Rumors had persisted for years that a mysterious “dome” stood somewhere in the woods about two miles west of my hometown, Hansburg, Virginia. We heard it was used by witches for naked ceremonies, or as a Civil Defense Radar Station, or drinking, and one story said that in bracingly cold weather, words appeared in the air and hovered like a magnetic aura over the dome. Roger thought it should be aurora, not aura, so when I wrote about it in the high school paper, I slipped both words into the story.

Growing up in the 1960s with strange noises in the walls, dark magic in the leaves, young love, the Shaver Mystery, psychedelics, and Malta’s ancient underground chambers known as the Hypogeum. Mystery, humor, magic realism, and screaming skulls.

Experimental Parson Weems tried to tell me something in the old Jacksonville apartment off Riverside Avenue with the fireplace on a winter’s night, when the quaint round face of Tycho Brahe’s star, brilliant as a Venus Oriental dawn, illustrated articles on nuclear physics, Baroque salons, The Blue Man of the North and the smiling spirit of spring daughters descending from the sky in a basket with the robust pamphleteer who had been a member of the infant state. Your subconscious trying to tell you something. Trees yielding green ripples flow around you. The earthquake of 1812 left cracks in the Tennessee clay, trying to tell you something.

A collection of short stories by Bill Ectric, including “Time Adjusters” with two young insurance company adjusters driving in a time loop on Florida Highway A1A in the middle of the night; “Space Savers,” a macabre blend of science fiction and the supernatural about old people disappearing from a retirement home; “Cut Up the Stolen Scroll,” a Beat Generation artifact is stolen and a secret message turns deadly when subjected to the Burroughs-style cut-up method; the bizarre and unexplainable saga of “The House and the Baboon,” and more.

Download the story “Time Adjusters” for free at Sein und Werden

British author Steve Aylett writes in multiple genres, usually simultaneously, combining elements of science fiction and fantasy with comedy and a high literary aesthetic. As a result of his unique style, Aylett has garnered throngs of devotees in underground circles. Some say he is too clever and grandiloquent for genre readers, and too genre for literary readers, infusing his meta-pulp fictions with intricate networks of hi-tech and/or bizarre novums. Like J. G. Ballard, Aylett belies, if not capsizes, formulaic methods and ultimately constitutes a genre in and of himself. This book offers a comprehensive commentary and analysis of his singular body of work, including original essays by D. Harlan Wilson, Spencer Pate, Bill Ectric, Andrew Wenaus, Iain Matheson, Robert Kiely, Jim Matthews, John Oakes, Michael Norris, Tony Lee, Sam Reader; commentary by Alan Moore and Michael Moorcock, and an interview with Aylett by Rachel Haywire.

Emanations, Volume 8, Octo-Emanations, includes the second Bill Ectric short story featuring Special Agent Penny Turin, “The Psychogeography of the Gnostic Phalanx Society.”

The eighth volume of the critically acclaimed Emanations literary anthology series, Octo-Emanations presents stunning new art, illustrations, and writing from around the world. The forty-two contributors represent South Korea, Canada, India, Oman, Kenya, Nepal, France, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Kosovo, Spain, the Philippines, Sweden, Japan, and the United States. Comprising a broad range of perspectives, this edition also includes a special new section featuring visual fine arts pieces with artists’ statements, making it one of the most exciting projects of the International Authors publishing house to date.

Artwork by Tiziana “Selkis” Grassi illuminates “Dr. Waxwing’s Hotel of Rooms”.

International Authors’ fifth collection of fiction, poetry, and essays, Emanations: 2 + 2 = 5 presents the work of sixty writers and artists from around the world. Edited by Carter Kaplan.

Includes the first short story with Special Agent Penny Turin, “Dr. Waxwing’s Hotel of Rooms” by Bill Ectric

Kerouacs Rolle is a German edition of Time Adjusters and Other Stories, translated into German by Erni Bär in 2007. The title is from another story in the book, “Cut Up the Stolen Scroll”.

In the mid-1990s, popular interest in Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg,
William S. Burroughs, Diane di Prima, Amiri Baraka, and the rest of the colorful, profane gang of “Beats” exploded around the United States of America and the entire world.

Literary Kicks, a website born in 1994, stood at the crossroads of emerging Internet culture and Beat inspiration. Beats in Time includes Levi Asher’s account of auditioning for Francis Ford Coppola’s movie version of On The Road. Don Carpenter reminisces about a 1964 poetry reading with Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, and Lew Welch. Lee Renaldo interviews William S. Burroughs. Joseph Matheny interviews Diane DiPrima. Bill Ectric interviews jazz legend David Amram, and more.

Action Poetry: Literary Tribes for the Internet Age

Edited by Levi Asher, Jamelah Earle, and Caryn Thurman

Published by AuthorHouse, 09/23/2004

Action Poetry roars forth with the energy and unpredictability of an online flash mob, with the words of more than fifty new writers who came together on the Literary Kicks website, Action Poetry will is meant to be enjoyed, read aloud, puzzled over, but not forgotten. Foreword by David Amram, who quotes Walter Pater’s famous dictum “An artist must burn with a hard and gemlike flame.”

Pattern Recognition No. 1 contains short fiction by Jeff B Willey, Eugene A. Melino, Patrick King, M.K. Punky, R.W. Watkins, M.P. Powers, Leigh Baker, Bill Ectric and Chelsey Burden; poetry by Anthony Robinson, Jessica Tremblay, and Angelos T. Anastasopolos; a review of Brian Campbell’s Shimmer Report; an interview with legendary Fantagraphics cartoonist J.R. Williams; R.H. Crawford on Bond and the 1960s spy craze; comics by Gordon Lindholm and Bill Harvey; and more.

Eleven Dark and Stormy Nights. Follow a dynamic, imaginative, dark world wrought by grief. Sometimes people cope with grief by imbibing. Sometimes they get drunk and play with dead people. Some people overindulge in their thoughts and philosophies. Sarah can’t be straight, but sometimes sex isn’t about sexuality. Feeling different can create loneliness and isolation And although there’s a penguin missing somewhere out there in the arctic, there’s a person in the world who thinks that something’s missing only to find that it’s not. Feelings of safety are intimately intertwined with trauma, and sometimes trauma initiates a physical crisis followed by a spiritual ascendency. This is a collection from multiple authors: Andrea Talley, Nicholas Brown, Rebecca Crews, Bill Ectric King, Jenna Lee Escalante, Jennifer Singletary, Jared Hines, Rosella Parra, Haley Nesto, Charis Holmes, and Toree Dobson. These authors completed this collection as a supplementary project for their Creative Writing graduate course.

And finally . . .

A third book, Light Sleepers, is rumored to be in the planning stages. If brought to completion, it will be the third book in a Time, Light, Space Trilogy.