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Stephen G. Melvin

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Stephen G. Melvin is a professor, novelist, essayist, lecturer, and film producer who lives in Florence, Alabama. His graduate work focused on 19th century ghost stories and supernatural tales.

A lifelong resident of the Deep South, he spent his formative years reading the likes of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, dreaming of escaping to far-flung corners of the United States. As he grew older, he learned to love where he came from and appreciate the colorful, eccentric kaleidoscope that is his home.

His fiction embraces the Southern Gothic with touches of the supernatural. Understanding that storytelling is an artificial, sometimes farcical act, he often leans against the fourth wall without breaking it. He enjoys taking his character
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Stephen G. Melvin The cure for writer's block is simple: write.

One of the biggest misconceptions about authors is we write by inspiration. Sure, inspiration does strike…more
The cure for writer's block is simple: write.

One of the biggest misconceptions about authors is we write by inspiration. Sure, inspiration does strike occasionally, but if we waited on the Muses to sing, we'd never get anything completed. In truth, writing is a challenging, often painful slog.

When the fingers hover idly over the keyboard, you just have to make them move. Just write. Chances are it won't be up to your high standards. That's fine. The first step is to get something on the page.

From there, editing kicks in. You'll be surprised how quickly the shapeless prose can be molded and formed into something you can be proud to show the world.(less)
Stephen G. Melvin My latest short story, "A Shaken Shadow," is currently undergoing a deep edit. Much of my attention is focused on getting it ready for its October 23r…moreMy latest short story, "A Shaken Shadow," is currently undergoing a deep edit. Much of my attention is focused on getting it ready for its October 23rd release date. It's a ghost story, so the timing there is not accidental.

I'm also working on November's story, "Fear Caller." I wanted to return to a true Southern Gothic without incorporating supernatural elements, similar to "Baptized in Dirty Water." Speaking of "Baptized," the narrator, Warren, will be returning. It's set a few years after those events and follows his wooing of another woman, a girl they call Rabbit.

I'd like to say this time he might be lucky in love, but ...(less)
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30-Day Film Challenge, Day 5: A Film Where a Character Has a Job You Want

I actually struggled a little with this one. For starters, I love my job. I get to teach bright young minds, read and watch movies, and analyze them. Who could ask for more?





And, let’s face it, just picking a private eye movie would be too easy.





Then it hit me. What if I could be a permanent beach bum who occasionally deep-sea dives in search of sunken treasure?





Yeah, I could do that.





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