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 metafiction.
Bill wanted to be a writer since he was a child, but got side-tracked when he
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, author
of Ticket to Minto and Go
Home, with Bill Ectric in the
Cool Moose Cafe at the Jax
by Jax Literary Arts Festival.
On the internet, Bill's work has appeared on Literary Kicks, Empty Mirror Books,
Sein und Werden, Candlelight Stories, Red Fez, Boston Poetry, Spolia, Folio Weekly,
Gin Mill Cowboy, Lit Up Magazine, The Beat, and Perversion Magazine.
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: Writer Steve Aylett with
Bill in Boston.
Bill's interview with Steve
Aylett is here
A book of essays on the
writings of Steve Aylett, edited
by Bill Ectric and D. Harlan
Wilson is here
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
photo by Lou Salome
Bill in Spain, 1974
Bill in Spain, 1974