Chasing the Boogeyman
Books | Fiction / Horror
The acclaimed New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novel of small-town evil that “is genuinely chilling and something brand-new and exciting” (Stephen King) and “unforgettable” (Harlan Coben). In the summer of 1988, the mutilated bodies of several missing girls begin to turn up in a small Maryland town. The grisly evidence leads police to the terrifying assumption that a serial killer is on the loose in the quiet suburb. But soon a rumor begins to spread that the evil stalking local teens is not entirely human. Law enforcement, as well as members of the FBI, are certain that the killer is a living, breathing madman—and he’s playing games with them. For a once peaceful community trapped in the depths of paranoia and suspicion, it feels like a nightmare that will never end. Recent college graduate Richard Chizmar returns to his hometown just as a curfew is enacted and a neighborhood watch is formed. Amid preparing for his wedding and embarking on a writing career, he soon finds himself thrust into a real-life horror story. Inspired by the terrifying events, Richard writes a personal account of the serial killer’s reign of terror, unaware that these events will continue to haunt him for years to come. A clever, terrifying, and heartrending work of metafiction, Chasing the Boogeyman is the ultimate marriage between horror fiction and true crime. Chizmar’s “dazzling work of fresh imagination and psychological insight” (Caroline Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author of You) is on full display in this truly unique novel that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.
Simon and Schuster
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"The first of its kind… part memoir, part horror fiction, part true crime. "
"Very well-written, captivating mystery/horror novel. I thought it was non-fiction, so I felt a little tricked at the end, but that's probably even a better sign for how well it was written"
"This book was absolutely addicting. "
"I was excited to read this book because Stephen King endorsed it however I soon realized that he is a close friend of the author and probably did a favor for his friend by praising the book. Unfortunately, I did not find this book suspenseful or even remotely close to a horror novel as it has been characterized. Slow burn 👎🏼👎🏼"