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Summary

In 1996, Richard Chizmar's debut short story collection, Midnight Promises, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Publishers Weekly called it "a sterling collection" while singling out "The Silence of Sorrow" as "an understated masterpiece".

Two years later, Subterranean Press published a mini-collection from Chizmar entitled Monsters and Other Stories. In his introduction, acclaimed genre critic Edward Bryant said, "When all is said and done, this book should leave you in utter silence, giving you time and opportunity to contemplate what you just read. Tough storytelling from a tough writer; but a writer who is not calloused. Chizmar possesses a finely honed gift of empathy. With utter grace and loving kindness, he'll put you right inside the life (and soul) of the monster."

Now, nearly two decades later, Chizmar assembles 35 stories, including a previously unpublished novella, and presents us with A Long December. This massive new collection features more than 150,000 words of Chizmar's very best short fiction and includes 8,000 words of autobiographical story notes.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in A Long December range from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery.

©2016 Richard Chizmar (P)2017 Journalstone Publishing

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  • Michelle
  • 12-08-17

Exactly What I Needed!! Great Stories & Narration!!!

I really enjoyed these stories! Very enjoyable stories filled with suspense. I couldn't stop listening!

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  • Peggy Lindquist
  • 07-09-17

more please

loved it. Hated for it to end. What next Mr. Chizmar? I'm ready and waiting!

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  • Gary
  • 28-09-17

It's Richard Chizmar.

He's one of those writers who send you searching for rheir whole book of business because he's always great, but sometimes he really gets to you.

This collection is a nice, long, slow listen. You'll get a little creeped out, and you'll laugh, and you'll meet characters who remind you of people you know.

When I started listening to Donald Stifel's narration, I thought his voice would be too distinctive, and that it would be hard to distinguish characters. That notion evaporated very quickly as I soon found myself listening to a conversation between two cops and a woman without a moment's doubt as to who was whom. Characters? Mr. Stifel's got a million of 'em, and I enjoyed his narration a lot.




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  • Joseph Spencer
  • 16-08-17

great storytelling

I really enjoyed these stories cover to cover. awesomely narrated. I didn't think I would like the voice At first, but he knocked it out of the park

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  • Ms. January926
  • 12-09-17

I love short stories..

I love reading short stories and these were very good, a wide range of genres. Enjoyed every story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-18

Very good book

Was not sure I'd like a bunch of short stories but I have to say I can't think of one I really did not like. If you are one the fence about the book go ahead and buy it.

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  • teejay spina
  • 13-04-18

Chizmar's Short Stories

a good collection - some better than others. I'm more of a fan of the supernatural more than the suspense/detective genre, but in this case it was reversed. I very much enjoyed his intriguing crime stories, especially the final one from which this collection takes its name "A Long December." All in all a highly entertaining read.

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  • LIA
  • 04-03-18

great psychological stories

loved these stories. interesting how understandable it is to lose it as a sane person and what people would do to save themselves or family.

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  • Maryann
  • 10-10-17

I really enjoyed all the stories.

This was well worth the credit. I finished all but one story in one day. It made the day fly by. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-17

not for me

What did you like best about A Long December? What did you like least?

Some of what was best about these stories didn't work in the Audible format for me. Some stories ended abruptly, before I expected, and that was part of their potential appeal. However, the next story started immediately and by the time I realized it was a new story I had lost the opportunity to consider and enjoy the ending of the previous one. In a traditional book I'd know the story ended. I could pause and reflect.

Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Chizmar? Why or why not?

Yes, for sure.

Have you listened to any of David Stifel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

So much of the ratings for narrators is subjective. This one was not for me. His delivery is very slow and well, sounds a little 'simple' to me. Again it's taste I suppose so I gave him 4 stars.

Was A Long December worth the listening time?

Whether it was worth the time was borderline. I wish I would have stopped and read it on paper.