Richard Schiver

Biography

Unlike other writers who knew they wanted to write the moment they became self aware, Richard’s path to taking up the pen followed a more leisurely route.

As a child he wanted to be a fighter pilot, later he thought it would be neat to be a rock star. Unfortunately, as an introvert, he was not suited for the stage. Once he gave up the guitar, much to the relief of his parents, he turned his attention to making movies.

Armed with an 8mm movie camera, several rolls of aluminum foil liberated from the kitchen, and the spare bed sheets, he filmed his first masterpiece. The story was about a space ship crash landing in the woods behind his house. His sister starred as the damsel in distress while his little brother, wrapped like a mummy in the spare bed sheets, chased her through the woods.

His career as a famous director ended before it even got off the ground when on opening night his mother recognized the missing bed sheets and aluminum foil resulting in his grounding for the remainder of that summer.

A voracious reader, he believes writing is the most intimate form of communication possible. The reader permits the writer access to their mind, and the readers reality dissolves as they focus on the narrative of the tale being spun.

His love of the macabre was sparked at an early age when he would sit on his grandmother’s porch listening to her tell ghost stories. During the summer he and his cousins would sleep in his grandmother’s back yard, within sight of the abandoned haunted house next door, and spend the night scaring one another with gruesome tales of shadowy creatures that went bump in the night.

During his life he has played a series of roles, husband, father, son, and lover, but his favorite by far is grandfather. He and his wife of twenty plus years have raised four children, and helped raise eight grandchildren. They provide a secure home to a yellow lab named Max and a cat who will answer to either Flame or Furball. His loving wife, Dena has experienced first hand the exasperation of living with a writer whose mind has a tendency to wander at the most inappropriate times. Yet she manages to keep his feet firmly planted on terra firma.

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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

All Roads Lead to Terror
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,620. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The horrors of the past meet the brutality of the present. On the day of his birth the dead walked and society crumbled. His mother took one look at him and pronounced him Meat. He survived, she didn't.
A Family Tradition
Price: Free! Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Would you be willing to give up your unborn child to save yourself?
Parasite
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,260. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
They have watched from the shadows since the dawn of time. Jealous gods who once ruled a young planet. Seeking a return to their former glory. Only one man stands in their way.
9 Dark Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,170. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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: 48,720. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,130. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
She had a look that immediately put anyone she met at ease. Small of stature, with grandmotherly eyes, by the time they discovered the evil lurking behind that innocent facade, it was too late.
Enter Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,170. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(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
Price: Free! Words: 3,600. Language: American English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(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
Adversary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,430. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » General
(3.50)
They have watched from the shadows since the dawn of time. Jealous gods who once ruled a young planet. Seeking a return to their former glory. Only one man stands in their way.
Music of the Gods
Price: Free! Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Categories: 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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