Canadian author William Blackwell studied journalism at Calgary’s Mount Royal University and English literature at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia. He worked as a print journalist for many years before deciding to pen novels.
Prior to his writing career, Blackwell wandered aimlessly from job to job. He held many titles including laborer, painter, auto-body mechanic, road lane marker, fish plant worker, gas jockey, clothing salesman, used car salesman, hardware sales clerk, warehouse shipper/receiver, and even a short stint shoveling shit for a living. He has written for advertising companies, radio stations and many newspapers.
Although he writes predominantly horror novels, Blackwell has dabbled in other genres including sci-fi, psychological thriller, dark thriller, inspirational fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction and paranormal. Some of his novels are difficult to categorize as they cross into multiple genres. His work has been characterized as “raw, gritty and real.”
Blackwell lived in Vancouver for many years, where he studied his craft and honed his skills. He also lived in Calgary for many years where he worked as a journalist for various newspapers. Currently he lives on a secluded acreage on Prince Edward Island and travels often to third-world countries where he finds the inspiration for many of his books. He loves to travel, read, write, socialize, and live life on the raw fringe of society.
Blackwell writes first to feed his addiction and satisfy his need to create. He also writes to “educate, influence, entertain, and scare the hell out of you.”
Here is a Q and A with William Blackwell: