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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Now, nearly two decades later, Chizmar assembles 35 stories, including a previously unpublished novella, and presents us with A Long December.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.
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By Gary on 09-28-17
It's Richard Chizmar.
He's one of those writers who send you searching for rheir whole book of business because he's always great, but sometimes he really gets to you.
This collection is a nice, long, slow listen. You'll get a little creeped out, and you'll laugh, and you'll meet characters who remind you of people you know.
When I started listening to Donald Stifel's narration, I thought his voice would be too distinctive, and that it would be hard to distinguish characters. That notion evaporated very quickly as I soon found myself listening to a conversation between two cops and a woman without a moment's doubt as to who was whom. Characters? Mr. Stifel's got a million of 'em, and I enjoyed his narration a lot.
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