Richard Chizmar, best known as the founder of Cemetery Dance Publications and screenwriter for Showtime’s Masters of Horror, NBC’s Fear Itself, and several Stephen King and Ed Gorman adaptations, will be making headlines of a different sort in 2015 — as the author of four brand new books.
Subterranean Press, an award-winning publishing house based in Michigan, will release Chizmar’s latest collection of short fiction, A Long December, in mid-2015. Containing 30 stories, including the title novella, A Long December will also feature extensive story notes from the author and an introduction from a surprise contributor.
“I’ve known Rich Chizmar since before there was a Subterranean Press,” says Subterranean Press publisher William K. Schafer, “We’ve published chapbooks by him here and there, through the years. Now, with A Long December, I’m proud to showcase his distinct, heartfelt stories as a larger part of our book line.”
Chizmar’s last collection, Midnight Promises, was nominated for the World Fantasy Award.
SST Publications, headquartered in Birmingham, UK, will be publishing three additional Chizmar titles in 2015: an original novella, a novelette co-authored with legendary crime author Ed Gorman, and a limited edition chapbook co-written with actor/director/writer Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, Ray Donavon).
SST publisher Paul Fry says: “I’m so excited to have signed a three book deal with Richard Chizmar. I’ve been a long-time fan of Cemetery Dance and Chizmar is an incredible writer. His stories have a dark, quiet, and subtle beauty to them. I’m thrilled to be able to publish his fantastic work.”
Chizmar adds: “Both Subterranean Press and SST Publications are first-rate publishers, and I’m lucky to have signed with them. After years of focusing on Cemetery Dance and editorial work, it’s been a real pleasure to return to my own stories. Hopefully, readers will embrace the work and there will be lots more to come!”
Readers can follow the author on Twitter at: @RichardChizmar