Stefan J. Malecek was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and left there in 1966 after high school to join the US Army. He initially trained as a Combat Medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, but managed to acquire basic skills as Social Work/Clinical Psychology Specialist at Fort Riley, Kansas. After nearly a year there, his repeated requests for transfer to Vietnam were acknowledged. He really believed that he needed to experience war first hand in order to become a “real writer,” much like Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemmingway, and James Jones, all of whom returned from combat experience to become writers of note. He spent 1968-1969 in-country partly with the 14th General Dispensary/85th Evac Hospital, and then flying all over “I” Corps with the 326th Medical Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division, doing interview evaluations, and counseling many men, often fresh from battle.
After moving to San Francisco in 1969, the author worked for 17 years on in-patient psychiatric units and crisis clinics as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician. Stefan returned to school and got his BA from New College in 1992, and soon thereafter moved to the Oregon Coast. He continued to work in various aspects of mental health, and got his Master’s Degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 1998; and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University. His graduate work was primarily devoted to recovery from addictions and dissociation.
The author is currently enjoying 33 years clean from cocaine, and celebrating the blessings and joy of his life living on the heartful and refreshing island of Maui. He is fulfilling a lifelong dream of being able to write full time, after working most of his life to support his writing habit.
Crazy Tales is his first published novel, though he has written the next three books in the series: Unwitting Witnesses, Spirals of Time, and Alchemy’s Angel. The Crucible of Shame is his first published non-fiction book.
List of Publications
Master’s Thesis. (1998). Addictions and dissociation as autohypnotic phenomena. Ann Arbor: UMI (AAT 1390906). Article (2006). Biopsychiatry and the permanent war economy. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counseling, and Psychotherapy 6, 2, 88-93. (Summer 2006). Shrewsbury UK: PCCS Books, Ltd. Doctoral Dissertation. (2006). Dissociation in recovering addicts: A multiple case study. San Francisco: Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. UMI Number: 3323729 Three-part series (2011). Shame, Addictions, and the Culture of Greed (Summer 2011) Shame, Addictions, and the Permanent War Economy (Fall 2011) Shame, Addictions, and the Biopsychiatric Industry (Winter 2011) San Francisco: The San Francisco Psychologist Co-Authored book chapter (2016) with: Theresa D. Neimann, Ph.D., and Uta M. Stelson, Ph.D. Building a Culture of Completers by Understanding the Etiology of Adult Learning Deficits Stemming from Childhood. In Encyclopedia of Adult Learning. Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishing. Neimann, T. Stelson, U., & Malecek S. (Eds). (2016). Building a Culture of Completers by Understanding the Etiology of Adult Learning Deficits Stemming from Childhood. In: Encyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management. Hershey PA: IGI Global. Moral Inversion and War. (In press 2017). In Moral Injury: A Reader. Meaghan, R., & Pryer, D. (Eds.) Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock, Cascade Books.