About me

Malcolm R. Campbell. . .

The stars and spirits have been kind to me, for I’ve been in the right place at the right time to produce multiple kinds of written materials. Or, the truth be told, I think that a good liberal arts education had a lot to do with it, because it allowed me to adapt–like a chameleon–to different writing needs and styles.

When I worked in the corporate world, the term “agile” was in vogue. When a company was agile, it could quickly adapt to changing conditions, new technologies, changes from its major competitors, and the consumers’ ever-changing desires for new products and features. It helps a writer to be able to do that as well. In trying to adapt, I’ve produced:

  • News stories and news features.
  • Magazine features and reviews.
  • Nonprofit and for-profit news releases.
  • Successful National Register of historic places application, state and federal grants.
  • Computer documentation and help files.
  • Fiction.
  • And occasionally a little poetry.

My fiction includes:

  • Contemporary fantasy: (The Sun Singer and Sarabande).
  • Realism with a touch of magic: (At Sea and Mountain Song).
  • Magical Realism: Conjure Woman’s Cat, Eulalie and Washerwoman, Lena, and Fate’s Arrows.
  • Satire/Mystery: Special Investigative Reporter.

Free Anthology from Thomas-Jacob Publishing. Click on the cover to go to the publisher’s download page. The anthology includes short stories, excerpts, and poems and is available in PDF, MOBI (Kindle), and EPUB formats.



I grew up in the Florida Panhandle and now live in north Georgia.


38 thoughts on “About me

    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. William Pitsenberger

        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.

          If you search on the term “Navy Deck Logs,” you will hopefully find the office that makes these available. They show the to-from dates of each period on Yankee Station.

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    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.

  5. Ed.

    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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  7. Marc Rettus

    About mort safes; I believe there is a surviving mort safe in Illinois, and I have pictures of it. If interested, send me an email at wc2cn, at the domain of msn dot com.

    1. Thanks for the offer. Every once in a while, somebody finds an old mortsafe and often doesn’t know what it is. The mortsafe post was for an author who was talking about the subject that was part of one of her books, so I don’t personally collect pictures of them. Take care and be well.

  8. John nelson

    Hi Malcomb, I enjoyed your article about Magnolia. I have been studying Magnolia Springs, FL for about 15 years. I have not seen the croquet photo before but wonder if Florida Memory may have misidentified it.

    Croquet was not introduced to the US until after the last burial at Magnolia, but Magnolia Springs advertised croquet, boasted other photos of fancy-clothes sports like clock golf and was at its heyday during the post Civil War period.

    Anyway, food for thought.


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