|Occupation||Writer, editor, publisher|
|Genre||Horror fiction, fantasy, science fiction|
Richard Thomas Chizmar (born 1965) is best known as 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.
- 1 Writing
- 2 Publishing
- 3 Screenplays and Chesapeake Films
- 4 Selected awards
- 5 Selected bibliography
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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
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."
Cemetery Dance Publications
Richard Chizmar's Cemetery Dance Publications started in 1992, and it is currently still publishing books. It has produced over 200 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
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.
- 1991 World Fantasy Special Award - Non-Professional (for Cemetery Dance magazine)
- 1997 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award (for Cemetery Dance Magazine)
- 1999 World Fantasy Special Award - Non-Professional (for Cemetery Dance Publications)
- 2001 International Horror Guild Awards Best Anthology (for October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween)
- 2002 International Horror Guild Awards Best Anthology (for Night Visions 10)
- Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology 1998 (for Best of Cemetery Dance)
- Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology 2001 (for Trick or Treat: A Collection of Halloween Novellas)
- Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology 2002 (Shivers)
- Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology 2004 (Shivers III)
- 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)
- Heroes (2002) (co-written with Johnathon Schaech)
- Road House 2 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006) (co-written with Johnathon Schaech, and based on a story by Miles Chapman)
- Masters of Horror The Washingtonians (Showtime, 2007) (co-written with Johnathon Schaech, and based on a story by Bentley Little)
- The Poker Club (co-written with Johnathon Schaech, and based on the story by Ed Gorman)
- Fear Itself: Eater (NBC/AXN Sci Fi, 2009) (co-written with Johnathon Schaech, and based on the story by Peter Crowther)
- Fear Itself: The Circle (NBC/AXN Sci Fi, 2009) (co-written with Johnathon Schaech, and based on the story by Lewis Shiner)
- From A Buick 8 (in production 2009) (co-written with Johnathon Schaech, and based on a story by Stephen King)
- Black House (in production 2009) (co-written with Johnathon Schaech, and based on a novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub)
Uncollected short stories
- "After the Bombs" from Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered edited by Joshua Allen Mercier (The Bearded Scribe Press, February 13, 2015)
- "The Interview" from Bad News edited by Richard Laymon (Cemetery Dance Publications, 1999) ISBN 1-881475-95-6
- "Blue" from Imagination Fully Dilated edited by Alan M. Clark and Elizabeth Engstrom (Cemetery Dance Publications, 1998)
- "Billy's Day" from the magazine Witness to the Bizarre #2 edited by Melinda Jaeb (1988)
Short story collections
- 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
- The Best of Cemetery Dance (Cemetery Dance Publications, 1998) ISBN 1-881475-24-7
- The Best of Cemetery Dance, Volume 2 (Roc Books, 2001) ISBN 0-451-45813-3
- Cemetery Dance: A Fifteen Year Celebration (Cemetery Dance Publications, forthcoming 2010) ISBN 1-58767-102-6
- Cold Blood (Mark V. Ziesing, 1991) ISBN 0-929480-57-0
- The Earth Strikes Back: New Tales of Ecological Horror (Mark V. Ziesing, 1994) ISBN 0-929480-40-6
- In Laymon's Terms (co-edited with Kelly Laymon, Steve Gerlach) (Cemetery Dance Publications, forthcoming 2010) ISBN 978-1-58767-096-1
- Legacies (Cemetery Dance Publications, forthcoming 2010) ISBN 1-881475-46-8
- Night Visions 10 (Subterranean Press, 2001) ISBN
- October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween (co-edited with Robert Morrish) (Cemetery Dance Publications, 2000) ISBN 1-58767-019-4
- Screamplays (with Martin H. Greenberg) (Ballantine Del Rey, 1997) ISBN 0-345-39429-1
- Smoke and Mirrors (Cemetery Dance Publications, forthcoming 2010) ISBN 978-1-58767-210-1
- Shocklines: Fresh Voices In Terror (Cemetery Dance Publications, forthcoming 2010) (with Matt Schwartz) ISBN 1-58767-086-0
- Subterranean Gallery: Stories of Horror and Crime (Subterranean Press, 1999) (with William Schafer)
- Thrillers (Cemetery Dance Publications, 1993) ISBN 1-881475-05-0
- Trick or Treat: A Collection of Halloween Novellas (Cemetery Dance Publications, 2001) ISBN 1-58767-048-8
All released as trade paperbacks from Cemetery Dance Publications:
- Shivers (2002) ISBN 1-58767-063-1
- Shivers II (2003) ISBN 1-58767-072-0
- Shivers III (2004) ISBN 1-58767-117-4
- Shivers IV (2006) ISBN 1-58767-129-8
- Shivers V (2009) ISBN 978-1-58767-201-9
- Kleffel, Rick (2005-10-26). "Grave New World". Metro Silicon Valley. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- Bowers, Carol R. (1991-12-01). "Stuff Of Nightmares Is A Dream For 25-year-old Publisher". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- "Horror Guild Nominees List". Locus. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- "1999 World Fantasy Awards list". World Fantasy Award. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- "Nominations list on Locus magazine's website". Locus. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- Twice Upon A Time. The Bearded Scribe Press. ISBN 978-1942670018. Retrieved 2015-12-13.