The author knows how to create a plot with unique characters and an
engaging story. - Patricia Russo (Author of Shiny Thing)
SHADOWS OF THE PAST
is a horror-filled ride that left me white-knuckling all the way to the end!
The subplots, such as the death of his wife, and the injury to his son, as well
as his teen daughter's escapades into crime, lend an even more realistic feel
to the story. Charlene Gamble Literary R&R
I enjoyed reading SHADOWS OF THE PAST. The story is an
engaging one that for the most part is well-written and suitably frightening.
Character development is good and we are given enough of Sam's past to
pity him, while at the same time wanting to tell him to get it together
Colleen Wanglund, Horror Fiction Review
SHADOWS OF THE PAST is a nail-biting, spine-chilling read that will take readers to
the edge of their seats! Richard
how to crank up the tension and bring out the scary monsters:
Fiona Ingram Readers Favorite Book Reviews
I would place Mister Schiver's talents in league with Neil
Gaiman's. He shines in his ability to let dialogue propel a story. That is
trickier than it may seem, but the talented writers do it with an effortless
T.W Brown at Brutally Honest Reviews
This, the debut novel from Richard Schiver, will pique
constant reader's curiosity just enough: here we are presented with
uncomplicated plot strands and Lovecraftian overtones evocative (perhaps) of
something fashioned from the early pen - or pseudonyms - of Dean Koontz.
Matthew Tait: Hellnotes
From the Author
Inspiration for Shadows of the Past
What if an advanced alien race visited this world when the super continent Pangea still existed?
What if they brought their own food source that seeded the planet with the genes that would one day become man?
if they became trapped on the continent that would become Antarctica,
and were forced to evolve to survive, emerging as today's modern
What if their essence has been awakened, and they want their world back?
the early nineteenth century Edgar Allen Poe visited the South
Polar Region in his only novel length work titled: The Narrative of Arthur
Gordon Pym of Nantucket.
The work relates the tale of the young Arthur
Gordon Pym, who stows away aboard a whaling ship called the Grampus
Various adventures and misadventures befall Pym, including shipwreck, mutiny,
and cannibalism, before he is saved by the crew of the Jane Guy
this vessel, Pym and a sailor named Dirk Peters continue their adventures
further south. Docking on land, they encounter hostile black-skinned natives
before escaping back to the ocean. The novel ends abruptly as Pym and Peters
continue towards that mysterious region around the South Pole.
believe H.P. Lovecraft continued Poe's tale with his novella, At The
Mountains of Madness
. that was serialized in Astounding Stories from
February to April of 1936. Lovecraft twice cites Poe's disturbing and
story in his text, and explicitly borrows the mysterious cry Tekeli-li
from Poe's work. In a letter to August Derleth, Lovecraft wrote that he was
trying to achieve with his ending an effect similar to what Poe accomplished in
the novella, Who Goes There
, by John W Campbell
writing under the pen name Don A. Stuart was published in Astounding Stories.
It's been said Campbell wrote the story to show Lovecraft how a story of that
nature should be written. The story has been adapted for the screen three
times. In 1951 as The Thing From Another World
, in 1982 as The Thing
directed by John Carpenter, and most recently as a prequel to the Carpenter
version, also titled The Thing
, released in 2011.
each instance the alien discovery remained trapped in Antarctica. Until now.