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Richard T. Chizmar Books In Order

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Publication Order of Boogeyman Books

Chasing the Boogeyman (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Becoming the Boogeyman (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Button Box Books

Gwendy's Button Box (With: Stephen King) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gwendy's Magic Feather (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gwendy's Final Task (With: Stephen King) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Darkness Whispers (With: Brian James Freeman) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl on the Porch (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memorials (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Dirty Coppers (With: Ed Gorman) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil's Night: A Halloween Short Story (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brothers (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Widow's Point (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Washingtonians (With: Bentley Little,Johnathon Schaech) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Midnight Promises (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Long December (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Way Home (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dark Screams Anthology Books

Dark Screams: Volume One (By: Kelley Armstrong) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Screams: Volume Two (By: Brian James Freeman) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Screams: Volume Three (By: Brian James Freeman) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Screams: Volume Four (By: Brian James Freeman) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Screams: Volume Five (By: Brian James Freeman) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Screams: Volume Six (By: Brian James Freeman) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Screams: Volume Seven (By: Brian James Freeman) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Screams: Volume Eight (With: Brian James Freeman,Frank Darabont) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Screams: Volume Nine (By: Kelley Armstrong) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Night Visions Books

Night Visions: In the Blood (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 2 (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 3 (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions: The Hellbound Heart (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 6 (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 8 (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 9 (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 10 (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 11 (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 12 (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Best of Cemetery Dance Books

with Nancy Holder, William Relling Jr.
The Best of Cemetery Dance, Volume 1 (With: Nancy Holder) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Cemetery Dance Volume 2 (With: William Relling Jr.) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Cold Blood(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Earth Strikes Back(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Screamplays(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
October Dreams(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Cemetery Dance, Volume 1(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Cemetery Dance Volume 2(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trick or Treat(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers II(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers III(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cemetery Dance: Issue 52(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers IV(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
4 Fear of...(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shocklines(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Cemetery Dance II(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Laymon's Terms(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smoke and Mirrors(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers V(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers VI(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers VII(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mister October, Volume I: An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turn Down the Lights(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cemetery Dance: Issue 71(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Harvest(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered.(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Better Weird(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hides the Dark Tower(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horror 201: The Silver Scream Vol. 1(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
10 Halloween Haunts(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chiral Mad 3(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unearthed(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales from the Witching Hour(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
F*ck the Rules(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seas & Oceans(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Places, Evil Faces(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Demons of King Solomon(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aphotic Realm Magazine Issue #3: Classified(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Washingtonians(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
You, Human(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Horror Vol. 2(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantastic Tales of Terror(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Halloween Haunts Volume 1(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silverwood(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Word Horrors Part 2(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horror Collection: Black Edition(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Clock Strikes 13(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers VIII(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Darkness, Delight(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Tides(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seasons of Terror(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Halloween Nights(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Revelations: Horror Writers for Climate Action(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Institutionalized(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
October Screams: A Halloween Anthology(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vampires(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Richard Chizmar is an American USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon bestselling author of science fiction, horror, and fantasy books. He co-authored Gwendy’s Button Box, a bestselling novella with Stephen King. Richard has edited more than 35 anthologies, his short fiction stories appeared in dozens of publications.

The author has won two awards, including the HWA’s Board of Trustees Award and International Horror Guild Awards.
Additionally, Richard Chizmar has collaborated in writing teleplays and screenplays for Sony Screen Gems, United Artists, NBC, Showtime, Lions Gate, and other companies. He has adapted bestselling books by other authors into television shows/movies. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages across the globe. He has appeared in several conferences as a guest speaker, writing instructor, guest of honor, and panelist.

Gwendy’s Button Box
Gwendy is a twelve-year-old, broad, outcast at her school. At the top of some stairs in an elevated park in Castle Rock, a strange man offers him a peculiar object in a dark suit. A small box of buttons with two tiny levers. A magic box that occasionally grants tiny gifts, but at a high cost. Pressing the various buttons on the box has serious consequences, and protecting the box is a huge responsibility.

What if someone steals the box? What if a button is accidentally pressed? And if someone presses the fearsome black button.
It’s to be noted that Gwendy’s Button Box is a collaboration between Stephen King and Richard Chizmar that revisits the strange old town of Castle Rock.
The narrative revolves around the childhood Gwendy spends protecting the mahogany box. She discovers both its positives and negatives as she watches history unfold, worrying about the boxes’ effect on the world at large and her friends and family.

The story moves quickly through a decade-long custodian of the world’s most dangerous box. Gwendy’s growth from adolescence to young adulthood is nicely done and provides a firm foundation for the tale’s universal concerns, for example, the current human capability of self-destruction.

Given the setting and the tone of this story, it would be pretty tempting to regard this story as just another Stephen King narrative. It’s a fantastic collaboration with a bestselling author with a similar storytelling style as Stephen King, including idiomatic prose style and uniquely crafted characters.
The characterization is fantastic, and Gwendy is a heroine you will easily root with from the first page to the last. We watch her grow into a charming young woman. We also watch her get into fights with friends, study for school, become a track star, grief, go on dates and eventually fall in love, but the box never leaves her mind.

The entire narrative is quite entertaining, and even though Stephen King did co-author this novel with Richard Chizmar, the story itself doesn’t have much horror scenes as you’d expect in a typical King style. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t some nice horror scenes- there’s horror but not on every page.

Chasing the Boogeyman
This is a metafictional retell of the events that took place in 1988. We are transported back in time to the summer of 1988 when Richard Chizmar returns home after finishing college. Even though Richard is not sure about the direction of his life, there are certain things he’s sure about his life.

One, he knows that he’ll get married to Kara, and secondly, he wants to become an author of horror and crime fiction books. While his fiancée finishes school, Richard begins to prepare for his soon happen wed while at the same time trying to start off his literary magazine.

Days before his arrival, a young girl is brutally murdered. But when her body is discovered in the nearby woods the following day after his arrival, Richard’s perception of the young town where he grew up changes forever. The idea that a person he known since childhood was murdered just a few blocks is always like a nightmare.

Over the next few months, four more girls are murdered similarly, their ears cut off, and their bodies posed. This sends clues to the authorities that a serial killer was on the loose, and once a tiny peaceful community is soon saturated with suspicion and paranoia.

His curiosity and interest in true crime send Richard into an investigative mode as he starts asking questions to make sense of the events in his hometown.
But not even Richard Chizmar feels safe. Someone keeps phoning his parents home and hanging up. When Richard and his friend Jimmy encounter a man wearing a white mask while exploring a haunted house, the reality of a serial killer becomes a reality.

Richard Chizmar’s book Chasing the Boogeyman gives the readers a glimpse into a specifc time and place and shows us how the small town of Edgewood lost its innocence. It’s a memoir of the author’s coming-of-age story relating to growing up in a small working-class town in America.

The author pays homage to the simpler life when children would play on the streets and be adventurous without any fears of live.
Like any other true crime novel ever written, Chasing the Boogeyman also includes the pictures of the crime scenes, the evidence the cops collected, and the profiles of prime suspects, all of which add realism to the story.

As you read through this beautifully crafted story, such additions to the story could trigger your own personal questions. The authenticity of the author’s retelling makes the reader’s commitment to the truth smooth, but it also prepares you for a heart-wrenching finale. Combine all these aspects with a sharp sense of dread and a dark undercurrent, and as a reader, you’re left with an outstanding blend of horror, true crime, and memoir.

If you’re looking for a new and real story, then Chasing the Boogeyman chilling originality and the slow-burning suspenseful narration is an excellent recommendation that will keep you at the edge of your seat to the last page.

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