Chet Williamson

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Chet Williamson (born 19 June 1948[citation needed]) is the author of nearly 20 books and over 100 short stories published in Esquire, The New Yorker, Playboy, and many other magazines and anthologies.


Chet Williamson was born in 1948 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and went on to be a teacher at public schools in Cleveland, Ohio. He later became a professional actor before becoming a freelance writer in 1986.[citation needed] His ghost story/psychological thriller, "Revenant", was produced at Theater of the Seventh Sister in Lancaster, PA.[citation needed]

His earlier novels include Second Chance,[citation needed] an ecological thriller/romance, Ash Wednesday,[citation needed] Reign,[citation needed] and Dreamthorp.[citation needed] His story, "Gandhi at the Bat", was made into a short film by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm.[citation needed] Figures in Rain, a collection of Williamson's short stories, won the International Horror Guild Award.[citation needed] He has been shortlisted twice for the World Fantasy Award,[citation needed] six times for the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award,[citation needed] and once for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award.[citation needed] His books have been translated and published in many languages and countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Japam, and Russia.[citation needed] Crossroad Press has reprinted many of his out of print books.[citation needed]

Williamson also authored one of the horror and fantasy field's true rarities, Kaikon, a chapbook published by Phantasmagoria Publications of Toronto. The chapbook, consisting of one previously published story, "The Pebbles of Sai-No-Kawara", and one new story, "Blanket Man", was printed in 2006, but the publisher did not release the book because of production difficulties with the accompanying wooden and resin box. Of the edition of 200 copies, the publisher sent a number of copies to the author. There are no plans to further distribute the book.

From 2001 to 2007, Williamson was the lead singer and guitarist for the Irish duo Fire in the Glen, in which he was partnered with fiddler and bodhranist Tom Knapp.[citation needed]

A lifelong member of the Actors' Equity Association, Williamson eventually resumed his acting career, and has performed in plays and musicals at Lancaster's Fulton Opera House and Theater of the Seventh Sister. In 2010, he began recording performances of Andrew Vachss's short stories, as well as some of his own, for the website ( He has also recorded unabridged audiobooks of several of his novels, as well as works by Michael Moorcock, Tom Piccirilli, and Zoe Winters for Crossroad Press/Springbook Audio



  • Soulstorm (1986)
  • Ash Wednesday (1987)
  • McKain's Dilemma (1988)
  • Lowland Rider (1988)
  • Dreamthorp (1989)
  • Reign (1990)
  • Mordenheim (1994)
  • Second Chance (1994)
  • Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller (1995)
  • The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
  • Murder in Cormyr (1996)
  • The Crow: Clash By Night (1998)
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas (2000)
  • Uniting Work and Spirit: A Centennial History of Elizabethtown College (2001)
  • The Story of Noichi the Blind (2007)
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Alphabet (2007)
  • Defenders of the Faith (2011)


  • Figures in Rain: Weird And Ghostly Tales (2002)


  • The House of Fear: A Study in Comparative Religions (1989)
  • Kaikon (Remorse) (unreleased; planned for 2006)



  • 1. City of Iron (1998)
  • 2. Empire of Dust (1998)
  • 3. Siege of Stone (1999)


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