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About Michael McCarty
Michael McCarty has been a professional writer since 1983 and the author of over forty books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as hundreds of articles, short stories and poems. He is a Five-Time Bram Stoker Finalist and winner of the David R. Collins' Literary Achievement Award from the Midwest Writing Center.
He is the author of such books DARK CITIES: DARK TALES, DARK DUETS: MUSICAL MAYHEM, A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS, I KISSED A GHOUL and LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE (with Joe McKinney)
In Nonfiction, he wrote MODERN MYTHMAKERS (Crystal Lake Publications) a collection of interviews with Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Elvira, William F. Nolan, the cast & crew of Night of the Living Dead and several more. He also co-written the book CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN with The Amazing Kreskin (Team Kreskin Productions) a cornucopia of stories of Kreskin's Amazing life, culture, famous friends, inside knowledge of entertainment personalities, his mind power, thought reading, and much more. ESOTERIA-LAND the Authentic, Eclectic & Eccentric Nonfiction of Michael McCarty and GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES (with Mark McLaughlin) true ghost stories in the Quad Cities metro area.
Michael McCarty have written the following fiction books with Mark McLaughlin: DRACULA TRANSFORMED & OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES (Dracula & vampire short stories and novellas), APOCALYPSE AMERICA! a science fiction and horror novel and MONSTER BEHIND THE WHEEL a horror novel.
Michael McCarty & Jody LaGreca wrote the BLOODLESS series together (published by Simon & Schuster (as a kindle) and Amazon as a trade paperback. The three book series BLOODLESS, BLOODLUST and BLOODLINE is about a 100 year old vampire who survives both the sinking of the Lusitania and the Hindenburgh explosion but has a hard time dealing with his family.
His stories and interviews have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies including Fangoria, Cemetery Dance, Starlog, Filmfax, ON WRITING HORROR (A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association, edited by Mort Castle), MIDNIGHT PREMIERE and IN LAYMON TERMS (both anthos from Cemetery Dance publications).
McCarty's first solo novel, a vampire satire called LIQUID DIET, was released in 2009 release by Black Death/Demonic Clown Books and republished as an ebook as LIQUID DIET & MIDNIGHT SNACK: 2 VAMPIRE SATIRES from Whiskey Creek Press. McCarty was the former staff writer for Science Fiction Weekly (the official website of the Sci-Fi Channel). He can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMcCarty.Horror
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In On Writing Horror, Second Edition, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Ellison, David Morrell, Jack Ketchum, and many others tell you everything you need to know to successfully write and publish horror novels and short stories.
Edited by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), a worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting dark literature, On Writing Horror includes exclusive information and guidance from 58 of the biggest names in horror writing to give you the inspiration you need to start scaring and exciting readers and editors. You'll discover comprehensive instruction such as:
• The art of crafting visceral violence, from Jack Ketchum
• Why horror classics like Dracula, The Exorcist, and Hell House are as scary as ever, from Robert Weinberg
• Tips for avoiding one of the biggest death knells in horror writingpredicable clichésfrom Ramsey Campbell
• How to use character and setting to stretch the limits of credibility, from Mort Castle
With On Writing Horror, you can unlock the mystery surrounding classic horror traditions, revel in the art and craft of writing horror, and find out exactly where the genre is going next. Learn from the best, and you could be the next best-selling author keeping readers up all night long.
Every culture and country has its demons--and since earliest times we've tried to capture these supernatural predators through the power of storytelling. But they refuse to be tamed. . .
Join Bram Stoker Award winners Maberry and Kramer on a chilling journey into the nature of the beast. This compendium of creepy creatures tracks the monsters of our imagination from the whispered fireside tales of old to the books, comics, and films that keep us shivering on the edges of our seats with delight and fascination.
Biting commentaries by the modern masters of the macabre--John Carpenter, Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Holly Black, Kevin J. Anderson, Ray Garton, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Simon Clark, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and dozens of others--help make this the ultimate guidebook to the horrific roots and modern-day expressions of our darkest fears.
With 8 pages of color illustrations by leading artists of the supernatural
"The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity," by Fritz Leiber
"Time Bum," by C.M. Kornbluth
"The Human Equations," by Dave Creek
"The Gun," by Philip K. Dick
"Not Stupid Enough," by George H. Scithers
"Jackpot," by E.C. Tubb
"The Killing Streets," by Colin Harvey
"Moon Dive," by Sydney J. Bounds
"Charon’s Curse," by John Glasby
"The Hunted Heroes," by Robert Silverberg
"Night of the Squealers," by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin
"Chaos," by John Russell Fearn
"And Happiness Everlasting," by Gerald Warfield
"The 7th Order," by Jerry Sohl
"Monkey on his Back," by Charles V. De Vet
"The Calm Man," by Frank Belknap Long
"Alien Still Life," by John Gregory Betancourt
"A Question of Courage," by J. F. Bone
"Angels and Moths" by Costi Gurgu
"Second Landing," by Murray Leinster
"The Einstein-Rosen Hunter-Gatherer Society," by George S. Walker
"Wind," by Charles L. Fontenay
"Star Mother," by Robert F. Young
"The Sky Is Falling," by Lester Del Rey
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“Michael McCarty is given full rein, and off he goes on a bizarre trip of the imagination, all stops out, no limits, hell-for-leather,” – William Nolan author of Logan’s Run
This collection of horror and science fiction stories includes a sequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – with Victor Frankenstein, the monster, and a blind fortune teller named Rose Blackthorn. In other tales… even the apocalypse won’t stop Leonard Cartwright from searching for his wife in the ruins; after getting struck by lightning that left him in a coma for twenty years, Jackson Heyward awakens with the ability to talk to the dead; will the discovery of the power of invisibility help save Dr. Nick’s failing relationship with his soulmate, or will it aid in its destruction? And many more twisted tales.
Sometimes love is a monster …
And there is no escape from Frankenstein’s Mistress: Tales of Love & Monsters.
"Sacrifice" by Gary Raisor
"Dead Image" by David Morrell
"The Curious Odyssey of James Deacon (AKA James Dean) & Where Darkness is the Only Light" by David Morrell
"Wasted on the Young" by Cody Goodfellow
"The Message" by Nate Southard
"Epilogue: The Exorcist" by William Peter Blatty
"Prologue to Exorcist III: Legion" by William Peter Blatty
"Terry and the Werewolf" by William Peter Blatty
"An Invitation to the Dance, Legion: Exorcist III" by Kealan Patrick Burke
The Usual Suspects:
"Words from the Editor" by Richard Chizmar
"The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association" by Thomas F. Monteleone
"Stephen King News: From the Dead Zone" by Bev Vincent
"MediaDrome" by Michael Marano
"Editorial Perspectives" by Don D'Auria
"The Last Ten Things I've Read" by Ellen Datlow
"Spotlight on Publishing" by Robert Morrish
"Fine Points" by Ed Gorman
"Horror Drive-In" by Mark Sieber
"Cemetery Dance Reviews" edited by Nanci Kalanta
"The Final Question" by Brian Freeman (featuring RC Matheson, Brett Alexander Savory, Dale Bailey, Scott Nicholson, Bev Vincent, Holly Newstein, Glen Hirshberg, Gerard Houarner, Gary Raisor, Norman Prentiss, John Skipp)
"Mrs. Amworth," by E. F. Benson
"Lost Epiphany," by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
"Weeping Willow," by T. A. Bradley
"The Greater Thirst," by Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen
"Clarimonde," by Theophile Gautier
"Waiting for the Hunger,” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
"Kvetchula," by Darrell Schweitzer
"A Vampire," by Luigi Capuana
"Omega," by Jason Andrew
"Accommodation," by Michael R. Collings
"The Art of the Smile," by John Gregory Betancourt
"Renfield’s Syndrome," by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
"The Pimp," by Lawrence Watt-Evans
"Runaway," by Darrell Schweitzer
"Sympathy for Vampires," by John Gregory Betancourt
"The Secret of Kralitz," by Henry Kuttner
"The Fourth Horseman," by Peter Darbyshire
"Cravat of the Damned," by Zach Bartlett
"Help Wanted," by Michael McCarty and Terrie Leigh Relf
"Siren Song," by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
"An Authenticated Vampire Story," by Franz Hartmann
"Dracula’s New Dress," by Ray Cluley
"Dracula’s Guest," by Bram Stoker
"The Bats," by David Anderson
"The Room in the Tower," by E. F. Benson
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Ever wanted to just hang out with legends like Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and Dean Koontz?
This is your chance to read fun anecdotes and career advice from a wide range of Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy authors and filmmakers.
Modern Mythmakers is a collection of 35 interviews from horror and science fiction's most influential writers and filmmakers, including…
- Ray Bradbury
- Dean Koontz
- Richard Matheson
- John Carpenter
- John Saul
- Graham Masterton
- Joe McKinney
- William F. Nolan
- Peter Straub
- The Night of the Living Dead crew (including John Russo, Kyra Schon and Russ Streiner)
- Whitley Strieber
- Christopher Moore
…and many more.
Just look at this line-up: Foreword by Alan Dean Foster; Forrest J. Ackerman; C. Dean Andersson; Adrienne Barbeau; Ray Bradbury; Ramsey Campbell; John Carpenter; Dan Curtis; Elvira; Rusty Fischer; Neil Gaiman; Mick Garris; Laurell K. Hamilton; George Clayton Johnson; Jack Ketchum; Dean Koontz; Herschell Gordon Lewis; Thomas Ligotti; Bentley Little; Graham Masterton; Richard Matheson; Joe McKinney; Christopher Moore; Night of the Living Dead Crew: John Russo, Kyra Schon, & Russ Streiner; William F. Nolan; Ingrid Pitt; Linnea Quigley; Fred Olen Ray; John Saul; David Snell; Darce Stoker; Peter Straub; Whitley Strieber; Timothy Zahn; Afterword by The Amazing Kreskin.
Whether you're an author looking for career advice, a fan of classic films and authors, or looking for true stories of inspiration, this is the book for you.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths.
Interview with the author:
So what makes MODERN MYTHMAKERS so special?
Michael McCarty: Although there are celebrities and famous people interviewed in the book (such as Elvira, Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, H.G. Lewis, Richard Matheson, John Carpenter, John Saul, Joe McKinney, Peter Straub, Linnea Quigley, Laurell K. Hamilton, Adrienne Barbeau, Christopher Moore and more), this isn't a book of celebrity interviews. It is a book about the art and craft of writing horror and science fiction. It is also the same for the film business of the same genres. We got down to the bare bones of the book and film business with people who have mastered their craft and enjoy sharing their knowledge in the book.
Why should readers give MODERN MYTHMAKERS a try?
Michael McCarty: The book is bursting at the seams with great interviews. You'll walk away knowing more about the interviewees but also about the horror and science fiction publishing and film industry.
Which interview did you enjoy the most and why?
Michael McCarty: I get asked that often and it is a hard question to answer. I had done over 150 interviews with some of the top names in horror and science fiction and I pared down all these interviews to the crème de la crème for this book. Of all the interviews in the book, the interview with Ray Bradbury is the one I enjoyed doing the most because I did the interview with all my heart, and surprising, Ray Bradbury did, too.
Here are 25 Christmas stories old and new, tales to delight, to entrance, to beguile, and even to sadden a whole new generation of readers. From Nina Kiriki Hoffman's poignant "Lazelle Family Christmas" to Jacob A. Riis's gut-wrenching portrait of the holiday in the 1890s slums of New York to Johnston McCulley's riveting tale of Christmas in the Old West, we experience every possible facet of this most precious day of the year.
So sit back and relive your memories once again, as recreated through the eyes of some of the finest writers of their time!
Included in this volume are:
INTRODUCTION, by Robert Reginald
THE SUBSTITUTE SHOPPER, by Edna A. Collamore
CAN’T SEE THE TREE FOR THE FOREST by Skadi meic Beorh
THE GIFT, by Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
SANTA’S STOLEN SACK, by S. Omar Barker
CHRISTMAS TREE DETAIL, by Johnston McCulley
THE SANTA TRAP, by Robin Aurelian
LAZELLE FAMILY CHRISTMAS, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
THE CHRISTMAS CRAZIES: A GRIFF & FATS STORY, by Gary Lovisi
SCROOGE 3000, by Michael McCarty
A HELL OF A CHRISTMAS, by Michael McCarty
THE CHRISTMAS BANE, by S. Clayton Rhodes
THE CHRISTMAS EVE GHOST, by Ernest Dudley
DOG EAT DOG: A CHRISTMAS TALE, by Robert Reginald
WHEN THE YULE LOG BURNS, by Leona Dalrymple
MERRY CHRISTMAS IN THE TENEMENTS, by Jacob A. Riis
THE RAPTURE OF HETTY, by Mary Hallock Foote
THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL, by Henry Van Dyke
CHRISTMAS: A STORY, by Zona Gale
COLONEL CROCKETT’S CO-OPERATIVE CHRISTMAS, by Rupert Hughes
THE BIRDS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL, by Kate Douglas Wiggin
THE MERRYVALE BOYS: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS AT MERRYVALE, by Alice Hale Burnett
PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD-WILL TO DOGS, by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
HOW IT HAPPENED, by Kate Langley Bosher
THE LITTLE CITY OF HOPE: A CHRISTMAS STORY, by F. Marion Crawford
ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE EVENING , by Grace S. Richmond
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LEOPARD, by Jay Lake
GABRIEL-ERNEST, by Saki
SYMPATHY FOR WOLVES, by John Gregory Betancourt
THE DRONE, by Abraham Merritt
THE WERE-WOLF, by Clemence Housman
AND BOB’S YOUR UNCLE, by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
THE MARK OF THE BEAST, by Rudyard Kipling
DUMPSTER DIVING, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
THE WEREWOLF, by Eugene Field
THE WOLF, by Guy de Maupassant
WOLVES OF DARKNESS, by Jack Williamson
THE MAN WHO WAS CHANGED INTO A CROW, by P’u Sung-ling
HUGUES, THE WER-WOLF, by Sutherland Menzies
THE WHITE WOLF OF THE HARTZ MOUNTAINS, by Frederick Marryat
THE SHE-WOLF, by Saki
MORRAHA, by Joseph Jacobs
THE OTHER SIDE: A BRETON LEGEND, by Eric Stenbock
THE WHITE WOLF OF KOSTOPCHIN, by Sir Gilbert Campbell
THE WOLF LEADER, by Alexandre Dumas
THE HUNTER’S MOON, by Michael McCarty & Terrie Leigh Relf
WEREWOLF OF THE SAHARA, by G. G. Pendarves
EVIL FORCES, by Gary Lovisi
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Strange Blood encompasses well-known hits as well as obscurities that differ from your standard fang fare by turning genre conventions on their head. Here, vampires come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, or floating heads. And when they do look like a demonic monster or an aristocratic Count or Countess, they break the mold in terms of imagery, style, or setting. Leading horror writers, filmmakers, actors, distributors, academics, and programmers present their favorite vampire films through in-depth essays, providing background information, analysis, and trivia regarding the various films. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are touching, and some are just plain weird. Not all of these movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they are unlike anything you've ever seen in the world of vampires. Just when you thought that the children of the night had become a tired trope, it turns out they have quite a diverse inventory after all.