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By Chet Williamson

In Merridale, semi-transparent blue apparitions have seemed. those aren’t ghosts, precisely. they're visions of the lifeless of their ultimate moments – the final seconds in their lives portrayed for all to determine. They don’t stream, and so they don’t speak.

Ash Wednesday is a considerate horror tale approximately what occurs to humans after they are pressured to gaze into the face of demise and, particularly, the face in their personal own useless: their family and friends, these they believed to be useless and long gone. Murders are printed, rapes and different crimes. humans melancholy, and take a look at 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 via the sight of his lifeless son, and now slightly able to containing his rage, and Jim Callender, whose son has died within the similar twist of fate, for which he's partially dependable. As Callender sinks into guilt, Meyers strikes towards murder.

This version of Ash Wednesday features a ultimate element that was once no longer incorporated with the e-book whilst it used to be first released. It was once got rid of because of an article determination to which I acquiesced. After the ebook seemed, the final bankruptcy was once released in invoice Munster’s very good small press journal, Footsteps. the complete e-book as initially written seems to be right here, and within the accompanying audiobook, for the 1st time.

– Chet Williamson

Praise for Ash Wednesday

“In a style that spawns imitation Stephen King virtually as speedy as King himself produces the genuine factor, Chet Williamson has performed whatever robust and new. you'll be haunted via this book.” — Orson Scott Card, journal of F&SF

“A wealthy, conscientiously built novel concerning the ravages of guilt and concerning the actual horror of life…grim, unrelenting, and compelling.” — Michael Morrison, myth Review

“A riveting, descriptive account of the influence the useless have at the living…both thought-provoking and unique. I couldn’t placed the publication down.” Betty Saputo, Rave Reviews

“A robust 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 replica claims ‘Ash Wednesday is a robust, 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 residence or Peter Straub’s Ghost tale, that transcends genre.’ Wow — a jacket quote that doesn’t lie!” — The Horror Show

“Disturbing, not easy, and something yet reassuring. a chilly difficult examine the standard terrors of demise, ghosts, and insanity. A haunting imaginative and prescient of purgatory on earth.” — Ramsey Campbell

“Ash Wednesday is adequate of a booklet to face by itself with no the intrusion of the supernatural. but its haunting photograph 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. considering the fact 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 fable and technological know-how Fiction, and lots of others.

His paintings has been tailored for movie and television, and has been released around the globe. Mr. Williamson received the foreign Horror Guild Award, and been shortlisted for the area fable 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 expert theaters in his zone, the writer has a very good, educated voice and the infrequent skill to relate his personal books in a fashion that really brings them to existence.

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