Who am I?

Malcolm R. Campbell. . .

. . .Used to write technical manuals for computer companies but gave that up when a new generation of customers came along who never read the manuals anyway.

. . .Has a psychic accuracy level of 37.5% so doesn’t play the stock market using intuition.

. . .Grew up in the Florida Panhandle and has included his favorite settings there in the short stories “Moonlight and Ghosts,” “Cora’s Crossing,” “The Land Between the Rivers,” “Carrying Snakes Into Eden,” Conjure Woman’s Cat, Eulalie and Washerwoman, Lena, and “Emily’s Stories.” He now lives on a north Georgia farm with his wife and three cats. There’s plenty of room there, though he misses the Gulf Coast seafood.

. . .Worked as a bellman at Many Glacier Hotel in Montana’s Glacier National Park and has used that setting in his novels The Sun Singer, and Sarabande. The park was also featured in the the novels Mountain Song and At Sea.

. . .Attended Florida State University, Syracuse University, and the University of Colorado. Taught at Berry College. Once worked in a Dutch shipyard. Was an Eagle Scout. Made one Atlantic crossing and three Pacific crossings by ship. Is owned by cats.

. . .His father was a journalism school dean at Florida State University. The old timers on the school’s faculty told yarns and tall tales about old-style reporting, leading to his Campbell’s comedy/satire Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire (audiobook).

KIndle cover 200x300(1). . .His Gothic paranormal short story “Dream of Crows” appears in the Lascaux Prize 2014 Anthology published December 3, 2104. Also available as a Kindle short story.

. . .His novella Conjure Woman’s Cat was released in March 2015. This story is set in 1950s in the Florida Panhandle. Learn more about this Jim Crow era story about granny vs. the Klan on the book’s website. See the July 2015 interview on The Indie View in which he describes how he writes and why he wrote this book. He followed this up with a series of Kindle shorts from the same neck of the woods called the Tate’s Hell Stories, including “Visiting Aunt Ruby.”

AtSeaBookCover. . .His service on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War took me away from everything I knew. On the plus side, it was fun seeing Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan and Hong Kong. He saw Korea, as well, but that was from the deck of the ship so he can’t claim that as a liberty port. This book captures shipboard and sailor town life from the point of view of a would-be conscientious objector. The result, many years after it all happened, is my novel At Sea, released to Kindle in 2016.

. . .When he writes fantasies and paranormal stories, he has a lot of fun using real settings that he knows well. Even though the reader may not always know what’s real and what’s imaginary, the link to the settings, gives them greater depth.

. . .Favorite Tarot card is the Knight of Swords. (Knight is the name of the card in the Thoth deck. Other decks refer to the knights as kings.)

. . .Lives on a country road:


“I guess I should e-mail my creative writing teachers and tell them I’m writing what I know.”


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33 thoughts on “Who am I?

    1. hi, my name is steven allen and i live in carrabelle. i coordinate the carrabelle riverfront festival and this year we are focusing on the legend of tate’s hell. I am very interested in speaking with you regarding what you may know about the legend and your books. Our festival is in April and I would like to chat with you by phone if possible. My number is 850-879-2631

      1. Sorry, I’m too hard of hearing to even use a phone. Other than visiting Tate’s Hell when I was living in Florida many years ago (along with numerous other places along the coast from St. Marks to Apalachicola), my first source of information was the old book by Gloria Jahoda “The Other Florida.” Of course, the late folk singer Will McLean lived in Sumatra and was active in those days and his song about Tate’s Hell is probably performed at the yearly McLean festival (http://www.willmclean.com/). Somebody has a blog–don’t know any more what it is) who tells a completely different story about Cebe Tate than the traditional one that he was tracking a panther and got bit by a snake and died. The other version is more involved, but it’s not the so-called “gospel” version so I have no idea where it came from. Years ago, I corresponded with one of the people who built the roads in Tate’s Hell for logging and years later he wished he hadn’t done it because they were partly responsible for the problems that I think the Nature Conservancy has been trying to repair. They acted as dikes and prevented the normal flow of water rather like some of the dredging in the Apalachicola River has sealed off some of the creeks that used to flow into the driver because the silt/sand was dumped on top of them. I haven’t been able to see Tate’s Hell for years, but since my writing about it is set in the time when I was living in Tallahassee and knew the whole area well, my information suits the stories but probably isn’t up to date. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

        1. The name of the man who built or helped build the logging roads in Tate’s Hell is Billy Kersey. I think he lived in Carrabelle. If he’s still in the area and if you can track him down, he probably has a wealth of information about what it was like there during the logging days. I’ve moved several times since our correspondence and no longer have his address.

  1. Wonderful blog, you’re so full of thoughts, your mind is just astonishing and i hope that your skills in writing will only improve and more and more people will enter your blog to read your articles.

  2. Hey Malcom!

    I just ran across your blog and decided to contact you about my new philanthropic organization called Gone Reading International.

    We market a line of gifts for readers and donate 100% of company profits to fund new libraries in the developing world. You can read more about us at http://www.GoneReading.com.

    Any chance you can mention us in your blog???

    We’re finding that readers love what we’re doing, but spreading the word on a philanthropic budget is a challenge! Let me know what you think, and thanks in advance for your time.



    P.S. If doing a simple link swap works better for you, that’s certainly fine by me. Just let me know!

  3. Hi Malcolm, Knight of Words,

    I’ve got two questions: Would you consider reviewing my book, “99 Girdles on the Wall.” Regardless of how it may sound, it’s not a chick book. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

    “For her estate sale, I nailed my mother’s twenty seven girdles to the wall of her bedroom. Girdles, instruments of torture that impede the breath, and imprison joy were emblematic of her repressive influence. Even when she
    lay dying, she had the energy to tell me to put my knees together.”

    There’s more about the book on my website: http://www.elenalouiserichmond.com which brings me to the other question. If you like my blog, would you add it to your roll? And I’d return the gesture.

      1. I represent (on a pro bono basis) a sailor who was on a supply ship, was transferred to the Ranger for an operation, then to Subic Bay 0n 24 December 1969. He is trying to get proof that he spent time in Vietnam (a few hours) waiting to be transferred to a C-130. I need someone who can say that as a matter of routine, while the Ranger was on Yankee Station, the COD would have flown to VN, not directly to Subic Bay, in such a situation. Any help?

        1. I don’t have the specific dates when we were actually online at Yankee Station since we came and went, but we were deployed from October through April or May on Yankee to WESTPAC. When I left the ship to go to a service school, In December of 1969, I flew off on the COD to Danang where I stayed over night. I flew the next day to Subic, then took an Albatross to Clark where I got the plane back to Travis in California. I don’t know if the Ranger’s deck logs–some of which might finally be on line–listed the names of the people who flew off the ship in the COD.Ranger itself went back and forth during the nine-month deployment to Subic for parts and other supplies with an occasional trip to Yokosuka Japan and the Kong Kong. Good luck with your project.

    1. Thanks for visiting. Prior to the building of I-10, Pensacola was a bit of a drive on highway 90 from Tallahassee where I grew up and went to school.Sorry to say, I didn’t see Pensacola often even though the panhandle had plenty of places tempting to explore.

  4. Served on Ranger from Jan 70 to June 71 Second Division. COs Capt Moorer and Coleman. Shame “The Top Gun of Pacific Fleet” was scrapped. Look forward to reading your book. Ever go to a Ranger reunion.

    1. Somehow, the reunions were never in the right place at the right time for me to go to one. Livingston and Moorer were the COs while I was there. Yes, a damn shame nobody came up with enough money to convince the navy they could make a viable museum with Ranger,

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