The Sun Singer's Travels

Malcolm R. Campbell's World

Short Stories

En Route to the Diddy-Wah-Diddy Landfill While the Dogwoods Were in Bloom (Stories from Tate’s Hell Book 4) – Folklore

Short story about a man who heads off once a year with his wife and son in search for the legendary Florida town Diddy-Wah Diddy. You can eat all you want–if you ever find the place–but there’s a catch to it.

The original Diddy-Wah-Diddy was collected during the 1930s by author Zora Neale Hurston while working for the Federal Writer’s Project. My story imagines what the town might be like in today’s world.

A Travessia de Cora – Fantasy

atravessiadecoraShort Story – Portuguese edition of “Cora’s Crossing.”  –  No meio de uma violenta tempestade, dois homens jovens são misteriosamente puxados para uma velha ponte no meio de um pântano na Flórida. Eles descobrem que os mortos estão esperando para falar, suas vidas estão em perigo, e eles devem ajudar uma jovem mulher ferida que eles encontram na lateral da estrada.

Two young men are mysteriously drawn to an old bridge during a rogue thunderstorm, where they discover the dead are waiting to speak and their lives are in jeopardy when they help an injured young woman they find beside the road.

Cora’s Crossing was inspired by the now-abandoned Bellamy Bridge (which the author last saw 50 years ago) over the Chipola River near the town of Marianna in the Florida Panhandle, and the local folk legend that claims the bridge is haunted by a 175-year-old ghost who died tragically on her wedding night when her dress caught fire.

Visiting Aunt Ruby (Stories from Tate’s Hell Book 3) – Realism

auntrubycoverShort Story: When David travels to north Florida to see his girlfriend, Anne, he also meets her Aunt Ruby and learns that a secret lurks behind her Scotch whisky and her stories. The secret is Anne’s secret, too.

An old guidebook on the coffee table in the salmon-colored doublewide claims he’s entered “Florida, land of flowers, of radiance, of joyous days and dream-touched nights.” Time will tell. They eat meatloaf and key lime pie as a storm rolls in off the gulf coast and scatters the light in the aging trailer park.

Everyone needs an Aunt Ruby, a somewhat bawdy but loving relative who counteracts the sanitized version of life we get from our parents, teachers, and each other.

Emily’s Stories – fantasy

EScover2014Emily Walters is a sharp, inquisitive fourteen-year-old north Florida girl who loves maps, her rusty old bike, and the forest behind her house. Sometimes her dreams tell her the future and sometimes her waking hours bring wise birds and other spirits into her life. In these three short stories, join Emily in adventures and mysteries.

When her family vacations in the mountains in “High Country Painter,” a wise Pine Siskin tells her she must quickly learn how to paint dreams into reality to prevent an afternoon hike from becoming a tragedy.

In “Map Maker,” she’ll need her skills—and the help of a Chuck-will’s-widow—to fight a developer’s plans for from bulldozing the sacred forest behind her house and replacing it with a subdivision.

In “Sweetbay Magnolia,” she’ll learn the secrets of her grandmother’s favorite tree, the crumbling almost-forever house down on the river, and why some ghosts would rather visit than haunt. Also available as an audiobook and paperback.

Cora’s Crossing – paranormal

coracoverTwo young men are mysteriously drawn to an old bridge during a rogue thunderstorm, where they discover the dead are waiting to speak and their lives are in jeopardy when they help an injured young woman they find beside the road.

Cora’s Crossing was inspired by the now-abandoned Bellamy Bridge (which the author last saw 50 years ago) over the Chipola River near the town of Marianna in the Florida Panhandle, and the local folk legend that claims the bridge is haunted by a 175-year-old ghost who died tragically on her wedding night when her dress caught fire.

Moonlight and Ghostsparanormal

MoonLightandGhostsOn a moonlit night, Randy’s intuition is drawing him back to an abandoned psychiatric hospital where he once worked. He and his friend, Alice, have heard the ghost hunters’ claims the building is haunted, filled with strange lights, apparitions and the voices of former patients calling for help. The Forgotten point them to a crime in progress… and there’s not much time to save the victim.

Like Cora’s Crossing, Moonlight and Ghosts is set in North Florida.

More Stories

spookystories2Spooky Stories features “Cora’s Crossing” and “Moonlight and Ghosts” together in one volume. It’s available in print, e-book and audio book. I’m especially fond of the spooky narration on the Audible/Amazon edition.

My story “Patience, I Presume” appears in Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories, an anthology of from Rocking Horse Publishing. The anthology is available on Kindle and in paperback.

Kindle Stories

Willing Spirits – Paranormal

willingspiritskindlecoverIn this ghost story set in St. Louis, a young student waits until the last minute to read a novel for her school book report. She finds the novel slow going and cannot bring herself to finish reading it. Suddenly, she feels there’s a spirit in her room. She leaves the house and drives to the house where the novel’s late author used to “live.” After that, she will have reason to wish she’d either picked a different novel or that she’d read faster and gotten her work done on time. She’s reading a novel called Hope Trueblood that was written by a spirit who was channeled by a St. Louis medium during the spiritualism era.

Dream of Crows: Tate’s Hell Stories – Magical Realism

CoverDOCIn this dark story about a sexy conjure woman, a cemetery next to Tate’s Hell Swamp and crows, a man goes on a business trip to the Florida Gulf Coast but later has no memory of it until his wife begins to wonder what happened to him there. His dreams–assuming they really are his dreams–offer disturbing clues. He seems unable to resist them. He has no trouble resisting his wife, and that makes no sense either. If you’re prone to nightmares, you’ll probably want to read this story in the morning and then be hypnotized to forget all about it when it’s time for bed.

Snakebit: Tate’s Hell Stories – Magical Realism

SnakebitCOVERDavid and Anne met each other while working as seasonal employees at a mountain resort. At the end of the summer, they returned to their respective colleges. When Anne is assaulted on a dark street outside the gates of her college at Thanksgiving, she refuses to let David visit her. She wants to put herself back together without having to rely on a man.When he finally sees her in June, she is much changed and he thinks they’re no longer met for each other until the magic of Tate’s Hell intervenes.

Carrying Snakes Into Eden: Tate’s Hell StoriesMagical Realism

CarryingSnakesCoverA cautionary, tongue-in-cheek story about two high school students who skip church, find out their planned picnic with two girls from school has been canceled, pick up a hobo near Florida’s Tate’s Hell Swamp with a sack of snakes, and realize there may be long-term consequences. I also featured Tate’s Hell in my novella Conjure Woman’s Cat and my three-story set, The Land Between the Rivers.

This is a 1960s-era short story available on Kindle.

The Lady of the Blue Hourparanormal

When Kenneth arrives home from a high school band trip with exciting news, he finds the house empty. LadyoftheBlueHourcoverHis parents appear to gone to a hospital in a hurry. At twilight, a strange woman appears on the street, and she might be looking for him. No doubt, there’s magic afoot.

“The Lady of the Blue Hour” celebrates the blues, the boundary between worlds and girls who probably don’t know we exist.

The Land Between the Riversfolktales

2015 Edition

2015 Edition

Three short stories set before the dawn of time, when the Florida panther, the snake bird and the black bear were among the first to come into the world of the swamps and forests between Apalachicola and Ochlockonee rivers in what is now known as Tate’s Hell Forest in the Florida Panhandle. Discover why the panther doesn’t roar, why the snake bird has to dry off his wings, and what black bears really like to eat.

Inspired by the Seminole creation myth, these stores take me back to the area where I grew up; includes a prologue featuring Eulalie and Lena from Conjure Woman’s Cat.

Jock Stewart Strikes Back – collected stories

JSSBcover2The fictional news stories and “Night Beat” editorial columns in this collection began as posts on the “Morning Satirical News” weblog and subsequently appeared in the Worst of Jock Stewart and/or the “Jock Talks” series of e-books. Jock Talks…Politics was a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee.

Stewart, who served diligently as the protagonist in Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire, refutes charges that he was raised by alligators or hyenas. When he was a young boy, his dear old daddy said, “Jock, everyone but you and me is scum and I’m not sure about you.”

That proverb opened Jock’s eyes to the realities of the world, primarily that everything is worse than it seems: the small-town newspaper, the Star-Gazer, is allegedly run by fools and buffoons; the Junction City, Texas, government is allegedly corrupt and inept.

Since modern-day journalism is going to hell in a hand basket and/or nowhere fast, Jock Stewart strikes back by categorizing news events as satirical, outlandish, strange or political. Nonetheless, according to informed sources, the use of this volume as a journalism textbook has not been authorized anywhere the world is right as rain.

 

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