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About Bill Thompson
If variety is the spice of life, author Bill Thompson’s life so far has been spicy for sure! Over the years, and in no particular order, he’s been
• an international insurance broker
• a mayor
• head of a state prison board
• a stockbroker
• a newspaper reporter
• a Bourbon Street piano player
• a corporate entrepreneur
• presented to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
• in jail (briefly … and wrongly!)
• a goat herder
• a church organist and choir member
• a real estate broker
• a world traveler
• president of an animal shelter
• a husband, father and grandfather
• an observer at a knighting in Westminster
• a fluent Russian speaker
• a passenger on the Concorde
• a caregiver
• a lifetime dog lover
• an award-winning novelist
Pick up one of Bill's haunting ghost stories or thrilling archaeological adventures today!
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• A family ripped apart on one horrifying afternoon
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Paranormal investigator Landry Drake and his team take on a malevolent child spirit seeking revenge at Merilee Plantation, an ancient mansion on Bayou Teche. When several people are found hanged from the same chandelier in an upstairs hallway, Landry goes to Merilee, only to become a pawn in a bizarre game. He is kidnapped and taken to a rusty trawler near the Gulf of Mexico. When he escapes, he learns he’s a suspect in yet another bizarre death inside the decaying mansion.
From a senator’s smoky den in Washington to the spooky bayous of St. Martin and Iberia parishes, The Atonement is a race to learn who’s behind a massive cover-up and string of murders inside Merilee Plantation. How many must die before the ghost is satisfied? Can powerful men keep their secrets hidden away? And will ghost hunter Landry Drake solve the enigma before more people hang at Merilee? Not until the end—when time runs out and the secrets are revealed—will the phantom exact atonement for the sins of so many.
2019 SILVER IPPY AWARD FOR HORROR!
2018 FIRST PLACE EVVY AWARD WINNER FOR HORROR!
Deep in the Louisiana bayou, an ancient mansion sits empty and abandoned.
Callie Pilantro inherits the house and finds a mysterious child there who appears and disappears at will.
Even the walls of the mansion hold long-forgotten secrets.
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Follow Callie as she struggles to find the secrets of her house even as someone or something tries to stop her. It all ends one eerie night. Will it be too late for Callie?
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2019 EVVY AWARD WINNER FOR HORROR!
A house that sat empty for fifty years as its dead owner instructed. A locked room with no key. A single father with eight-year-old twin girls. A nursery from long, long ago that no child ever played in.There are eerie things going on at The Arbors in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Architect Jordan Blanchard is joined by his friend Callie Pilantro (“Callie – The Bayou Hauntings 1”) and Landry Drake (“Forgotten Men – The Bayou Hauntings 2”) to learn the secrets of a domineering matriarch whose two husbands died in bizarre ways. They explore the house as someone watches from a hidden place high above. The Nursery, the third book in the series, will keep you up late at night wondering what’s behind the next door, what lies beyond the mirror and who hides and waits at The Arbors.
EVERYONE IN TOWN THINKS SO, BUT NOAH’S NOT TALKING.
Proctor Hall is one of Lafourche Parish’s oldest sugar cane plantations. After Noah murdered his parents and little sister in 1963, he went away to an institution while caretakers maintained the place. Twenty-six years later the man who never spoke returned home. A girl disappears and people believe Noah’s up to his old tricks.
Four college students visit the now-abandoned farmhouse as part of a class project, and they fall victim to whoever – or whatever – still resides within its walls. Famous paranormal investigator Landry Drake conducts a séance there, uncovers long-hidden secrets and learns that the horror of Proctor Hall is still at work.
The once-famous Hotel Iberia was where society’s finest gathered in the days before 1859 when Victory, Louisiana became a ghost town. A building where people had laughed, dined and passed the time among friends became something dark, sinister and evil.
The town was dead, so no one complained when the Victory Institution for the Criminally Insane opened in the old hotel. The state sent its problems to the Asylum — violent, disturbed men who entered the gates of hell and never came back.
Hundreds died inside those walls before scandal closed the prison in 1907 and the corpses of those forgotten men were buried in a cemetery at the back of the property.
For a century, the building has been abandoned. But only by the living.
The dead couldn’t leave. Their tormented spirits couldn’t escape the horrors they had experienced. Unspeakable things kept them locked in the ancient cell blocks, doomed to haunt the building forever.
Rookie deputy sheriff Landry Drake spends a frightening afternoon inside the Asylum, investigates a series of apparently unrelated, unsolved murders inside the prison. He and a friend are caught in a trap. Kidnapped and chained in the old prison’s underground torture chamber, they know what fate awaits them at the hands of a maniacal sociopath. He’s killed many times before, and they will be next.
Landry must solve a puzzle before more people die, and he must find a way to keep himself from becoming the next name on the list of terrifying crimes at the Asylum.
One night in 1880 a band of drunken vigilantes went down the Vermilion River, burned a town and committed horrific acts against its citizens. Their identities remain a secret to this day.
TV investigator Landry Drake hears an odd voicemail - a girl’s cryptic plea for help that makes him want to know more. He visits a friendly little town in a rural Louisiana parish that’s full of people who seem to have something to hide.
Landry finds danger everywhere as he uncovers a string of unsolved disappearances over many years. Teenaged girls vanish but three bodies turn up, each horribly mutilated in the same manner. Locals whisper the legend of Billy Whistler, a fearsome creature who captures his prey and drags them off into the darkness.
Billy Whistler will have you wondering why the sheriff wants Landry out of town, the undertaker refuses to answer questions about long-dead bodies, and a secret group called the Conclave blocks Landry at every turn.
SOON AFTER THEY ARRIVE, THEY REALIZE NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS. A PROTECTIVE GHOST WARNS THEM OF A CURSE, THE MATRIARCH OF THE FAMILY PROVIDES MYSTERIOUS CLUES TO A TREASURE, AND THEY MUST DECIPHER THE SECRET OR LOSE EVERYTHING – INCLUDING THEIR ANCESTRAL FAMILY – IN JUST SIX MORE DAYS.
Four adult children of Benevolence Dayne who are different in every way receive an all-expenses-paid invitation to return to Torcall Castle in a remote part of northwest Scotland. Benevolence has never been close to any of them, but each comes home for a different reason.A set of inexplicable clues leads the Daynes on a Christmas hunt for an old clock and treasure that dates back to the battle for Scottish independence at Culloden. The phantoms in the castle want to help, but an ancient curse will bring down the Dayne clan and its ancestral home if they are unsuccessful.
• A wealthy man has secrets he struggles to keep hidden
• A hundred people he blackmailed want his painful death
• A partner will stop at nothing to keep ancient artifacts his and his alone. Whatever it takes, there will be no sharing of the fame he’ll receive.
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Deep below a quaint street in London businessman Roberto Maas unearths a secret room. A sarcophagus has rested there for a thousand years. An astonishing set of diaries containing secrets lost for centuries is discovered. The journals are amazing - they were written by a monarch whom history says never existed.
As time runs out, Roberto races to learn what the discoveries beneath the ancient city really mean.
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oA suicide bomber destroys a Fifth Avenue antiquities gallery. A dozen people die and an eighteenth-century manuscript is whisked away. Who went to such lengths to obtain an old Knights Templars diary, and why?
oA Mafia godfather with a deadly agenda escapes from a Guatemalan prison and plots revenge on those who put him there.
oA Cardinal decodes pages of ancient symbols to learn the secret of Oak Island and its enigmatic Money Pit.
In 1795 three teenage boys dug in an old pit on Oak Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. They wanted to find out whose engineering expertise created a shaft nearly two hundred feet deep and if it contained treasure as the local people believed. The boys eventually gave up but syndicate after syndicate was formed over the next two hundred years to find the answer to its secrets.
Millions of dollars were spent and several lives were lost in the treasure hunt. None of the searchers found riches. A mysterious rock inscribed with a symbolic clue turned up. It said, “Forty feet below two million pounds are buried.” But as excavations in the pit went deeper and deeper those backing the project faced bitter frustration. A set of elaborate traps caused the Money Pit to flood each time someone neared the prize at the bottom.
Brian Sadler and a devious Cardinal of the church are pitted against each other in a race to learn secrets protected by the Knights Templars for a thousand years. A former kingpin of the New York mob, dethroned and disgraced, plans a systematic elimination of his enemies. Sadler and his girlfriend Nicole Farber become targets of the ruthless killer as this story careens to its incredible conclusion.
Does the Money Pit contain relics that could shake the very foundations of Christianity? The Pope himself becomes involved as Brian Sadler discovers the startling answer to the secret of Oak Island.
As a sadistic killer holds a group of archaeology buffs hostage deep in the jungle, one of the tourists escapes. Paul Silver came on this trip to learn about the ancient ruins at Piedras Negras, a site that may hold secrets from twelve thousand years ago. For now his objectives are set aside. He has to plan a rescue.
The captives – his friends – are so far from civilization that their release could put them in more peril than before. The Guatemalan jungle is a dangerous place, full of predators as frightening as the rebels themselves. Paul can’t act quickly enough to save everyone from the rogue guerilla and his men but as the murderer announces his next victims, Paul must move, regardless of the dangers.
He rescues Hailey Knox, a beautiful archaeology student who discovers a connection at Piedras Negras linking two ancient civilizations to this part of the Americas – the same mysterious connection that Paul Silver came here to find.
After Paul deals with the rebels, Hailey shows him a cave where an astonishing wall and a secret chamber will reveal how and why an Egyptian pharaoh was doomed to eternity in hell.
In Ancient, book two of the series, Brian asks Nicole Farber, his beautiful lawyer who's now his girlfriend, to join him in Central America as he explores for a vanished explorer and a legendary city of gold. When she disappears he's forced by her captors to continue the search. The quest becomes a race against time to save Nicole and find Mayan treasure.
The third book, The Strangest Thing, finds the U.S. president eager to explore a newly-discovered part of an ancient tomb in Palenque, Mexico. Deep inside the ruin, he vanishes from a room with only one exit. The Vice President calls upon his old friend Brian Sadler to unravel the mystery and find the answers. Deep in the jungles of southern Mexico Brian makes an astonishing discovery, one that might literally be The Strangest Thing - ever.
The Bones in the Pit explores the mystery of Oak Island, Nova Scotia. A current TV series has spiked interest in the ancient Money Pit, discovered by teenagers in 1795. Local legends attest to vast treasure buried at the bottom of a two-hundred-foot shaft but despite millions of dollars spent and half a dozen lives lost, no one in two centuries has beaten the shaft's complex booby-traps. Whatever was hidden in the elaborate Money Pit is still there today.
Brian and a devious Cardinal of the church are pitted against each other in a race to learn secrets protected by the Knights Templars for a thousand years. When Brian and his girlfriend Nicole become targets of a ruthless killer, the story careens to its incredible conclusion, an answer that may shake the foundations of Christianity.