William Petersen

Biography

William hails from Missouri and finds endless inspiration within the natural world for science-fiction, horror and fantasy...

A proud member of the St. Louis Area Horror Writers' Society, William's writing has appeared in anthologies from The Bearded Scribe Press and JWK Fiction, as well as in Nebula Rift, Under the Bed, Far Horizons and Calamities Press Literary magazines.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing, I'm an avid fisherman and outdoor person. I love camping, hiking or just sitting next to a lake or river. I try to spend as much time outdoors as I can, whether it be next to a fire, stargazing in the back yard or chasing allusive bass and whopper catfish on the water. My writing is heavily influenced by the natural world, which provides endless inspiration for science-fiction, fantasy and horror.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include Stephen King, Piers Anthony, Larry Niven, Michael Crichton, Isaac Asimov, Jerry Pournell, Dean Koontz, Tolkien, Robert Ludlum, David Morrell, H.G. Wells, Clive Barker, Arthur C. Clarke and many, many more...
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Books

The Lights of Ceres
Price: Free! Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(2.50)
A trio of explorers land on the asteroid, Ceres, in hopes of explaining the mysterious lights detected on its surface, only to discover more questions than answers.
Extremophiles
Price: Free! Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
An advanced species emerges from the depths of a gas giant to take its first steps towards space exploration. On a small, rocky moon covered in ices and dotted with lakes of methane, the discovery that life is not unique in their solar system is overshadowed by its implications.
The Interview
Price: Free! Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The leader of an enigmatic and secret cult arrives at a television studio to reveal his message: "They Are Close."
Teleporting While Intoxicated
Price: Free! Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.50)
An alien race is slowly taking over our planet but not the way either species expected...
Peeping Tom
Price: Free! Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A voyeur sees more than he bargained for, and the show isn't over yet...
Ringshine
Price: Free! Words: 7,850. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
What if our quest to explore other worlds uncovers something that doesn't want to be found?
In Plain Sight
Price: Free! Words: 750. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00)
The invasion of Earth is well under way. The invaders are biding their time and increasing their numbers, hiding right in front of us; hiding in plain sight...
Drifter
Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00)
I drift. It's what I do. I float along, searching for you. You are my purpose, my one and only goal, and I am very patient. We are drifters, you and I...
Trap Door
Price: Free! Words: 980. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(3.00)
A surreal flash-fiction story to stir your mind and make you think..
Breaking the Cycle
Price: Free! Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
An offshoot species of parasite, normally only found in amphibians, has evolved to include humans in its bizarre, three-stage life cycle, which causes the host to grow extra limbs and other body parts. Is there a way to break the cycle and stop the decline of the human race, or will phobia, paranoia and fear blind us and seal our fate?
Errant Shot
Price: Free! Words: 7,930. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(3.00)
A meteor falls to Earth, exploding high in the atmosphere and wreaking havoc on the ground. An amateur rock hunter discovers a piece of the interstellar visitor and cashes in on the find, only to learn that it is much more than just a rock...
Tycho Wept
Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.50)
There may be life on other worlds... Will we ever find it? Will we destroy it in the process of looking?
Mythical
Price: Free! Words: 23,230. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(3.00)
NOT a typical fantasy... - At the top of the world, two unlikely participants are drawn into an ancient conflict that will ultimately determine the future of mankind... -

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