• Editor: Richard Chizmar
  • Artist: Gail Cross
  • Page Count: 281
  • Pub. Date: 2002
  • ISBN: 1-58767-063-1
  • Status: Out of Print

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edited by Richard Chizmar

Trade Paperback: $20

About the Book:
Cemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce Shivers, our award nominated anthology of terror, containing almost two dozen short stories from today's hottest writers including Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Douglas Clegg, Edward Lee, Simon Clark, Ray Garton, David B. Silva, Graham Masterton, Jay Bonansinga, and many others! Featuring both original dark fiction and rare reprints, Shivers is available only as a beautiful perfect-bound trade paperback.

"Fodder" by Brian Keene & Tim Lebbon
"Ice Box" by Jay Bonansinga
"The Hand of Glory" by Simon Clark
"Hermanoes De El Noche" by Bentley Little
"Walking With the Ghosts of Pier 13" by Brian Freeman
"265 and Heaven" by Douglas Clegg
"The Sailor Home from the Sea" by John Pelan
"This is the End; My Only Friend, the End" by David B. Silva
"White-Out" by Peter Crowther & Simon Conway
"The Holding Cell" by Jack Ketchum
"The Wager" by Thomas F. Monteleone
"Always Traveling, Never Arriving" by Robert Morrish
"That Extra Mile" by David Niall Wilson & Brian A. Hopkins
"Bleed With Me: A Brackard's Point Story" by Geoff Cooper
"The Green Face" by Al Sarrantonio
"Tender Tigers" by Nancy A. Collins
"Spin Cycle" by David G. Barnett
"Throwing Caution to the Wind..." by Kelly Laymon
"Portrait of a Sociopath" by Edward Lee
"The Sympathy Society" by Graham Masterton

"Chizmar, who edits horror's flagship fiction magazine, Cemetery Dance, assembles 22 previously unpublished stories in a compilation that reads much like a heftier version of his periodical. And like a periodical, this anthology seems more a snapshot of the genre at a given moment than an enduring monument. A fair share of the selections will doubtless earn archiving in annual "best of" anthologies, among them Douglas Clegg's "256 and Heaven," an unsettling account of a supernatural force that feeds on guilt and loneliness and drives its victims to psychopathic behavior. Al Sarrantonio's "The Green Face" is a similarly adept blend of psychological and supernatural horror. In "The Wager," Thomas F. Monteleone spins an old-fashioned revenge tale in the EC comics mode that, for all its creakiness, compels reading until its final ghoulish twist. The book's lack of a specific thematic focus gives writers a chance to explore a variety of topics and approaches, ranging from John Pelan's "The Sailor Home from the Sea," a work steeped in the classic ghost story tradition, to Simon Clark's "The Hand of Glory," which effectively imports a classic horror theme into an incongruous contemporary setting. Some shorter selections are little better than back-of-the-book filler, and others, like Graham Masterton's "The Sympathy Society," bury ideas with intriguing possibilities under piles of gore. Nevertheless, the diversity of contents and writing talents ensures something to suit each horror reader's tastes."
Publishers Weekly

Richard ChizmarRichard Chizmar has edited more than a dozen anthologies, including The Best of Cemetery Dance, The Earth Strikes Back, Night Visions 10, October Dreams (with Robert Morrish), and the Shivers series.  His fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won numerous honors including two World Fantasy Awards, four International Horror Guild Awards, and the HWA's Board of Trustees Award.

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• Available exclusively as a trade paperback from Cemetery Dance Publications ($20)