Richard Chizmar is Chasing The Boogeyman

In his novel, Chasing The Boogeyman, Richard Chizmar is the main character. The book is fiction, superbly written as true crime. The setting and Chizmar’s life events in the story are real, but the rest of the story comes from the imagination of a great writer.

I became so involved with the story I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction. The book follows the hunt for a masked murderer, known as the Boogeyman. With rich detail to the area (Chizmar’s hometown of Edgewood, Maryland) and the nostalgia of the ’80’s, the reader is transported back to a more innocent time only to be reminded that innocence can sometimes be stolen.

As mentioned above, the book is written in the true crime format. And with plenty of “crime scene” photos to set the mood, this novel is the work of a master storyteller.

With Chasing The Boogeyman, Richard Chizmar gives us all we want and more.

Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary was the first Stephen King novel I ever read, and since then, I’ve read everything he’s written. He makes you care about the characters. He makes you feel their surroundings, breathe the air, and then he punches you right in the gut with the scary stuff.

With Pet Sematary, he made us believe that it’s possible to bring back those you love. But, it’s not always best to do so.

When faced with choices in traumatic situations, our judgement is sometimes flawed. And that makes for good horror. Human error, arrogance, or plain selfishness, are all great driving forces for horror stories. We have all experienced at least one of those three things at one time or another. That’s what makes us human, and vulnerable.

I’ve read many horror novels over the years, but to this day, Pet Sematary is still the scariest novel I’ve ever read. There are other great horror novels, but to me, Pet Sematary stands out the most.

Every time I read it (I’ve read it a few times), the picture it paints in my mind is too dark for any canvas. It’s art in its purest form—words on a page that scare the hell out of you. And that’s what horror is all about.