Bernard J. Schaffer

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Bernard J. Schaffer (born 1974) is a police detective, an author, and a former child actor who appeared on the Nickelodeon program Don't Just Sit There. He joined the police department in 1996 and passed the detective's test in 2005.

Schaffer cites Stephen King's On Writing as his favorite book, describing King as "my Musashi," and the Harry Potter novels as his favorite series.


Schaffer has self-published several works, including:

  • Women and Other Monsters (short story collection; May 2011)
  • Whitechapel: the Final Stand of Sherlock Holmes (a Sherlock Holmes pastiche novel; 16 June 2011)
  • Guns of Seneca 6 (sci-fi western; October 2011)
  • Ancient Rituals (short story collection; 12 January 2012)
  • Superbia (crime novel; 20 January 2012)
  • The Kyoshi Scrolls (samurai/zombie novella; 1 February 2012)
  • Codename: Omega (novella collection; 7 March 2012)
  • Knife Fights (essays and poetry; 22 March 2012), formerly the project titled "Codex Leicester"
  • Superbia II (crime novel; 25 March 2012)
  • Simple Ebook Formatting in 10 Easy Steps (formatting how-to; 11 May 2012)
  • Coordinates to Unmapped Places (fiction collection; 16 May 2012)
  • Chambered Rounds (non-fiction collection; 16 May 2012)
  • Magnificent Guns of Seneca 6 (sci-fi western; 10 July 2012)
  • Overdogs (fiction collection; 12 September 2012)
  • Immaculate Killers (sci-fi western; 6 December 2012)
  • Grendel Unit: Bad Day at Khor-wa (military science fiction; 2 February 2013)
  • Superbia 3 (crime novel; 27 April 2013)

He is also the founder of the short-fiction anthology Kindle All-Stars, contributing the Seneca 6 story "Old-Time Lawmen" to the first collection, Resistance Front, and the story "Carnival of Cryptids" in the second collection, Carnival of Crypids. His upcoming projects include the novel The Widow Sword, the historical sequel Whitechapel 2: Inspector Lestrade and the Torso Killer, the sword-and-sorcery fantasy story The Widow Sword, and a third installment of the Kindle All-Stars anthology.