duo. It seems that talent does run in that family!

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A Long December A Book Review by Mike Limon

1 May

I fell in love with reading in the third grade. I found myself reading mostly short stories. As a teenager growing up in the 1960’s, I really enjoyed watching TV shows like The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits. I started reading plenty of horror short stories. Like many other fans of the genre, they fascinate me. I don’t remember how I found Richard Chizmar’s short stories a few years ago, but boy, I sure am glad that I did! I really enjoy reading his work. I recently read his book, ” A Long December.” This is one of the best short story books that I have read in a long time. Each story was different and I was fascinated reading this collection.  It is a collection of 35 of his short stories, and is incredible to read! The author takes you on a roller coaster ride with each story. They start out slow and gain momentum and then you need to hold on because you know something is coming, but you’re not exactly sure what’s going to happen! Many times I finished reading the story thinking to myself, “Wow! I didn’t see that coming!” Chizmar writes about everyday people like you and me but something horrific happens in their lives. In “The Box,” a mother discovers a horrifying  secret that one of her children has been hiding in a box in the teenager’s closet, but there’s another shocking discovery! In “Ditch Treasures,” workmen along the freeway in Maryland discover treasure everyday that people have discarded. One workmen makes what he thinks is an incredible find that will bring him fame and fortune, but as he takes a closer look at what he found, he is shocked and wishes he had never laid eyes on this terrible thing. I encourage you to check out this book. Each of these stories is unique in their own way, but as a reader you can sympathize with the characters and what is happening to them!  You will find yourself thinking about these stories long  after you put the book down.

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