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Ash Wednesday

By: Chet Williamson
Narrated by: Chet Williamson
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Summary

In Merridale, semi-transparent blue apparitions have appeared. These aren't ghosts, exactly. They are visions of the dead in their final moments - the last seconds of their lives portrayed for all to see. They don't move, and they don't speak.

Ash Wednesday is a thoughtful horror story about what happens to people when they are forced to gaze into the face of death and, specifically, the face of their own personal dead: their friends and family, those they believed to be dead and gone. Murders are revealed, rapes, and other crimes. People despair, and try to create new lives out of the wreckage. Two of these are Bradley Meyers, a vet already driven half-crazy by his experiences in Vietnam, confronted by the sight of his dead son, and now barely capable of containing his rage, and Jim Callender, whose son has died in the same accident, for which he is partly responsible. As Callender sinks into guilt, Meyers moves toward murder.

This edition of Ash Wednesday contains a final portion that was not included with the book when it was first published. It was removed due to an editorial decision to which I acquiesced. After the book appeared, the last chapter was published in Bill Munster's excellent small press magazine, Footsteps. The entire book as originally written appears here, and in the accompanying audiobook, for the first time.

©1989 Chet Williamson (P)2010 David N. Wilson

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Truly Wonderful '80s Horror Gem

I've listened to many books narrated by the brilliant Chet Williamson, but this was my first time checking out something he'd also written. Ash Wednesday absolutely blew me away. The central concept is excellent, but what really elevates this story is the wonderful writing. The characters are so well defined and there are many genuine creepy moments.
Chet Williamson's narration was superb. He has a very distinctive voice and his characterizations are always fantastic.
I had a blast listening to this audiobook and I didn't want it to end.
This is another excellent presentation from Crossroad Press.
Highly recommended.

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