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Born in 1958, in the Appalachian mountains of Western Maryland, Richard grew up listening to ghost stories by his grandmother as they sat on the front porch while screech owls punctuated her words. As a teen he subsisted on a steady diet of Creepy, Eerie and Weird Tales comics as well as Saturday night creature features with Count Gore Deval
In the past he has worked as a carpenter, a truck driver, in retail sales, and fast food. In that time he has read everything related to horror he could lay his hands on. Aware that one day, he would breathe life into the chills he’d first experienced on his grandmother’s front porch.
That day has arrived.
Richard currently lives with his wife in Lavale, MD. When he’s not spinning tales of terror he can be found in his wood shop making messes.
on July 29, 2012 :
Rick Schriver’s “Shadows of the Past” is a well written tale of the age old battle between good and evil. Through a supernatural aspect, the story takes it to an entirely new level. This is definitely not a story that has been done over and over again.
The way the author’s words flow freely makes for an easy read. With well-rounded characters, you will find yourself drawing parallels to your own life. As the story progresses, the readers will no doubt see that all the character’s have something in their past that they now regret. It is wonderful to see that even fictional characters have skeletons in their closets, as so many of us do in this day and age. I highly recommend this book for anyone
one out there.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 19, 2012 :
I absolutely loved the premise of this novel - what a great concept! This is a very graphic horror novel. The beginning was very engaging and the ending was engrossing and thought provoking. The middle, at times, was somewhat disjointed and overly graphic. I would have loved to have had the premise fleshed out at a more complex (and less graphic) level.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)