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William Browning Spencer (born 1946) is an award-winning[clarification needed] American novelist and short story writer living in Austin, Texas. His science fiction and horror stories are often darkly and surreally humorous. His novel Resume With Monsters conflates soul-destroying H. P. Lovecraftian horrors with soul-destroying lousy jobs.

His story "The Death of the Novel" was a 1995 Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Short Story.

In 2005, his short story "Pep Talk" was turned into a short film by writer Eric B. Anderson and director Scott Smith (Project Greenlight) and premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival in December 2006.



  • Maybe I'll Call Anna (1990)
  • Résumé With Monsters (1995)
  • Zod Wallop (1995)
  • Irrational Fears (1998)

Short fictionEdit


  • The Return of Count Electric(1993)
  • The Ocean and All Its Devices (2006)
  • The Unorthodox Dr. Draper And Other Stories (2017)

List of short storiesEdit

The Return of Count Electric (1993)
Title Notes
The Wedding Photographer in Crisis
Haunted by the Horror King
The Entomologists at Obala
The Return of Count Electric
Graven Images
Pep Talk
Looking Out for Eleanor
A Child's Christmas in Florida
Best Man
Daughter Doom
The Ocean and All Its Devices (2006)
Title/First published Notes
The Ocean and All Its Devices, 1994
The Oddskeeper's Daughter, 1995
The Death of the Novel, 1995 Bram Stoker Best Short Story Award 1996
Downloading Midnight, 1995
Your Faithful Servant, 1993
"The Foster Child", F&SF, 98 (6): 71–81, June 2000
The Halfway House at the Heart of Darkness, 1998
The Lights of Armageddon, 1994
The Essayist in the Wilderness, 2002
The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and Other Stories (2017)
Title/First published Notes
How the Gods Bargain
Penguins of the Apocalypse, 2008
Come Lurk with Me and Be My Love
The Tenth Muse, 2007
Stone and the Librarian, 2007
The Indelible Dark, 2013
The Dappled Thing
The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and Other Stories
The Love Song of A. Alhazred Azathoth

Anthologies containing stories by William Browning SpencerEdit

  • Ghosttide (1993)
  • Borderlands 4 (1994)
  • Christmas Magic (1994)
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction Eleventh Annual Collection (1994)
  • Wheel of Fortune (1995)
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eighth Annual Collection (1995)
  • 100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996)
  • Year's Best SF (1996)
  • Eternal Lovecraft: The Persistence of H P Lovecraft in Popular Culture (1998)
  • Lord of the Fantastic: Stories in Honor of Roger Zelazny (1998)
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction Sixteenth Annual Collection (1999)
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Twenty-First Annual Collection (2008)
  • New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird (2011)

Unpublished workEdit

  • Endless Laundry (unpublished)

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