A LONG DECEMBER by Richard Chizmar
Richard Chizmar, the editor and publisher of Cemetery Dance Magazine, presents a masterclass collection of his own horror stories. His forthcoming novel, GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX, co-written with Stephen King, will make him a household name, but his original work is a chilling exploration of family, loss, and regret. Everyday men and women are pushed to horrific extremes, but their lives and deaths are tempered with humanity. In his heartbreaking, post-apocalyptic story, “After the Bombs,” when a man searching for his father asks, “How did he die?”, an old blind man replies, “I’d rather tell you how he lived.” Memories are a recurring theme in these stories, but they are lies protecting us from the truth. You’ll find many memory boxes of various shapes and sizes, each one a metaphor for a secret self, filled with awful and amazing revelations. In the titular story, the friend of a killer says with bitter irony, “It’s funny the things you remember—and forget.” These tales will haunt you like photos of the dead.
-- R.J. Crowther Jr.— From Rob's Featured Nightmares