Death After Life: Tales of Nevada

Death After Life Douglass Cover Black Rock Institute

Death After Life: Tales of Nevada is a series of 13 short fiction tales by Nevada scholar-resident-writer-academic William A. Douglass. The stories are: Words / End of the Line / Rent /Tasker / For She Knew Not How to Smile / The Two Billys / All That Glitters / Numaga’s Story / Rites of Passage / Meeting of the Board /Bushmaster / Arturo and the Captain / Twilight. The illustrations were created specifically for each story from the landscape of the Smoke Creek Desert, Gold Hill, Reno, Gerlach, Pyramid Lake, Lake Tahoe, and beyond. These include images of trophy display walls and trapper tools.

Death After Life: Tales of Nevada is available for purchase at local book and gift stores in Reno, Nevada.

Purchase Options

Sundance Books & Music located at 121 California Avenue, Reno NV 89509

Center for Basque Studies Bookstore Order Online or visit University of Nevada, Reno – Third Floor, North Entrance of the Mathewson-IGT Center map

Humboldt Museum – 175 Museum Ave, Winnemucca, NV 89445

Northeastern Nevada Museum – 1515 Idaho St, Elko, NV 89801

Central Nevada Museum & Historical Society store in Tonopah, NV

Nevada Museum of Art – Store The Museum is located at 160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno NV

Nevada Wolf Shop – 87 West Stadium Way, Reno NV

Nevada Historical Society  1650 North Virginia Street, Reno NV

Buy Now – Death After Life – Tales of Nevada, hardback (2015), $25.00


NABE Winter 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner, a Best Book in the category Historical Fiction.

NABE Pinnacle Award Douglass

Congratulations Bill!

About the Author


Bill Douglass presenting Death After Life to Iñigo Urkullu, president of the Basque Country. Photo courtesy of Pello Elzaburu.

A man of untold yet startling talents is suggested in the stories by Bill Douglass in his new fictional work, Death After Life. This trim collection is all about Nevada where Bill was born and raised, showing remarkable adaptability in someone whose Silver State citizenship began at birth. Bill’s father was an early resident of Tonopah, and his grandparents saw every wart and wattle of the Comstock during its 1860s prime. A University of Chicago-trained social anthropologist in his academic training, Bill co-founded the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, and in decades of work has written about an unending series of themes: mining, ranching,  casinos, immigrants (Basque and Italian, but others too), theory. If Bill is a supremely-honored professor in the university realm, it’s important, in reading the stories in Death after Life, to understand that (like many Nevadans) Bill had a lively youth: the chapters are a fictional account, but borrow from first-hand experiences of trapping, sowing wild oats, hunting, fishing, collecting reptiles for paying customers, and the tales touch on long years of family responsibility, managing casinos. Now retired from teaching and having set aside the custody of gaming establishments—though still writing and a ranch-owner—Bill in this collection is a storyteller first and foremost, a role that allows him to reflect on his past and that of Nevada, a place so young (in terms of euroamerican settlement) and so changeable (in terms of flash-in-the-pan boom and bust cycles) that it has the fewest native-born residents in the United States. That makes Bill Douglass the voice of well-weathered experience, and these stories are born of that slow ferment and evolved wisdom.

Back Cover of “Death After Life”

Book Orders / Publicity Requests / Questions 

To place orders, request a review copy or artwork, interview the author, or other questions contact Black Rock Institute.

136 pages – $25.00 + Shipping    ISBN 978-0-9841014-4-3


This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.nea-lockup-Anaclogo