The Night Listener and Others, my second collection of short stories and novellas, was published in May 2015 by the UK’s PS Publishing. Peter Crowther and his staff did a beautiful job with this limited edition hardcover, with a wraparound dustjacket by Jill Bauman, an introduction by Richard Christian Matheson, and 22 stories, none of which were in my earlier collection. At the back of the book are my own notes and comments on each story. The book is available in a boxed, signed, and numbered edition, as well as a standard hardcover. I can’t resist quoting from RC’s introduction: “For those privileged few, lucky enough to be new to the miraculous Chet Williamson, you are about to enter worlds of glorious and sinister wonder. I envy you.”
I scripted and helped to edit a lengthy graphic novel based on an unpublished screenplay by Andrew Vachss for Dark Horse Comics. Mike Richardson scripted the first 24 pages, which appeared serially in DARK HORSE PRESENTS, and I wrote the remainder of the 144 page book, Andrew Vachss Underground, a gorgeous hardcover with art by Dominic Reardon.
Though there are similarities between this graphic novel and a four-issue run of UNDERGROUND back in the mid-90s, this is an all new creation and story, and I was delighted to be a part of it.
Just wanted to let all the lovely people who might check out my website know that I have been remiss in keeping it up to date. I’ve been sealed in ice this past year, writing and writing, and have finally thawed out, so expect to see new things (and catching up on old ones) every few days until I’ve returned to the present. New books, new stories, new audiobooks and podcasts…stay tuned! Honest! Really!
I’ve spent much of the past year scripting and helping to edit a lengthy graphic novel based on an unpublished screenplay by Andrew Vachss for Dark Horse Comics. Mike Richardson scripted the first 24 pages, which appeared serially in DARK HORSE PRESENTS, and I wrote the remainder of the 144 page book, which will appear as a hardcover, with art by Dominic Reardon, in October.
Though there are similarities between this graphic novel and a four-issue run of UNDERGROUND back in the mid-90s, this is an all new creation and story, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ve seen the art at every stage, and it’s going to be killer. I’ll let everyone know when it’s released. For more info, here’s a link to the promo page…
Strange as it seems, I haven’t posted on this website for a year. Could this account for my slow website traffic?…nah. At any rate, since those last posts I’ve narrated fifteen unabridged audiobooks, all of which are available for download on Audible.com. To immediately correct this deficiency in my website, there follows a list of clickable links to all these titles (starting with the most recent), for those of you who prefer to listen to your favorite novels as well as read them. Through the next few months I’ll endeavor to create a separate section which will deal solely with audiobooks. But for now…
Hunters is the second of my ebook originals from Crossroad Press. Another dark suspense novel with elements of horror, it’s set in the woods of my own native Pennsylvania. A group of animal rights activists wants to make a bold statement against deer hunting on the first day of the season, but the statement gets a bit too bold — and bloody…
Defenders of the Faith is my first novel that was an ebook original from Crossroad Press, though the trade paperback followed shortly thereafter. It’s a horror novel crossed with a suspense thriller, and there’s no supernatural element.
The book is an exploration into what happens when one’s religious faith comes up against one’s reason. It’s told from the point of view of a basically good man who crosses the threshold of violence, and discovers that he has inspired a young and even more crazed disciple.
Fearnet said: “This isn’t a simple tale. It is full of contradictions, in the way that life is full of contradictions. There is no distinct line between good and bad and right and wrong. As a study of a truly tragic character, Defenders of the Faith is one of modern horror’s best examples.”
Horror Drive-In added: “Chet Williamson is a complicated writer and Defenders of the Faith is a complicated novel. I’m not saying that it’s stodgy or overly intellectual. This is a lightning-paced thriller. It’s just that Chet doesn’t present right and wrong in clearly defined terms. You won’t find the good guys wearing white hats and the bad guys with black ones on their heads…Defenders of the Faith is a book for the ages.”
There are times when you just want a good old-fashioned horror/mystery novel to creep you out, and when you do, you can’t do better than Ed Gorman and Patricia Lee Macomber’s The Girl in the Attic. Originally published as Night Caller by “Daniel Ransom” during the horror boom of the 80s, this version has been heavily revised and edited by the authors. I had a blast recording this one… Continue reading Ed Gorman’s THE GIRL IN THE ATTIC — Williamson-read creepiness…
I’d never read Neal Barrett Jr.’s The Hereafter Gang, but had read a lot of Neal’s other work, so didn’t have to think twice when asked to narrate the audiobook. Neal Barrett is a classic writer, one of the finest of our age… Continue reading My narration of Neal Barrett’s THE HEREAFTER GANG — a classic novel!
Joe Lansdale is a great friend and a great writer. I’ve loved the guy, his family, and his work for decades. So when I was asked to narrate the audiobook of Joe’s western/fantasy novel, The Magic Wagon, it was like an answered prayer… Continue reading Joe Lansdale’s THE MAGIC WAGON — The Audiobook!