Chasing the Boogeyman

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Chasing the Boogeyman

The New York Times bestselling coauthor of Gwendy’s Button Box brings his signature “thrilling, page-turning” (Michael Koryta, author of How It Happened) prose to this story of small-town evil that combines the storytelling of Stephen King with the true-crime suspense of Michelle McNamara.

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. In the midst of preparing for his wedding and embarking on a writing career, he soon finds himself thrust into the 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 “brilliant…absolutely fascinating, totally compelling, and immediately poignant” (C.J. Tudor, New York Times bestselling author) writing is on full display in this truly unique novel that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

You have until May 17, 2021 to enter a Goodreads giveaway of 5 copies of Chasing the Boogeyman. Click for details.

Book club offer


  • a personally signed and/or inscribed hardcover copy of CHASING THE BOOGEYMAN for each book club member
  • an exclusive signed chapbook featuring a chilling “boogeyman” short story for each club member
  • a private ZOOM or Skype appearance with author Richard Chizmar and your book club


It’s simple. Each member of your book club pre-orders a copy of CHASING THE BOOGEYMAN. You can order from Richard’s neighborhood indie bookstore, Caprichos Books, Amazon, or any other online or brick-and-mortar bookstore. Once you place your pre-order, you then email your order confirmation to cdancepub@aol.comand state that you are a Book Club member. Finally, have one person from your Book Club email to schedule your Zoom/Skype meeting with author Richard Chizmar.


* Order personally signed and/or inscribed copies of the hardcover from local indie bookstore, Caprichos Books, using this link

Or call them at: (410) 929-6081

* Order from Amazon or any other bookseller and receive a free signed bookplate when the book is published.

Published by: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 17, 2021

Praise & Reviews

“For true crime and horror fans, this one’s essential.”
Library Journal

“This is a brilliantly conceived, perfectly executed work of literary art.”
David Pitt Reviews

“A well told, mixture of background detail and action, suspense, compellingly paced.”
RA for All

“Chizmar is a best-selling author for a very good reason – his writing lures you and before you know it, you’ve read half the book and should have been asleep hours ago.”
Horror DNA

One of the “30 Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2021”
Read by Dusk

“In Chizmer’s skillful hands, the book becomes mystery, thriller, and a haunting tale of small-town life that lingers long after finishing.”
From the Pen of Mae Claire