William J. Meyer

William J. Meyer

I'm a playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. I enjoy writing about spiritual crisis, misplaced guilt, religious terror, environmental madness, and cosmic chaos. Sometimes robots.

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...
I'm a playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. I enjoy writing about spiritual crisis, misplaced guilt, religious terror, environmental madness, and cosmic chaos. Sometimes robots.

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.

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

I have a Substack Newsletter where I share new releases as well as works-in-progress.
https://williamjmeyer.substack.com

Plays

  • All Praise the Ikon
    An Instructor suggests to a fellow educator there may be ways of resisting the occupying bureaucracy which seeks to control the books in their classroom— texts chosen by an Algorithm allegedly serving the sacred Ikon.

    A 10-Minute Stage Play.
  • In the Presence of Things Unseen
    Sometime after the war, the new recruit of a secretive Clinic is dismayed when she is prematurely thrust into the line of duty and forced to communicate with an ancient, extra-dimensional intelligence. The terrifying experience triggers confrontational memories of her recently deceased brother, invites the erosion of her ethics, and underscores the Clinic’s promise of power.

    An Atomic Gothic sci-...
    Sometime after the war, the new recruit of a secretive Clinic is dismayed when she is prematurely thrust into the line of duty and forced to communicate with an ancient, extra-dimensional intelligence. The terrifying experience triggers confrontational memories of her recently deceased brother, invites the erosion of her ethics, and underscores the Clinic’s promise of power.

    An Atomic Gothic sci-fi set in a fictitious nation during the 1950s.
  • The Sound of Many Oceans
    Alex believes a micro-circuitry device has been attached to his body to reshape his brain and prevent him from hearing the sound of oceans. His friend and Confidant Jules agrees to search his body. Later, Kelly is interrogated by her friend and Advocate Jules, who is determined to uncover the secret location of an invisible, formless being of cryptic and dangerous power. 

    Currently undergoing revisions.
  • The Birthing Pit
    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.

    A Gothic Romance at the end of the American Revolutionary War.
  • Waiting to Die in a Tent, A Few Thoughts on Valhalla
    The old viking warrior Einarr and his young friend Mikel battle to protect their distant city of Reidun. 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.

    A short play about a father and a daughter in the Viking Age.
  • The Maimed King of Three Hundred Winters
    Joseph and Evelake arrive on the shores of England, planning to secret the Holy Grail inland to the town of Glastonbury. The brigand tracking them might be the least of their perils. . .

    A short play about friendship, faith, and the Holy Grail.
  • How High This Final Tally
    Christopher Latham Sholes, newspaper publisher and politician, successfully campaigned to end capital punishment in the state of Wisconsin, resulting in the State Assembly passing his Death Penalty Repeal Act on March 9, 1853.

    A monologue.
  • A Wish For My Forever
    A lonely being reflects on waiting four and a half billion years to be reunited with its absent lover.

    A monologue.
  • Monologues, Excerpts
    Excerpts from longer works, intended for actors seeking monologues for auditions, reels, and performance.

    From The Sound of Many Oceans, Sting of the Scorpion, Waiting to Die in a Tent..., The Birthing Pit, Secrets of the Eyebringer, The House That Jack Built, And Worms Do Not Destroy.