Richard Schiver

Biography

Richard has recently returned to writing after a computer crash in 2001 wiped out over ten years of hard work. Since his return he has not won any awards, nor has he achieved the bestseller status practically every writer dreams of. He has written some stories though, and he hopes you like them.

Richard and his wife share their home with four furry, four-legged, children. When he’s not at his desk spinning tales he can be found throwing the ball for their yellow lab, Max, or in his wood shop making another mess.

Richard can be contacted directly at rschiver@gmail.com and would be delighted to hear from you.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
The first time would be 1991. I was thirty two, a voracious reader, and the idea of writing had been in the back of my mind since my days in the military.

Starting out was a struggle. My first story was rejected so many times I ran out of markets to submit it to. But I stuck with it. Eventually things started to click, the words started to flow, and the amount of work I was producing grew. The rejections soon changed from form rejections to personal notes from editors, then an acceptance here, another over there. Small non-paying markets.

Ten years later with the first drafts of seven novels on my hard drive, one under consideration at Random House, six screenplays, and about fifty short stories in various stages of revision my computer crashed, wiping the hard drive clean, and no I didn't have any backups, with the exception of a few I had printed out.

I was so discouraged by what had happened that I turned my back on writing for the next seven years. But in the back of my mind I always wondered if I had given up too easily. In 2008 I began the arduous task of replacing what work I could from the printed stories I'd saved. This was my second excursion into writing and has resulted in me finding myself here.
What's the story behind your latest book?
We all view grandmothers as nurturing, caring, individuals more inclined to pinch a child's cheeks than anything else. It's a view that causes us to let our guard down. But not everything we perceive can be trusted. As many of Margaret's victims learn too late in my novella, Reprisal: Vengeance knows no boundary. But what motivates her? She'd been diagnosed as a child with Dissociative Identity Disorder, but the doctors were wrong.
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Books

Parasite (Shadows of the Past Book II)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,770. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The alien invasion of the earth continues, but this is no independence day, for the threat to mankind comes not from the stars, but the shadows of the past.
9 Dark Tales
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,170. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
From the Zombie apocalypse, to things that go bump in the night, here are 9 short tales that are sure to send a shiver whispering down your spine.
White Walker
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,260. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
When she was ten she made a promise to that which inhabits the winter storm. Now she's twenty-six and pregnant, and the White Walker has returned to collect his due.
Reprisal: Vengeance Knows No Boundary
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,130. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
On the surface her plan was brilliant in its simplicity. Return home, take the place of her twin sister, and live out the rest of her life in relative peace. What she didn't plan for was the trail of dead bodies left in her wake, and that the dead, always got their revenge.
Enter Night
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Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 20,170. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00)
There are places even the ghosts of the dead fear. Where nightmares wander the hallways of our dreams, and not every story ends with a happily ever after.
Bobo
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Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: American English. Published: September 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(1.00)
Awakening to find herself the victim of a kidnapping, Sarah realizes just how alone she really is. The kidnapper believes her husband will pay handsomely for her safe return, but he doesn't know about their coming divorce. Help arrives from an unlikely source as Sarah comes face to face with old memories she's kept hidden even from herself
Shadows Of The Past
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,900. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(3.50)
The alien invasion of the earth has begun, but this is no Independence day. Drawing on the Cthulhu Mythos, Shadows of the Past recounts a tale of ancient Gods seeking a return to their former glory.
Music of the Gods
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Price: Free! Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.00)
So often we don't realize what we have until we've lost it. During a weekend trip to save his failing marriage Donald discovers this truth after he and his wife are involved in an accident.

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