Hello. I’m William Henry Morris*. I read, write and edit fiction. I also sometimes deploy my academic training in literary criticism and my professional expertise in marketing and public relations in relation to the publishing industry. My primary interests are literary fiction — especially the 19th and early 20th century novel and novella and the 20th/21st century short story — and speculative fiction — especially high fantasy, urban fantasy, the weird, space opera and far future sci-fi (dying earth). And I like my speculative fiction to skew literary and my literary fiction to not shy away from the fantastical.
I’m also a huge fan of humor in fiction, including the obvious: Wodehouse, Pratchett, Fforde, etc.
For what I’ve read in the past few years, see my Goodreads profile. Major favorites include: Franz Kafka, Bulgakov, Leo Tolstoy, Lois McMaster Bujold, Steven Brust, Karen Russell, Henry James, Robin Hobb, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, John Donne, Karen Joy Fowler, Daniel Abraham, George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Octavia Butler and William Blake.
Most of my criticism, reviews and creative work have been in the rather small but emerging field of Mormon literature. I’m the founder of the Mormon arts and literature group blog A Motley Vision. And I’ve had both fiction and reviews published in the Mormon literary/culture journals. For more details on those and other publications and projects, view my Catalog/Bibliography.
I currently live in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) with my wife and daughter and work in higher education marketing and public relations. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and from San Francisco State University with a master’s degree in comparative literature.
*Or Wm Henry Morris. Or simply WHM.