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{Review} WIDOW’S POINT, by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar

{Review} WIDOW’S POINT, by Richard Chizmar and Billy ChizmarWIDOW'S POINT by Richard Chizmar, Billy Chizmar
Published by Cemetery Dance Publications on February 12, 2018
Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Horror, Mystery, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 156
Format: Hardcover
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“This is a bad place. I don't think people are meant to live here.”

Longtime residents of Harper's Cove believe that something is wrong with the Widow's Point Lighthouse. Some say it's cursed. Others claim it's haunted.

Originally built in 1838, three workers were killed during the lighthouse's construction, including one who mysteriously plunged to his death from the catwalk. That tragic accident was never explained, and it was just the beginning of the terror. In the decades that followed, nearly two dozen additional deaths occurred in or around the lighthouse including cold-blooded murder, suicide, unexplained accidents and disappearances, the slaughter of an entire family, and the inexplicable death of a Hollywood starlet who was filming a movie on the grounds.

The lighthouse was finally shuttered tight in 1988 and a security fence was erected around the property. No one has been inside since.

Until tonight.

Thomas Livingston is the acclaimed author of thirteen books about the supernatural and this evening he will enter the Widow's Point Lighthouse, searching for material for his next bestseller. He will be locked inside for the weekend with no way of contacting the outside world. And although no human has stepped foot inside the structure in nearly three decades, Livingston will not be alone.

In this remarkable collaboration, father and son writing team, Richard and Billy Chizmar, combine forces to tell a chilling ghost story that will make you think twice about what is waiting for you in the dark. This novella is a much-expanded version of the short story of the same title.

WIDOW’S POINT, co-written by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar, is a supernatural story that centers on The Widow’s Point Lighthouse, located in Harper’s Cove, Nova Scotia. An author of books featuring allegedly “haunted locations”, Thomas Livingston, has gotten permission to stay at this fenced-off, isolated area for the duration of a weekend. The area has a reputation for suicides, murders, and missing people–so much so that the owner eventually decided to close the lighthouse down and deny access to its grounds in order to avoid further . . . issues. Livingston’s first impression of the place when he is approaching is alarmingly apt.

“. . . It’s not a pretty sight–like a skeletal corpse grinning from inside a moldy coffin.”

Met by the current owner, Ronald Parker–an elderly man who was very reluctant to give admittance to the infamous structure–Livingston enters, bringing only the essentials he’ll need for the weekend. His hope is to accumulate enough data regarding supernatural phenomenon to write a new chart-topping book.

“. . . Legends and literally centuries of first-hand accounts seem to reinforce the belief that The Widow’s Point Lighthouse is cursed . . . haunted.”

In large, the characterization is based solely on Livingston, as he is the primary one present. He gives the history of the deaths attributed to the lighthouse, along with all the known details of each occurrence throughout his seclusion. Through this, we get an idea of what some people “may” have encountered–although the information is second-hand at best, and Livingston’s motives make him an unreliable narrator.

“. . . It’s always been about the money.”

The atmosphere at Widow’s Point is decidedly its best selling point. The deteriorating conditions, piles of formerly used furniture, eerie winding staircase, and sounds that echo in the enclosed area, are the type of things that scream “Get out of there!” to the reader.

“I am not alone.”

The more time spent there in what amounts to solitary confinement, with nothing except remembrances of the murders and madness attributed to that exact location to keep one occupied, the more one’s mind begins to wander and jump at the slightest noise.

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

Personally, I was enthralled by the atmosphere and the history recounted of this place. Each death or disappearance had its own unique attributes and conditions leading up to it. The “haunted” feeling was present virtually throughout the entire book.

“Widow’s Point . . . a zero minute drive from the depths of Hell.”

The only thing I wished had gone in a slightly different direction were some events near the very end. Otherwise, a very solid read overall.

“. . . There is no death in Widow’s Point . . . “


About Richard Chizmar

Richard Chizmar is the author of Gwendy’s Button Box (with Stephen King) and A Long December, which was nominated for numerous awards. His fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and multiple editions of The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won two World Fantasy awards, four International Horror Guild awards, and the HWA’s Board of Trustee’s award. His third short story collection, A Long December, was recently published to starred reviews in both Kirkus and Booklist, and was featured in Entertainment Weekly. Chizmar’s work has been translated into many languages throughout the world, and he has appeared at numerous conferences as a writing instructor, guest speaker, panelist, and guest of honor. Please visit the author’s website at


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.

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