The Bard may not have actually penned novels, but he has inspired three forthcoming ones. Take your pick from popular fiction, historical fiction and fantasy—each one features a character named William Shakespeare (and one actually has two characters with that famous name).

My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeareby Jess Winfield (Twelve, July) Willby Christopher Rush (Overlook, Sept.) Hell and Earthby Elizabeth Bear (Roc, Aug.)
Author Founding member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company Taught Shakespeare for 30 years Spent five years researching Shakespeare
Takes place Present-day California England, March 1616 England, late 1500s
Shakespeare is... Willie Shakespeare Greenberg, a perpetually stoned grad student A bedridden writer dictating his will to a gluttonous lawyer Released from hell and fortifying Queen Elizabeth I with his poetry
Blurb “Shakespeare in Love on magic mushrooms.”—Christopher Buckley “[He has] done an impossible job surprisingly well.”—Alasdair Gray “Bear proves... that she can fill a stage as well as any Elizabethan playwright.”—PW