William Van Winkle


With 21 years in the PC industry, I've worked through distribution, retailing, and (for the last 14 years) journalism at outlets such as CPU, Tom's Hardware, LAPTOP, and PC Magazine. Today, I still write for several of these publications as well as freelance and consult. Please feel free to contact me at williamvw *at* gmail.com.

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Stay Cold - A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,630. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Tommy was prepared to become a bar mitzvah, a man, when life in the tiny town of Roundup came to a cataclysmic end. Now, the screaming voices and blasting winds have stopped. Creeping from his basement, Tommy finds the world he knows buried under a towering amount of snow. As the boy realizes what is lost and what is still waiting for him, he will discover whether he's ready to do what a man must.
The Followers - A Short Tale of the Civil War Undead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,780. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
In July 1863, Confederate General James Longstreet may hold the key to turning General Lee's potentially catastrophic strategy at Gettysburg into war-deciding victory. One man's horrible tragedy can place ranks of the undead at Longstreet's disposal and turn the fate of the Confederate cause...if he dares. This dark novelette will hold you mesmerized until the wrenching end.
The Sound of Autumn Night - A Short Story of Self-Sacrifice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Only a bedridden man, a woman, and a little girl are left alive, barricaded within a hospital. Murderous packs of apocalypse survivors roam the streets. As autumn blows through the ravaged hallways, there is little to do but try to ignore the hunger and settle down for a disturbing tale of true love.
Strange Horizons Retrospective
Price: Free! Words: 45,910. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Internet
Robotic implants and augmented reality. Wearable computing and toxic PC manufacturing. For five years, writing across the dot-com boom and bust, William Van Winkle syndicated a column on cutting edge technologies and their intersection with people and society. Now, he's updated those columns, looking at past issues and insights through the eyes of an internationally read journalist.

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  • The Aftermath: A YA Zombie Story on Aug. 06, 2013

    A great little snapshot! As always, Rusty captures the voice and feel of his characters to a T. Sometimes we don't have to know how a zombie outbreak starts. What matters is how it changes the people it touches...