Richard Schiver

Biography

Richard has always had a fascination with the macabre. He grew up listening to ghost stories told by his grandmother on the front porch while the screech owls punctuated her words. He acquired a taste for reading at an early age that became a voracious appetite as he grew older. He reads every day, his tastes having become more eclectic, with his interests ranging from horror to historical narratives. The only thing he really looks for is a good story. His goal as a writer is to give the reader a story that will stay with them long after they've closed the cover of the book.

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 a mess.

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

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 from 5 reviews)
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 from 1 review)
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 from 2 reviews)
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 from 3 reviews)
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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