Calling Crane Books
Phantom Fiddler by Joe McHugh
Slaying the Gorgon The Rise of the Storytelling Industrial Complex by Joe McHugh
Kilowatt a novel by Joe McHugh
The Flying Santa by Joe and Paula McHugh
Ruff Tales by Joe McHugh
Better Than Money Tales to Treasure for a Lifetime
Noted storyteller and old-time fiddler Joe McHugh has put down his bow and picked up the pen to entertain us with a collection of supernatural tales about violins and fiddlers. A hotel haunted at midnight by the eerie sound of a fiddle, a dancing skeleton and a pirate’s buried treasure, a romantic rivalry between sisters that leads to foul murder, an ill-advised bargain with the Devil during the rough and tumble days of the California Gold Rush, these are just a few of the unexpected delights to be found within these pages. Each is an original tale, inspired by ancient myths and folk beliefs, and told with reverence for this most mysterious and seductive of all musical instruments—the violin.
In Slaying the Gorgon, traditional storyteller and public radio producer Joe McHugh offers a fascinating and provocative look at how we tell stories in the modern age given the dynamic and transforming influence of new technologies. From the venerated saints and cathedrals of the Middle Ages to the pop stars and cineplexes of today, he explains why images and sound are increasingly supplanting the authority of the printed word, and by so doing, radically altering the cultural, economic, and political landscape in the United States and around the world.
A novel about energy capitalism and the nature of time. Set during the final years of the Bush adminsration, Kilowatt tells the story of Reb Morgan and Alice Carpenter, journalists from a small community radio station who embark upon a perilous journey into the very heart of corporate America.

The Flying Santa illustrated children's book.

An expression of gratitude to the lighthouse keepers of New England helps remind us of the real meaning of Christmas.

In Ruff Tales, High Octane Stories from the Ruff Creek General Store, storyteller Joe McHugh has gleaned the best of the homorous anecdotes, outlandish tall tales, and eerie ghost stories he has come across in his travels around the country in this delightful collection for young and old.
In Better Than Money you'll find simple yarns of giants and wizards and ghostly visitations represent oral literature at its very best. Faithfully handed down from one generation to the next, they are the currency of the imagination that help us better understand the mysterious and magical journey of life.
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Softcover - 257 pages -$16.95
Softcover - 228 pagees - $16.95
Softcover - 400 pages - $15.95
Hardcover Illustrated - 32 pages - $16.95
Hardcover - 250 pages - $14.95
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Coins in the Ashes by Joe McHugh
In 2009, radio journalist Joe McHugh set out on a journey to find the family of an African-American woman named Helen who cared for him when he was a young child and who helped his family survive a terrible tragedy. Armed only with her first name and a passing reference to a house fire in a letter written in 1952, he visited the places that shaped the early lives of his parents, interviewed family members and historians, and searched through archives in hopes of uncovering a clue that might lead him to his goal.

This is the chronicle of that quest. It is also a meditation on how relationships, especially those during early childhood, determine the physical structure and health of our brains and how love and faith, even during the darkest of times, can transform our lives in ways beyond imagining.
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SOFTCOVER - 300 PAGES - $16.95
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