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About Tim Chizmar
After graduating from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Tim Chizmar has written for various magazines, newspapers and websites including Fangoria, First Comics News, and many others. He has sold short stories to such collections as Chicken Soup for the Soul and has written various screenplays for Hollywood production companies. Tim has been a proud member of various writers’ organizations including co-founding the Las Vegas Chapter of the prestigious Horror Writers Association.
Aside from the darker topics, it has not all been a career of terror as his lighter credits to date include ABC, FOX, Showtime, Comedy Central, Playboy, NBC, The Hallmark Channel, and many more. He has produced various pilots including in 2010 he developed a comedy/action series for CMT with wrestling superstar Rob Van Dam. As a headlining comedian Tim was a favorite at The World Famous Hollywood IMPROV, The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, has toured all over the world playing sold-out casinos, clubs and colleges. To date he has worked with such standup legends as Jeff Foxworthy, Gabriel Iglesias, Jon Lovitz, Daniel Tosh, Brad Williams, and many others.
When he’s not inspiring fellow writers by being on various panels such as San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon, Scare LA, or speaking at Hollywood Success events, he's constantly working on his next project. Because for Tim Chizmar... There’s always a next project! After Tim had been successful enough to become a regular at red carpet premieres, he left all the glitz and glam behind in early 2017 for the mountains of Idaho as he completed his first full length books. He always looks forward to having frank, honest, and engaging discussions on the business of the writing craft with his fellow writers. Tim’s advice to young writers is this…
“Be inspired. Are you alive, or are you just breathing?”
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So dive into these 101 stories of kindness, from the everyday to the extraordinary. If you need some help, you’ll find hope in these pages. And if you can give help, you’ll feel energized and inspired to find your own opportunities to perform random acts of kindess—every day!
Bram Stoker Award-winner!
Nightmares come to life in this comprehensive how-to guide for new and established authors…
Book two in Crystal Lake Publishing’s The Dream Weaver series picks up where the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Where Nightmares Come From: The Art Of Storytelling In The Horror Genre left off.
It’s Alive: Bringing your Nightmares to Life focuses on learning the craft in order to take your story from concept to completion.
With an introduction by Richard Chizmar and cover art by Luke Spooner. Featuring interior artwork from horror master Clive Barker!
Table of Contents:
- Introduction by Richard Chizmar
- Confessions of a Professional Day Dreamer by Jonathan Maberry
- What is Writing and Why Write Horror by John Skipp
- Tribal Layers by Gene O’Neill
- Bake That Cake: One Writer’s Method by Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale
- Ah-Ha: Beginning to End with Chuck Palahniuk and Michael Bailey (Discussing the Spark of Creativity)
- They Grow in the Shadows: Exploring the Roots of a Horror Story by Todd Keisling
- Sell Your Script, Keep Your Soul and Beware of Sheep in Wolves' Clothing by Paul Moore
- The Cult of Constraint (or To Outline or Not) by Yvonne Navarro
- Zombies, Ghosts and Vampires─Oh My! by Kelli Owen
- The Many Faces of Horror: Craft Techniques by Richard Thomas
- Giving Meaning to the Macabre by Rachel Autumn Deering
- The Horror Writer’s Ultimate Toolbox by Tim Waggoner
- Sarah Pinborough Interview by Marie O’Regan
- Conveying Character by F. Paul Wilson
- Sympathetic Characters Taste Better: Creating Empathy in Horror Fiction by Brian Kirk
- Virtue & Villainy: The Importance of Character by Kealan Patrick Burke
- How to write Descriptions in a story by Mercedes Yardley
- “Don’t Look Now, There’s a Head in That Box!” She Ejaculated Loudly (or Creating Effective Dialogue in Horror Fiction) by Elizabeth Massie
- Point of View by Lisa Mannetti
- What Came First the Monster or the Plot? In Conversation with Stephen Graham Jones by Vince A. Liaguno
- Building Suspense by David Wellington
- Conveying Horror by Ramsey Campbell
- Unveiling Theme Through Plot: An Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” by Stephanie M. Wytovich
- Interview with Clive Barker by Tim Chizmar
- World Building (Building a terrifying world) by Kevin J. Anderson
- Speak Up: The Writer’s Voice by Robert Ford
- Writing for a Better World by Christopher Golden
- Shaping the Ideas: Getting Things from Your Head to the Paper or on Screen. Interview with Steve Niles, Mick Garris, Heather Graham, Mark Savage, and Maria Alexander by Del Howison
- On Research by Bev Vincent
- Editing Through Fear: Cutting and Stitching Stories by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
- Leaping into the Abyss by Greg Chapman
- Edit Your Anthology in Your Basement for Fun and Profit! . . . or Not by Tom Monteleone
- When It’s Their World: Writing for the Themed Anthology by Lisa Morton
- Roundtable Interview by John Palisano
- The Tale of the Perfect Submissions by Jess Landry
- Turning the Next Page: Getting Started with
A film crew tracks a creature in the forest—or is it tracking them…? A producer sells his soul for the rights to a comic book, but the deal isn’t what it seems… The hideous secret to an mega-star’s fame lies in the bottom of his hot tub… An actress buys a smartphone and gets far more than she bargained for… A reality TV show pushes contestants to insane limits… A Hollywood movie palace worker gets trapped in a ghostly nightmare…
Psychotic killers, devious ghosts, alien monsters, howling storms, undead creatures, and other dark forces haunt the highways and the truckers who drive them in these 18 chilling tales!
A ghostly voice on a trucker’s CB radio knows more about his life than it should… Two drivers find their cargo gives them inhuman appetites… A boy in a truck stop encounters a supernatural force that threatens to destroy the world… The hypnotic singing lulling a driver to sleep might not be coming from the tires… A fender-bender between a big rig and a four wheeler is not as accidental as it seems… The sinister cargo lurking in a rock and roll band’s fleet of trucks is unleashed at their final show...
Hit the road with this anthology of trucking horror fiction!
Contains the 2016 Bram Stoker Award winning short story "Happy Joe's Rest Stop" by John Palisano.
A Valley of Light and Shadow walks the thin neon line between salvation and damnation.
Surrounded by cannabis dispensaries and slot machines, these Las Vegas writers find their sense of right and wrong unmoored. Some reach a realization that their earlier moral lines were naively drawn. Others come to terms with the notion that Las Vegas is where good people go to submit to vice or where bad people land, hoping for a second chance. And some celebrate the best parts of Las Vegas, where good people can achieve great things.
In this 11th volume of the annual Vegas Writes anthology, 14 local writers share their deepest and most tantalizing stories about surviving in shadow and thriving in light, crafting an enduring message for the future.
Contributing Writers include: Jarret Keene, Keith A. Brantley, Brittany Bronson, Krista Diamond, Dana Jerman, Don Hall, Eric Duran-Valle, Fawn Douglas, Samantha Goodman, Tim Chizmar, Glenn Puit, Beth C. Rosenberg, Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña, Laura Decker
—Steve Mazan, Emmy-winning writer, & Author of Dying to do Letterman
"At Troma we pride ourselves on recognizing the future Hollywood talents of tomorrow, Tim Chizmar is one of these, with his wild ideas and never ending insanity he will be a force to be reckoned with on the scare scene for years to come. He scares me."
–Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger
“Tim Chizmar is crazy with imagination and has an awesome way with words. If you don’t give his book a chance I got two words for you, Super Kick!! If you’re not down with that I got two more words for you, Suck It!”
– Nick Jackson, IWGP and Ring of Honor Tag Champion, The Young Bucks
Behold the Bizarre, Demonic, Mad Ramblings of a possibly Drug-induced Fever Dream of Epic Shock-value proportion. Can your heart withstand the devastating impact of 13 unlucky chapters filled with opportunistic bad-intentioned Archangels, hard-working manipulative Demons, a beautiful young nudist writer willing to sell her soul, a chubby little asshole cherub, the Devil himself and a goddamn fish-burning Dragon?!
Two bodies, one soul, breaking the rules of love and decency, pissing off the afterlife has never been more fun and nothing will ever be the same.
A screenwriter pays a ghastly price for inspiration—and begs for more… A director looking for fresh-faced talent finds more than he bargained for… A legendary diva will sacrifice anything for fame and glory… A TV personality discovers the twisted truth behind his co-star’s impossible celebrity scoops… A bizarre film by an unknown writer brings bloody chaos to everyone who screens it… A mail-room clerk finds out just what kind of guts it takes to become a top talent agent…
Vampiric producers, ghostly actors, psychotic limousine drivers, murderous stunt men and more haunt the streets and back lots of Hollywood in twenty original horror and suspense stories set in the heart of show business, and written by veteran movie and television professionals who went through Hell and back to bring you these tales.