I have always been a fan of such old school monsters as the vampire, the werewolf, the unquiet ghost and the walking dead, and always had the strong ambition to write a novel with one of these creatures in the spotlight. Caden is Coming is my vampire story, but unlike the works of Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Meyer, most of the bloodsuckers in my novel are true spiritual descendants of the original Dracula, returning them to the roles of villain and anti-hero they were always meant to play. Caden is Coming is roughly the same length as Stephen King's Salem's Lot; I am currently working on a sequel, tentatively titled Big Crimson.
One of my short stories, Pick Your Poison, could best be described as The Stand meets Dracula and the Wolfman. A concept that would make for a great straight to DVD movie. The other one, You Never Know What's Going to Come Through the Door, turns on the mundane encountering the extraordinary when a vampire has to go shopping for a new suit.
My latest work is a change of pace; Beating Plowshares into Swords is an alternate history of the Vietnam War and comes from my lifelong passion for history, especially military history. I also enjoy speculative fiction and this story is actually the fist thing I ever tried to seriously write. It had been sitting around for more than a decade until I pulled it out recently for revisions before putting on the final touches. Alternate History is a sub-genre all its own, but I wanted my first work to be something other than the usual tropes-no What If the South Won the Civil War or What If Hitler had been victorious. I tried to do write something unique, something fans of this sort of thing might enjoy. Hope I was successful.
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Caden is Coming
by F.C. Schaefer
Approx. 286,900 words.
Published on November 25, 2012.
They live in the shadows, but they see all. And when you cross one of the Undead, you are in a world of hurt. When the secluded Georgia home of Lafayette Caden is robbed, the 190 year old ruler of a vampire clan sets out to get his property back and exact revenge. Caden is coming, and the guilty parties had best make peace with their God while there is still time. Epic Horror.
Pick Your Poison
by F.C. Schaefer
Approx. 3,040 words.
Published on September 24, 2012.
It is true, no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse. For a handful of survivors the worst is not a virulent superflu which has killed 99% of the earth's population. No, the worst comes when they learn they are not the only ones to live through the end of civilization; the creatures of the night have survived just fine and they are ravenously hungry now.
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Smashwords book reviews by F.C. Schaefer
- Ripple (a flash fiction story)
on Dec. 10, 2012
A nearly perfect example of what short fiction should be, we never actually see the horrible thing little Jimmy does, the atrocity exits only in our imagination, which can be far worse than any words on a screen. Great use of point of view by having all the action unfold through the mother's eyes, her growing sense of unease is felt by the reader. A great addition to the "evil child" genre and we should definitely see more of little Jimmy in the future.
- Ater Angelus
on Dec. 10, 2012
Good short story and a good take on the old "make a deal with the Devil" trope. Did not see the twist at end coming and that is the way it's supposed to be. Excellent effort, JT Lewis.
on Dec. 14, 2012
If you're really into gross and gore, this is a great story. And even though zombie apocalypse tales are a dime a dozen these days, this one stands out in the way the author builds suspense and palpable dread.
- The Infirmary
on Dec. 17, 2012
Not just another zombie apocalypse story, but a good short story that makes you care for the plight of its protagonist, Sarah. Is what she is experiencing real or just the manifestation of her mental illness? The best stories leave it to the reader to decide what will be the ultimate fate of its characters. The Infirmary delivers.