The World Serpent

about

I am a writer.

What do I like to write about?

Psychological trauma, spiritual crisis, misplaced guilt, religious terror, environmental madness.
And cosmic chaos! Sometimes robots.

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contact [at] byWilliamJMeyer [dot] com


My audio fiction has been chosen as a Platinum Selection of the HEAR Now Festival, a Showcase Selection of the PodTales Festival, Co-Winner of the Audio Verse Awards Writing of a New Spoken Word Production, and awarded Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form) from the Parsec Awards.

You can read my plays and monologues on
New Play Exchange
.

I am currently writing and producing
the low-fi sci-fi (sorta) rom-com audio drama
The Transposition of Chloë Brontë.

I am currently seeking a publisher for two of my novels: Valkyrie, a story of theatre and myth--
and Fire on the Mound, an epic fantasy.

I love books. Their size. Their shape. Their smell. The texture of their pages. I love them. Favorites include A Canticle for Leibowitz, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Jane Eyre, Watership Down, and Giants in the Earth.

I'm from Wisconsin but now live in Los Angeles. I miss the snow but not the cold.

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Valkyrie

Valkyrie • novel

"Doesn't matter what the feather wants.
Doesn't matter what it does. Down it goes."



Deep beneath the impossible mountain Rúnhallr is a stone of power called valdrsten. To mine its wealth one must release a foul humor which drowns our loved ones, turning them into vengeful sea-draugr.

Against this dire history a Valkyrie named Hildr recruits dying warriors for her own secret purpose.

I am currently seeking a publisher for Valkyrie
You can email me at—>
contact [at] byWilliamJMeyer [dot] com

You can watch the book trailer on YouTube

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Invisible Fires

Invisible Fires: Fugues + Fairy Tales •
short story collection

"Something can be done. And we’re doing it now, right now. We’re helping each other."



A 300 page e-book containing the following seven short stories:

Moonboots and Monsters: Secrets of the EyebringerThe House That Jack BuiltGoodbye, She SaidIdylls of CamelotThe LoserAnd Worms Do Not DestroySting of the Scorpion

The e-book is Pay-What-You-Want on Gumroad in PDF and ePub formats and Free on Apple iBooks in ePub format

You can watch the book trailer on YouTube

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The Birthing Pit

The Birthing Pit • play

"They followed the blood.
And the blood followed the gold."



John and Castella flee a mysterious pestilence at the end of the American Revolutionary War, sailing home to Rhode Island from the Caribbean.

But when the farmer Atabei kills their ship’s captain during what might be a supernatural storm, tragedy stalks all three.

I directed a truncated version of this play in the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival starring Jensen Chambers and Maia Kazin • Audiences called it "Entrancing," "Beautiful," "Haunting," "Ambitious," "Touching," "Macabre," and "Sexy"

You can read the full play on New Play Exchange

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Wolf

And Worms Do Not Destroy • audio fiction

"A thought is a deed.
A deed of the mind."



A mythic odyssey challenges a pair of barbarian brothers as they set off on an arduous pilgrimage to beseech The Blessed Immortal King.

Produced as six episodes of my anthology fiction podcast Strange/Love • Starring Steve Rudolph and featuring Cary Michael Ayers, AJ Beckles, Julia Eve, Sarah Golding, Karim Kronfli, Owen McCuen, and Elizabeth Novotny

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Download the mp3s of Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, and Part Six

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Unicorn

The Loser • audio fiction

"They hate me.
I'm not going to cry for them."



When Jordan is invited to a rich and popular girl's birthday party on the same day as her own birthday, her new best friends have a cruel surprise in store.

But there's something about Jordan none of them know, and their wicked scheme could lead to a disaster of paranormal proportions.

Produced as an episode of my anthology fiction podcast Strange/Love • Read and Performed by Emily Strand • Featured as a Showcase Selection in the 2020 PodTales Festival

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Download the mp3

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Einarr

Waiting to Die in a Tent,
A Few Thoughts on Valhalla • audio drama

"Most die never saying what they meant to.
Never hearing what they should.
Made mute by fear— and deaf by pride."



When Einarr is mortally wounded, Mikel sets out to locate Einarr’s estranged daughter Kára for a final father-daughter reunion. But before they can return, a mysterious figure finds Einarr alone— and about to breathe his last.

I based my novel Valkyrie on this short play.

Produced as an episode of my anthology fiction podcast Strange/Love • Starring Boyd Barrett, Karin Heimdahl, Owen McCuen, and Madeline Goshorn • Featured as a Platinum Selection in the 2020 HEAR Now Festival

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Download the mp3

You can read the script on New Play Exchange

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Chloë Brontë

The Transposition of Chloë Brontë •
audio drama

"Time is a slippery kirnoofel."



Chloë and Max’s relationship is strained when they move in together and Chloë’s sleep paralysis appears to open a portal to another dimension.

A low-fi sci-fi (sorta) rom-com.

Produced as an eight-episode mini-series fiction podcast • Starring Tanja Milojevic, Christopher Colón, Erin B. Lillis, Nate DuFort, Tatiana Grey, and Boyd Barrett as your Narrator. • Featuring the song "Voices," written and performed by Anne-Marie Choon • Theme Music by Katharine Seaton

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Download the trailer mp3

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Fire on the Mound

Fire on the Mound • podcast novel

"In broken tongue I call to the dark—"



Deep in a hidden kingdom, Mtilan the Unborn King pledges his life to Legion, the fallen spirit from beyond the veil of time. Learning dark and forbidden magic, the new sorcerer gains both immortality and incredible power— but loses his soul.

Over a millennium later, siblings Pekra and Lely reluctantly journey with their father’s killer across their island of peril to defend a mythical cottonwood tree, the first child of their god, from both Mtilan and his itinerant Master.

But the brave siblings are children of the deer-folk known as the Gaewyn, a persecuted people unaware mainlanders have crashed on their island, bringing those who would enslave them a new, deadly technology— the gun.

Produced as a 42-episode series • Read by Steve Rudolph • Music by William Seegers

2016 The Podcast Host Fiction Podcast of the Week • 2014 Parsec Awards Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form) • 2013 The Geekie Awards Best Narrative Audio Series

You can listen on Google PodcastsApple Podcaststhe Official Site • or Listen to the mp3 trailer

I am currently seeking a publisher for
Fire on the Mound

You can email me at—>
contact [at] byWilliamJMeyer [dot] com

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Western

Select Screenplays

"We all want to go to Heaven.
Just not today."

MECHAGOD / Existential Mecha Sci-Fi / Quarterfinalist ScreenCraft TV Pilot Screenwriting Competition

The Splendid Gun / Western / Part I of The False Preacher Trilogy / Quarterfinalist Austin Film Festival

Three Uses of the Knife / Western / Part II of The False Preacher Trilogy

Sea of Glass / Existential Apocalyptic Sci-Fi in the modern day

The Alternate Wife / Generational Horror Sci-Fi in the 1950s and 1970s, featuring an alchemy doppelgänger

Sisters of the Holy Burning Water / Modern American Gothic inspired by the Book of Job

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Elsewhere

Elsewhere

Me in other places.

• In 2020 and 2021 I joined John Siuntres, Gabriel Hardman, Jeff Parker, Ande Parks, and Ian Brill to discuss one of my favorite tv shows of all time--
the original The Outer Limits


• I participated in The Moonologue Sessions,
a collection of monologues celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings • Winner of the 2019 Audio Verse Awards Writing of a New Spoken Word Production

• Tolkien and medieval researcher Luke Shelton interviewed me about reading J.R.R. Tolkien

• Author Eamonn Griffin asked me ten questions about my novel Valkyrie

• Barbra Dillon of Fanbase Press interviewed me about my 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival play
The Birthing Pit

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