Richard Chizmar is an American author of horror and speculative fiction novels. He is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Richard is also the publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine, an editor of anthologies, film producer, screenwriter and writing teacher. His work has appeared in many different publications, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and editions of The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He is also the winner of two World Fantasy awards, four International Horror Guild awards, and the HWA’s Board of Trustee’s award.

Richard Chizmar made his debut as a writer in 1987 with the short story The Sniper, published in Scifant magazine in 1987. Since then, much of his work has been writing short stories, chapbooks, novellas, and screenplays as well as editing anthologies. Below is a list of Richard Chizmar’s books in order of when they were originally released:

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Publication Order of Boogeyman Books

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

Publication Order of The Button Box Books

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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

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

Publication Order of Collections

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

Publication Order of Dark Screams Anthology Books

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

Publication Order of Night Visions Books

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

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
The Best of Cemetery Dance Volume 2 (With: William Relling Jr.) (2001)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

If You Like Richard T. Chizmar Books, You’ll Love…

Richard T. Chizmar Synopses: Gwendy’s Button Box is a novella by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King, and the first in the Gwendy’s Button Box Trilogy.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong – if time-rusted—iron bolts and zig-zag up the precarious cliffside.

Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told – until now.

Darkness Whispers is a standalone title by Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman. The story is set in the town of Windbrook, a sleepy little community nestled deep in the secluded Skullkin Valley of western Pennsylvania. All is well in Windbrook, just like usual, just like always. Nothing ever changes. Except… except today something is different. An old man with piercing gray eyes will arrive in town this morning. He is not human. Not even close. And he is not alone. Death travels with him.

The Girl on the Porch is a standalone novel by Richard Chizmar. When the Tuckers’ next-door neighbour mentions someone rang their doorbell late the previous night, Sarah and Kenny Tucker check their home’s security camera and discover something shocking: the doorbell ringer also visited their house and it wasn’t just a teenager playing a prank, but instead a terrified young woman with a shackle hanging from her right wrist. She anxiously pressed the doorbell again and again, glancing over her shoulder as if someone was coming for her, before giving up and taking off into the dark.

Almost overnight, she gets the name “The Girl on the Porch” – and she’s everywhere. There are updates on all the local networks, national coverage on all of the cable news networks, and the video goes viral on social media. Before long, the harrowing security camera footage is seen everywhere. Kenny and Sarah figure it’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes the woman, but as the days pass and no one comes forward, odd things begin to transpire around the Tucker family: a man intensely watches them at a restaurant and then vanishes, fresh footprints appear in the garden next to their house where no one should have been, a neighbour’s pet is viciously killed and mutilated, and a mysterious man has started following their daughter Natalie…

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