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.
It's sequel is Big Crimson, another vampire epic, in which a truly good deed does not go unpunished.
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.
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 first 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.
At the present time I am trying to write a fantasy novel; wish me luck because it's much harder than it looks.
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It starts with a knock at the door and a plea for help late on a summer's night, it ends with the streets running red with blood as an army of monsters, both human and Undead, are unleashed upon the unsuspecting and the innocent. A young man thought he was being a Good Samaritan, but learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. Take a journey on a very dark road to epic horror.
Beating Plowshares into Swords: An Alternate History of the Vietnam War
What if the Tet Offensive had been launched three years early? What if the United States had then sent a million men into Southeast Asia? What if they'd cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail? What if they'd bombed the North Vietnamese back into the Stone Age? And what if none of that had worked? Would that be the time to start thinking the unthinkable?
Caden is Coming
A secret history of the vampires in America, written in blood and worth a fortune, has been stolen. More than one greedy hand wants to get hold of it by any means necessary, but unfortunately for them, and the original owner wants it back, along with bloody revenge on anyone who has so much as touched his book. Caden is coming, make peace with your God while there is still time. Epic horror.
You Never Know What's Going to Come Through the Door
There are some hard and fast rules every businessman lives and dies by: The customer is always right, even if he's a blood thirsty vampire who can ripe your throat open and drain you dry on a whim. If you don't have what he wants in stock, try and sell him what you've got. And if he doesn't like what you've got? Then...
Pick Your Poison
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.