Chet Williamson (born 19 June 1948) is the author of nearly 20 books and over 100 short stories published in Esquire, The New Yorker, Playboy, and many other magazines and anthologies.
Chet Williamson was born and raised in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. His father worked at Olmstead Air Force Base and New Cumberland Army Depot, and his mother, whose lineage is Pennsylvania Dutch, was a homemaker. Williamson attended Elizabethtown Area High School, and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and went on to be a teacher at public schools in Cleveland, Ohio. He later became a professional actor before becoming a freelance writer in 1986, when his first novel, Soulstorm, was published. His ghost story/psychological thriller, "Revenant", was produced at Theater of the Seventh Sister in Lancaster, PA, in 2007.
His earlier novels include Second Chance, an ecological thriller/romance, Ash Wednesday, Reign, and Dreamthorp, which was set in a fictional version of the Chautauqua community of Mount Gretna. His story, "Gandhi at the Bat", was made into a short film by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm. Elizabethtown College enlisted Williamson to write the 350- page "Uniting Work and Spirit: A Centennial History of Elizabethtown College," which covers the 100 years of the town's history and took him two years to write; Williamson explained, "The college wanted somebody with no preconceived ideas about the institution to write this history, but they needed someone familiar with the area." In 2003, Williamson received the International Horror Guild Award for an Outstanding Collection Published in 2002 for his book, "Figures in Rain," a collection of 27 of Williamson's short stories and novelettes, published between 1981 and 2002, with two new stories written especially for the collection. He has been shortlisted twice for the World Fantasy Award, six times for the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award, and once for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award. Williamson has also published a children's picture book, "Pennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas." His short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and magazines such as The New Yorker, Esquire and Playboy. His books have been translated and published in many languages and countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Japam, and Russia. Crossroad Press has reprinted many of his out of print books...
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