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

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

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

“This collection brings with it all the trappings of the season, from pumpkins and spooky decorations to that chill coursing over your skin in the night, and the lingering sense that death has come to claim many things, possibly the reader as well.” — Michelle Garza, This is Horror

“… it’s certainly no secret that the ever-changing seasons, the rustic charm, and the sprawling, dynamic landscapes that the Nutmeg State offers serve as a wonderful influence and backdrop for writers of dark fiction. There seems to be a link … between Connecticut’s aesthetics and its writers–a very specific link, which is evident in their willingness to be bold, distincntive, 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.” — From the Foreword by Rob Watts, author of Americana and The Crooked Road Through Cedar Grove

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.

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

Crandall was proud to join the Chicken Soup family. In her story “These Things Take Time,” she relates the long road she and her stepson Anthony walked–together and apart–to reach a point of understanding, love, and respect for one another.


10484417Published by Tortuga Loca Books – 2010

“… [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.” — Emi London, 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, author of The Talisman of Elam

“An AMAZING epic … phenomenal.” — Donna, 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

In a land where men are little more than breeding stock and women hold all the power, a half-grown boy named Kinner inadvertently awakens the dormant spirit of a legendary hero to challenge the deeply-held beliefs of an entire world.

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


51w8q3bd28lPublished by Seventh Circle Press – 2008

“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

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

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.


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

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 beamed aboard find the station abandoned and without power, and report ghostly figures hovering at the edge of sight. Soon, Enterprise is also without power, leaving Spock, McCoy, Chekov, and a small security team stranded board the station.

When the 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?

STAR TREK #60: Ice Trap

icePublished by Pocket Books – 1992

Answering a distress call, the crew of Enterprise discover that an unaccountable form of insanity has taken hold among the scientists at a research station on the icebound plant Nordstral … a mysterious illness that could destroy not only the entire planet, but the ship’s crew as well.

Written in collaboration under the pseudonym L.A. Graf.