James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater County series

FELLOW TRAVELER Book Release Video

Here’s a cool vid of me reading Chapter 1 from the book release event on November 1, 2012. Thank you Julia Beckham for shooting, editing, and posting! A good chance for folks to hear the dulcet Southern syllables come a-rollin’ off my ‘Edgewater County’ tongue, here in full Performance mode.


Good news today—I’ve submitted to appear at the 2013 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association meeting. This conference has hosted the Grateful Dead Caucus for the last 16 years, and my last trip, in 2007, eventually resulted in the writing and publication of this article. I’d previously attended in 2004 as a presenter, and an essay I […]

‘Edgewater County, SC’ and DOGS OF PARSONS HOLLOW

Edgewater County, SC… where is it? Only in the mind. It’s my fictional go-to locale for more or less all of my published output, alongside a slightly fictionalized Columbia, SC, which is perfectly recognizable but for the sort of minor changes that authors like me make to their hometowns: venerable Southeastern University for the equally […]


Now that DOGS OF PARSONS HOLLOW has gone out into the big-six world of publishing (in the form of pitches to specific editors), I thought it might be useful to discuss the inspirations and intentions behind this piece. While a long way from publication, here’s some backstory and character sketches to whet the appetite of […]

Origins and Intentions of Fellow Traveler

Here we have a collection of articles covering various aspects of the novel Fellow Traveler. Beware of [SPOILERS]! THE LOGLINE A longtime fan of a legendary rock band investigates his friend’s overdose—or was it suicide, a bleak end undertaken over the death of their mutual idol, the iconic 60s figure Rose Partland? When Z begins […]

“Trailer Trash” — Featured Short Story

Here’s the full, 4,000 word version of ‘Trailer Trash,’ my short story honored by being selected by both the Petigru Review, as well as the Saturday Evening Post in its 2012 Short Fiction contest, the disqualification of which is described here. This is one of a series of ‘Stories of Adolescence’ set in my fictional […]

UPDATED: Simultaneous Submissions: An Embarrassment of Riches a/k/a Be Careful!

I sit waiting tonight on an answer regarding what could be my most significant short story publication yet: a lovely little sepia-toned autobiographical piece I wrote called “Trailer Trash,” about a grandfather and his cronies conspiring to arrange a young man’s first brush with manual labor, was named a finalist in the 2012 Saturday Evening Post Short […]

WUSC Interview, November 1, 2012

Here’s an interview promoting Fellow Traveler that I did on WUSC last week. Don McCallister WUSC Interview

Going Down Screenplay Way

With all the work I have in the can and also on a low simmer, I’ve decided to ‘knock off’ a quick screenplay adaption of my novel MS, DOGS OF PARSONS HOLLOW. The damn thing was designed to have that sort of cinematic appeal, so why not? If not me, who? If not now, when? […]

Revision, Lesson 1: Take a Step Back

As the process of selling DOGS OF PARSONS HOLLOW moves along, I will make occasional posts about working with my agent and future editors on bringing this novel to its ultimate published life.