David R. Beshears
Author and screenwriter of science fiction, fantasy and adventure.
David's work has been praised by literary professors and by PhDs in science, by fans and by book reviewers around the world.
His miniseries screenplay adaptation of his popular novel "The Shylmahn Migration" won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in 2007.
His books are available in paper and most ebook formats, with several new titles coming out this year.
David lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with his wife Sylvia. When not writing, he can often be found climbing any one of a dozen northwest mountains.
The Shylmahn Migration
Brings gritty realism to the nightmare of an overwhelming invasion of Earth. This is not 'slam-bam-welcome-to-earth' stuff. This could happen.
"Intelligent, epic science fiction"
Note: The three part miniseries screenplay adaptation was the winner of the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting competition.
Science Fiction / Fantasy
"I bequeath to my nephew, Jacob Quigley, all that I own, all that I dream, and all that I am, in the hope that my life's quest will become his quest." -- Last Will & Testament of Tobias Quigley
Those few cryptic words send Jake into a bizarre world that couldn't possibly exist. Traveling the Gateways, he will befriend the Eternal Guardians and stand against an ancient enemy.
The Christmas Cave
Holiday / Fantasy
December 1960. Thirteen year old Jenny Harper is exploring the caves with her brother Bill and their best friend Mike. They see a strange shimmering light. Bill rushes ahead, disappears around the bend.
Fade to present day. Thirteen year old Jack and his twelve year old sister Amanda visit their Grandma Jenny in the mountains over the Christmas holiday. They hear the story of a mythical cavern that Grandma went searching for fifty years earlier with her little brother Bill and their best friend Mike. Her brother was lost, never to be seen again.
Drawn to the mystery, Jack and Amanda meet up with Daniel Madsen, a local boy diagnosed with Leukemia and only months to live. He tells them of a boy who went into the caves a few days before Christmas, 1910 and came out three years later telling of “The Christmas Cave”, a world of amazing colors and lights.
They find their way to the Christmas Cave and discover much more than they expected.
Shipwreck on ShadowWorld
Science Fiction / Young Adult
Thirteen year old Jim survives a fiery crash landing on the desert plains of ShadowWorld, only to come face to face with bizarre aliens, mystifying cultures, and an unforgiving planet in his search for rescue.
The first in a series of adventures following Jim, future Prince of the Frontier Worlds
A quiet, desolate setting. A cluster of old buildings isolated out on an alien plain. Overhead, the sky is a smear of reds and purples, a shell enclosing the world.
Here, strangers banding together for survival must strike out into the alien wilderness in search of a way home.
Novella adapted from the science fiction screenplay "Broken Sky",
written by D.R.Beshears and registered with the Writer's Guild of America.
Climb the Mountain
Memoir / True Story
On October 12, 2007, a young soldier was injured in Afghanistan, suffering severe traumatic brain injury, spine shattered in three places, and numerous internal injuries. For the next two years, as he was moved from Bagram to Germany to Walter Reed to Palo Alto and finally home to Washington State, his family never left his side. And throughout those years, his father wrote daily emails to family and friends, chronicling the journey from a dusty road in Afghanistan to the snowy summit of Mt. Rainier.
The invasion had ended long ago. The remnants of humanity survived as best they could on reservations or in tiny communities out of sight of the masters of the planet. Most had never known a world not dominated by the Shylmahn, content now to live out their lives in the shadows.
Some were not content.
The Britton Family, legends from an all-but-forgotten war long since lost, fading into the obscurity of a human history soon to vanish, they now fought a war that no one knew was being waged.
Book Two of the Shylmahn Trilogy.
Stageplay / Mystery
A general store, old and all worn out, sits alone on a long-forgotten highway. A wooden porch runs the width of the weathered storefront.
On the porch sits the Storekeeper, one arm draped across the back of the comfortable bench. He welcomes each of the new arrivals, one by one, as they come in off the highway.
Strangers, all on foot, arriving from very different pasts; none know how they ended up there or where they are going.
A Stage Play in Three Acts
Science Fiction / Fantasy
I don't get to write short stories much anymore, but I love writing them. Short stories was where I started, back when I was twelve and my sixth grade teacher handed me an empty theme book and asked me to fill it up. I had turned in a story the day before for extra credit and she liked it.
Most of my short stories have been lost, particularly those written using my old typewriter back before I had a computer, and more than a few written with only pencil and paper. But I did manage to hang onto a couple from way back when.
I thought I'd bring some of these old stories out into the light. I hope you like 'em.
Reunions First published in Necrology Magazine, Tales of Macabre, Sept 2007
Last Day at Sharp Park Written in 1971, when I was fifteen years old
The Light in the Mist A Victorian fairie tale (well, sort of...)
Yesterday's Shadows Written about 35 years ago, heavy on TZ influence
Room The assignment was to write a "white room" story...
The Meadow A twelve year boy on a hunting trip with his grandpa
Present day... A man returns to a long-abandoned neighborhood. Doors stand ajar, shutters hang open, lawns and landscaping are unkempt. The man sits on the curb and opens a leather-bound journal. Through the journal, he recalls the events that took place in Ravenhill decades earlier.
Journey back to 1964… The man is just a boy. He and his friends find that their neighborhood, a cul-de-sac set into the foothills along the California coast, is not all that it appears. There are strange happenings; some amazing, some terrifying, and all pointing to the fact that this little community of families might just be something other than what the rest of the world perceives it to be.
Thirteen year-old Ben Foster, along with his friends Peter and Louis, and his older sister Julie, set out to find the secret behind the peculiar events that the outside world doesn’t see and that those living in the neighborhood either choose to ignore or are conspiring to keep hidden.
Young Peter will set the tales down in his journal, which years later a grown Ben Foster will clasp to as the last surviving corroboration of their adventures and of their astonishing discovery.
John Smith is the first person ever sent downstairs due to a mix-up in the paperwork. While this is sorted out, he is assigned to work at Hades’ local television station, where he must deal with strange characters and stranger programming.
All the more bizarre, he arrived just in time for Founder's Day.
Dark satire novella adapted from the screenplay "KHDZ", written by D.R.Beshears
Industry feedback re: the screenplay:
"The concept is brilliant and eye-catching."
"The situation is entertaining, the shows are fun, and life at the station with all its quirky characters is easy to become invested in… a fun script and a very talented writer.”
"The author has come up with a very inventive concept and gives us a very sympathetic protagonist. Not only that, the author understands how to balance the wit of the set-up with the real emotional issues faced by the characters."
The Black Tower - Episode Seven - The Tunnels of Hades
The seventh episode in the serial.
A team of scientists travels the eighty floors of a strange black tower, where each floor is an alternate world fraught with danger, striving to reach the top floor and the dark force behind the creation of the looming monolith.
Novella serial based on the television pilot screenplay “The Black Tower” and its accompanying series bible. The television series concept and design spans 100 one hour episodes.
The Black Tower Serial contains 13 short novellas, with each novella consisting of one of those one hour episodes along the storyline, including transitioning scenes of the intervening episodes, taking the reader from the first floor of the Black Tower, culminating on the eightieth floor and the final confrontation with the creator of the mysterious monolith.