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Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 Review/2020 Preview -- Craig Schaefer


Favourites from 2019

What stood out to me in 2019? The first thing that comes to mind is how this was a banner year for horror. We were treated to the exquisite reimagining of Suspiria, the gut-wrenching nightmare of Hereditary, the dreamlike weirdness of Mandy…there was a lot to love. In television, Fleabag and Killing Eve propelled Phoebe Waller-Bridge to the top of my favorite-creators list.


In books, Madeline Miller’s Circe is a novel I wish I could have written myself. Other standouts include Evan Ratliff’s The Mastermind, about Paul Le Roux’s criminal empire, and Adam Higginbotham’s Midnight in Chernobyl.

In the theatre-sphere, I have to give a shout-out to the Sycamore Theatre Company’s historical drama Bisland & Bly, which recently wrapped up a run at the New York Festival of Musicals. Beyond being a great show which deserves a bigger staging, actress and playwright Susannah Jones is also the voice of my audiobooks. Mean Girls debuted in 2018 but I didn’t see it until this year, so I’m adding that to my list as well: it’s a wonderful musical that both cherishes and builds upon the source material.

In gaming, 2019’s standout was Disco Elysium, a surreal RPG that does really interesting things with modeling your character’s inner landscape. My runner-up is NITE Team 4, a military hacking simulation based on actual declassified NSA tools. It will challenge you – and also scare the hell out of you once you dig into the developers’ copious footnotes and realize just how vulnerable most “computer security” really is.

On the horizon for Craig Schaefer



Now I’m looking to the horizon and a very, very busy year ahead. Because I write so far in advance, I have three releases already finished and ready to drop in 2020: first up is the new Daniel Faust adventure, The Locust Job, arriving with the New Year. Then we’ll have the next Harmony Black novel, and I’m currently working with Thomas & Mercer Publishing to finalize copy-edits on The Insider, the second installment in the Charlie McCabe series.

In the middle of all that I’m working on the follow-up to Ghosts of Gotham, as well as trying to find a good home for another completed novel, a stand-alone volume set in Gotham’s world (a modern New York haunted by Greek myth.)

That, along with a dozen other projects. If the Muses are willing, the work will be done.

About the author

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Craig Schaefer was born in Chicago and wanted to be a writer since a very young age. His writing was inspired by Elmore Leonard, Richard Stark, Clive Barker & H. P. Lovecraft. After reaching his 40th birthday he decided to give in to his passion and since then has released twelve novels in the last three years. He currently lives in North Carolina and loves visiting museums and libraries for inspiration.

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