James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater County series

Cort Beauchamp’s LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY Playlist

  When I sat down in 2012 to create the protagonist of Let the Glory Pass Away, a middle-aged, blocked South Carolina novelist named Cort Beauchamp, I knew I wanted him to seem like a character out of time.


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.


Here’s a quick report about my two events yesterday at Columbia, SC’s inaugural Deckle Edge Literary Festival!

DECKLE EDGE is Almost Here!

South Carolina’s newest literary event is almost here—next weekend brings the debut of Deckle Edge! Successor to the late, lamented SC Book Festival (its swan song came in 2015), book lovers, young readers, educators, and writers of all skill levels will find activities to stimulate their particular field of interest.

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 […]

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 […]

Live Radio Appearance Tonight!

I’m honored to have been asked to appear live tonight on Evolve AM/PM with Tzima Brown, a radio talk show centered around current events, politics, spirituality, and consciousness issues. Area terrestrial radio listeners may find us tonight on Columbia’s talk show channel The Point, 95.9FM/1470AM, but to join on the web please visit Tzima’s web page and click on the Listen Live […]

SO MANY ROADS: Grateful Dead Academic Symposium Schedule Now Set

Somebody pinch me. This may not constitute new news to regular readers of this blog, but today I’m beyond honored and energized to report that I’ve received notification of the scheduling of my appearance promoting and discussing Fellow Traveler at the upcoming Grateful Dead academic conference called So Many Roads: The World in the Grateful Dead! As […]

Quote in the New Yorker

A posting on the New Yorker site regarding the Twelve Tribes, a religious sect (or cult) that follows around particular musical acts, proselytizing and recruiting in the parking lot, features a quote from me regarding an encounter I had almost 25 years ago with one of its members outside a Grateful Dead concert in Landover, MD. (A […]