Homepage of author Lee Widener, publications, information, reviews and other diversions.
NeverEndingWonder Radio was an online freeform internet radio station, broadcasting from 2001 to 2012. In May of 2012 I had a catastrophic computer failure and lost all of my music, much of it irreplacable. NeverEndingWonder Radio has ceased broadcasting. Thanks to all the listeners over the years, and all the amazing artists I've had the pleasure of presenting. We will not be reurning to the air.
Welcomee to Weirdsville Radio and Halloween on Broadway remain on the air. They are on permanent shuffle and are not updated.
Death to Brothers Grimm is a new anthology of Bizarro retellings of classic fairy tales, published by Omnium Gatherum Media.
Ranging from horrifically gory to whimsically twisted, featuring authors Garrett Cook, Jeremy Shipp, Jess Gulbranson, Eckhard Gerdes and more - including me!
My story "At the Shoe Shop of Madness" is a mashup of Brothers Grimm and H.P. Lovecraft. It's the darkly humorous tale of what happens when Schumacher the Shoemaker traps a foul tempered and foul mouthed elf, exacting an ill fated bargain.
You can order the book from Amazon here: Death to the Brothers Grimm
Or, if you would like a copy personally autographed to you, by me, along with your own Weirdsville Cartoon, all for just the cover price of the book plus $3.00 shipping,
just email me at neverendingwonder _AT_ hotmail.com
My story "Let Them Into Your Heart" is included in the horror anthology Detritus, from Omnium Gatherum Media
My story "How I Found My Spirit at an Allman Brothers Concert and Had My Life Saved By a Husky" is featured in the print zine Paper Radio. November 2011
My story "At the Shoeshop of Maddness" is included in this anthology of Bizarro retellings of classic fairy tales, from Omnium Gatherum Media
I have a story in this collection of 200 drabbles. Drabbles are stories that are exactly 100 words long.
About my writing:
When I was a teenager I knew I wanted to be a writer. I won a writing contest in the local newspaper when I was 13 and becoming a writer was my dream. My taste in reading was already trending toward the weird. Comic books, H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Poe, Algernon Blackwood, Brad Steiger - they all set my imagination soaring. I had a hand me down Underwood typewriter, and I diligently pounded out my fantasies. I managed a few publications, mainly in the type of books that encouraged the contributors to buy multiple copies for their family and friends.
I was also deeply into theatre, so for a long time all my writing was for the stage. I studied briefly with my favorite playwright, Megan Terry, and I even ran my own company for a couple of years. Eventually I got tired of losing money, and beating my head against a wall, and I gave up writing. I tried to focus on "the real world." I founded an internet radio station that featured odd, unusual, forgotten and bizarre music, as well as new independent artists. I won awards. I even found a bit of an audience during the month of October each year with an annual Halloween marathon.
Then one fateful evening I ordered a book a friend from an online horror forum had written and everything came rushing back. I should be doing this. Why WASN'T I doing this? Soon after, I enrolled in his writing workshop and the floodgates were opened. My writing was better than it had ever been. I regret the decades I spent not writing. I would be so much farther along now. I'm trying to make up for lost time!
I write what is refered to these days as "speculative fiction." It's a catch-all term for anything weird- science fiction, horror, fantasy, and several other related sub-genres. Check my writing out, and let me know what you think!