By Chet Williamson
In Merridale, semi-transparent blue apparitions have seemed. those aren’t ghosts, precisely. they're visions of the useless of their ultimate moments – the final seconds in their lives portrayed for all to determine. They don’t flow, and so they don’t speak.
Ash Wednesday is a considerate horror tale approximately what occurs to humans after they are compelled to gaze into the face of demise and, in particular, the face in their personal own useless: their family and friends, these they believed to be useless and long gone. Murders are published, rapes and different crimes. humans depression, and check out to create new lives out of the wreckage. of those are Bradley Meyers, a vet already pushed half-crazy by means of his reports in Vietnam, faced by way of the sight of his lifeless son, and now slightly able to containing his rage, and Jim Callender, whose son has died within the related twist of fate, for which he's in part dependable. As Callender sinks into guilt, Meyers strikes towards murder.
This variation of Ash Wednesday incorporates a ultimate element that was once now not incorporated with the booklet whilst it used to be first released. It was once got rid of as a result of a piece of writing selection to which I acquiesced. After the booklet seemed, the final bankruptcy was once released in invoice Munster’s first-class small press journal, Footsteps. the total publication as initially written seems to be the following, and within the accompanying audiobook, for the 1st time.
– Chet Williamson
Praise for Ash Wednesday
“In a style that spawns imitation Stephen King nearly as speedy as King himself produces the genuine factor, Chet Williamson has performed whatever robust and new. you may be haunted by way of this book.” — Orson Scott Card, journal of F&SF
“A wealthy, conscientiously built novel concerning the ravages of guilt and in regards to the actual horror of life…grim, unrelenting, and compelling.” — Michael Morrison, fable Review
“A riveting, descriptive account of the impact the lifeless have at the living…both thought-provoking and interesting. I couldn’t placed the e-book down.” Betty Saputo, Rave Reviews
“A powerful if unavoidably macabre and uncomfortable story of ethical import.” — Fritz Leiber
“Excellently written, painstakingly plotted, and carefully plausible. A masterfully skillful book.” — Peter Crowther
“The jacket reproduction claims ‘Ash Wednesday is a strong, literate paintings of fiction that addresses the glorious and human personality — a kind of infrequent works of horror literature, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill condominium or Peter Straub’s Ghost tale, that transcends genre.’ Wow — a jacket quote that doesn’t lie!” — The Horror Show
“Disturbing, tough, and whatever yet reassuring. a chilly challenging examine the typical terrors of loss of life, ghosts, and insanity. A haunting imaginative and prescient of purgatory on earth.” — Ramsey Campbell
“Ash Wednesday is sufficient of a ebook to face by itself with out the intrusion of the supernatural. but its haunting picture of the mute, immobile spirits that inhabit a small city is still lodged within the brain like a bullet within the mind. Chet Williamson has written a disturbingly memorable novel.” — Les Daniels
About the Author:
Chet Wiliamson bought hisfirst tale in 1981. in view that then he’s released twenty-five books and over 100 brief tales in anthologies and such magazines because the New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, The journal of delusion and technology Fiction, and lots of others.
His paintings has been tailored for movie and television, and has been released around the world. Mr. Williamson gained the overseas Horror Guild Award, and been shortlisted for the realm myth Award (twice), the MWA’s Edgar, and the HWA’s Bram Stoker Award (six times). He write performs in addition to fiction.
Also a member of Actors’ fairness organization who sometimes acts in specialist theaters in his sector, the writer has an excellent, informed voice and the infrequent skill to relate his personal books in a fashion that really brings them to lifestyles.