Saturday, 23 January 2021

COMPETITION: Win Recon on DVD - Based on a terrifying true event, the horrors of war.

Recon is out now on DVD

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Based on the critically acclaimed novel Peace by Richard Bausch, Recon is a tense and unnerving thriller taking us to Italy in 1944…

Four American soldiers set out on the gruelling ascent of an Italian mountain-side during the final days of the Second World War. Haunted by their evil sergeant’s cold-blooded murder of an innocent woman, they have only an old local man of uncertain loyalty to lead them off the mountain alive.

Written and directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Robert Port (Twin Towers), Recon stars Alexander Ludwig (Vikings, Bad Boys For Life), Sam Keeley (The English Game, This Must Be the Place), Chris Brochu (The Vampire Diaries, Shameless) and screen legend Franco Nero (1966’s Django, Django: Unchained, John Wick: Chapter 2).

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What is the release date of Recon? (Hint: Check the Product Details section on the Amazon link)

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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Film news (UK): Horror Channel February premieres feature zombie action, bloodsucking comedy and Jet-Li heroics


Horror Channel has three thrilling primetime Saturday night channel premieres in February including the UK TV premiere of Chee Keong Cheung’s REDCON-1, a British zombie action epic, starring Mark Strange as a Special Forces operative battling a virus outbreak, Plus, there are Channel premieres for EAT LOCALS in which actor Jason Flemying makes his directorial debut with a bloodsucking comedy chiller featuring Mackenzie Crook, Dexter Fletcher and Annette Crosbie, and THE ONE, James Wong’s flashy superhero martial arts drama, starring Jet Li and Jason Stratham.

Other highlights for February include the John Carpenter remake of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED – which stars Christopher Reeves in his last publicly released film before his career-ending injury, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010) - Steven R. Monroe’s remake of arguably the most notorious title in horror history and the darkly gripping sci-fi thriller SPLICE. There’s also the critically-acclaimed MAGGIE, a take on the Zombie genre starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Julian Gilbey’s harrowing British survival shocker, A LONELY PLACE TO DIE, starring Melissa George and Ed Speelers.

Full film details in transmission order:


Saturday 6 February @ 21:00 – EAT LOCALS (2017) *Channel Premiere

In a quiet countryside farmhouse, Britain's vampires gather together for their once-every-fifty-years meeting. Others will be joining them too, including a detachment of Special Forces vampire killers, led by Larousse (Mackenzie Crook), who have bitten off more than they can chew. This is certainly going to be a night to remember...and for some of them it will be their last.

Saturday 13 February @ 21:00 – THE ONE (2001) *Channel Premiere

A rogue Multiverse agent (Jet Li) goes on a manhunt for alternate versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill. Only the last version of himself, an LASD cop, can stop his crusade before he becomes "The One".

Saturday 20 February @ 22:40 – REDCON-1 (2018) *UK TV Premiere

After a zombie apocalypse spreads from a London prison, the UK is brought to its knees. The spread of the virus is temporarily contained but, without a cure, it's only a matter of time before it breaks its boundaries, and the biggest problem of all... any zombies with combat skills are now enhanced. A squad of Special Forces soldiers is sent on a suicide mission to save humanity against ever-rising odds.


Wednesday 3 February @ 22:55 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010)

When writer Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) retreats to a charming cabin in the woods to start her next book, her presence in the small town attracts unwanted redneck attention. Intending to teach the city girl a lesson, they break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation uncontrollably escalates into a night of abusive assault. But against all odds Jennifer survives her ordeal and intends to turn the tables on her tormentors…

Sunday 14 February @ 21:00 – VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995)

A strange mist overcomes an idyllic coastal town, causing ten local women to become mysteriously pregnant. Soon, these women give birth to albino children who turn out to be mind-controlling demons. The town doctor (Christopher Reeve) is the only one capable of destroying this other worldly force…

Thursday 18 February @ 21:00 – SPLICE (2010)

Clive (Adrian Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are brilliant and ambitious scientists. The new animal species they have engineered have made them rebel superstars of the scientific

world. In secret, they introduce human DNA into the experiment. The result is something that is greater than the sum of its parts: a female animal-human hybrid that may be a step up on the evolutionary ladder – and a step too far…

Sunday 21 February @ 21:00 – MAGGIE (2015)

As the world narrowly recovers from a near apocalyptic virus, an infected teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) with only a precious few weeks to live must find the strength and bravery to face her fleeting mortality as her father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) struggles helplessly to protect her from the frightened town, and keep the family together.

Friday 26 February @ 21:00 – A LONELY PLACE TO DIE (2011)

Five mountaineers are climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they stumble across an air pipe sticking out of the forest ground emitting panicked cries from a small girl who speaks Serbian. Who buried her in the earth chamber? Why? The horrifying answers to all those questions will take the quintet to the death-defying Devil’s Drop. And in the deadliest game of cat-and-mouse, predator becomes prey and vice versa in this top-flight terroriser laced with pulse-pounding thrills.

Friday, 15 January 2021

The Sinners - UK Trailer 2021 - stars Kaitlyn Bernard, Brenna Coates, Brenna Llewellyn, Aleks Paunovic, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Eklund, and Tahmoh Pinikett.

Se7en meets The Craft, The Sinners is simmering thriller full of suspense and style.

When a clique of seven students at a popular Catholic high school, led by the daughter of a local pastor, form a secret cut where each of them embody one of the deadly seven sins, their scandalous behaviour catches the attention of the local community. The group quickly realise that someone in their Evangelical Christian town wants to teach the girls a deadly lesson as they start to go missing, one by one. But is this the result of a falling out between the girls, or is it something far more sinister?

Click, clique, bang!

The Sinners stars Kaitlyn Bernard, Brenna Coates, Brenna Llewellyn, Aleks Paunovic, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Eklund, and Tahmoh Pinikett.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Sator (2021) UK Trailer - Starring Michael Daniel, Rachel Johnson, Aurora Lowe

This chilling and atmospheric slice of slow-burn horror is set in a desolate forest, where a broken family is being observed by Sator; a supernatural entity who is attempting to claim them.

Written, directed and produced over five years by first time director Jordan Graham, Sator enjoyed a successful worldwide premiere at Fantasia and UK premiere at Abertoir Horror Festival.

Starring Michael Daniel, Rachel Johnson, Aurora Lowe

Sator will be available on Digital Download from February 15th and on DVD from February 22nd.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

BROIL - UK TRAILER 2021 - Starring Timothy V. Murphy & Jonathan Lipnicki


BROIL - UK TRAILER 2021 - Starring Timothy V. Murphy & Jonathan Lipnicki

From the Producer of IT FOLLOWS comes a killer family reunion not to be missed.

Chance (Avery Konrad) is looking to sever ties with family for good. Easier said than done when your family is a clan of immortals run by a bloodthirsty patriarch (Timothy V Murphy). With a reunion on the cards, head of the family August finds himself in the crosshairs as his scheming wife and relatives attempt to dethrone him.

A meal 5,000 years in the making and the most dangerous person in the house may be the one everyone least suspects.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

The Movie Partnership set to release Chris Bell’s supernatural chiller THE HEIRESS in the UK

The Movie Partnership, in association with Old Way Film & Television, will be releasing the powerful and haunting supernatural thriller THE HEIRESS, both in the UK and across the world, excluding US and Canada.

It will be available to download from all major platforms including iTunes, Amazon, SKY Box Office, Sony and Google from Monday 15th March, 2021.

The female-driven story, blending the occult with contemporary familial issues, stars Candis Hergaard as Claire and Jayne Wisener as Anna, cousins who share a mysterious connection to a dark family secret. Following the death of Clare's grandmother, ancient spirits are unleashed and the women must do battle with 'Lilith', a malevolent female spirit who has returned to claim possession of Anna's unborn child.

Directed by Chris Bell and written by Danny Prescott, Jezz Vernon, Chris Bell and Kelly Prescott, THE HEIRESS is an Old Way Film & Television production, produced by, Richard Turner, Terry Stone, Jezz Vernon & Danny Prescott. It stars Candis Nergaard (Call the Midwife, Grantchester) , Jayne Wisener (Sweeney Todd, Jane Eyre), Jonny Phillips (Titanic, Outlaw King), David Schaal (The Inbetweeners, Frontier), Denise Stephenson (St Trinians, Swimming with Men), Mark Arden (Agatha Raisin, Teenage Kicks) and Flip Webster (Harry Potter, The Alienist).

Producers Terry Stone & Richard Turner said today: "This film is a supernatural, thematic genre piece that's focused on the centuries-old conflict between religion and science. It's also firmly a post #metoo film, examining the issues with male hierarchies and assumptions from a feminist perspective. We're thrilled that, alongside 4Digital Media, we can bring this film to a global audience".

THE HEIRESS, is also being released on Tuesday March 16th 2021 in the US and Canada courtesy of 4Digital Media.

Monday, 4 January 2021


Dazzler Media presents The Call on DVD & Digital Download 11th January 2021

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

From the creator of Final Destination, horror icons Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise, Dead End) and Tobin Bell (Saw franchise, The Flash) star in this terrifying tale of death from the fall of 1987.

After a tragic accident, a group of small town friends must survive the night in the home of a sinister couple. One by one, their worst nightmares quickly become reality as they enter the realm of “The Call”. Four friends. One phone call. 60 seconds. Stay alive.

Also starring Chester Rushing (Stranger Things, Monster Party) and packed with supernatural scares and psychological twists, The Call is a must-see horror uniting two of the genre’s best-loved stars.

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Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Horror Channel ushers in New Year with monstrous Saturday night premieres

Horror Channel gets the New Year off to a horrifying start with three thrilling primetime Saturday night channel premieres, including John Schlesinger’s gripping psychological thriller PACIFIC HEIGHTS, starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine and Michael Keaton. Plus, there’s Clive Barker’s dark monster fantasy NIGHTBREED, starring David Cronenberg, and Anthony DiBlasi’s claustrophobic, intensely creepy LAST SHIFT.

Other highlights for January include Bernard Rose’s FRANKENSTEIN, a stylishly smart update of the classic myth, starring Xavier Samuel, Danny Huston, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tony Todd, Scott Stewart’s compulsive alien home-invasion thriller DARK SKIES, SERENITY, the big screen continuation of Joss Whedon's 2002 television series Firefly, Christopher Smith’s BLACK DEATH, a brooding, bloody plague-ridden action horror, starring Eddie Redmayne, Leigh Janiak’s acclaimed HONEYMOON starring Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie and Caroline Labrèche & Steeve Léonard’s unusual and compelling sci-fi thriller RADIUS.

Full film details in transmission order:


Saturday 9 January @ 21:00 – PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990) *Channel Premiere

Patty (Melanie Griffith) and Drake (Matthew Modine) want their downstairs tenant, Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton), to pay the rent. He won't. They want him to leave. He won't. And Hayes, a sociopathic scam artist, has made sure he has the law on his side. As he tries to drive them out of their own home, the couple must take drastic measures to fight back.

Saturday 16 January @ 21:00 – LAST SHIFT (2014) *Channel Premiere

Rookie police officer, Jessica Loren (Juliana Harkavy), has been assigned the last shift at a transitioning police station and must wait for a hazmat crew to pick up biomedical evidence. Ordered not to leave the station under any circumstance, Jessica comes to learn that it's more than just an outdated station, it is home to the ultimate embodiment of evil and his devoted blood thirsty followers. Jessica is left to fend for herself in the Devil's playground.

Saturday 23 January @ 21:00 – NIGHTBREED (1990) *Channel Premiere

Boone may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders by a serial-killing psychiatrist (David Cronenberg), he decides he'll hide by crossing the threshold that separates "us" from "them" and sneak into the forbidden realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death.


Tuesday 5 January @ 21:00 – RADIUS (2017)

Liam wakes from a car crash with no memory of who he is. As he makes his way into town to look for help, he finds only dead bodies, all with strange pale eyes. Liam's first assessment is that a virus is present in the air but he soon discovers the terrible truth: anyone who comes within a 50-foot radius of him dies instantly.

Sunday 10 January @ 21:00 – FRANKENSTEIN (2015)

Adam (Xavier Samuel) is artificially created with a revolutionary 3D printer by married research scientists. But when bodily malfunctions relegate him to the scrapheap, Adam faces nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him as he discovers the true nature of humanity. Told from the Monster’s perspective and showcasing a stunning performance by Twilight’s Xavier Samuel, this brilliant adaptation gives horror icon Tony Todd his best role in years as blind hobo Eddie.

Thursday 14 January @ 21:00 – HONEYMOON (2014)

Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to a remote, romantic lake country for their honeymoon, Shortly after arriving though, Paul finds Bea wandering in the forest for no apparent reason. As her behaviour gets increasingly peculiar, He begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place deep in the woods.

Thursday 21 January @ 21:00 – DARK SKIES (2013)

The Barrett family start to experience an escalating series of disturbing phenomena occurring around their suburban home, leading them to believe that they are being targeted by an unimaginable deadly force. They soon realise that they must uncover this deadly mystery, by any means necessary, before it’s too late.

Sunday 24 January @ 21:00 – SERENITY (2015)

From the mind of Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) comes this edge-of-your-seat adventure about a renegade crew who agree to hide a fugitive with a deadly secret aboard their ship.

Saturday 30 January @ 21:00 – BLACK DEATH (2007)

Plague-ridden medieval England: the country is in a death-ridden turmoil. One hope remains - rumours of a village that is unaffected by the deadly disease. As God's ambassador, young monk Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) is tasked in leading the fearsome knight Ulrich (Sean Bean) and his group of mercenaries to the remote village. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life. It’s a quest that will put their faith to the ultimate test…

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Horror Channel unwraps its slate of seasonal shockers

Xmas hauntings, festive nightmares, sadistic serial killers and warrior priests…Be prepared for seasonal shocks a-plenty on Horror Channel this December, with a selection of prime-time movies including an Xmas Day screening of Frank Khalfoun’s boundary-pushing Christmas crime slasher P2, starring Wes Bentley and the George Clooney / Steven Soderbergh produced WIND CHILL, in which Emily Blunt spends Christmas Eve fighting off a horde of menacing apparitions.

Also unwrapped are John Carpenter’s classic car-rage chiller CHRISTINE, vampire action thriller PRIEST, starring Paul Bettany, the high velocity sci-fi drama SKYLINE and the supernatural twister SINISTER, starring Ethan Hawke, Plus, there Daniel Radcliffe battling with a vengeful ghost in James Watkins’ spine-chilling remake THE WOMAN IN BLACK, and a cunningly murderous David Tennant in BAD SAMARITAN.

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Saturday 5 December @ 21:00 – SKYLINE (2010)

The residents of Los Angeles are awakened in the dead of night by an eerie light which is hypnotically drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into thin air. As the world unravels, a band of survivors soon discover they must fight against the onslaught of a mysterious alien horde. Who or what are these extra-terrestrials and how long before mankind succumbs to their overwhelming power?

Saturday 13 December @ 21:00 – SINISTER (2012)

Desperately in need of a best seller to revive his struggling career, true crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke), moves his family to the scene of his most recent story; the unsolved, gruesome murder of a loving, happy suburban family. Shunned by the local community and strained by his obligations to his family, the discovery of a batch of home movies in the attic offers Ellison shocking proof to the crime he is investigating and the terrifying realisation that his investigation may be putting his family in mortal danger.

Friday 18 December @ 21:00 – BAD SAMARITAN (2018)

A small-time crook, who runs a valet parking scam, robbing rich client’s houses while they dine at a fancy Italian restaurant, inadvertently stumbles upon a far more dangerous criminal - a sadistic serial killer played by ‘Doctor Who’ star David Tennant - earning a chance to redeem himself. An audacious throwback to such 90s thrillers as AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, CAPE FEAR and THE VANISHING, this crazy and outrageous jump-scare exploiter piles on the suspense and rips along at a nonstop pace to mind-chilling contemporary paranoia.

Sunday 20 December @ 21:00 – THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012)

Based on the classic ghost story, The Woman in Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. Working alone, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

Monday 21 December @ 21:00 – CHRISTINE (1983)

High school geek Arnie Cunningham falls in love with "Christine", a bright red 1958 Plymouth Fury which has seen much better days. Setting himself the task of restoring the car to its original condition, Arnie has become consumed with passion for the sleek, rounded, chrome-laden car. His friends are horrified but it’s too late - anyone seeking to come between them becomes the victim of Christine's horrifying wrath.

Thursday 24 December @ 21:00 – PRIEST (2011)

Based on a popular comic book series, Paul Bettany stars as a warrior priest who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and a priestess (Maggie Q) to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece.

Friday 25 December @ 21:00 – P2 (2007)

It's Christmas Eve. Angela Bridges (Rachel Nichols), an ambitious executive, is supposed to be at a family gathering working late. When she gets down to the parking garage, she discovers that her car won't start. Thomas (Wes Bentley), a friendly security guard, offers to help, but when he also invites her to share a small Christmas dinner he's preparing, she doesn’t realise the invitation is not optional. If Angela wants to live to see Christmas morning, she must find a way to escape from level P2 of the parking garage.

Saturday 26 December @ 21:00 – WIND CHILL (2007)

It’s Christmas Eve. Two college students share a ride home for the holidays. When they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they're preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there. Emily Blunt stars in her first horror movie from George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh’s joint production company, Section 8 Productions.

Monday, 26 October 2020

Interview with Michael McCarty by David Kempf

When did you first become interested in writing?

I’ve been writing for a very long, long time. 

I started writing for the school newspaper The Jaguar News in sixth grade. My first pro sale was in 1983 for a regional music magazine, The Prairie Sun I did a record review of Pink Floyd’s “The Final Cut.” My first national sale was in 1993 to Starlog magazine. And my first book was in 2003. I’ve written hundreds of articles and interviews in newspapers and have over 45 published books.

How did you get involved in fantasy/horror?

When I was a kid, I use to watch a local horror show called Acri Creature Feature that showed all the classic horror movies and I really loved them. I started reading the books, which the movies were based on sometime in Junior High School, Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. After that I was hooked.

Tell us about your first publisher.

I spent close to a decade writing and trying to get my first book, the vampire novel LIQUID DIET published. I tried everywhere. At that the time the suits said, “Vampire books are dead. Everyone loves a serial killer story. Can you change your vampire into a serial killer instead?”Vampire books have been popular since Bram Stoker wrote DRACULA over a century ago.” This was long before TWILIGHT or TRUE BLOOD.

One day I was talking to Bentley Little and he gave me some excellent advice. He said it was time to put my vampire novel in the trunk and begin another. A lot of writers never get their first books published, including Mr. Little. I started working on another horror novel, called MONSTER BEHIND THE WHEEL, but figured that might take a lot of time to get published. In the meantime, I needed a new game plan. I was talking with my friend Mark McLaughlin about this and he suggested I do a “best of your genre interviews” type book.

I sent a query to a small publisher who specializes in collectible books. The editor wanted to publish the book, but in the end, I decided my book wasn’t right for this house. Next, I sent it to a publisher in Spain. The editor also wanted to publish the book, but ultimately, it didn’t work out there either. During the World Horror Convention in Chicago, I talked to William F. Nolan about the book project; he was enthusiastic, saying if two publishers liked it, a third was probably around the corner very soon. And he was kind of correct about that. About ten minutes after meeting with Nolan, I talked with Neil Gaiman about the book. He suggested that publisher John Betancourt at Wildside Press might like it. So I sent a query and three chapters about my new book idea called GIANTS OF THE GENRE to Mr. Betancourt. He read the three chapters and outline and politely rejected it.

A couple of weeks later, on the fourth of July weekend, 2002, I was thinking about Betancourt’s rejection. He said a lot of nice things in the rejection. So that Monday, I wrote back to the publisher saying something like, “Hey John, you’ve been in the publishing business for awhile, who would you recommended I send my book to.”

John wrote “You know, funny thing is — I’ve been bugged by GIANTS since I turned it down. This usually means I’m convinced on some level that I’ve made a mistake. If you are still interested in having me publish it, I’ll do it next year.” And that is how I got my first book published. Mark McLaughlin wrote the introduction.

Since that time, I have had other books published with Wildside Press including MORE GIANTS OF THE GENRE, A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS and DRACULA TRANSFORMED & OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES (co-written with Mark McLaughlin).

How would you classify the genre you write?

I call myself a Gumbo Genre Writer, because I write in so many genres and styles. I do nonfiction, horror fiction, science fiction, vampire fiction, vampire comedy fiction, short stories, novels, novella, YA books, kid’s books.

Maybe that is the reason I have had over 45 books published. Here is a link to a listing to all my books:

What is your favorite kind of monster in dark fiction?

I’m going to cheat and name two: vampires and Frankenstein’s monster. Big fan of both of and wrote two books about them as well. FRANKENSTEIN’S MISTRESS: TALES OF LOVE & MONSTERS published by Grinning Skull Press and DRACULA TRANSFORMED & OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES by Mark McLaughlin & Michael McCarty published by Wildside Press.

Other vampire novels I’ve written or co-written: LIQUID DIET & MIDNIGHT SNACK published by Simon & Schuster, the BLOODLESS series co-written with Jody LaGreca: BLOODLESS, BLOODLUST and BLOODLINE also on Simon & Schuster. And another short story collections as well.

The reason I think people like vampires over other monsters is they seduce their prey. And Frankenstein’s monster is so popular because he is an outcast of society and only wants to be loved and how can’t relate to that?

Tell us about your collaborations.

A collaboration is like a marriage; if it is good - it is a good marriage; if it is bad - it is a bad marriage. Writing wise, I’ve had good and bad marriages.

I wrote a great article about this very topic in ESOTERIA-LAND and the ebook is only .99 cents. Check it out.

Tell us about your Stoker experiences especially the poetry book.

Scott Edelman once gave me a big pin that says, “5-Time Stoker Award Loser.” That pretty much sums it up.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as an author?

Getting 45 books published is a major accomplishment. Actually starting and finish a book is major accomplishment these days.

The writing business is a rough roller coaster ride of highs and lows. You have to hold on for dear life and pray for the best sometimes.

Other accomplishments, having Jimmy Fallon hold a copy of my book CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN on his show.

And of course, having the fans, they are the bright rays of sunshine in this dark fiction profession.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

My advice is this: writing what I call a “blindside” book. Which means, you hit the reader and they don’t see it coming. They spin around and say, “Where did that come from? I wasn’t prepared for that.”

My best advice and I hate to do self-promotion here – is to read MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 INTERVIEWS WITH HORROR & SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS by Michael McCarty, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at your favorite bookstore or library (if they don’t have it, have them order it).

The reason I wrote MODERN MYTHMAKERS in the first place was to talk with the likes of Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson, John Saul, Whitley Strieber, Neil Gaiman and other 29 others – about the craft and art of writing.

I can give all kinds of advice. But wouldn’t you like to hear advice from Bradbury or Koontz instead?
Plus the ebook is only .99 cents.

What is your opinion of the new self-publishing trend?

The majority of my books, 40 or so have been by book publishers. Half a dozen or so, I’ve done myself. I am a writer. I like to write. I don’t like to do layout and design. I really don’t like to edit, especially edit my own work (it is a necessary evil, like voting).

I like just to write and let others worry the other crazy stuff in the publishing business. That’s show business. 

What are your current projects?

I just finished up FRANKENSTEIN’S MISTRESS: TALES OF LOVE & MONSTERS which was recently published by Grinning Skull Press (the same publisher who put out LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE by Joe McKinney & Michael McCarty, a few years ago).

I am currently writing a sequel to GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin and published by Haunted America (Arcadia Publishing / The History Press). Which was an Amazon bestseller. Here is a little about the first book:

Divided by state lines and the Mississippi River, the Quad Cities share a common haunted heritage. If anything, the seam that runs through the region is especially rife with spirits, from the Black Angel of Moline's Riverside Cemetery to the spectral Confederate POWs of Arsenal Island. Of course, the city centers have their own illustrious supernatural residents – the Hanging Ghost occupies Davenport's City Hall, while the Phantom Washwoman wanders Bettendorf's Central Avenue. At Igor's Bistro in Rock Island, every day is Halloween. Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin hunt down the haunted lore of this vibrant Midwestern community.

For the sequel, I am collaborating with John Brassard Jr. this time (whom I interviewed a lot in the first book). It is going to be a little different than the first book, but also a lot bigger and more photos and it should be out Fall of 2021. For the most updated news, please check: Facebook website:

Please in your own words, write a paragraph about yourself & your work. 
I have been a professional writer since 1983 and the author of over forty-five books of fiction and nonfiction, including FRANKENSTEIN’S MISTRESS: TALES OF LOVE & MONSTERS, ESOTERIA-LAND, DARK CITIES: DARK TALES, A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS, DRACULA TRANSFORMED AND OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES (with Mark McLaughlin), LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE (with Joe McKinney) and GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES (also with Mark McLaughlin).

My mega book of interviews MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 INTERVIEWS WITH HORROR AND SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS which features interviews with Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, John Carpenter, Richard Matheson, Elvria, Linnea Quigley, John Saul, Joe McKinney, the cast and crew of “Night of the Living Dead” and many more.

I live in Rock Island, Illinois with his wife Cindy and pet rabbit Latte. 

I’m on Twitter as michaelmccarty6
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