Bill Shunn Brings the Funk

Contributed by Bill Shunn and Kit Peterson

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William Shunn has published over thirty works of short fiction, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon Award-nominated novella Inclination (available as an audiobook from and iTunes.)  He is also co-author, with Derryl Murphy (not to be confused with WWS’s Daryl Murphy,) of the short horror novel Cast a Cold Eye (PS Publishing) and has recently completed a memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, about his misspent youth as a Mormon missionary, as well as a young-adult science fiction novel, Root.

Bill has also worked as a computer programmer for more than twenty years, most notably for WordPerfect Corporation and Sesame Street.  In the early days of the web, he helped produce live online concert broadcasts for artists like The Cure, The Allman Brothers Band, and Mötley Crüe. On September 11, 2001, he created the first online “survivor registry,” where New Yorkers without phone service could post a note telling friends and loved ones they were okay. Additionally Bill served for three years as a national judge for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He has been married to the amazing Laura Chavoen for 12 years, and they are the proud parents of Ella, a soft-coated wheaten terrier.

Subterraneans, a story written in collaboration with Bill’s wife, Laura, most recently appears in the collection of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, entitled Glitter and Mayhem: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology. The anthology made its debut in August 2013 at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, TX.  More information can be found at:

Bill was also the co-producer and co-host of Chicago’s Tuesday Funk reading series (which still takes place at Hopleaf Bar on the first Tuesday of every month) until his recent move to New York. We at WWS cannot fathom missing Mr. William Shunn more than we currently do, but we have a feeling this is not the last we’ve heard from him.