F.C. Schaefer


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. That is why I wrote the BIG CRIMSON series, my vampire trilogy. I consider myself a fan of Anne Rice, having read her VAMPIRE CHRONICLES, but instead of her tales of aristocratic creatures of the night, I wanted my vampires to be a little more down and dirty, less the trappings of nobility and more like organized crime. Most of my blood drinkers lurk in darkened alleys or rundown tenements, and some may be found on the back roads in the wee hours. All of them in search of unwary prey. They come together in clans, ruled over by their “Makers,” who run their fiefdoms with an iron hand. Then there are the outlaw vampires who refuse to bend the knee to any Maker and the allegiance to any clan. They roam from city to city, making their way the best they can having perfected the art of “passing for mortal.” What happens when one of those outlaw vampires is suddenly in need of the help from a mortal is the opening act of BIG CRIMSON.

My favorite type of horror story has always been one where the ordinary and the everyday and the supernatural co-exist, where the “normal” façade of the world we take for granted is pulled back to reveal the house of horrors behind. That is the premise I used in BIG CRIMSON and a couple of short stories I’ve written, one of which, 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 back in the day. Another 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.

Another genre I have written in is alternate history. ALL THE WAY WITH JFK: AN ALTERNATE HISTORY OF 1964 is my story of what might have happened if the tragic events of November 22, 1963 had turned out differently. It is one of the great What Ifs of the 20th Century, and I wanted to write something original—or as close to it as I could come—that would engage fans of speculative history. Using the framing device of an oral history of an America where John F. Kennedy lived to run for re-election, I tell the story through the eyes of characters caught up in events that threaten to spin out of control at any moment, as history sails into uncharted waters.

BEATING PLOWSHARES INTO SWORDS is an alternate history of the Vietnam War and comes from my lifelong passion for military history. It is the first thing I actually tried to seriously write. Like my other alternate history books, this one too is told through an oral history by the men and women who fought in and opposed a Vietnam War where the course of history took a different turn when the Communists launch the Tet Offensive three years early, and defeat in Southeast Asia appear eminent. This is when President Lyndon Johnson turns to Richard Nixon to help reverse the war, and where this leads, is the heart of the book. I wanted my first work to be something other than the usual alternate history 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.

For the better part of the last decade I have been working on a fantasy trilogy, talk about biting off more than you can chew. My story has a lot of influences, more leaning toward anime and comic books than Tolkien. I outlined and outlined and outlined; then I wrote three books. Then I decided the back story of my fantasy world deserved a book of its own, so I outlined another novel, which needs to be rewritten and revised before I can even think about producing a first draft. I might need to find some beta readers before I proceed any further. After I finished the initial three books in my fantasy series, I took a break and wrote another alternate history novel, this one titled WORLD WAR NIXON. It’s set in the 1970s and is a take what would have happened had some key events of the Nixon Era like the Watergate break in and the opening to Red China had gone differently. It still needs some work, but I hope to get it launched soon.

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Big Crimson 3: Blood Will Tell
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,800. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The time for vengeance has come, and a vampire will have to pay the debt he owes to a mortal and try to save the innocent girl he loves. And what is the dark secret that only the blood will tell? The finale of the Big Crimson series is epic horror at its best.
Big Crimson 2: The Vampire Next Door
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,920. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Jim made a vow to honor the debt he owes to Kyle, the mortal who slew Zachariah Locke, the dreaded Big Crimson and the chief of a vampire clan, before Locke could end Jim’s Undead life. But it is a debt that could cost him everything to repay. Jennifer thinks it’s cool to have a vampire living next door, little does she know how dark her summer nights are about to become.
Big Crimson 1: There's a New Vampire in Town
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,660. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
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
All the Way with JFK: An Alternate History of 1964
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 153,130. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
John F. Kennedy lives and Oswald dies in a hail of police bullets on a far different day in Dallas than the one we know from books and movies. And in the aftermath, could the world be set on a course for World War III and America torn apart from within as one conspiracy falls apart while other ones are set in motion. Find out in the pages of All the Way with JFK: an Alternate History of 1964.
Beating Plowshares into Swords: An Alternate History of the Vietnam War
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,100. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 286,900. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(3.00 from 1 review)
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
Price: Free! Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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
Price: Free! Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(1.00 from 1 review)
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.

Smashwords book reviews by F.C. Schaefer

  • 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.
  • Ache 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.