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A group of students encounter a supernatural terror while on a road trip through Appalachia in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the “unforgettable and scary” (Harlan Coben) Chasing the Boogeyman.

1983: Three students from a small college embark on a week-long road trip to film a documentary on roadside memorials for their American Studies class. The project starts out as a fun adventure with long stretches of empty road and nightly campfires where they begin to open up with one another.

But as they venture deeper into the Appalachian backwoods, the atmosphere begins to darken. They notice more and more of the memorials feature a strange, unsettling symbol hinting at a sinister secret. Paranoia sets in when it appears they are being followed. Their vehicle is tampered with overnight and some of the locals appear to be anything but welcoming. Before long, the students can’t help but wonder if these roadside deaths were really random accidents…or is something terrifying at work here?

About The Author

Richard Chizmar is the coauthor (with Stephen King) of the New York Times bestselling novella Gwendy’s Button Box and Gwendy’s Final Task, and the solo novella Gwendy’s Magic Feather. Recent books include the New York Times bestsellers Becoming the Boogeyman and Chasing the BoogeymanThe Girl on the PorchThe Long Way Home, his fourth short story collection, and Widow’s Point, a chilling tale about a haunted lighthouse cowritten with his son Billy Chizmar, which was recently made into a feature film. His short fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and 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 Trustees award. Chizmar’s work has been translated into more than fifteen languages throughout the world, and he has appeared at numerous conferences as a writing instructor, speaker, panelist, and guest of honor. Follow him on Twitter @RichardChizmar, or visit his website at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 22, 2024)
  • Length: 480 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668009192

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Raves and Reviews

“You’ll never view a country roadside in the same way once you’ve finished Memorials. Chizmar knows where both stories of terror and stories of the heart lurk—and best of all, he understands that they're found in the same places. Buckle up for a haunting ride.”
Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of An Honest Man

Memorials is scary as hell, and it’ll redline your fear meter. But it’s also as much an ode to that time in our lives where we’re no longer children yet not quite adults, when the road ahead of us was just beginning to clarify. Chizmar's writing has the power to take you back to that point in your own life and hold you there awhile, spellbound.”
Nick Cutter, national bestselling author of The Troop and The Queen

Memorials is a twisty, dark tale with an undeniable sense of place and a creepy atmosphere that pulls you in and never lets go. This story about friendship and youthful adventure quickly spirals into mayhem and paranoia, and the journey is an absolute blast. As heartfelt as it is chilling, this nostalgic, diverse, wildly entertaining novel proves, once again, that Richard Chizmar is one of the best.”
Gabino Iglesias, bestselling and award-winning author of The Devil Takes You Home

"Taut with tension and an increasing sense of doom, Memorials will leave you gasping for breath by the time you reach the final few pages. A pure horrific delight." Ronald Malfi, bestselling author of Come with Me and Small Town Horror

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