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HEROES

Richard Chizmar & John Schaech


Cover art by Nino Cammarata


"Chizmar's stories are hard-hitting, spooky, suspenseful, poignant, harrowing, heartbreaking and most of all very well-written. Excellent work!"—Robert McCammon


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Price: £9.95 (Signed Limited Paperback)

Price: £59.95 (Signed Lettered Deluxe Hardcover)

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Price: £39.95 (UNSIGNED Deluxe Hardcover + UNSIGNED Deluxe Comic)




"Heroes" by Richard Chizmar was first published twenty-five years ago and has become Chizmar's most-reprinted short story. It has been praised by the likes of Publishers Weekly and Locus, and in an introduction to this brand new tribute book, Chizmar explains why the story is so special to him:

Originally written for a paperback anthology of vampire tales, I still remember receiving the invitation from the book's editor and feeling determined to do something different with the vampire mythology.

While I loved the scary, bloodsucking vampires of Dracula and 'Salem's Lot and I Am Legend, I figured that most of the anthology's writers would wind up following that familiar dark path—and I wanted to try something else. Something focused on the lore-based concept of vampires being able to grant eternal life with a bite to the neck—but in an uplifting manner, instead of a menacing one.

Somehow, from all those admittedly jumbled thoughts, I ended up with "Heroes"—a story about love and hope and redemption. Not in the romantic sense, mind you, but instead a father and son love story.

A love letter, as it turned out, to my own father, who was doing quite fine at the time, still out there in his mid-60's, mowing the lawn and tinkering with his car most evenings in the garage.

I wrote the story longhand, sitting in my junker of a Datsun in a college parking lot. I remember the story surprised me. It came fast and furious, and when I finished scribbling the final sentence, I had a lump in my throat.

The story wasn't scary, and it never once utilized the word "vampire"—but it was powerful and true, and most of all, it was me.

My voice. My heart. My fears.

It was the first time I'd felt that I had written a truly "honest" story—and it felt like magic.


Many years later, Chizmar's childhood friend and successful actor/director, John Schaech, would fall in love with "Heroes," and the two of them would combine forces to write and produce a short movie based on the story starring Djimon Hounsou and Christina Applegate.

Now, for the first time ever, the original short story "Heroes" will appear alongside the original film script (co-written by Chizmar and Schaech) and a special graphic adaptation (featuring stunning comic artwork by Nino Cammarata) created exclusively for this special volume. In addition to featuring rare photographs from the film set, Chizmar and Schaech also contribute an original Introduction and Afterword.

© Richard Chizmar


PRAISE FOR RICHARD CHIZMAR

"Powerful…I love it…Richard Chizmar writes clean, no-nonsense prose…sets his tales in no-nonsense, middle class neighborhoods I can relate to…and writes terrific stories served with a very large slice of Disquiet Pie."—Stephen King on A Long Decemeber

"...a writer of great accomplishment. His work, always effective, is notable for its clarity and originality of concept. Chizmar has a great gift for the sinister."—Peter Straub on A Long Decemeber

"Chilling and thought-provoking tales that quietly uncover horror in the most ordinary of lives."—Kelley Armstrong on A Long Decemeber


Title Details:


RRP Price: £9.95 (Signed Limited Paperback)
RRP Price: £59.95 (Signed Lettered Deluxe Hardcover)
Publisher: Short, Scary Tales Publications
Release Date: Forthcoming
ISBN: 978-1-909640-83-2 (6" x 9" Signed Limited Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-909640-82-5 (6" x 9" Signed Lettered Deluxe Hardcover)
First Edition
Pages: 60

Signed Limited Paperback Edition

Here are the details of our limited paperback edition:

Signed by authors Richard Chizmar & John Schaech and illustrator Nino Cammarata
Wraparound cover art by Nino Cammarata
Limited to only 200 copies worldwide
Each copy is numbered by hand
Four-colour laminated cover
Printed on acid-free paper
Printed in two colours with full colour interior cover artwork
Features a new introduction & afterword by the authors
Featuring rare photographs from the film set
Includes an exclusive full colour graphic adaptation of the screenplay

Signed Lettered Deluxe Hardcover Edition

Here are the details of our lettered deluxe hardcover edition:

Signed by authors Richard Chizmar & John Schaech and illustrator Nino Cammarata
Cover art by Nino Cammarata
Limited to only 52 copies worldwide
Each copy is lettered by hand
Four-colour laminated cover
Printed on acid-free paper
Printed in two colours with full colour interior cover artwork
Features a new introduction & afterword by the authors
Featuring rare photographs from the film set
Includes an exclusive full colour graphic adaptation of the screenplay
Includes an exclusive full colour separate Signed & Matching Lettered Limited Paperback edition of the graphic adaptation

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HEROES


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