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Bill Ectric's previous fiction includes "Time Adjusters," in which insurance companies use a new light-bending technology to capture images of future disaster areas so they can unfairly deny coverage to those who need it most, and "Space Savers," a blend of science fiction and the supernatural about a sinister plot to control the residents of a retirememt home. Bill is also featured in the Litkicks book "Action Poetry: Literary Tribes for the Internet Age." On the internet, Bill's work has appeared on Literary Kicks, Dogmatika, Mystery Island, The Beat, Empty Mirror Books, Lit Up Magazine, Syntax of Things, and 99 Burning. Bill Ectric lives with his wife and son in Jacksonville, Florida. By day, when not writing, Bill mows the lawn and complains about the heat. By night, he sneaks around in the back yard, convinced that the garden gnomes are "up to something."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Surtsey Press (June 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578027631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578027630
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,069,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Don J. Webb on November 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
This strong first novel follows two paths. On the one hand our narrator has perceptions of the world that are strange and mystical. He wonder's if Richard S. Shaver -- who wrote about evil underground dwellers callefd the "dero" that "tampered" with mankind was right. The other thread is the storyof a young man in the 70s coming of age and overcoming mental illness. But neither path is the Truth. Truth comes from synthesis -- of Wonder and the day job, of Terror and home maintence. This book provides hope and Horror, Wonder and responsibility with a good dose of humor and a healthy disrespect for authority. Besides it includes a diagramfor making a "cootie catcher." This is a happy, tender version of themes that Phillip k. Dick obsessed with. A good book from a writer to watch -- I reviewed in more detail in the _Nw York R3eview of Scince fiction._
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Bill Ectric's "Tamper" is a relatively short book and an excellent one. I think Eric D. Lehman's comment on the dust jacket is totally accurate: "For a book described by the author as The Hardy Boys meet William S. Burroughs, `Tamper' is a surprisingly tender book about growing up on the edge of magic." "Tamper" is like the Hardy Boys in that it is a kind of mystery novel in clear/concise language, and it is like Burroughs in the sense that there is a presiding desire to break free of some kind of invisible system of control. Yet, the system of control in Ectric's novel is not the oppressive and determinate force of language (as it is in Burroughs); instead, it is memory, nostalgia, and melancholia. "Tamper" is, in this sense, a coming-of-age novel that is unwilling to ascribe to the rigidity of the coming-of-age narrative. Whit, the central, character does mourn his lost past but continues to revolt against the loss of wonder, imagination, and the possibility that the strangeness of life is more nuanced than we are often enthusiastic to admit.

Ectric gets his title from the infamous "Shaver Mystery"--a kind of minor publishing scandal in the 1940s that played out between science fiction magazine "Amazing Stories" and the American author and artist Richard Sharpe Shaver. Part of Shaver's fiction (which Shaver claimed to be true) was that the Earth was inhabited by subterranean mutants who would torment the brains of humans using invisible rays. Shaver called this process "Tamper." This is the central metaphor of Ectric's book: "something" that is visiting and revisiting Whit's mental experience.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bill Ectric's novel TAMPER. It occupies it's own unique space, splitting the difference between being a magic realism coming of age story and a coming to grips psychological adventure, finding ground somewhere between Machen's The Hill Of Dreams, and Blatty's Twinkle, Twinkle,"Killer" Kane!
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Many things in this book rang true, like those strange synchronicities that seem to happen to those that investigate esoteric topics. I really enjoyed this novel and can't wait for the next one!
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TAMPER is a coming-of-age novel which reads like a cross between the Hardy Boys and William S. Burroughs (except nice); the best part is it's based on the writings and ideas of Richard Sharpe Shaver, a brilliant and possibly schizophrenic guy who was probably the best selling sci-fi writer of the late 1940s. The twist was he said all his stories were true, and his wily editor, Raymond Palmer, did a sort of early version of tabloid magazines by saying, "Is it true or not? What do YOU think?" Lots of people agreed, and a lot of regular sci-fi fans though it was all outrageous and raised hell about it till the publishers shut it all down.

A very good story. For the nonfiction, go to THE WAR OVER LEMURIA by Richard Toronto.
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