James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater Chronicles

LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY Promo Art

Here’s a nifty poster that the PR team created for local use in promoting the upcoming release of Let the Glory Pass Away. I think this key art does a fine job of visualizing in an ironic and attractive way one of the novel’s principal themes. Feel free to share it in your social media feeds!

Edgewater County Confidential Returns!

Some of you may have noticed that Edgewater County Confidential has been dark all summer. Inactive. It’s been quiet around here—too quiet.  It’s all good. Two words to keep in mind (with props to Douglas Adams): DON’T PANIC.

Notes on LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY (Part Two)

In Part One we suffered through a little autobiography about the time I helped honor local pop music heroes Hootie and the Blowfish, and how that got me to thinking about who we honor with public monuments and tributes, but more importantly, why we do so, and what we’re saying with our choices.

Notes on LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY (Part One)

For those of you following this blog for the last couple of years, it may seem like all-DIXIANA all the time. But before that material sees publication, let’s keep in mind that I’ll be offering up one (or more) direct lead-ins to that long-gestating novel series, with its fully realized fictional world I call Edgewater County. […]

DIXIANA and The Bradbury Method

“I’ve tried to teach my writing friends that there are two arts: number one, getting a thing done; and then, the second great art is learning how to cut it so you don’t kill it or hurt it in any way. When you start out life as a writer, you hate that job, but now […]

Author News Roundup: February 2016

For the last month or two I realize that it has been quiet around good old Edgewater County Confidential  . . . apologies. But behind the scenes, rest assured that much has been stewing and brewing and coming together: First, a glimpse of the future—the first piece of key art for LET THE GLORY PASS […]

DIXIANA Artwork!

We’re still a long, long way from seeing the DIXIANA novel series in print. In fact, the world will read LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY and RECONSTRUCTION OF THE FABLES (formerly KUNK) first. But for now, how about a lovely teaser image? It’s too soon to know whether this will end up as cover artwork, or used in […]

FELLOW TRAVELER Anniversary Time!

That’s right—not only was my novel Fellow Traveler inspired by the Grateful Dead experience, but its official release in 2012 came on November 1, the Day of the Dead. That I had first seen the band on Halloween night in 1985—a night like forever, as it turns out—only made the decision to have the book […]

VAMPIRE SHIFT (Featured Short Story)

One day a few years ago I sat down determined to write a story with vampire in the title, but actually featuring no paranormal elements at all. No editors have as yet been suitably amused enough by this feint to publish it, so in the spirit of Halloween, here courtesy the management of Edgewater County Confidential is […]

DIXIANA Named Finalist in 2015 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition

Almost two years to the day since finishing the first draft of the most challenging project of my writing career, it gives me no small amount of pleasure to announce that DIXIANA has emerged as a Finalist in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Literary Competition! May I add that this news came the day before my fiftieth birthday? And […]