Stephen G. Melvin is a professor, novelist, essayist, lecturer, and film producer who lives in Florence, Alabama. You can follow him on his Amazon Author Page and stay up-to-date on upcoming releases on his Facebook page.

Coming to Amazon Kindle June 1st:

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Two new short stories are set to debut: “Fled Is That Music” and “Clamp & Fangs.” Both will feature characters familiar to my readership. Stay tuned as more details emerge.

Short Stories:

Archer Bob

Published August 6, 2017. Available on Amazon.

“On a whim, three indolent friends decide to tear out across the country and visit the attractions they’ve read about in an old tour guide. When they pick up a strange hitchhiker outside of Texas, however, their joyride takes a dark turn.”

19 Pages.


Baptized in Dirty Water Covr


Published August 28, 2017. Available on Amazon.

“Nearly three decades after the fact, Warren reflects on the eventful day he had planned to lose his virginity, recalling it in vivid detail: the Presidential motorcade, the tropical storm, the deluge, and–most importantly–The Indomitable Biloxi Bertha, Gator ‘Rassler.”

24 Pages.



Amorous Birds of Prey(1)

Published:  September 25. 2017. Available on Amazon.


28 pages.

“After leaving his estranged wife 1400 miles away to accept a position as an instructor in an MFA program, things are looking up for Irv. He loves his new city, campus, students. He’s even smitten with Dr. Robin Vogelsang, a vivacious, awkwardly sexy ornithologist. His only worry is keeping their liaison a secret from her husband.”

A Shaken Shadow (1)

Published: October 23, 2017. Available on Amazon.


23 pages.

“Everyone from my friends to my therapist tells me Callie’s suicide wasn’t my fault. They don’t know about the contents of her note or my raging alcoholism or my numerous affairs.  They don’t know that every time I feel a moment of peace or a twinge of happiness, her ghost appears to remind me where the blame lies.”

Confines Wards and Dungeons

Publication: January 11, 2018. Available on Amazon.


35 pages.

Valentino Mahoney hasn’t been sleeping. His insomnia has less to do with his demotion from reporter to copy editor or now working the graveyard shift and more to do with the haunting dreams. Alongside his loyal colleague Darnell and the eccentric alchemist Lyryc, while summoned demons close in on him, Valentino begins to unravel a web of the city’s most powerful families and their ties to a satanic cult.





The Tale of Lus and Zrbyxc

Publication Date: September 30, 2017. Available on Amazon.


17 pages.

Fifteen years ago, the author and two of his friends engaged in an evening of amateur ghost hunting. Equipped with a homemade Ouija board and using an upturned wine glass as a planchette, they communed with two entities. At first, it was a pleasant–albeit poorly spelled–conversation. Always a rollicking good time until the vengeful spirits arrive …

Stay tuned here and at Facebook for more updates


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