William P. Robertson was born in 1950 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He was introduced to the horror genre as a child when his grandmother, Bernadine Johnson, told him stories of trolls, haunted swamps, and other Swedish folktales she brought with her from the old country. His father, Paul Robertson, also told him scary tales that fueled his imagination. Paul had an extensive library, as well, and encouraged Bill to read such classic horror authors as Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and Algernon Blackwood.
From the fall of 1968 through the summer of 1973, Bill attended Mansfield University. He graduated with a B.S. in English and then went on to earn 24 graduate credits. While at Mansfield, Robertson heard the story of Sarah, the North Hall ghost, that he later recorded in "North Hall Is Haunted." He also had his own ghostly encounter while renting a room from a dear old lady on Academy Street. "The Late Mr. Wilson" chronicles this experience.
After leaving MU, Bill worked in factories, taught high school English, and ran a successful house painting business. His real love, though, was writing, and he began freelancing in 1978. He quickly learned that while only 10% of his general interest stories and poems got accepted by magazines, 80% of his horror writing found its way into print. Also, there was a particularly difficult California editor who inspired Bill. He kept rejecting story after story, always adding the tease, "This was very close to what I'm looking for." Soon, Robertson had 20 stories written, that rejected by the California guy, were later published worldwide. One of these tales, "Wide Spot in the Road," was translated into the Romanian language.
Another major influence on Bill's writing was the Gothic rock of Jim Morrison and the Doors. Actually, their spooky lyrics started his love affair with language, and later Bill admitted, "I doubt if I'd have ever written a single poem or story if not for Morrison's inspiration." Yes, it was "the Word Man" who first made Robertson aware of the power of imagery, onomatopoeia, and alliteration before he knew the technical names for those devices. Also, the Doors drove home the truth that poetry is a performance art as much as it is words on a page. That caused Bill to collaborate with the rock band ShadowFox on two audio books of haunted verse and macabre music that drew rave reviews.
Later in life, Bill began penning novels with his friend and teaching colleague, David Rimer. The duo completed the seven book Bucktail Civil War series in 2007 and then wrote two French & Indian War adventures, Ambush in the Alleghenies and Attack in the Alleghenies. Robertson and Rimer next tackled another novel series about the 149th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, also known at the "New Bucktails." That resulted in two more books, The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th and The Bucktail Brothers: Brave Men's Blood.
On the horror front, in 2018 Robertson completed a "greatest hits" collection of his stories that first appeared in periodicals and then in his books, Lurking in Pennsylvania, Dark Haunted Day, Terror Time, and Season of Doom. Entitled Fear is Forever, this new tome also features a recently written ghost story never before in print. In addition, the author has compiled three photo books sure to incite nightmares. Tombstones & Shadows contains eerie pics of moldering ruins, creepy swamps, and haunted forests found in his home region of Northern Pennsylvania. Graveyards: Glorious & Ghostly, on the other hand, explores twenty cemeteries and reveals the spooky tombs and headstone symbols found there. The third photo collection, Abandoned Dwellings, takes the reader to decayed, dilapidated, and doomed houses that could easily serve as the set for a Stephen King flick.
WILLIAM P. ROBERTSON'S HORROR PUBLICATIONS
Short Story Collections
Lurking in Pennsylvania (Infinity Publishing, 2004)
Dark Haunted Day (Infinity Publishing, 2006)
Terror Time (Infinity Publishing, 2009)
The Dead of Winter (Infinity Publishing, 2010)
Terror Time 2nd Edition (Infinity Publishing, 2013)
Season of Doom (Infinity Publishing, 2013)
Fear Is Forever (BookBaby, 2018)
Come In. . . (BookBaby, 2019)
Ghosts (Blurb, 2019)
Ghosts II (Blurb, 2020)
Waters Boil Bloody (Robyl Press, 1990)
Hearse Verse (Robyl Press, 1994)
Desolate Landscapes (Robyl Press, 1997)
Bone Marrow Drive (Chuck's Electronic Press, 1997)
Icicles (Infinity Publishing, 2018)
Lost (Infinity Publishing, 2018)
Gasp! (Robyl Press, 1999)
Until Death Do Impart (Robyl Press, 2002)
Brothers of Darkness (Kingfisher Books, 2003)
Lurking in Pennsylvania (Infinity Publishing, 2010)
Dark Haunted Day (Infinity Publishing, 2010)
The Dead of Winter (Infinity Publishing, 2012)
Terror Time 2nd Edition (BookBaby, 2013)
Tombstones & Shadows (Blurb, 2019)
Graveyards: Glorious & Ghostly (Blurb, 2019)
Abandoned Dwellings (Blurb, 2019)
An Eye for the Eerie (Blurb, 2019)
Ghosts (Robyl Press, 2020)