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Codex Fantastica (The Collected Short Works)

Codex Fantastica (The Collected Short Works) [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Schaffer

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2 Short Story Collections and More for One Low Price!

From African Death Gods ("The Reluctant Death") to the pissed off boyfriend of a stripper who gets targeted by a vampire ("Room Service"),  the short stories from WOMEN AND OTHER MONSTERS, and OVERDOGS delivers. Now, both those volumes, and much more, are presented in the CODEX FANTASTICA
"From the very first page, I was drawn in by beautiful prose that read more like poetry, rich with symbolism." (Goodreads)
Readers will wince at the lengths a woman will go to for revenge in "Cold Comforts," and feel their pulses pounding with adrenaline by the time they finish "Codename: Omega."
"I have just finished a most remarkable collection of short stories, any one of which is worthy of standing alone within the pages of such luminaries as The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan or Redbook." (Amazon)
The collection continues with a man who will stop at nothing to save his family ("Father's Day") to a crime-noir tale of an NYPD detective pushed too far ("Eye for an Eye"), these short-stories are about reclaiming lost ground, taking back what you lose, no matter what it costs. 
"This is Schaffer's most diverse, hard-biting work to date." (Amazon)
No subject is off-limits, from the author's days as a literary anarchist, to a confrontation with God himself ("The End Has No End"). The second short story collection from the bestselling author of Superbia, Whitechapel, and Guns of Seneca 6, is pulling everyone's card. 
"The subject matter can be somewhat uncomfortable to read because his protagonists are so approachable, so well written that they force us to face the darkness we each harbor within. If that is not a brilliant storyteller, I don't know what is." (Amazon)
Codex Fantastica contains 19 awe-inspiring works from one of American literature's best and bravest new voices.

About the Author

Bernard Schaffer is the author of multiple books that span a wide variety of genres, including literature, police procedurals, and science fiction westerns. He has worked on several projects with famous authors such as Harlan Ellison, Alan Dean Foster, and Bill Thompson (the editor who discovered Stephen King and John Grisham). Recently, he collaborated with J.A. Konrath on two books that feature Konrath's best-selling Lt. Jack Daniels characters and Schaffer's own Superbia series. A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, he is the proud father of two children. In addition to writing and publishing, he is a decorated police veteran detective and expert witness in narcotics distribution. In the late eighties, Schaffer was a child actor who appeared on stage and screen, including starring in the Nickelodeon series, "Don't Just Sit There."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2589 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dia de los Toros Publications (31 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KP5VNU6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Bernard Schaffer is the author of February 2012 Kindle Top 100 Book Superbia, international best-seller Whitechapel: The Final Stand of Sherlock Holmes, and the Guns of Seneca 6 series.
As a teenager, he starred in Nickelodeon's "Don't Just Sit There," musical productions, television commercials, and a skit on Saturday Night Live. He later left acting to pursue a career in law enforcement. Since 1997, Schaffer has worked as a patrolman, detective, and narcotics officer in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
In 2012, he released Superbia, a book about a dysfunctional police department that reached the Kindle Top 100. As a result of the Superbia series, he was stripped of his detective rank.
Schaffer is the founder of the Kindle All-Stars. The project's first release Resistance Front featured Harlan Ellison and Alan Dean Foster. All profits from that book are being donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Part Begins at the End of the Story-Telling 22 July 2014
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This is not a book for the "weak-kneed" or "faint-of-heart." The stories are edgy and a little creepy - a couple of them, more than a little creepy. And, if you can't handle foul language, I would suggest that you look elsewhere for reading material.

About a quarter of the way into it, I decided that I was going to delete this book; however, for whatever reason, I didn't - and I am VERY glad that didn't..........because the saving grace (for me) came at the end of the story-telling.

I think that Mr. Schaffer's true talent is revealed in the sharing of his personal thoughts and some of his family's history. Authors seldom reveal their "soul," other than through a character in a story. In fact, I had to re-read several things - and "chew" on them a bit - they had that great an impact on me.

Although police/detective novels appear to be Mr. Schaffer's forte, I'd sure like to see a political thriller/conspiracy from this author.

Note: Mechanically (correct spelling/punctuation/grammar) this book is almost perfect. And the ONLY reason for four stars rather than five is the language.
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