My Books & Stories

WILD MUSETTE, Issues 1702 & 1802

The folks at Wild Musette have shown their faith in me as a writer by publishing two of my stories.

1702-CoverThe first, “The Last Zookeeper,” is a post-apocalyptic story of one man’s personal redemption in the face of unspeakable loss.  You can buy a copy here.





Veg PulpThe second story, “Reclamation,” follows a young woman’s efforts to regain something lost. You can buy a copy here.

THREE ON A MATCH: The Terror Project, Volume 2.

Edited by Stacey Longo and Rob Smales, with a Foreword by Patrick Rea  /  Published by Books & Boos Three on a MatchPress – September 2017

Three nail-biting novellas by Melissa Crandall, g. Elmer Munson, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover.

“Three on a Match is a frightening menagerie of horror that offers a shocking blend of well-crafted tales to keep you up at night.” Patrick Rea, director of Nailbiter and Arbor Demon.

Crandall has a knack for description … “Thicker Than Water” is a literary mash-up of eighteenth century vernacular and conversational rhythms with a modern, present tense narrative and some wow factor special effects. In Crandall’s skilled hands, it all works. The final pages of this story will make your heart pound.” David Daniel, author of The Heaven Stone and The Skelly Man.

THREE ON A MATCH can be purchased on Amazon or you can order it directly from the author at

TRICKS AND TREATS: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors

tricksEdited by Stacey Longo, with a Foreword by Rob Watts   /   Published by Books & Boos Press – 2016

Seventeen skin-creeping tales by eleven notable Connecticut authors: John Valeri, Melissa Crandall, Mark Twain, Ryanne Strong, Stacey Longo, Dan Foley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, g. Elmer Munson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, and John G.C. Brainard.

Winner of the 2016 Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll for Best Anthology! Includes Crandall’s Pushcart-nominated stories “The Cellar” and “Dreams on Racks.”

“Thanks to these fine writers, my Connecticut basement now seems creepier than ever …” Chris Wolak, Wildmoo Books

“This collection brings with it … the lingering sense that death has come to claim many things, possibly the reader as well.” Michelle Garza, This is Horror

“… bold, distinctive, peculiar, and above all, versatile … Connecticut authors, you scare the hell out of me, but I grow to love you–more and more, with every creepy tale.” Rob Watts, author of Americana and The Crooked Road Through Cedar Grove.

TRICKS AND TREATS can be purchased on Amazon or you can order it directly from the author at

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: The Power of Forgiveness

chicken-soupEdited by Amy Newmark & Anthony Anderson   /   Published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC – 2014

In “These Things Take Time,” her debut with the CHICKEN SOUP family, Crandall relates the long road she and her stepson Anthony walked–together and apart–to reach a point of mutual understanding, love, and respect.

THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS can be found online and in many bookstores.


10484417Published by Tortuga Loca Books – 2010

This limited print-run is Crandall’s only foray into self-publishing.

When a half-grown boy named Kinner inadvertently awakens the dormant spirit of a legendary hero, what he unleashes will challenge the deeply-held beliefs of an entire world and everything he knows–or thinks he knows–about himself.

“… [a] unique work of fiction that will keep readers reading and guessing all the way through.” Margaret Lane, The Midwest Book Review

“… the questions this allegorical adventure tale raises are proactive and compelling. I admire the author for tackling this territory and think she has written an original, idea-driven adventure story …” Janelle Elyse Kihlstrom,

“… well-written, well-presented, and blissfully original.” John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner

“… though the quest sounds traditional, the adventures and its characters are not.” OctopusInk Book Blog

“From the first words to the last, Weathercock captured my mind and heart. Ms. Crandall has [a] beautiful and chilling way with words.” Star, The Bibliophilic Book Blog

“… a miraculous and totally original tale full of quick wit, exciting battles, and characters we love and love to hate … enough action to satisfy any literary thrill seeker, and a thoughtful, precise narrative.” Dan Forward,

“… sympathetic and believable characters … The climax was both surprising and satisfying, and was delivered with the precision and flare of a gifted writer.” Jim Mastro, The Talisman of Elam and Antarctica: A Year at the Bottom of the World

“An AMAZING epic … phenomenal.” The Happy Booker Book Blog

“A lean, tightly-written tale … There are scenes that will stay with you days after reading. Characters you care about, living in a believable world.” David Jessup, Benny Goodman: A Supplemental Discography

To purchase a copy of WEATHERCOCK, please contact the author at


51w8q3bd28lPublished by Seventh Circle Press – 2008

A small-press collection of eight works of speculative fiction.

“Melissa Crandall re-imagines the fairy tale form with a crystallized darkness that is both chilling and illuminating.” N.M. Kelby, author of The Pink Suit and White Truffles in Winter

“…imaginative plot construction … working in concert with lyric description.” Janelle Elyse Kihlstrom, Melusine or Woman in the 21st Century

“Creative, original, and flawless …” Glenda Baker, Editor-in-Chief, NEWN Magazine

Darling Wendy was of a limited run and is currently out of print. Occasionally, it’s discovered for sale online.

QUANTUM LEAP #5: Search and Rescue

qlPublished by MCA Publishing. Ace edition – 1994; Boulevard Books edition – 1996

During an ominous storm, Sam Beckett leaps into Dr. Philip Payne, a man involved in the search for a downed plane in the wilds of British Columbia. Project Observe Al Calavicci also unexpected leaps – into an injured passenger on that plane. Now Sam must battle time and the forced of nature for the life of his friend, and for the sake of a father and daughter at bitter odds and facing death.

SEARCH AND RESCUE is currently out of print, but can be found online or in stores that specialize in used books.


earthPublished by Ace Books – 1994

Humanity’s last hope of survival is the uninhabited planet G889 and the Eden Project, funded by Devon Adair in an attempt to save the life of her dying son. When a shipboard malfunction results in a catastrophic crash thousands of miles from their destination, the crew must cross harsh terrain and confront hostile weather to reach their new home. And they are not alone.

Based on the teleplay written by Michael Duggan, Carol Flint, and Mark Levin.

EARTH 2 is currently out of print, but can be found online or in stores that specialize in used books.

STAR TREK #63: Shell Game

shellPublished by Pocket Books – 1993

During a routine mission, Enterprise encounters a Romulan space station adrift within Federation borders. The landing party discovers the station abandoned and without power, and reports ghostly figures hovering at the edge of sight. Soon, Enterprise is also without power, leaving Spock, McCoy, Chekov, and a small security team stranded aboard the station.

When a Romulan warship seeking the derelict station encounters Enterprise, they accuse the Federation of treachery and murder. Can Kirk and his crew save their ship and rescue the marooned team before the Romulans open fire?

SHELL GAME is currently out of print, but can be found online or in stores that specialize in used books.

STAR TREK #60: Ice Trap

icePublished by Pocket Books – 1992

Answering a distress call, the crew of Enterprise discover the scientists at an icebound research station succumbing to a mysterious illness that could destroy not only the entire planet, but the ship’s crew as well.

Written in collaboration with two other authors under the pseudonym L.A. Graf (“Let’s All Get Rich And Famous”), this was Crandall’s first professional sale, and made the New York Times Bestsellers List.

ICE TRAP is currently out of print, but can be found online or in stores that specialize in used books.