Bill’s first novel, Tamper, takes its name from pulp science fiction writer Richard Shaver's
description of fiendish creatures that used invisible rays to "tamper" with the minds of humans.
A boy named Whit, obsessed with the "Shaver Mystery" , begins to hear strange noises in his
parents' basement, which may or may not be real. Tamper begins with school friends who want
to be paranormal investigators, follows them through summer treasure hunts, dark autumnal
secrets, Whit's drug-induced psychosis, and finally to the island of Malta, where, according to
an actual 1940 National Geographic article, a field trip of children and their teacher
disappeared without a trace in the ancient Hypogeum burial chambers.
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Bill Ectric wants to believe he can erase the line between mysticism and science.
He likes to blend the genres of mystery, humor, science fiction, psychological drama, and
Bill wanted to be a writer since he was a child, but got side-tracked when he went against his
hippie tendencies and impulsively joined the Navy after graduating from high school in 1972. His
duties at the Naval Air Station in Rota, Spain included towing and fueling jet aircraft. When off
duty, Bill ran wild in Spain, Morocco, London, and Greece. He didn't get much writing done in
those days, but is now making up for it with gusto. Bill is rarely specific about his past
escapades, preferring to let his stories speak for themselves, with some blurring between
reality and fiction.
Right: Sohrab Fracis, the first
Asian-American to win the Iowa
Short Fiction Award for his book,
Ticket to Minto, with Bill Ectric at
the Jax by Jax Literary Festival.
On the internet, Bill's work has been featured on Literary Kicks, Red Fez, Sein und
Werden,Empty Mirror Books, Candlelight Stories, Gin Mill Cowboy, Lit Up Magazine, The Beat,
Metro Jacksonville, 99 Burning, and Spolia.
Right: Bill appears as a
ectoplasm in Steve
Aylett's satirical film,
LINT, the Movie,
starring Alan Moore.
This "mockumentary" is
to science fiction what
This Is Spinal Tap is to
heavy metal music.
Bill lives with his wife in the "Arlington" area of Jacksonville, Florida. By day, when not writing,
Bill mows the lawn and complains about the heat. By night, he practices lucid dreaming.
Left: April 6, 2005 - Bill with Stetson Kennedy in Tallahassee,
Florida, when Kennedy was inducted into the Florida Artists
Hall of Fame by the State Division of Cultural Affairs. Bill's
interview with Stetson Kennedy is here.
photo by Lou Salome
Bill in Spain