about

I am a writer.

What do I like to write about?

Psychological trauma, spiritual crisis, misplaced guilt, religious terror, environmental madness.

And cosmic chaos!

Sometimes robots.


I have written for the stage including the Gothic Romance The Birthing Pit, set at the end of the American Revolutionary War—

—for screen including the Western The Splendid Gun, a Quarterfinalist at the Austin Film Festival—

—and for audio fiction including the fantasy podcast novel Fire on the Mound, awarded Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form) from the Parsec Awards.

I am currently writing and producing the anthology fiction podcast Strange/Love  —stories of sci-fi, fantasy, and the macabre.

My debut novel Valkyrie, a story of theatre and myth, is crowdfunding with the UK publisher Unbound.

You can read my plays and monologues on New Play Exchange.

I'm from Wisconsin but now live in Los Angeles. I miss the snow but not the cold.

Say hello on Twitter! Or email me at—>
contact [at] byWilliamJMeyer [dot com]

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Valkyrie • novel

"Doesn't matter what the feather wants.
Doesn't matter what it does. Down it goes."



A Valkyrie recruits dying warriors for her own secret purpose in this story uniting myth and theatre.

I am crowdfunding this book with the UK publisher Unbound • You can help put the book on shelves with your pre-order, and you will be thanked inside the book

To learn more and watch the trailer, please visit Unbound

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The Birthing Pit • play

"They followed the blood.
And the blood followed the gold."



John and Castella flee a mysterious pestilence at the end of the American Revolutionary War, sailing home to Rhode Island from the Caribbean.

But when the farmer Atabei kills their ship’s captain during what might be a supernatural storm, tragedy stalks all three.

I directed a truncated version of this play in the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival starring Jensen Chambers and Maia Kazin • Audiences called it "Entrancing," "Beautiful," "Haunting," "Ambitious," "Touching," "Macabre," and "Sexy"

You can read the full play on New Play Exchange

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The Loser • audio fiction

"They hate me.
I'm not going to cry for them."



When Jordan is invited to a rich and popular girl's birthday party on the same day as her own birthday, her new best friends have a cruel surprise in store.

But there's something about Jordan none of them know, and their wicked scheme could lead to a disaster of paranormal proportions.

Produced as an episode of my anthology fiction podcast Strange/Love • Read and Performed by Emily Strand

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Download the mp3

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Waiting to Die in a Tent,
A Few Thoughts on Valhalla • audio drama

"Most die never saying what they meant to.
Never hearing what they should.
Made mute by fear— and deaf by pride."



When Einarr is mortally wounded, Mikel sets out to locate Einarr’s estranged daughter Kára for a final father-daughter reunion. But before they can return, a mysterious figure finds Einarr alone— and about to breathe his last.

I based my novel Valkyrie on this short play.

Produced as an episode of my anthology fiction podcast Strange/Love • Starring Boyd Barrett, Karin Heimdahl, Owen McCuen, and Madeline Goshorn

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Download the mp3

You can read the script on New Play Exchange

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Idylls of Camelot • audio fiction

"It's not wrong, you know.
To need somebody."



Cindy confronts her brother Harry about skipping another family funeral, drudging up old pains, including the time they found their father's strange invention.

After the death of their parents, Cindy and Harry uncover the turmoil of their family history and discover that like any addiction, talking to the dead has its price.

Produced as an episode of my anthology fiction podcast Strange/Love • Starring Kristina Teves and Christopher Karbo

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Download the mp3

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Goodbye, She Said • audio fiction

"Tomorrow has nothing for you."



"He" waits to die, hanging in a void, recalling the last few perilous weeks of his brief and flittering life. "She" loses her boyfriend and her sister on the same day, spinning into a newfound compulsion for horror.

Could the rumored monster cult be responsible for all their woes?

Produced as an episode of my anthology fiction podcast Strange/Love • Featuring Nicola Branch

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Download the mp3

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The House That Jack Built • audio fiction

"I walk'd west of the sun for your touch.
I walk'd east of the moon for your kiss."



When a man's secretive past threatens to consume him, he must choose between deceiving his wife and losing her for all time.

The newlywed couple Jack and Liz move into their new house on an otherwise uninhabited island, and soon a nearly-forgotten arson casts a fiery shadow over their marital bliss, the mysterious forest surrounding their home, and the strange creature living there.

Produced as an episode of my anthology fiction podcast Strange/Love • Illustration on this page by Caitlin Cadieux

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Download the mp3

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Fire on the Mound • podcast novel

"In broken tongue I call to the dark—"



As their myths manifest all around them, a brother and sister of the deer-people reluctantly journey with their father’s killer to find and defend the first child of their god.

But when mainlanders crash on their island, their enemies learn a new, deadly technology— the gun— and their entire island is threatened by war.

Produced as a 42-episode series • Read by Steve Rudolph • Music by William Seegers

2014 Parsec Awards Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form) • 2013 The Geekie Awards Best Narrative Audio Series

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Listen to the mp3 trailer

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Hostile Worlds • audio drama

"A membrane of chronometric fluid surrounds the solar bathysphere and allows me to observe the sun’s evolution at high-speed. When we emerge from the other side of the distortion field, I should be able to evaporate the fluid and return us to our native time..."

Sarah and David venture into the Sun’s corona and meet with Dr. Andrea Cellarius, a bright and flame-boyant scientist, to learn about the components of our sun—

—but when a coronal mass ejection plummets their solar bathysphere deep into the star, they have precious few minutes to learn anything at all!

Produced by Matthew McLean as Episode 9: Here Comes the Sun (Part One) and Episode 10: Hello Sunshine (Part Two)

Starring Sarah GoldingDavid AultColin Gray
• and Tanja Milojevic • Illustration this page by Tomislav

You can listen on SpotifyApple Podcasts
• or the Official Site

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Western

Selected Feature Scripts

"We all want to go to Heaven.
Just not today."

The Splendid Gun / Western / Part I of The False Preacher Trilogy / Quarterfinalist Austin Film Festival

Three Uses of the Knife / Western / Part II of The False Preacher Trilogy

Sea of Glass / Existential Apocalyptic Sci-Fi in the modern day

The Alternate Wife / Horror Sci-Fi in the 1970s, featuring an alchemy doppelgänger

The Break-Up Girls / Musical Comedy about All-Woman Punk Band

The Flood and the Flame / Modern American Gothic inspired by the Book of Job

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Elsewhere

Me in other places.

• I participated in The Moonologue Sessions,
a collection of monologues celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings

• Tolkien and medieval researcher Luke Shelton interviewed me about reading J.R.R. Tolkien

• Author Eamonn Griffin asked me ten questions about my novel Valkyrie

• Barbra Dillon of Fanbase Press interviewed me about my 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival play The Birthing Pit

• Mike and Russell of My Haunt Life reviewed my 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival play The Birthing Pit (scroll to bottom)

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