William Blackwell


Author William Blackwell studied journalism at Calgary’s Mount Royal University and English literature at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia. He worked as a print journalist for many years before deciding to pen dark fiction novels. He has written almost twenty novels.

Prior to his writing career, Blackwell wandered aimlessly from job to job. He held many titles including laborer, painter, auto-body mechanic, road lane marker, fish plant worker, gas jockey, clothing salesman, used car salesman, hardware sales clerk, warehouse shipper/receiver and even a short stint shoveling crap for a living.

Blackwell has written for advertising companies, radio stations and numerous newspapers.

Although he writes predominantly horror novels, Blackwell has dabbled in other genres including sci-fi, psychological thriller, dark thriller, inspirational fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction and paranormal. Some of his novels are difficult to categorize as they cross into multiple genres. His work has been characterized as raw, gritty and real.

Blackwell lived in Vancouver for many years, where he studied his craft and honed his skills. He also lived in Calgary for many years where he worked as a journalist for various newspapers. Currently he lives on a secluded acreage on Prince Edward Island and often travels to third-world countries where he finds the inspiration for many of his books. He loves to travel, read, write, socialize, and live life on the raw fringe of society.

Blackwell writes first to feed his addiction and satisfy his need to create. He also writes to “educate, influence, entertain, and scare the hell out of you.”

To learn more about Blackwell's work and read the musings of a meandering mind, please visit his website: http://www.wblackwell.com

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Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I read practically everything and anything I can get my hands on. I used to believe that I should stick to the genres I write in, mainly being horror and post-apocalyptic fiction, but I've since learned it makes me more well-rounded as an author if I also dabble in other genres. I'll even read technical literature to help me get a handle on technical jargon and delve into the thought process involved in technical writing. Currently I'm reading Bram Stoker's Dracula again, a sort of Bible for horror writers like myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do own a Kindle ( and do plenty of reading on that), but I still love the feel and texture of a good old-fashioned paperback novel. It also makes it easier to take notes if I'm using the novel for research. I can dog-ear the pages and write my notes right inside the pages.
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Where to find William Blackwell online

Where to buy in print


Freaky Franky
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 66,270. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Religious
When a disaffected group of people begin experimenting with the cult of Saint Death, brutal murders begin happening.
Blood Curse
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,460. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Religious
With devastating consequences, a lonely man enlists the aid of a Voodoo witch to win the woman of his dreams.
Assaulted Souls III
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,320. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Survivors of a post-apocalyptic disaster narrowly escape a man-made utopia only to discover the real horror has just begun. Fighting off uncontrollable rage caused by a drug intended to create super warriors, they’re pursued by a megalomaniac government gone mad. Giant deadly insects; savage, opportunistic tribes; and their own inner demons propel them to want to kill themselves and each other.
Assaulted Souls II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,370. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Survivors of a post-apocalyptic disaster escape radiation poisoning, savage humans, mutant animals and raging zombies, only to discover their problems are just beginning. Quarantined on a military vessel, they are poked, prodded, and injected with a drug designed to create subservient super warriors. Suffering violent side effects, they must fight to find sanity in a world gone mad.
A Head for an Eye
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 60,300. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The ruthless Tarahumara brand of justice is juxtaposed with the questionable North American judicial system.
The Strap
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,190. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A full-throttle journey inside the sights and sounds of Ecuador and a chilling chronicle of the ever-present dangers.
Resurrection Point
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,750. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A group of disaffected people suffer terrifying consequences when they dare to experiment with death and resurrection.
Infected Rage
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,290. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Graphic novel
A terrifying rage virus infects a small town, sending residents on murderous rampages.
Poison Rage
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,190. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
Paranormal investigators learn the shocking truth behind a rage virus turning people into murderous demons.
Assaulted Souls
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,640. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A raw and graphic exploration of a terrifying existence in a wasteland produced by humankind’s stupidity.
Phantom Rage
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,280. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Mentally unstable paranormal investigators fight for their lives while trying to solve a series of gruesome murders in a small town.
Orgon Conclusion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,630. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Science fiction
An epic battle pitting the forces of good and evil against one another in the context of the American Dream.
Nightmare's Edge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,610. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A nail-biting journey through the dark underbelly of the Dominican Republic.
Rule 14
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,330. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A chilling analysis of the fight-or-flight response, this psychological thriller ushers you deep inside the minds of those who process information through a twisted and psychotic lens.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,840. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Inspired by true events, Brainstorm chronicles the lives of an epileptic man and his mentally challenged wife who have so little but give so much.

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  • Where Are The Bright Sparks? on May 05, 2012
    (no rating)
    Informative piece on the importance of screening your contractors. A great introduction to what will become a long and successful career as a writer for Marcus Foot. Keep up the good work. I read an excerpt from the first book and can't wait for the finished copy. I know it will be hilarious, tightly plotted and well written. Here's a great writer you'll want to keep an eye on.