The Long Way Home

The Day - - NIGHT & DAY - — Rick Koster

Richard Chiz­mar

If it’s true that hor­ror fic­tion is as a genre seems to com­prise an in­creas­ingly small slice of the pub­lish­ing mar­ket­place, what’s a fan to do? Well, for one thing, or­der a copy of Richard Chiz­mar’s new collection, “The Long Way Home.” Chiz­mar, the founder and pub­lisher of Ceme­tery Dance, which might be thought of as the Paris Re­view of hor­ror pe­ri­od­i­cals, is also an ac­com­plished and cre­ative writer whose flow­ing and easy-go­ing style is the per­fect de­liv­ery sys­tem for some truly dark ideas. The thing is, for all the gen­uinely eerie char­ac­ters and stories herein, there are beau­ti­fully emo­tive un­der­pin­nings of melan­choly, lone­li­ness, wit and hu­man­ity. “Roses and Rain­drops,” “The Witch,” “Mis­chief” and “Silent Night” are among my fa­vorite stories in the book, and two es­says, one on Ellery Queens Mys­tery Mag­a­zine and one re­flect­ing on the le­gacy of Stephen King, are both pretty won­der­ful.

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