Richard Chizmar

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Richard Chizmar
Born (1965-12-21) December 21, 1965 (age 53)
United States
OccupationWriter, editor, publisher
GenreHorror, fantasy, science fiction

Richard Thomas Chizmar (born 1965) is an American writer, the publisher and editor of Cemetery Dance magazine, and the owner of Cemetery Dance Publications. He also edits anthologies, writes fiction, produces films, writes screenplays, and teaches writing.


Richard Chizmar has contributed stories to many publications, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won the Horror Writers Association Board of Trustees Award, two World Fantasy Awards, and four International Horror Guild Awards.

Stephen King and Richard Chizmar co-wrote Gwendy's Button Box which is set for a May 2017 release from Cemetery Dance Publications (in trade hardcover format) and in audiobook from Simon & Schuster Audio (the audiobook has a bonus short story "The Music Room," written by just Stephen King, which was originally published in Playboy).


Cemetery Dance magazine[edit]

Richard Chizmar started Cemetery Dance magazine in 1988, and it is still being published today. It features dark fantasy, horror fiction, and articles related to those subjects. Metro Silicon Valley called it "America's longest-running independent horror-themed magazine."[1]

Cemetery Dance Publications[edit]

Richard Chizmar's Cemetery Dance Publications started in 1992, and it is currently still publishing books. It has produced more than 300 different autographed limited edition, lettered edition hardcover novels, novellas, and anthologies. It also publishes chapbooks, trade hardcovers, and a few paperbacks.

Screenplays and Chesapeake Films[edit]

Richard Chizmar co-founded Chesapeake Films with Johnathon Schaech. He also co-writes screenplays with Johnathon Schaech. Some of their produced screenplays include 2006's Road House 2 (based on the story by Miles Chapman) and Showtime's Masters of Horror presentation of The Washingtonians (based on Bentley Little's story) from 2007. They also wrote the screenplay for 2009's film From a Buick 8 based on Stephen King's novel.

Selected awards[edit]



Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Blood Brothers (1997) - a chapbook from Subterranean Press available only as 250 signed numbered copies (no ISBN)
  • Unearthed co-written with Brian Keene (2016) - a chapbook from Apokrupha. (ISBN 978-1534941090)


Short stories[edit]

Uncollected short stories[edit]

Short story collections[edit]

Introduction by Ed Gorman
"A Season of Change"
"A Crime of Passion"
"Cemetery Dance"
"The Sinner King"
"A Capital Cat Crime"
"The Season of Giving"
"Grand Finale"
"Bride of Frankenstein: A Modern Love Story"
"The Silence of Sorrow"
"Devil's Night"
"Only the Strong Survive"
"Dark Whispers"
"Midnight Promises"
"Masters of Darkness"
Afterword by Ray Garton
Introduction by Ed Bryant
"Night Call"
"Like Father, Like Son"
"The Man With X-Ray Eyes"
""The Silence of Sorrow"
Special Afterword (only in Lettered edition) by Hugh B. Cave

Anthologies as editor[edit]

Limited Edition forthcoming from Cemetery Dance Publications in 2010 ISBN 978-1-58767-209-5

Shivers series[edit]

All released as trade paperbacks from Cemetery Dance Publications:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kleffel, Rick (2005-10-26). "Grave New World". Metro Silicon Valley. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
  2. ^ Bowers, Carol R. (1991-12-01). "Stuff Of Nightmares Is A Dream For 25-year-old Publisher". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
  3. ^ a b c "Horror Guild Nominees List". Locus. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
  4. ^ "1999 World Fantasy Awards list". World Fantasy Award. Archived from the original on 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
  5. ^ a b c d "Nominations list on Locus magazine's website". Locus. Archived from the original on 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
  6. ^ Twice Upon A Time. The Bearded Scribe Press. ISBN 978-1942670018. Retrieved 2015-12-13.

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