Bill McCurry is a writer, improv comedian and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He focuses on writing dark comic fantasy novels, but he also writes short humor. His essay collection Bring Us The Head Of The Velveteen Rabbit is currently available. His short story “The Santa Fix” appeared in the anthology An Honest Lie, Volume 3: Justifiable Hypocrisy from Open Heart Publishing.
Bill is a fifth-generation Texan who has no reason to own a pickup truck but wishes he still did. As a teenager he discovered that not all books are about dinosaurs, astronomy, or the invasion of Tarawa, and he began a life-long love of fiction, especially fantasy stories. Early favorites were Tolkein, Robert Heinlein, Richard Brautigan, Roger Zelazny, and Michael Moorcock. After writing the expected number of angst-laden teen poems, he turned to fiction.
At the University of Texas at Arlington, Bill earned two degrees in Sociology, specializing in research methods such as sampling, focus groups, and telephone surveys. Yes, like the calls you get during supper asking about what radio station you like, so Bill literally holds a graduate degree in how to annoy people. Academia and the corporate world nearly annihilated his ability to communicate in written English, but he’s pursued writing more aggressively in recent years. He’s working on the second novel in a five-book series.
Bill has performed in traditional theater and improvisational entertainment for over 20 years. He has appeared as a regular cast member with the Comedy Killers, and he performs improv comedy with the Motley Players. Bill also teaches improv and street theater at the Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts.
Fort Worth, Bill’s home town, is superior to Dallas in every way that matters except for employment opportunities. A job brought him to Dallas, and he still lives there with his wife, Kathleen, and five cats that want everyone to love them as if they were gods.