Can’t Wait for Psycho Sanitarium? Here’s Sock Puppet Psycho!

My novel, Psycho Sanitarium won’t be out until next April. What to do until then? Well, you could watch the actual live performance of “Sock Puppet Psycho,” a half-hour parody of Hitchcock’s film version of Robert Bloch’s Psycho performed by sock puppets (and for which I wrote the script). It’s now available for your viewing pleasure here at Vimeo!

And if you want to watch the trailer first to get in the mood, it’s right here.

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This is a video by Jeff Lynch of the 6:00 performance, the second of the three performances presented by Creative Works of Lancaster, a non-profit, at the Lancaster Dispensing Company (Dipco) in Lancaster PA on Halloween Day, 2010. I play Alfred Stitchsock, the Sheriff, Arbogast, and the psychiatrist, and the other voices were performed by Lydia Brubaker (Lila & Marion), Joanna Underhill (Mother), Joel Lesher (Sam), and Erich Goldstein (Cop & Norman).

On our way to Psycho Sanitarium!

psychosanitariumSome time back I was approached by Brendan Deneen of Macmillan Entertainment, who asked me if I’d be interested in writing the first sequel to Robert Bloch’s classic novel, Psycho, since the two that Bloch himself wrote over twenty years ago. The events of the novel would occur right after Norman’s arrest, when he’s sent to the State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. The agent for the Bloch estate had recommended me, and I quickly agreed. After having grown up on Robert Bloch’s written work, and having been terrified by Hitchcock’s film of the novel, how could I turn down the opportunity to continue the story of a character who has become iconic?

What makes it even more exciting is that the book is set fully in Robert Bloch’s Psycho universe, and has no connection whatsoever to the various film and TV sequels and spinoffs that have appeared over the years. This is Bloch’s Norman Bates, back at last.

I spent most of the past year working on the book, and was delighted to have it approved by the publisher and the Bloch estate. It’ll be published by Thomas Dunne Books in hardcover and ebook next April, and readers can pre-order it right here.

I trust it won’t be too painful to say that I’m rather psyched by the whole experience…

The Night Listener & Others

nightlistenerThe 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.”

Andrew Vachss Underground

undergroundI 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.

The Return of the Williamson…

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!

SOON! Andrew Vachss Underground: script by Williamson & Richardson…

undergroundI’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…

 

A year’s worth of audiobooks!

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…

The Woman by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee

Stealing Fire by Jo Graham

Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke

The Monarchs by Stephen Mark Rainey

B. & E.: A Whit Pynchon Mystery by Dave Pedneau

Zombie: A Love Story by Patricia Lee Macomber

The Books of Blood, Volume 1 by Clive Barker

The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes by Raymond Benson

A.P.B.: A Whit Pynchon Mystery by Dave Pedneau

Futile Efforts by Tom Piccirilli

Night Brothers by Sidney Williams

Stranglehold by Jack Ketchum

The Gore by Joseph A. Citro

The Pet by Charles L. Grant

Pink Vodka Blues by Neal Barrett

Fiends by John Farris

Defenders of the Faith

Crossroad Press trade paperback edition

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.”