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They hide in the shadows..

“Tell me about the warehouse, Carl.”
“I don't want to go there,” Carl whispered.
“Why?”
“The shadows.”
Sam could feel something crawling around inside him, a thing dark and oily, responding to Carl’s terror. He recalled the solitude of the warehouse. The thoughts that went through his mind upon entering its shadowy interior.
He who walks between the...more
Mass Market Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Abiss Books (first published December 30th 2011)
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Fiona Ingram
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 dated to 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 Detect...more
Mirrani
Shadows of the Past brings an alien feel to evil as we follow the existence of a wicked life form, bent on eliminating the human race. Parallel to this is the story of a child who has brain damage from an accident at his birth, who seems to have the gift of bringing people back from near death... at the cost of the lives of another, however. The good and the evil must battle out, but it is those taking care of the good child who must do the battling. The story itself sounds like some kind of twi...more
Brandi Hines
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When I first started reading this novel it was hard to remember all the characters, they came in so fast and switched from one scene to another quickly. However the writing style and character drama kept me intrigued. After a few chapters I felt I knew all the people well enough that I was not turning pages back to find out who this or that person was.

Sam is a police officer who has had a rough life, we all know the stre...more
TW Brown
First admission, I have never read Lovecraft. I know that might seem blasphemous, but it just never came up on my radar. I have read Neil Gaiman, and I would place Mister Schriver's talents in league with 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 grace. The conversations reveal details without becoming narratives.

The story has a realistic but fantastic bent to it that makes me feel terri...more
Lisa Schuch
Rick Schriver’s “Shadows of the Past” is a well written tale of the age old battle between good and evil. Through a supernatural aspect, the story takes it to an entirely new level. This is definitely not a story that has been done over and over again.
The way the author’s words flow freely makes for an easy read. With well-rounded characters, you will find yourself drawing parallels to your own life. As the story progresses, the readers will no doubt see that all the character’s have something...more
Pamela K.
I received this book free from LibraryThing for an honest review.

Years after his wife's death, Sam Hardin is still overcome with grief. So much so, that he ignores his children and wishes for his own death.
An ancient being is released into the world, and is searching for Sam's son.

I enjoyed the story. It has just the right amount of horror, family dynamics, and retribution. Sam learns how much life and his family means to him, when he has to fight off the monster threatening his family. There ar...more
Jamie Stanley
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. This book is a horror novel that was very well written. At first I had a hard time getting into the book because I felt that it jumped around quite a bit. But once I got in to the novel 5 chapters in, I was hooked. The story starts out with an evil presence that escapes into the world. The main character is Sam who contemplates suicide on a nightly basis. He is suffering from depression and guilt over his wife's death. He comes to realize that this evil p...more
Colleen Wanglund
SHADOWS OF THE PAST
By Richard Schiver
(Abis Books 2012/240 pgs./Tp)

Sam Hardin is a detective with the D.C. police department. He is also a man with some deep psychological scars. Sam’s pregnant wife Anne was killed and the baby, Frankie was born with brain damage from the bullet. Four years on and what’s left of his family is falling apart. Teenage daughter Cheryl fears her father’s temper, alcoholism, and the possibility of his suicide. Michelle, Anne’s best friend is the only person keeping it...more
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