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, 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.
. . .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.
. . .Campbell’s paranormal short story “Patience, I Presume” appears in the Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories anthology from Rocking Horse Publishing, 2013. It’s available on Kindle and in paperback. Also available as a Kindle short story under the name Willing Spirits.
. . .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.”
. . .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.) This is why the URL for this blog is knightofswords.wordpress.
. . .Lives on a country road:
“I guess I should e-mail my creative writing teachers and tell them I’m writing what I know.”