Richard Schiver


Richard was born in Frostburg, Maryland, in the winter of '58' and currently lives eight miles away. A five-year stint with the military allowed him to see what he wanted of the world. Married with four grown children and eleven grandchildren, he and his wife provide a home to four pets that are spoiled beyond rotten.

While the majority of his fiction is dark, his focus is on the character's struggle to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. A fight that mirrors his ongoing battle with depression. An avid reader he has written and published three novels, two novellas, and a collection of short stories since his return to writing in 2008 after a computer crash wiped out nearly ten years of work in 2001.

In addition to writing daily he works a full time job in retail, and piddles around in his wood-shop making one mess after another when time permits.

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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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A Family Tradition
Price: Free! Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Would you be willing to give up your unborn child to save yourself?
Parasite (Shadows of the Past Book II)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,260. 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
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
Price: $2.99 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,130. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
She had a look that immediately put anyone she met at ease. Small of stature, with grandmotherly eyes, only a handful of people knew what evil lurked behind that innocent facade. By the time most people learned about her true nature, it was already too late.
Enter Night
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 20,170. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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.
Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: American English. Published: September 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,900. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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
Price: Free! Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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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