Tuesday, December 05, 2017


Things could change, but I suspect this will be my final post on the blog.  I met with some doctors at M. D. Anderson today, and they suggested that I enter hospice care.  A few weeks, a few months is about all I have left.  The blog has been a tremendous source of pleasure to me over the years, and I've made a lot of friends here.  My only regret is  that I have several unreviewed books, including Lawrence Block' fine new anthology, Alive in Shape and Color, and Max Allan Collins' latest collaboration with Mickey Spillane, The Last Stand,  which is a collection of two novellas, "A Bullet for Satisfaction," an early Spillane manuscript with an interesting history, and "The Last Stand," the last thing that Spillane completed.  It saddens me to think of all the great books by many writers that I'll never read.  But I've had a great life, and my readers have been a big part of it.  Much love to you all.


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Brett Battles said...

Oh, Bill. I do hope this proves not to be the case. You're such a daily part of all our lives, and we want you to remain so. You're such a caring, interesting, talented person, the world will not be the same. So dammit all the hell, hang around. Prove the doctors wrong. And know, no matter what, we all love you.

Kathy said...

Yes, Bill, we all love you whether we've met you or not. I'm with Brett: hang around and prove them wrong. We and the VBKs need you and love you.

Howard said...

We love you too, my friend!

Ben Boulden said...

Bill, your blog and your books have been a source of both entertainment and pleasure. In our limited interactions you've always been absolutely wonderful. I'm sorry we never met in person--and I'm still holding out that your doctors are wrong--but you've had a positive impact on my life. You are truly one of the good guys. Thanks for your work, your time, and everything else.


Linda Pendleton said...

So sorry, Bill, but don't give it up, prove them wrong.

Greg Daniel said...

Bill, I am so sorry to hear that and I hope that you are one of those who defy the odds. Without ever having met, you have been blessing in my life and I consider you a friend. Love and prayers are all that I can offer and I give you those in abundance. Fight the good fight!

James Reasoner said...

We love you, Bill. You've been one of my very best friends for 40 years now. Fight on. We're all with you.

jrlindermuth said...

Don't give up, Bill. Attitude is more important than diagnosis. Your many friends are pulling for you.

Deb said...

Whatever your future, may your days be peaceful and painless. And may whatever happens be on your terms and in accordance with your wishes. With love, prayers, and best wishes. —Deb & John

Anonymous said...

I love you Bill. You have impacted my life in ways that you have no idea about. You are a wonderful soul.

Rick said...

God Bill I am so sorry. Best to you on this journey...
(Rick Libott)

Rick Robinson said...

Since my first encounters with you in MDM, then in DAPA-Em, we've been friends and gotten to be better friends over the years. So many good times at cons.

Hospice, eh? Isn't that where they bring you ice cream any time you ring the little bell? Sounds like when I had my tonsils out at age 3. You'll probably love it, then they'll kick you out 'cause you're too healthy. Hurry back, please.

Erik Arneson said...

Much love to you from Pennsylvania, Bill. We've never met, but through your blog and your Facebook posts my wife Beth and I feel like we know you and the VBKs. We are praying for you and holding out hope for the best.

pattinase (abbott) said...

You were one of the first people who reached out to me online. I am so grateful for the time we spent together here and at Bouchercons. I never thought when I began FFB that anyone would contribute more than a few reviews. And yet, you did it for ten years. More than 500. You were smart, gracious, kind, constant, and always a gentleman. To our own Sheriff.

Bud said...

Although we've never met formally, I consider you a kindred spirit. Thank you for your books and your blog which has given me much pleasure and enjoyable information. We are all pilgrims in this life and I pray and hope for you on your path.

Steve Hockensmith said...

"Much love to you all."

We feel it and cherish it and hope you know it comes back to you a thousandfold.

Jerry House said...

Well, this news just thoroughly pisses me off.

Everyone above has expressed my feelings, but I think Deb has expressed it best. Whatever the future holds, please know that you enter it with our love, admiration, respect, and very best wishes.

Richard Prosch said...

Bill, you were the first western writer to befriend me online, and the first to offer me encouragement. To say I’ll value our friendship forever is to cut it too short. My heart is there with you, and my best wishes are always yours.

Bill Pronzini said...

Very sorry to learn this, Bill. Marcia's and my thoughts are with you. Keep fighting!

Troy D. Smith said...

We love you, Bill. It has been a great honor working with you on the various projects we've been in together, and a daily joy seeing you on the Facebooks. It is a privilege to have you as a friend.

Gerard Saylor said...

Thanks for everything, Crider. Novels. Stories. Comments. Reviews. Recommendations. And all the rest. The blog has been a daily habit, something I could click to and know I would see something interesting. Sheriff Dan Rhodes novels are always a pleasure.

Unknown said...

Bill, everything that everyone else said, and then some. You're a brave and fine man. Keep punching and kicking.

Lawrence Person said...

Damn sorry to hear it, Bill. Best wishes for a Christmas miracle.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

God....no. You can't do this. You just can't.

Trent said...

I'll be praying for a twist ending here. Your books and your blog are wonderful contributions to this universe of crime fiction we love so much.

Anonymous said...

You are one of the really good guys. Keep fighting. Love you.

Steve Stilwell

Scott said...

Bill, I am so sorry to hear about your news. And it is my sincere prayer that this won't be received wrong, but I believe this is the single most important thing any of us can ask or do...

I pray you are a Christian, Bill. I am convinced God is real and He really did send His son to die for us on the cross. And I am further persuaded that Jesus rose bodily from the dead to bring salvation to all mankind.

I urge you, Bill, if these are your last days, to turn to Jesus Christ and be known as one of his dearly beloved and forgiven children. He loves you, Bill. I know in hospice they have ministers who can talk to you and it is my prayer that they are with you and praying for you through this process.

God bless you and your family. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know. I will keep you in my prayers.

Unknown said...

It was at the start of '08 that you told us of the passing of Ed Hoch:
" ... the bad and sad news ..."

It was at the end of '08 that you told us of the passing of Don Westlake:
"Damn and double damn."

Those deaths were completely unexpected.

Having to expect yours ...

... Make that Triple Damn!

At the very least, Let your archives stand -
- so that Texas will always lead the way!

Godspeed, Bill!

Richard Krauss said...

Thanks for all your stories, your posts, the interview you gave me, your friendship, and for setting an example for the rest of us. God bless you.

Charles Gramlich said...

Bill, I have incredible respect for you as a man, as a writer, and as someone who has always given so much back to the field he loves. All my best wishes to you and yours.

Todd Mason said...

You're a great man, Bill, a judgment I suspect you'll find a bit embarrassing. Nonetheless, it's true (if there's one thing I can sometimes do, it's state the obvious). At a level so that more people probably should tell you as much. Gracious, intelligent, talented, kind, generous, clearly a father and husband and keeper of cats to be admired as much as you are as a friend...and while we've met face to face once, I hope I've been even a small fraction as good a friend to you as you've been to me.

I'll miss the old days a lot more, if you don't find yourself in full remission and feeling yourself again. And I hope wishing that for you isn't too selfish.

I'll strive to be a little closer to the standard you've set, certainly. Thanks, Bill...more better days, if at all possible.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Bill, I'm really sorry to hear this, but I hope and pray that none of it comes true. My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family.

Chad Calkins said...

Bill, your blog has introduced me to many great books that I might not have come across otherwise. I will miss your writing but still hold out hope that you'll be back. All the best.


Karin M said...

Dear Bill,

We only met a few times over the past twenty-odd years, and the last time we didn't even get a chance to say much, but I count you among my friends. Through your blog and Facebook, in private correspondence and in person, you revealed yourself to be a wise, caring man--with a great sense of humour and irony. I've been counting on you for a bit of fun almost every day.

I hope that all these messages reciprocate some of the joy you spread and bring you comfort.



Stark House said...

I can't imagine a world without you in it, Bill. Stay positive. I'm so glad we got to meet, however briefly, at the S.F. Bouchercon a few years ago. You impressed me as a man with a kind heart. We need more kind hearts, and one less in the world will truly be felt. I've enjoyed working with you over the years, and hope you can prove them wrong, for as long as you can.

Joe Lostracco said...

You're one of the truly good guys, Bill, and you've made so many lives far richer than they'd have been without you.

Anonymous said...

As you certainly know, so many people care for you deeply and wish you all the best.

Walker Martin said...

Bill, I wish you the best. I'm so sorry to hear this news.

Anonymous said...

Bill, it's with a heavy heart I read your post, but I continue to hope that the prayers and well wishes of all your friends both virtual and real will have a positive impact. Funny, just today I picked up KEEPERS OF THE BEAST, which completes my Maclane collection. I suppose that's a reminder that a writer's enduring legacy is one to be envied. ~ Ron Clinton

Steph said...

My heart is heavy with this news.
I want to thank you for your wonderful books and blog. I looked forward to reading it every morning. I am short on words, but full of feelings. Mostly I wish you peace and to know you are loved.

Lee Goldberg said...

I so hope you are wrong. Doctors told my Mom she had six months to live, and to enter hospice care, for about four years. She ignored them and never entered hospice care. I'm not suggesting you do that... but i am suggesting you stay strong and not lose hope. Doctors aren't always right.

Your friendship is something I treasure.. and that has impacted my life in some many wonderful ways... from the books you've suggested that I read (and all the authors I fell in love with, thanks to you), to the books of mine that you edited, and finally to the books of yours you've trusted me to adapt for the screen and to publish.

I'm not ready to lose you, Bill, so you have to stick around!


Scott said...

What, NO! Thanks for the visits to my blog. Thanks for the entertainment of your blog. :(

Unknown said...

Bill, I'm so sorry to hear this. You've got my best wishes, also.

GFS3 said...

Bill, you are facing the end with dignity, strength and honesty. Thank you for all the stories you have shared with us over the years. Enjoy your family and the time you have left. Fare thee well!

TracyK said...

Much love to you, too, Bill.

Cap'n Bob said...

Since 1979, when I joined Dapa-Em, you've been a constant in my life. Whatever I did in my fannish life, you were there. Without you I wouldn't have had my books published. Often, you were the only one to respond to my dull little blog. Your life has been invaluable to me in more ways than you know. In MDM and OWLHOOT, you never missed a turn. I think of you as a dear friend and I'm not ready to lose you. And, obviously, there are legions more who feel the same way. I have two hopes for you. One, is that you stay with us much longer. Two, is that if you must go that you will reunite with your beloved Judy for a joyous eternity.

Gerald So said...


I'm so grateful to call you a friend, certainly fitting the phrase "a life well lived." Whatever time you have left, may you have a sense of peace. You've helped me to be a kinder person, and I've passed it on. I'm sure I'm not alone in that, and I can think of no better legacy.

As always, my best to you.

Mike Stamm said...

Though we've never even come close to meeting in person, I have long thought of you as a real friend...and (he said selfishly) I'm losing too many friends. Whatever happens, please know that as Todd said, you ARE a great man; you are loved, you are valued, and you have been and will continue to be read. Let's hope for a miracle.

E. Ellis said...

Mr. Crider,

We have never met, corresponded or had any other contact than me reading your blog. With that, I am so sorry to learn of this and hope for all the best whatever that can be.

My mother was a hospice nurse before her own passing and from her experiences and stories, I hope you are supported by those that love you and those that can offer you the best care possible.

I have enjoyed your words, posts and online company. Your kindness, humor, words and presence will not be forgotten by those of us who you have entertained and taken the time to do what you have done.



Unknown said...

My prayers are with you. And my thanks for all the wonderful books you have written and being so friendly to those fans who haunt mystery conventions.

May your "last days" be last decade and ones that are illness-free.

With admiration of a true and authentic gentleman.

Doris Ann Norris, the 2000 year-old librarian

RM said...

Bill , Thank you for sharing this with us. You have shared your thoughts and life with us. I will continue to keep you in my heart and my prayers. Life is a journey we have to take . Thanks for sharing your life with us.

Steve Lewis said...

Love right back at you, Bill. Wish I'd met you more than that one Bouchercon, but I'm glad it was at least once.

Charles Ardai said...

Bill -- you are such a great and kind and thoughtful person, and such a great reader, and such a fighter...it won't feel the same publishing books without you there to read them. I'm honored that Spillane's last is in your hands now. At the very end, Mickey wrote, "The day of the dying happens too fast. The sun comes up and it shines in your face and tells you it is time to arise and die the
hard death that has been written for you and there is no way you can escape the momentous finale that circumstances have laid on you." It's breaking my heart to think he wrote those words for himself, and for you, and when the time comes for all of us. Be well, my friend, as well as you can be for as long as you can be, and know you will be loved and remembered as long as the last of us draws breath.

Annette said...

Dear Bill... My heart is broken hearing this. Thank you for your wonderful books. Thank you for being such a wonderful kitty dad to the VBKs. Thank you for providing many many smiles to me at times when I desperately needed them. I send prayers for peace for you and your family. And sending lots of love always.

Mathew Paust said...

Gadzooks, Bill. I'm stunned. What a total bummer. But I believe miracles happen, and I'm praying one will happen for you.

thomasrizzo said...

Although writers work with words for hours throughout each day, sometimes the rights words don't come so easily--or at all. You are loved by so many readers, writers, and others and, hopefully, that provides some strength and encouragement. Many prayers and blessings are with you during this difficult chapter.

Unknown said...

Your love of books and crime stories have brought me much joy over the years. Thank you so much for sharing those interests with a broader audience. You’ve made my own life richer. Much love to you.


Susn said...

Thank you for your love of books, writing, and people. Sendung you peace and love.
Susan P.

Erin said...

Bill, you are a shining light and will always be with us. We carry you in our hearts and celebrate your stories. Sending you all the love in the world, and then some.

James Reasoner said...

Bill, one thing I can't stop thinking about: you write a post like this, and go through something like this, and in the midst of it, you plug other people's books. I am so proud and honored to have called you a friend for so long.

Folks, we will not see the like of this man again.

Mark Drew said...

Much Mettā. Peace and love!

MimiandMona said...

Hey, you; we've never met except via words on Facebook or my comments here, on your blog. But, what a daily stream of smiles and stress relief you provide. What a fantastic example of giving and love you are. I'll continue to check your blog every day and visit your Facebook page, and I'll be there when you find the energy and desire to check in on all of us. You're one of those people who are inspirations. You are and will be in my daily prayers.
Mimi Wolske

Gary Phillips said...

Bill I don't have the words to express how great it is to know you somewhat and how much I enjoyed your writing. All thoughts and prayers.

Barry Ergang said...

As a writer and, more importantly, as a person, you're the embodiment of the expression "a class act." It has been an honor to know you, however briefly.

michael said...

Ouch Bill; that was exactly the news I dreaded to find this morning. It’s been an honor to have crossed your path even though never in person. Love from France. First Ron, then Ed and now you. This hard to take. Michael

Jeff Meyerson said...

Bill, we've been thinking about you (and Judy, of course) daily. We discussed our first meeting in 1980 at the Washington Bouchercon, and all the great times since. I got to take Bill (and a couple of other friends) to Brooklyn Heights to see the MOONSTRUCK house (and the former Cammareri Bakery, where his idol Nicolas Cage, worked in the movie). Bill and Judy came to New York for the Edgars about 10 (?) years ago, and we met them at the Grand Hyatt and took them on a walk all the way down to the World Trade Center site, including a stop off at the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street (after the women declined to enter the Museum of Sex), where we went in and saw Bill's editor at St. Martin's, the legendary Ruth Cavin. And then there was the forced march that Judy and Jackie and several other women took Bill on in Indianapolis (at the Bouchercon) to get him new shoes after his self-destructed. He wasn't expecting those Eccos to cost $175.

These are just a few of dozens of memories we and all Bill's friends will always treasure. It's almost impossible to imagine this world without him.

Carol said...

Sending you all the love and hugs I can muster. I love your books, I love your VBKs but most of all I love you and can’t imagine the world without you.

Jack Bludis said...


My thoughts and prayers go with you. Thanks for your many contributions to PWA and your presence at Bouchercon.

Ironically, I was worried about you during the hurricane.


Dan said...

You will be missed.Sorely missed.

Unknown said...

You're the best, Bill. You and Judy have been our family friends for over half my life. I'm glad I saw you recently and always love our emails and phone talks. You have added so much, and can truly say the world is a better place for you being in it. Much love, Joe


Katy and I will keep you in prayer, Bill.

I haven't been to the last few B-Cons, and was looking froward to seeing you at FLA.

I hope you'll still be there, but I know, in any case, you'll be there in spirit.

Leann Sweeney said...

Bill, rest easy during this journey. Know that you are loved for being just a damn good person.

Love, Leann

Debbi said...

Bill, all I can say is that I feel lucky and privileged to have "met" you virtually on my podcast. My thoughts are with you. I wish we'd had more time to become acquainted.

Andy Duncan said...

Doctors have been wrong before. May they be wrong this time! Hope all these comments from friends, colleagues and fans will give you strength. Keep reading, writing, and being you, for as long as you can! -- Andy Duncan

Tom Johnson said...

None of us want to hear this, Bill. Don't give up, my friend. God Bless.

Earl Dumarest said...

I'm praying for you. I really don't know what else to say that hasn't been said. I do believe that God is faithful in hearing our prayers.

John Floyd said...

Bill, I'm SO sorry to hear this news. You've always been an inspiration to me, and I treasure your friendship. Keep fighting!! -- John

Laurie Powers said...

Bill, I can't say anything that hasn't been already said before. You have inspired me, moved me, and made me laugh out loud. Keep on keepin on. My heart is very heavy today.

Theresa de Valence said...

Thanks for everything, Bill. Good wishes to you for an easy journey.

Lillian Stewart Carl said...

Bill, you have brought a lot of sunshine into our lives, through your writing, through your cat photos, through your own warm and good-humored personality. You are a class act and we love you.

Cheri Vause said...

You will be missed for your wit, wisdom, and kindness. I will not say goodbye, but Adieu!

Matthew said...


You will be missed greatly.

Martin Morse Wooster said...

Bill, I first met you in 1980, when I was an insecure college student in my five-year run through mystery fandom and you were patient and nice. I've read your comments in many online forums since then and I very much enjoyed your good humor and good sense. I very much enjoy your wit and your deep knowledge of popular culture.

Anonymous said...

Sad news, Bill. There aren't enough kind and generous people like you in the world. You'll be missed.

John M. Whalen

Anonymous said...

Dear Bill

We’ve never met, I’ve never even commented here before. But I’ve been following your blog for years, hitting that refresh button several times a day — knowing there’s always going to be some fun link or interesting re-blog on a variety of unusual subjects. Best of all is when you’ve posted little essays of your own — warm, kind, funny, opinionated but never harsh or judgmental. Lately I’ve been hitting the refresh button not so much to read the newest “Thin Mints Melee” or “I’m Sure We’ll All Agree”, but for the comfort of knowing that if you’re still posting these little bits it means you’re feeling well enough to do so. So, these last few days — well.

Obviously I join my fellow Bill Followers in hoping the doctors are wrong, that you’ll rally and get better and be with us for years and years. But none of us want you to suffer. Either way, know that you are loved and admired and cherished.

Thank you for sharing yourself with us.


nabenruthnum.com said...

It was a pleasure to hear you on panel at Bouchercon this year, and I wish I'd talked to you a bit about Harry Whittington, whom I also love. I'm looking forward to reading my way through your work for years to come.

-Naben Ruthnum

Jaye Wells said...


We met earlier this year at Armadillocon. We had such a fun panel together and I walked away thinking that you were so warm and funny. I also felt in awe of all that you've accomplished and realized I still have a lot to learn about writing. I can't imagine what you're feeling at this moment. But there are so many of us rooting for you right now. I hope you can find some strength and comfort in that. Sending you peace.


Sherry Moran said...

I SO enjoy Sheriff Dan Rhodes. Thank you for bringing him to us. Prayers and hugs.

Lucy Burdette aka Roberta Isleib said...

Much love to you Bill

Stephen Blackmoore said...

I will always never having met you in person. I have one of your Sheriff Dan Rhodes and always hoped to get it signed. I still hold onto that hope. I have little to offer but thanks. Thank you for being the person you are and for pointing me to so many good author's and wonderful books.

Godspeed, sir.

Susan Oleksiw said...

You've given us all so much pleasure with your books and the VBKs. When I saw you at Bouchercon (New Orleans), I knew where the character Dan Rhodes came from. Wherever you go now, our love goes with you. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

You will always be in our hearts. Thanks for all the joy, love and support that you have given to writers and readers.

Anonymous said...

Dear Bill,

We've never met, but I've enjoyed your writings and their warmth and humanity. Doctors have been wrong before, and I hope they are wrong now. No matter what, thank you for all you have done and given us.

Glen Davis said...

I join everybody in praying the doctors are wrong.

Thanks for all the joy you have given us.

BADuBois said...

Prayers, love and good wishes to you Bill. So glad we spent some time together in Toronto.

jurinummelin said...

Bill, I've known you for over twenty years, after first subscribing to the Rara-Avis e-mail list. We've changed letters, e-mails, Facebook messages, whatnot. You've always come off as friendly, supportive and knowledgeable. I admire that in any human. Here's my love to you and the kittens! Thank you for your friendship!

David Hogan said...

God bless you, Bill. You run a terrific blog and have said nice things about my work. That means a lot to me. Your enthusiasm and eclectic tastes have guided many people. Thank you.

J F Norris said...

As the Bard wrote, "Every one can master a grief but he that has it."

It has been a privilege to know you through your many posts and comments over this vast digital airspace, Bill. Thanks too for the little bit of attention you gave to me and all others like me in your "Blog Bytes" column in EQMM. Never did three sentences mean so much to me, especially coming from you.

Everyone else who knows you so well, so much better that I ever would or could, has said it all above.

Hospice? Bah. "Do not go gentle in that good night/Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Peace to you, kind sir, however you choose to spend these wintry days.

Lou Antonelli said...

I'm too angry at life right now to post anything coherent.

S. T. Karnick said...

God bless you, Bill. Enjoy the rest of your time in this vale, as best you can. You've brought much joy to the world.

Evan Lewis said...

Say it ain't so, Bill!

Kaye George said...

Through your excellent writing and through being such a good-hearted person, you've been an example and a positive influence on me. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I'm sorry it has to be this way. I wish you all the very best.

John D. said...

So sorry to hear this, Bill. The most memorable highlights of Texas conventions were whenever we met up and talked about all the books...ALL the books. My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry to hear this. I'm glad you were able to come to Bouchercon. It's always a pleasure to spend time with you. I hope the Dr's are wrong and you have more time. Enjoy what time you have left, hopefully the VBK's can be with you in Hospice. Peace. Maggie

Anonymous said...

Only good thoughts for you Mr Crider.
John Stickney

Anonymous said...

We have never met, but I feel like you are a friend. All best wishes to you.

Anonymous said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I write for you, Bill Crider, as good a friend and reader as a writer could ever have. To put it another way: I will always write for Bill Crider. Stay strong, my friend. There is nothing more for you to give us. You have given the best of yourself freely and with generosity. Every day has been an appreciated curtain-call.

David Laurence Wilson

Anonymous said...

Bill, I have never met you nor even corresponded but your blog and your books mean that I will miss you.

Laura said...

God bless you, Bill. My dad and I have really enjoyed your blog and we send you all good wishes and prayers.

Best wishes,

Toby O'B said...

Mr. C, I'm sorry I never got to meet you in person, but I have enjoyed corresponding with you, sending everything I would find about Bigfoot, gators, and quicksand. I've enjoyed the books of yours that I've picked up so far. And I loved following the adventures of the VBKs - I'd read about or watch their latest escapades and turn to my own Leela and Nucky and ask them why couldn't they be more like the VBKs. Thank you so much for the inspiration and this ethereal friendship online. So I never got to meet you in person. I'm honored just to have shared time with you on this Earth. Here's to you, Mr. C.....

Fiona L. Woods said...

I've never met you in person, but after all the years I've read your blog posts, book reviews and novels I've come to consider you a friend. Now a friend who will be greatly missed.

Rachel Brady said...

I am so sad to read this. Feeling thankful to have met you, and to have witnesed a love like yours and Judy's. You've touched and inspired my life in several ways, Bill, and I know that is true for so many.

With love,
Rachel Brady

SJ Rozan said...

Oh, BILL! Goddamn it. You mean so much more to me than our fragmentary real-life moments together could tell. Hoping for a miracle for you, but if not, I promise to always remember that Texas leads the way!

Lisa said...

I really hope that this isn't the end, but if it is hoping it's peaceful and gentle. Thanks for the wonderful books you have written. They have brought me hours of enjoyment. I have enjoyed your blog and your presence here on the web. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

Anonymous said...


It was a privilege to illustrate your work and a pleasure to get to know you.

mikeg said...

Hoping this is a false alarm. They do happen!

Thank you for all the wonderful things you have done.

Mike Grost

Elizabeth Foxwell said...


People far more eloquent than I probably can better express your immense contributions to the mystery and wider community, but I'll try to articulate a few of them here:

-- Creation of the immortal Seepy Benton, supersleuth (at least in his own mind)

-- Illumination of the mysterious lives of alligators/crocodiles

-- Years of dedicated teaching and mentoring at Alvin Community College, Howard Payne University, and beyond

-- Establishment of a forum for learned and lively discussion of the mystery through your blog

-- An example of charm, grace, and generosity

Take care.

BVLawson said...

Love and peace to you, Bill, no matter where this particular journey leads. It has been a pleasure to share part of your journey up to this point via your blog, your books, your social media presence, and your support and encouragement for other authors trying to find their own way. Know that we're with you in spirit and sending all the positive, encouraging vibes we can in your direction. No matter what happens, you've lived well, loved well, and made a difference in this crazy world.

Johny Malone said...

A huge hug from Argentina, it was a pleasure to read you.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, got hooked and started looking around to see how much more of your work was out there to look forward to reading and found this (listed on Murder By The Book's website and searched further). I am a Houston transplant married to a native who has ties to Denton, Texas and we both were so happy to find your lovely books (and love noir and hard-boiled detective novels too!)

I am so very sorry to learn about your diagnosis. I wish there was something more than just words to offer. But words and heartfelt thanks are all I have. Thank you so much for the truly entertaining stories and colorful characters. We will keep you in our thoughts and wish you peace and love for whatever you're facing on your coming journey.

L & K

Mantanhattan said...

Thank you for the Richard Wormser recommendations back when.
Thank you for Sheriff Dan Rhodes.
Thank you for all the Western novels.
Thank you for this wonderful blog that I have looked forward to every few days.
All considered, you've always been aces to me.
God bless you and those you love.

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Thank you, Bill, for all the years of joy reading your blog.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch said...

Bill, thank you for all you've written, and for your kindness over the years.

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Bill, I can only echo what over 100 of your friends say, you have run the good race and fought well, and we can live in hope that this is not the end.

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I look forward to seeing you in the next universe.


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Dear Bill, I don't know how you feel about prayer, but I'll most certainly be praying for you. Thank you a thousand times for all the entertainment and pleasure you've given so many of us.

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Thank you so much for everything, Bill. The blog, your books...everything. I hope lots of love follows you into the next world.


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Hoping things turn out find or some incredible way that a treatment turns things around - but know you are remembered --

As Bradbury said, "Live Forever!"


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So sorry to hear this, Bill. May the doctors be wrong, as they so often are. And may the hospice kick you out for overstaying your welcome.


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Bill, just want to thank you for all the entertaining books, stories, reviews, blog posts, and convention appearances. Over the last 12 years, you became a cheerful part of my life, even though we only met occasionally at a convention. I'm praying for you. And don't forget, I live in Houston if there's ever any assistance you need. If you don't have my email (I seem to remember emailing you at least once in the past), you can reach me through my Facebook page by clicking on my name above.

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Your blog and your books have been a constant source of joy for years. On the few times I have contacted you, you have always been friendly and gracious. As many have already said, I hope the doctors are wrong. There would be less light in the world without you.

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Dear Bill,
We haven’t met, but you said some very kind words about my first book. I hope for the best and that we do get to meet some day, so I can tell you personally how much your words meant to me.

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Bill, you don't know me and I've only commented once before. I live in England and the lady I love also has cancer. Like others who have commented, I am hoping for a miracle for you. Failing that, I hope your remaining time will be as pleasant and pain-free as possible. Thank you for everything you have given us for so long. And, if you are about to leave this world, I hope that Judy is waiting for you in the next.

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Bill, you and your work will be missed. I remember meeting you many years ago at a conference in Dallas. I don't even remember the name of the conference, but I have never forgotten your name or your books. Or the drinks some of us had in the bar at the hotel. Always fun times when writers get together. You will have plenty to share a cloud with up there.

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I just posted some remarks on Facebook, and this thread is kinda longish, so I'll keep it brief - you are one of the Pure-Dee Nicest Gents it has ever been my pleasure to know, and I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to be your friend. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Love to you and your family, Bill.

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The world has been a brighter place with you in it, Bill. Much respect and honor to you, sir. Hope for blue skies in your next adventure.

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Hi Bill,
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Have loved your writing since the late 80s! God Bless You! Please know your many fans love you! And also note, you are not boring!!!! From a crazy cat lady and devoted fan, THANKS!

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Praying for your health.

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Goodbye, Bill. Thanks for everything. Glad your family could be with you.

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Thank you, Bill, for everything. After you get back together with Judy....please give Sandi a hug for me.

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A brave and kind man--and a helluva fine novelist.

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RIP Bill -- even though we never met, I consider you a friend and a one of the Good Guys. Thanks for everything!

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I just discovered your Ellie Taine books by accident. I was in the large print section of the local library and I selected your book randomly along with a couple of others to show my eye doctor of print I could see and print I couldn't see. So she arranged an exam. In the meantime I read your book and enjoyed it. Then I got the second book and enjoyed that too.

I am so sorry to hear about you being in hospice. I hope that you will not be in any pain. I was so hoping by clicking into your blog that you were going to say you had another Ellie
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