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Now, nearly two decades later, Chizmar assembles 35 stories, including a previously unpublished novella, and presents us with A Long December.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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not for me
Some of what was best about these stories didn't work in the Audible format for me. Some stories ended abruptly, before I expected, and that was part of their potential appeal. However, the next story started immediately and by the time I realized it was a new story I had lost the opportunity to consider and enjoy the ending of the previous one. In a traditional book I'd know the story ended. I could pause and reflect.
Yes, for sure.
So much of the ratings for narrators is subjective. This one was not for me. His delivery is very slow and well, sounds a little 'simple' to me. Again it's taste I suppose so I gave him 4 stars.
Whether it was worth the time was borderline. I wish I would have stopped and read it on paper.
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- Joseph Spencer