Bill Crumpler

Biography

Crumpler’s work often deals with that inexplicable element of life that some people call “coincidence” ... and others call “Fate.” As the protagonist in one of his novels says, “We are all fictional characters created by the Great Cosmic Mystery Writer.”

Expect his troubled characters to have a sense of humor in the face of adversity, and to find salvation in the form of love. A man saves a woman ... a woman saves a man. Together, they save each other.

Books

The Woman and the Death-Angel
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
When a young prospector who has struck it rich in the California Gold Rush stops at a creek for water, he meets a young wife who has been cruelly abused by her much older husband. Moral questions arise.
Black Mamba
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 480. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.60 from 5 reviews)
This very, very short story (only 367 words) is about deadly snakes and deadly people. Like the black mamba, it’s scary ... and it has a “twist.” ;)
The Woman at Poetry Creek
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
On the same night and sleeping in beds miles apart from each other, a man and a woman who have never met have the same, identical dream. [Caution: Although the story is not “erotica,” it is an explicit “romance” written for adults.]
A Dragnet of One
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 1,940. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this award-winning story, Cain is a drifter—a homeless man on a Harley. Fitzroy is a deputy sheriff—an ambitious woman who wants to be sheriff. They become unlikely allies in the search for a kidnapper ... and in the search for themselves.
Steve and Venus
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 780. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
Steve is a lonely security guard working the night shift at an art museum. Venus is a marble statue on display there. And Mary ... hmm. Just who is Mary?
Ghost Dog
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Category: Fiction
This award-winning story is about a hesitant lover ... his devoted girlfriend ... a magic ring ... a buried treasure ... and a wisecracking bulldog named Gershwin.
Rosie's Dream
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 880. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014. Category: Fiction
When she turned forty, Rosie’s husband left her. She was a loving, but modest, woman who had never worn a bikini. The artist she met painted only landscapes—not nudes. [Caution: The story has adult themes and brief nudity.]
Paradise Creek
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 850. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Category: Fiction
She bathed herself naked in the creek behind her remote cabin in the mountains. So did a strange man ... with a rifle. [Caution: The story has adult themes and brief nudity.]
The Highwayman and the Lady
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Upstate New York, 1775. When a highway holds up the stagecoach on its way to New York City, he is not interested in “Lady” Hester’s money—he’s interested in something much more intimate.
A Warm, Blinding Snow
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
During a raging blizzard, a lonely forty-year-old woman takes a warm bubble bath. She hears a knock at her front door. The man is an old friend. But is he?
Which Way's North?
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Blackstone is a Little Rock homicide detective nearing retirement age. His daughter, Danielle, is a small-town police chief. When the little town has a big murder, the father and daughter butt heads as they try to solve the case.
Ghost in Moonlight
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Category: Fiction
She had come alone to the Virgin Islands, a broken-hearted woman trying to understand the mystery of ill-fated love. She was prepared to face that mystery, but she was not prepared to face the mystery—and the terror—that awaited her.
The Serpent and the Seventh Cavalry
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Category: Fiction
Owoju-Wiya (meaning “Paradise-Woman”) was a beautiful Lakota princess. Private Dirtson (meaning “Son of Dirt”) was a brave trooper in Custer’s Seventh Cavalry. Her people were about to execute Private Dirtson. But she was determined to save him.
The Last Dance with Joey
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the summer of 1943, a young soldier falls for an Army nurse. But the shadowy stranger in the doorway complicates things.
The Deer River Ripper
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Category: Fiction
This is not a tale for the squeamish or the faint of heart. Especially if you’re a young woman who is “attractive ... blonde ... single” and all alone on a dark night.
Paradise, Texas
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
There really is a “paradise” ... even in Old-West Texas. A good-hearted lonely woman ... a good-hearted mysterious stranger. What else do we need?
The Invisible Path
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
She was an abused woman. But now her jackass husband was dead, and she was ready to get on with her life. She had no intention of meeting another man. But sometimes fate outmaneuvers intentions. The stranger had lost his way in the bottomlands, and an “invisible path” had led him to her back door.
Ishmael and Dr. Gypsy
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.33 from 3 reviews)
“Ishmael” is a convicted killer who obviously has psychological problems. But “Dr. Gypsy”—his psychiatrist—has a few problems of her own. Can she help him? Can he help her? This award-winning story answers those and other questions.
Keeper of the King
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction
In a time long ago, the good King Danhawk succumbs to a mysterious malady. It’s up to Willon, the brave young son of Chancellor Goodwin, and Stella, a beautiful country girl, to restore the noble king to his throne.
The Age-Old Mystery
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 9,860. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Category: Plays
In this award-winning, mystery-romance play, Mr. Cole is a middle-aged, wisecracking, “beach bum,” and Ms. Hitchcock is a middle-aged, wisecracking, “crusty and ill-tempered” homicide detective. If they don’t murder each other first, they just might solve a murder mystery.
Butch the Brainy Bulldog
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
BJ’s wisecracking dog Butch was smart enough to go to Harvard, but he “couldn’t pass the physical.” The two of them must help Rosa, their attractive housekeeper, recover a valuable statue.
Lovers and Ghosts
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
“Lovers and Ghosts” is collection of five award-winning love stories dealing in some way with ghosts and love ... or with ghostly love ... or lovely ghosts ... or talking bulldogs. (A talking bulldog always helps a romantic relationship.)
Dogs and Heroes
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 4,630. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
0.75 star(4.67 from 3 reviews)
"Dogs and Heroes" is a "mini-memoir"--just a brief glimpse of a guy of the born-in-1945 generation.
The Indigo Secret
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 78,930. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Category: Fiction
A twist-filled story about Cain, a brooding drifter who must come to grips with his dark past. With the help of Karla, a sexy, small-town newspaper owner, Cain tries to solve a murder mystery. Only then can he hope to solve the real mystery: the “Indigo Secret.” (NOTE: Adult content. Intense sexual situations.)
Messiah
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 98,570. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
A "nonfictional novel" about the life of Christ. The events recorded in the four "Synoptic Gospels" plus various secular sources are integrated into one continuous, exciting narrative.
Stars and Margaritas
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 18,830. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2009. Category: Fiction
When a suicidal biker named Kane saves the life of Delia's only child, this single mom wonders if SHE can save HIM. Complicating things, her best friend Matti is also interested in the handsome mystery man. But first, the trio must find a killer ... and perhaps find themselves.
Steele Shadows
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 53,630. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2009. Category: Fiction
A realistic "nonfictional" novel about Union General Frederick Steele's occupation of Camden, Arkansas in 1864.
Lieutenant C
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 95,710. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2009. Category: Fiction
A Kafkaesque, semi-surrealistic tale about a reluctant hero trying to save the world. The setting is the 1960's with World War II still raging on. Lieutenant C is an English teacher who is called upon--by mistake--to carry out a super-secret mission to end the war and defeat the Nazi-Trojans. He also pursues Helen McNunnly, the illusive woman of his dreams.
Private C
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 79,910. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2009. Category: Fiction
A Kafkaesque, semi-surrealistic tale about Private C, a reluctant hero trying to save the Seventh Cavalry (and the world?) from destruction.
Voices
By Bill Crumpler
Price: Free! Words: 74,310. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2009. Category: Fiction
"Doc," a famous New York psychiatrist, develops paranoid schizophrenia. He hears voices: Elvis, Nietzsche, Freud, etc. Escaping from his own clinic, he teams up with JJ, a spunky 25-year-old "retro-hippie" hitchhiking to San Francisco to find her father, and Stella, a sensitive but world-wise former Las Vegas stripper who's on her way to Monatana to claim a sheep ranch she won in a poker game.

Bill Crumpler’s tag cloud

adventure    arkansas    camden    chirst    civil war    comedy    crime    crime solving    epic    fantasy    fbi    ghost    ghosts    gospel    history    hope    humor    jesus    kafka    literary    love    magical realism    memoir    mena    moral questions    murder    mystery    old west    psychology    reconciliation    romance    sex    snakes    suspense    symbolism    texas    western   

Smashwords book reviews by Bill Crumpler

  • Always on Dec. 31, 2013
    star star star star star
    Great story! My eyes have "unshed tears" in the back of my throat. Universal theme. I'm a Yank who loves Australia. Stories like this make us all kin. Keep writing, Janice!