Books, Stories, & Articles

ELEPHANT SPEAK: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd

Published by Ooligan Press, Portland, OR – March 2020

Well, as you can tell from the publishing info directly above, the book isn’t available yet Book(except as advanced reading copies to booksellers and for review), but the months are swiftly ticking by and I’m now free to post the cover.

“You can MAKE an elephant do one of two things: run away or kill you. But you can GET an elephant to do a number of amazing things.”

ELEPHANT SPEAK chronicles 30 years in the life of Roger Henneous as he discovers the joys–and the dangers–involved in caring for what was the largest herd of breeding elephants in North America. Belle and her famous son Packy put Portland, Oregon on the map as the “City of Elephants,” but it was Roger’s willingness to learn from the elephants and provide them with the best care possible that earned him their trust and love.

Roger’s story celebrates the extraordinary bond that exists between humans and elephants, and examines what we owe them in order to assure their continued survival.

TODAY TOMORROW ALWAYS, Volume One.

Editors at Margery De Brus, LLC/Published by Margery De Brus, LLC

Features the short story “Trinity,” a slightly skewed visit with three magi who perhaps aren’t. Today_ Tomorrow_ Always_cover-v2-1.1

“An eclectic, entertaining, and thought-provoking mix of short stories” in the literary-science fiction-speculative fiction vein. Also includes stories by Brandon R. Chinn, Gwen Tolios, Glen Engel-Cox, Arthur M. Doweyko, Martin Webb, Daniel Hand, Cheryl Wollner, Elise Thi Tran, and Avra Margariti.

You can buy a copy here.

WILD MUSETTE, Issues 1702 & 1802

The folks at Wild Musette have published two of Crandall’s stories.

“The Last Zookeeper” is a post-apocalyptic story of one man’s personal redemption in the face of unspeakable tragedy. The story appeared in issue 1702, Fall 2017, and  you can buy a copy here.  1702-Cover

“Reclamation” follows a young woman’s efforts to regain something stolen. It appeared in issue 1802, Fall 2018, and can be purchased here.  Veg Pulp

JOURNAL OF THE ELEPHANT MANAGERS ASSOCIATION (JEMA), Vol. 29, #1, 2018.

This members-only publication featured the essay, “The Elephant Man Returns.”

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 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 is available from the author at melissacrandall50@gmail.com.

ANIMALBLISS.COM

“Out of the Blue: A First Experience with Canine Epilepsy,” appeared on this blog in December 2016, and was subsequently voted a “Favorite Dog Article of the Week” on Puppy Leaks.

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.

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 is available from the author at melissacrandall50@gmail.com.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY, Vol. 63, Issue 6, June 2015

Features the essay, “At the Intersection of Alzheimer’s and Bliss,” a version of which first appeared in Crandall’s now-defunct blog “The Wild Ride” (2009-2015).

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.

ALLEGORY ONLINE MAGAZINE

The Spring 2014 issue featured Crandall’s story “Centaur.”

THE DRUNKEN ODYSSEY: A Podcast About The Writing Life

In May 2013, this excellent podcast featured Crandall’s spoken-word essay, “At Odds with the World: How Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Changed My Life.”

WEATHERCOCK

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, melusineblog.blogspot.com

“… 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.” 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, mysecretboston.com

“… 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, author of The Talisman of Elam series 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, author of Benny Goodman: A Supplemental Discography

WEATHERCOCK can occasionally be found online, and may also be ordered from the author at melissacrandall50@gmail.com.

AMOSKEAG

In 2009, this journal from Southern New Hampshire University featured the story “And to All a Good Night.”

DARLING WENDY AND OTHER STORIES

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 enjoyed a limited run and is currently out of print.

STRIDES: The Magazine of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

Between 2001 and 2003, this publication printed several of Crandall’s essays, including one about her niece, who battled Cystic Fibrosis in order to have a life with horses.

ASPCA’S ANIMAL WATCH

Crandall’s article, “Healing Horses” was the cover story for the Winter 2002 issue.

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. QLP observer Al Calavicci also unexpectedly leaps – into an injured passenger on that plane. Now Sam must battle time and the forces of nature for the life of his friend, and for the redemption of a father and daughter at bitter odds.

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

EARTH 2

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 confront harsh terrain and 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 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 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 the ship’s crew as well.

Written in collaboration 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 out of print, but can be found online or in stores that specialize in used books.