Exclusive Interview: “The Bleed” Author Stephen S. Schreffler


As a Dungeons & Dragons fan who was playing the game religiously during the infamous “satanic panic” of the 1980s, I still have a soft spot for my fellow dice throwers, especially when other people think badly of them.

It’s one of the reasons why I wanted to interview writer Stephen S. Schreffler about his sci-fi seasoned horror novel The Bleed (paperback, digital), in which a pair of D&D fans go on the run after some of their mates go M.I.A.

In the following email interview, Schreffler discusses what inspired and influenced this story, as well as why this singer and guitar player didn’t write it as a rock opera.