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“The echoey sounds of stretching and cracking ice filled the inlet.  The surround had become an arena, an eternal, unearthly battleground.  The white whale broke the surface slowly.  Inching forward, it broke the ice ahead of its brow, sending mountainous shards into the starry night.”

“It’s just another damned hill,” said Carney.


In love with Melville’s Moby Dick, I wrote a prequel beginning with the American Revolution.  Ahab, a Love Story, is a romantic adventure describing and humanizing the boy, the son, the lover, and the crushed soul who became Ahab. Upon its completion, a sequel to Moby Dick “beckoned me.”

What became of the Rachel’s survivor(s), of Melville, of the white whale?  Meet Carney, Isaiah, Isaac and Irene.  Fall in love with them.  Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story, is a novel from my heart to yours.  It takes us to the beginnings of World War I.  If you are a fan of Love Stories, real History, Adventures on the High Seas, and Melville’s Moby Dick, this is a must-read. 

Enjoy & Godspeed!

Stephen Melillo



Stephen's Symphony IIII: Lightfall, was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert, Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, Stephen's concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. A 4th Telly Award was for “Best Use of Music” in the 2019 feature film, “One Little Finger” produced by Rupam Sarmah.  A 5th Telly Award included Stephen’s work on the 2019 “Reckoning of Darkness” produced by Christopher Kulikowski.  His 15 feature film scores include the Oscar-nominated “12:01PM” and the horror thriller, “The Unwilling”, both directed by Jonathan Heap. 

An ASCAP Concert Awards recipient each year since 1992, Stephen's more than 1230 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 40-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™.  In 2020, Andreas Martin Hofmeir will premiere Stephen’s Concerto for Tuba, “The Strong Soul.”  “I Hear Now in Heaven,” composed for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven will be premiered by Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr, the same ensemble that recorded the most recent STORMWORKS Chapter 55 Album: Way of the Wanderer.

With 28 CDs and 8 books online, most recently, Ahab, a Love Story,” and its sequel, “Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story,” and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen's pioneering, self-publishing entity known as STORMWORKS has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
May 7
Stephen Melillo

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