Monday, December 18, 2017

Widow's Point by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar

Widow's Point is creepy! Richard Chizmar has collaborated with his son, Billy Chizmar, on this novella of terror. Billy Chizmar has a bright future in indie horror. 

“This is a bad place. I don't think people are meant to live here.”

The Widow's Point Lighthouse is located in Harper's Cove, Nova Scotia. Some say the lighthouse is haunted. Others think it's cursed. 

The lighthouse was built in 1838. Three workers died during construction. One of the workers mysteriously fell to his death from the catwalk. The accident went unexplained. Nearly two-dozen additional deaths happened in and around the lighthouse over the years—this includes murders, suicides, and disappearances. All the cases went unsolved. The lighthouse was finally closed in 1988. 

Thomas Livingston is the author of thirteen books about the supernatural. He is searching for source material for his next bestseller. He decides to stay the weekend at Widow's Point to record the experience. Everything is going well except for the malfunctioning video camera. Bizarre things start happening to him. Will Thomas Livingston get the answers he is searching for?

Richard and Billy Chizmar do an excellent job building the dread. I also like how they intertwine the history of the lighthouse into the story. It enhances the story and keeps it moving along at a steady pace. The pacing makes the story even better.  The past is just as important as the present. There is something about the main character that draws you in. The scenes jump off the page. Widow's Point is told in the present tense, which makes it even more terrifying. You never know what is lurking on the next page. 

Richard and Billy Chizmar deliver a gem. They take a place of refuge and turn it on its head. They take the reader to the precipice, and the story keeps getting better and better with each turn of the page. The writing style is perfect for this atmospheric read! Widow’s Point would make a great film. The ending is one of the best I’ve read in a while! Glenn Chadbourne’s artwork is dope too!

Highly recommend!

5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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