Richard Schiver

Biography

Richard is the author of eight novels, three novellas, and a collection of short stories. His most recent include Cursed, a horror novel. A Call to Arms, book four in his post-apocalyptic coming of age series, This Lawless Land. Not Of Us, a WWII creature feature published by Severed Press. He is a member in good standing of the Horror Writers Association, and the Maryland Writers Association.

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.

His wife, Dena, has experienced firsthand the exasperation of living with a writer whose mind tends to wander at the most inappropriate times. Yet she manages to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground.

Richard can be found online at:

Facebook: http://www.facebook/RichardSchiver

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/richard-schiver

Written in Blood is Richard's personal blog where he shares his writing, and whatever else might strike his fancy. http://www.richardschiver.com

He 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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Where to find Richard Schiver online

Series

This Lawless Land
Welcome to a post-apocalyptic world where a child can be named Meat. A world of unrestrained brutality where death lurks around every bend, and the only law is the firepower one carries on their hip. It is into this world these four boys have been born. A world where cellphones, fast food, and supermarkets are fables from the past. A world where the dead walk, and humanity has strayed dangerously close to the edge of extinction. Four boys have been drawn together to embark upon a journey. One of discovery, not only of the world in which they live, but of worlds that lie beyond imagination. Every journey begins with a single step, and their journey begins with a quest to Richmond where they will confront a cult of feral boys who worship a creature of the night. Along the way their friendship will become stronger as they come face to face with the brutality of a world without laws or consequence. A journey that will lead them to the realization that they are the future, but to have one, they must first bring peace to this lawless land and confront the forces of evil arrayed against them.
All Roads Lead to Terror
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Cursed
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,710. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Can Susan stop an ancient curse from claiming her daughter’s life?
All Roads Lead to Terror
Series: This Lawless Land, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,690. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Four boys must put aside their differences and come together in a post-apocalyptic world to keep an evil force from taking over their world.
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: 37,520. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
At the edge of life the shadows grow long and deep, filled with sinister intent as they take on a life of their own. These nine shorts take a quick peek into that dark and lonely place where life becomes a memory of the past.
White Walker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,960. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When Judy 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.
Enter Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,170. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(4.00 from 4 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
Price: Free! Words: 10,870. Language: American English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(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
Adversary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,430. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » General
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
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 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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