Shadows of the Past

Fiction - Horror
238 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2012
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Author Biography

Richard lives with his wife in Lavale, Maryland. They have four children, nine grandchildren, three dogs and one cat. Only the dogs and the cat live with them.

A voracious reader, Richard grew up reading everything he could lay his hands on. He got his first taste of H.P Lovecraft at the age of nine when he convinced his father to let him check it out of the adult section of the library. From that point on he was hooked. He read William Peter Blatty’s “The Exorcist,” while hiding the paperback inside a high school text book when he was supposed to be studying. In a sense he was studying for his eventual entry into writing horror.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite

When an undergraduate student steals an ancient ceremonial dagger to pay a gambling debt, all hell is unleashed on an unsuspecting and unprepared populace. Found under the ice in Antarctica, the dagger has been found to be many millions of years old. This is no ordinary dagger, but an artifact that predates man’s history, emanating from a primordial past. When the bodies of people who come in contact with the dagger start turning up with strange and devastating wounds, Washington DC Homicide Detective Sam Hardin realizes that these crimes are out of the ordinary. But can one take seriously the possibility that the ancient horrors of the past, now part of mythology, have revived and are searching for a special someone, someone that might be the closest person to Sam? This dark malevolence has found a home in an unsuspecting Vietnam veteran, Jack Griffith, taking over his mind and body, and manipulating him to achieve its purpose. In a race against time, Sam and Jack clash, pitting mere mortality and pathetically weak human weapons against something supernatural, overpowering and diabolical. Can Sam save his family, and conquer this evil? Is this the beginning of the end, always predicted in Doomsday scenarios? The fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

A nail-biting, spine-chilling read that will take readers to the edge of their seats! Author Richard Shiver knows how to crank up the tension and bring out the scary monsters. The book had me riveted from page one. The author has an excellent grasp of characterization, bringing each character to life, and getting under their skins, and tapping into their worst nightmares and blackest memories. The pace never slackens, racing along with the reader in tow, on a breathtaking and electrifying ride. Masterly descriptions tease the reader’s imagination as the author depicts what happens both internally and externally as characters fight for their souls. I couldn’t put the book down once I had started reading.

Richard Shiver acknowledges the influences of authors H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe and filmmaker John Carpenter, but he has created something new and fascinating in this work. I enjoyed the surprise ending that suggests there could be another book in the making. Fans of horror, thriller, and ancient mysteries will simply love this book. Highly recommended.