GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES “EXTRA!!!!”

By Michael McCarty

First of all, I feel I should start off with a big THANK YOU! The support of my book GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES has been phenomena. People have bought the book, spread the word, interviewed me on local radio, newspaper and TV and came out to the book signings, wrote great reviews on Amazon, said nice things about me and the book …

I can’t thank everyone enough…

That kindness and support is the main reason, I co-written another Quad Cities book EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr.

I will post links to both books at the bottom of this blog…

As promised …

Here is an “Extra” about The Colonel Davenport House on Rock Island Arsenal. Local historian and multiple book author Nick Vulich unearthed this article and I thought it was fascinating ….

enjoy:

The Davenport Democrat printed a short history of the island in 1880. It hinted of ghostly doings at the abandoned Davenport house.

“Soldiers on the island have time and again averred that groans and shouts and cries may be heard in the house nights, and it is a dreaded place with many of them after dark. “One night, three or four years ago, a squad of soldiers neared the house.” They “saw lights inside which caused them to flee from it on the double-quick.”

Of course, said the paper, the hauntings were never investigated, so whether they were real or not is left to the reader. The Davenport Democrat. December 3, 1880.

The Colonel Davenport House (Photo: Courtesy of Rock Island Paranormal)

The Colonel Davenport House (Photo: Courtesy of Rock Island Paranormal)

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Co-written by Michael McCarty. Available in Kindle, trade paperback and hardcover.

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 hunts down the haunted lore of this vibrant Midwestern community.

Also check out:

EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr.
Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin
Afterword by Rick Lopez of Igor’s Bistro


Like the mighty Mississippi River that cleaves the Quad Cities, the region’s history can trap the unwary in some unexpected eddies. Peer through the fog of the past to catch a glimpse of the Tinsmith Ghost of Rock Island or the river serpent with a price on its head. Get the back story on the Banshee of Brady Street, read the 1869 report on a Bigfoot sighting near East Davenport and run the numbers on local UFO activity. From phantom footsteps in the Renwick Mansion to a mausoleum heist in Chippiannock Cemetery, Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr. trace a path through the shadowy heritage of the Quad Cities.

Now available in kindle, nook and trade paperback
Barnes & Noble:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/eerie-quad…/1139398369


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Alice Cooper at The Adler Theater Davenport, Iowa

Photos & review commentary & set list by

Michael McCarty

Alice Cooper played The Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa on March 30, 2022 with the opening band Buckcherry.

I’ve seen a ton of concerts in my life, but this would rate on the Top 10 of. Alice Cooper puts on one hell of a show…. it is part concert, part horror show, one hundred percent entertaining …

First of all, Alice has always been a great singer and songwriter … but live, he belts out with all he has. With a kick ass band too boot.

Like I said before, this is a theater of blood …. all kinds of things pop up during the show … giant Frankenstein Monsters, a giant Billionaire Dollar Baby, Jason from “Friday The 13th,” guillotines, straightjackets and more …

Here are my photos … and the set list … enjoy:

Alice Cooper started roughly 8:40 and the show ended roughly 10:25

  1. Feed My Frankenstein
  2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  3. Bed of Nails
  4. Hey Stoopid
  5. Fallen in Love
  6. Be My Lover
  7. Go Man Go
  8. Under My Wheels
  9. He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
  10. Go to Hell
  11. I’m Eighteen
  12. Poison
  13. Billion Dollar Babies
  14. Guitar Solo
  15. Roses on White
  16. My Stars
  17. Devil’s Food
  18. Black Widow Jam
  19. Dead Babies
  20. Love the Dead
  21. Escape
  22. Teenage Frankenstein
  23. Encore: School’s Out / Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd cover)
Alice Cooper & Nita Strauss (Photo by Michael McCarty)
Alice Cooper and the band: Chuck Garric (bass), Ryan Roxie (guitar), Alice, Nita (guitar) Tommy Hendriksen (guitar) and drummer Glen Sobel (photo by Michael McCarty … I hope I got it right … please let me know if I got the musicians mixed up … because they were jumping all the stage just as much as Alice Cooper was)



(A little out of focus, but the Billion Dollar Baby … photo by Michael McCarty)
Alice Copper was “bloody” good (photo by Michael McCarty)
(Alice Cooper in School’s Out For Summer …. Photo by Michael McCarty)

More photos available at this link:

If you like this blog … please check out my book ESOTERIA-LAND … I interview rock musicians, comedians, do book, movie, music reviews … and the ebook is only .99 cents

ESOTERIA-LAND by Michael McCarty

Ebook is only .99 cents

(Nonfiction)

Interviews with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, Terry Pratchett, Mojo Nixon, Bobcat Goldthwait, Famous Monsters editor Forry Ackerman, Buddy Holly’s drummer and many more…

Introduction By Linnea Quigley

Afterword By The Amazing Kreskin

Cover by Sandy DeLuca

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WVIK, Scribble Interview with Michael McCarty

By Michael McCarty

https://www.wvik.org/podcast/scribble/2022-03-29/scribble-with-mike-mc

I’ve interviewed hundreds of people in my career, maybe even over a thousand. I haven’t really counted, but it is lots and lots. On the flip side, I’ve been interviewed by several newspapers, TV, radio, podcast and bloggers … and out of all those people … Don Wooten is really the best. He has great questions. But more important, Don listens to what you say and follows the interview with his sharp wit and heart, which a lot of people just don’t do these days anymore….

Don Wooten at WVIK, Augustana College Radio Station

It was a real honor to be interviewed by Don Wooten … here is the link to the interview:

https://www.wvik.org/podcast/scribble/2022-03-29/scribble-with-mike-mc

And

to learn more about the books:

EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr.

Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin

Afterword by Rick Lopez of Igor’s Bistro

Like the mighty Mississippi River that cleaves the Quad Cities, the region’s history can trap the unwary in some unexpected eddies. Peer through the fog of the past to catch a glimpse of the Tinsmith Ghost of Rock Island or the river serpent with a price on its head. Get the back story on the Banshee of Brady Street, read the 1869 report on a Bigfoot sighting near East Davenport and run the numbers on local UFO activity. From phantom footsteps in the Renwick Mansion to a mausoleum heist in Chippiannock Cemetery, Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr. trace a path through the shadowy heritage of the Quad Cities. Available in Kindle, trade paperback and hardcover.

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/eerie…/1139398369…

Amazon:

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Co-written by Michael McCarty. Available in Kindle, trade paperback and hardcover. Kindle & Trade Paperback: 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 hunts down the haunted lore of this vibrant Midwestern community

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The Return of RUSTY THE ROBOT?

By Michael McCarty

The backstory:

Rusty the Robot’s Holiday Adventures

By Sherry Decker & Michael McCarty

(Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2010)

Kid’s book

  I had this idea for a short story called “Tinny, The Fighting Robot,” which was about this kid who gets bullied and builds a robot to protect him, it was a cute premise, but the more I toyed with the storyline, the more I became disturbed by having technology used as a weapon. When I was putting together Little Creatures I was looking at different writers I always wanted to work with and my former editor of Indigenous Fiction Sherry Decker was on top of the list.

   I thought about “Tinny, The Fighting Robot,” idea and tweaked it. I thought, “What would happen in the future if a robot, which was ancient technology, was found in a brave new world?” I was inspired by seeing a Model T Ford on the lot at Klemme Klassic Kars in Davenport and was thinking how technology has changed since that auto was first built. It opened a whole floodgate of it.

    I patterned the robot somewhat after the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz books, I loved the book and movie as a kid. Plus, I wanted to go back to that golden age of science fiction. That’s what I was really drawn to. All those junveille Robert Heinlein books were very inspirational to me.

    The named changed from Tinny, to Rusty, when I remembered the original Tin Man was very rusty. Sherry and I wrote the story October Rust for the collection.

       In the meantime, I had Terrie Leigh Relf’s daughter Willow Katsumi Relf-Discartin read October Rust and asked her what she thought. Willow said she really loved the story and would like to read more about the robot.

        Following Willow’s enthusasism response, I hit Sherry up with doing a book about Rusty and she was just as excited about the project.

(Michael McCarty and a little fan of RUSTY at the RUSTY THE ROBOT book signing at the Book Rack in Davenport, Iowa)

     

After Little Creatures was published, I hit publisher Tyree Campbell with two more ideas for books, A Little Help from my Fiends and a kid’s book with to be called Rusty the Robot’s Holiday Adventures.

       My idea with Rusty was this, each chapter revisits Rusty at different holidays through the year, beginning and ending with Halloween.

         Tyree agreed to Fiends quickly, but he didn’t get back to me about the robot kid’s book for a few weeks. He read October Rust to his grandkids, and they loved it. The publisher hit Sherry and me up with an idea. “Why don’t you write four chapters of the book, and I will publish them in my magazine Beyond Centauri all 4 issues that year. The following year, the book would come out and you would have already had a fanbase because of the magazine.” I loved the idea of a serial, and it did make a lot of sense, so Sherry and I wrote Do Robot’s Hearts Pump Oil or Love? Legend of the Robot Rabbit, Built on the 4th of July and Beware of the Broccoli Creature.

        Tyree’s instinct was correct, Rusty was a bestseller at Sam’s Dot Com for June, July and August of 2010 after its immediate release. I also think there was a curiosity factor involved too, could he possibly write a kid’s book? And what kind of kid’s is he writing for? The twisted ones?

         I received a lot of fan mail from parents and kid’s alike about Rusty. I think Rusty is somewhat based on myself, someone who is kinda of old and rusty in a modern world, who just shows you that humor can beat technology any day.

Rusty was a lot of fun to write and I imagine that is why it is so fun to read.

All things come to an end. And the book eventually went out of print.  And sadly, Sherry Decker passed away in 2021.

         Sherry’s husband Dick gave me the green light to republish Rusty again in either 2022 or 2023 to help pay tribute to Sherry’s great writing and maybe introduce a new generation to this book.

Kristin DeMarr is also interested in helping me get the book back on Amazon …

          Would you be interested in buying a Rusty The Robot book?

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Creature Feature Tombkeeper Reviews 2 Michael McCarty books

Thank you Creature Feature Tombkeeper for the reviews. Here they are:

“Here are a couple of picks from über collaborator Michael McCarty, who is something of a social network unto himself. Open up a giant bag of Cheetos, kick back, and enjoy!

A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS by Michael McCarty

Stand-up comic and master collaborator Michael McCarty joins a grand roster of high-octane horror writers for short fiction riffs on The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album. C. Dean Anderson starts the show with a tongue-in-cheek interview with editor Michael McCarty in the fashion of the Beatle’s opening song, A Little Help From My Friends. Monsters and mayhem storm through the anthology in the form of vampires, robots, ghosts, zombies, demon cars, spacemen, maniacs, and monsters. Michael McCarty’s band of fiends includes horror luminaries Charlee Jacob, the late Michael Louis Calvillo, Sherry Decker, Cristopher DeRose, Dave Miller, R.L. Fox, Cindy Hulting (McCarty), Ken Lillie-Paetz, Benjamin Szumskyj, Terrie Leigh Relf, Jason Tanamor, Sandy DeLuca, and the editors unrepentant recidivist partner in crime Mark McLaughlin. The stories included range from bizarre to horrific to laugh-out-loud hilarious. Zombie maestro Joe McKinney brings the proceedings to a close with a funny and insightful personal anecdote about the first time he listened to the Sgt. Pepper’s album. A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS is an inspired concept and an entertaining anthology of short stories. You’ll dig it, man.




MODERN MYTHMAKERS by Michael McCarty

I love collections of interviews with genre folk, and MODERN MYTHMAKERS contains thirty five Q&A sessions with authors, filmmakers, celebrities and other essential personalities whose influences have shaped the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres into what they have become today. Icons of the past such as classic Twilight Zone writers Richard Matheson and George Clayton Johnson are featured, as well as media icons such as sexy horror host Elvira and B-movie scream queen Linnea Quigley. Old guard darkscribes Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, John Saul, Jack Ketchum and others are joined by new masters such as zombie-meister Joe McKinney, fantasist Neil Gaiman, pop vampire author Laurell K. Hamilton and many more. Film and television is represented as well by John Carpenter, Mick Garris and other virtuosos of the visual arts, including the cast of The Night of the Living Dead. Each interview is short and concise, often revealing information you wouldn’t expect, like how Elvira really feels about that killer push-up bra and stiletto heels, and why Richard Matheson’s marvelous Kolchak television series was never made into a feature film. Tidbits abound in this addicting compendium of interviews, so be prepared to dive in and be thoroughly entertained.”

Modern Mythmakers

Here are more reviews of A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS … and links to the book … enjoy:

“Michael McCarty ‘A Little Help from My Fiends’ truly shines. His collection of short stories is a lovingly created, watered with blood and harvested at the peak of ripeness kind of work. The approach to the collection is so fresh that — were it a steak — you would note still a bit of warmth and even a faint pulse. You see, each story in this collection is co-authored with another excellent storyteller. Mark McLaughlin, Terrie Leigh Relf and Dave Miller, to name a few, make appearances. Each short story is prefaced with a few words that identify the co-author, point to an interesting tidbit of the tale’s creation, and never fail to show McCarty lauding the co-author while remaining modestly in the background.” — Sylvia Cochran

“Michael McCarty, on the other hand, races off in multiple directions and is often over the top in his narratives. Each of the stories here is written with a collaborator, so that’s not entirely surprising. The teammates include Charlee Jacob, Mark McLaughlin, Sandy Deluca, and several others. The stories involve everything from killer robots to alien invaders, and usually not entirely seriously. The McCarty stories are like freshly made popcorn” – Don D’Ammassa (Kindle:)

(Nook:) https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/with-a-little-help-from-my-fiends-michael-mccarty/1120321683?ean=9781479403677

(Amazon Trade Paperback) http://www.amazon.com/Little-Help-My-Fiends/dp/1434442470/ref=la_B001JS0L06_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403183662&sr=1-8

The links for MODERN MYTHMAKERS

Only .99 cents in kindle or nook… MODERN MYTHMAKERS by Michael McCarty Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2cpr637 And it includes in-depth interviews with 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;

Foreword by Alan Dean Foster

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.

Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2cpr637

Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/2cxY8eX

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2fPe8MJ

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/2fPd1fT

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/modern…/1121303399…

Amazon.com:

 http://amzn.to/2cpr637

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MOVIE REVIEWS OF 2021: MIKE’s TOP 10 LIKES

by Michael McCarty

What a long and strange trip these blogs have been … stretching nearly a decade long, this is my 190th blog and I have had over 20,000 hits so far.

Anyway off to the races … in this case, off to the movies.

  1. NIGHTMARE ALLEY
I’ve never seen the original 1947 “Nightmare Alley,” but I am a big fan of film noir and even a bigger fan of director Guillermo del Toro. This film is stylish and keeps you on the edge of your seat for over two hours and twenty minutes. A stellar cast of Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Williem DeFoe and Ron Pearlman. Drifters, grifters, carnies and geeks all swirl together in this tasty thriller. Highly recommended

2. TIE: A QUIET PLACE 2 & SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME

A QUIET PLACE 2
I had some grave reservations going into this film. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (who both were originally from the Quad Cities) weren’t involved in this project, director John Krasinski continued the story without Beck and Woods. But the end results was so enjoyable … I loved it as much as the original. With Krasinski only appearing a flashback, it gave a lot more time to both Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds. This movie shook me out of my writing slump as well, I decided to finish an old trunk novel sci fi project that has been collecting dust for over a decade and writing it with my good friend Kristin DeMarr.

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME

My friends Kristin DeMarr and Scott Faust have been “bugging” me for weeks to go see the new Spider-Man film. I’ve told them both, I haven’t seen a Spider-Man flick since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 … which was, 2007?
Anyway, Scott, my wife and I all went to the movie and without giving too much of the story away: the new Spider-Man is awesome … just awesome, just as good as the films as the ones Sam Raimi made, maybe, even just a little better.


If you haven’t seen it, please don’t read the below copy:

Spider-Man may not find his way home in the new movie … but by all means, he is not alone. He has plenty of superheroes and supervillains to keep him very busy. There is Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch — did I spell that right?), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem DaFoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Lizard (Rhy Ifan).
There is so much action going on, at times, this feels like three superhero movies.
Everyone does a top notch job in this film. The script and direction and special effects are all outstanding and is so Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man.
My spidey senses are telling me I should watch some of the other Spider-Man and Dr. Strange films soon….


3. THE CONJURING 3: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
CON3-01295r Film Name: THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT Copyright: © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein Caption: (L-r) VERA FARMIGA as Lorraine Warren and PATRICK WILSON as Ed Warren in New Line Cinema’s horror film “THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Here is the link to my blog review:

4. NOBODY

A link to my blog review:

5. THE SUICIDE SQUAD

(Photo by Michael McCarty)

This film was a real surprise too because the 2016 SUICIDE SQUAD is such a beloved film and BIRD OF PREY was such a disappointment (link to review)

This movie was without the star power of the first film — Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.

Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn and Sylvester Stallone does the voice of King Shark. Director James Gunn turns this reboot into a wild ride roller coaster with so much action by the end you are almost breathless.

6. GODZILLA VS. KONG

Not as good as GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS or any of the King Kong Films (including KING KONG VS. GODZILLA), still with Alexander Skarsgard, Godzilla, King Kong and Mecha-Godzilla … this popcorn sci fi action film is enjoyable to watch.

7. THE UNHOLY

Horror meister Sam Raimi just doesn’t get enough credit as a producer. He has produced some great films over the years including this one with Jeffrey Dean Morgan a disgraced journalist who becomes personally involved with modern miracles. The film has plenty of dark twists to it.

8. HALLOWEEN KILLS

I’ve enjoyed most of the HALLOWEEN films over the years and even was lucky enough to interview John Carpenter for my book MODERN MYTHMAKERS. It was good to see Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Nick Castle and even nicer to have some new blood of Anthony Michael Hall too. I think the original and the re-boot were probably better, but this does have some good jolts in it.

9. NO TIME TO DIE

I believe this is Daniel Craig’s 5th James Bond movie and the 25th in the series. I didn’t check google, let me know if I am wrong. I liked all of Daniel Craig’s Bond movies and this one is no exception…

10. MONSTER HUNTER

Okay, okay, this movie came out in late 2020, but I didn’t get a chance to see it until 2021. Milla Jovocich was once my Facebook Friend, but she has since unfriended me … but that isn’t why this movie is listed as number ten. I just wasn’t that impressed with the CGI monsters at all.

(Apologies to both the CANDYMAN remake and ADDAMS FAMILY 2 and GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE… I just didn’t get a chance to see any of those three films… but if you want to, I can review them in 2022)

If you like this year in review movie review …

check out my book ESOTERIA-LAND … which features movie reviews, music reviews, book reviews, interviews, essays and more

and the ebook is only .99 cents

ESOTERIA-LAND by Michael McCarty Ebook is only .99 cents

Interviews with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, Terry Pratchett, Mojo Nixon, Bobcat Goldthwait, Famous Monsters editor Forry Ackerman, Buddy Holly’s drummer, book and movie reviews, a review of a live Jerry Seinfeld concert and a tribute to horror writer Dean Koontz by his peers and many more… Introduction By Linnea Quigley Afterword By The Amazing Kreskin

I mentioned the John Carpenter interview. It is in this book:

Only .99 cents in kindle or nook… MODERN MYTHMAKERS by Michael McCarty Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2cpr637 And it includes in-depth interviews with 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; Foreword by Alan Dean Foster 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.

Amazon.com:

http://amzn.to/2cpr637

Amazon.co.uk:

http://amzn.to/2cxY8eX

Goodreads:

http://bit.ly/2fPe8MJ

Pinterest:

http://bit.ly/2fPd1fT

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/modern…/1121303399…

Amazon.com:

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Live Paranormal Interview with Michael McCarty & The Ghost Host (Hosted by Sophia Temperilli)

Here is a link to the show:

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/liveparanormal/2021/12/11/ghosts-and-eerie-quad-cities-author-michael-mccarty-on-air-live-today

It was a fun show … we talked about everything from the Victorian tradition of telling ghost stories during Christmas, to how a ghost followed someone home from a haunted location to my friendship The Amazing Kreskin for three decades and the haunted history of Phi Kappa Chi

We also talked about EERIE QUAD CITIES, GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES, GHOSTLY TALES OF ROUTE 66 and CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN…

Here is info about my latest books:

EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr.
Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin
Afterword by Rick Lopez of Igor’s Bistro

Like the mighty Mississippi River that cleaves the Quad Cities, the region’s history can trap the unwary in some unexpected eddies. Peer through the fog of the past to catch a glimpse of the Tinsmith Ghost of Rock Island or the river serpent with a price on its head. Get the back story on the Banshee of Brady Street, read the 1869 report on a Bigfoot sighting near East Davenport and run the numbers on local UFO activity. From phantom footsteps in the Renwick Mansion to a mausoleum heist in Chippiannock Cemetery, Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr. trace a path through the shadowy heritage of the Quad Cities.

Now available in kindle, nook and trade paperback

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/eerie-quad…/1139398369

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Eerie-Quad-Cities…/dp/1467147478

Also:

Also:
GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Co-written by Michael McCarty. Available in Kindle, trade paperback and hardcover.
Kindle & Trade Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W99R753/
Hardcover: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1540240525/
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 hunts down the haunted lore of this vibrant Midwestern community.

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John Brassard Jr on GHOSTLY TALK

John Brassard Jr on Ghostly Talk Podcast:

Ep 168 – John Brassard Jr. | True Crime and Ghosts

John Brassard Jr. on “Paula Sands Live” Fall 2021
John Brassard Jr. & Michael McCarty authors of EERIE QUAD CITIES

EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr.

Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin

Afterword by Rick Lopez of Igor’s Bistro

Like the mighty Mississippi River that cleaves the Quad Cities, the region’s history can trap the unwary in some unexpected eddies. Peer through the fog of the past to catch a glimpse of the Tinsmith Ghost of Rock Island or the river serpent with a price on its head. Get the back story on the Banshee of Brady Street, read the 1869 report on a Bigfoot sighting near East Davenport and run the numbers on local UFO activity. From phantom footsteps in the Renwick Mansion to a mausoleum heist in Chippiannock Cemetery, Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr. trace a path through the shadowy heritage of the Quad Cities.

Now available in kindle, nook and trade paperback Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eerie-quad-cities-michael-mccarty/1139398369

Amazon:

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Co-written by Michael McCarty.

Available in Kindle, trade paperback and hardcover. Kindle & Trade Paperback:

Hardcover: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1540240525/

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 hunts down the haunted lore of this vibrant Midwestern community.

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Scrooge 3000 (Free short story)

Scrooge 3000 by Michael McCarty

In the spirit of giving this season, I am including a free short story called “Scrooge 3000” originally published in my short story collection LITTLE CREATURES, which is now out of print.

The late, great William F. Nolan wrote this in the introduction of the book:

“Right up front, right from the git-go, I’m here to tell you that this guy McCarty is one wild dude. Oh, sure, in a few of the stories in this collection he tries to be serious, but you can see that it’s a struggle. His zany side is always in there complaining: “Lemme out, Mike! I need to yowl.”

   Most of the time, McCarty yowls. The wild man inside is given full rein, and off he goes on a bizarre trip of the imagination, all stops out, no limits, hell-for-leather.

   Check out “Giant Cockroaches From Outer Space” or “The Pet Exorcist Files,” or “Stephen King And The Pit Bull From Hell.” Not to overlook “Scrooge 3000,” which is almost as long as Mike’s introduction for it!

   See what I mean? Wild, zany, utterly nutso stuff.

   I was not at all surprised to learn that McCarty was a standup comic for five years. It figures. He knows how to freak out an audience, tickle their funnybones, and whomp up belly laughs…..”

(Michael McCarty and Cindy McCarty at the GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES Christmas book signing)

Thank you William F. Nolan…. you are greatly missed.

Before I put the short story here. Let me say a few words about my other short story collections. I’ve written DARK DUETS, ALL THINGS DARK & HIDEOUS, LITTLE CREATURES, A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS, A HELL OF A JOB, PARTNERS IN SLIME, LAUGHING IN THE DARK, DRACULA TRANSFORMED & OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES, DARK CITIES: DARK TALES and FRANKENSTEIN’S MISTRESS: TALES OF LOVE & MONSTERS.

Less than half of those books are still around. And will include links to all of those at the end.

Here is the original introduction to the story that William Nolan liked so much:

   “Scrooge 3000” was inspired by a dream. In my dream, Charles Dickens was in my office swigging down martinis and smoking a big cigar. He said to me, “Mike, I think you should take a character from one of my books and throw him into a science-fiction story of the far future.”

   “That’s a great idea, Charles,” I said. “Still, tossing together such wildly different elements…. Will it work?

   “You’re questioning Dickens?” he said, taking another sip of his martini. “Trust me.”

   So I did … and wrote this story.

SCROOGE 3000

by Michael McCarty

Mr. Scrooge looked down at the megalopolis from his three-hundredth-floor office window. From that high up, the city below looked like a Dali painting, skyscrapers melting into an endless sky.

    “There are too many zeppelins these days,” the CEO of Scrooge Computers mused to his subordinate, Mr. Cratchett. “Of course, it’s the only decent way to get around in the sky-cities. I vaguely remember my great-great-grandfather once talking about an automobile… It was a funny story.”

    “Yes, sir.”

    “I can’t believe Wall Street will be closed tomorrow. I’ll lose so much money!”

    “It’s Christmas, sir. They shut down to honor the holiday.”

    “Bah, humbug!”

    “Do you want me to send some flowers to Mr. Marley’s funeral, the day after Christmas?”

    “Certainly not! Mr. Marley bailed out of this company a long time ago. When the chips were down, he said, ‘I’m not shredding any evidence for a Senate subcommittee subpoena hearing.’ Bah! I don’t care if Mr. Marley was one of my biggest financial supporters at the beginning of this corporation. We revolutionized computers by having them built into the human skull. No more screens or monitors – just close your eyes and you can see everything! No more keyboards, just the glorious thought process. But Mr. Marley didn’t want to lie under oath – that was the last straw. The man was a traitor, pure and simple – a gutless, spineless traitor!”

    “Do you mind if I leave a little early? I still have some Christmas shopping to do for my family,” Mr. Cratchett said.

    “How’s the missus and your kid? What’s his name again?”

    “Tiny.”

    “Yeah, Tiny. That one-foot-tall clone of yours. Sorry you couldn’t afford a bigger one.”

    “We love Tiny, all twelve wonderful inches of him.”

    A zeppelin floated in front of the office window with the words Merry Christmas From Scrooge Computers flashing from the side of the airship.

    “Bah, humbug!”

    The airship stopped at the eight-hundredth floor and Scrooge stepped off the vehicle and into his penthouse suite. He turned on his hologram cat, Toogles.

    At one time, Toogles had been a real cat. Scrooge used to order his servants to feed him and change the kitty litter. When the cat started to want affection from the old man, he had the animal put to sleep and replaced with a three-dimensional feline replica.

    “Hello, Toogles,” he mumbled.

    The hologram tomcat meowed.

    Scrooge looked through his telescope, adjusting the lenses he could make out his office 500 floors below. He poured himself some gin and turned on the Free-Vee.

    Free-Vees had started out as a curio – a distant, promotional cousin to televisions. But with time, TV viewers ended up enjoying the commercials more than the programming, so the shows were abandoned and new one-hundred-inch curved 3-D screens were given away for free – all you had to do is watch the commercials.

    Scrooge sat with his drink, watching ad after ad. He chuckled at a sexy one about a robot cocktail waitress trying to get frisky with an automatic vacuum cleaner.

    The old man drifted off to sleep.

    Suddenly he found himself staring at a black man wearing a red cap, a multi-colored satin shirt, Bermuda shorts and floppy sandals.

    “Hello Scrooge. I’m Marley,” the man said in a thick Jamaican accent.

    “You’re not Jacob Marley!” the old man cried.

    “No, mon. I’m Bob Marley, the Ghost of Reggae Christmas.”

    “I don’t know anyone named Bob Marley…”

    “Jacob Marley was too busy, so he asked me to step in. If I can unite my country of Jamaica, then I can certainly help a fellow ghost. Besides this time of year is when we’re the busiest.”

    “We?”

    “Christmas Spirits Union 312.”

    “There must be a glitch in my computer programming,” Scrooge said, hitting the side of his head with his hand. “Maybe I need to have my hard drive adjusted.”

   The ghost rolled his eyes.

   “I just need a Phillips screwdriver–”

   Bob Marley pulled a screwdriver out of thin air.

   “How’d you do that?”

   “We don’t have much time, you old fool. This is overtime and a holiday on top of that!” The ghost grabbed Scrooge by his vest and dragged him into the past.

    Bob Marley and Scrooge rematerialized in a college dorm room. The walls were decked with 3-D posters of famous rich people of the past – Nelson Rockefeller, Bill Gates, and T.J. Hoy, the man who brought the airships to the megalopolis.

    “My old dorm room in college,” Scrooge said.

    Sitting at a desk was a teenage Scrooge counting a pile of money. “999,999,997 … 999,999,998 … 999,999,999 … one billion!”

    “Ah, yes,” said the older Scrooge. “My first billion, and I was just a freshman in college.”

    The ghost frowned. “My entire country of Jamaica didn’t have that kind of money, mon.”

    “They must invest badly.”

    “We didn’t come here to talk about finances. Look around, what do you see?”

    “Money?” Scrooge said, confused.

    “Besides that.”

    Scrooge simply saw a younger version of himself, piles of money in high stacks, some books, posters, and a Free-Vee set. Finally he shrugged.

    “You are alone, all alone!” the ghost cried. “And what lesson did we learn here today?”

    “That it takes a long time to count to a billion?”

    “No, mon! As The Beatles once observed, money can’t buy you love. You dig?”

    “Dig? I’m not a laborer!” Scrooge said. “And what’s all this nonsense about talking insects?”

    Scrooge and the ghost of Bob Marley materialized on an enormous airship. The only passenger to be seen was a middle-aged version of Scrooge, lying on a hammock and scanning speculative stock options.

    “I remember the day well!” Scrooge said to the reggae ghost. “It was my twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of creating Scrooge Computers. I rented an airship and took a voyage from New York City II to New Seattle. I think the ship was called the Air-Titanic – but it didn’t run into any icebergs.”

    “A celebration? Then how come you’re the only one on the ship, mon?”

    “What, and give those lollygaggers a paid day off? Never!” Scrooge said angrily. “Besides, it was my party – and as you can see, the guest list was perfect!”

    Marley shook his head. “Alone as always.”

    Next, Bob Marley’s ghost and Scrooge materialized in front of a monstrous skyscraper.

    “Where are we now?” Scrooge said, confused. “All this zipping around is giving me a sick headache.”

    “The future headquarters of Scrooge Computers. You end up buying the state of Rhode Island and using it as the foundation of the world’s greatest skyscraper.”

    “Sounds like something I’d do!” Scrooge said. “Except maybe the Rhode Island part. I never really cared that much for that state. It must have been on sale.”

    “Look at the side of the building, mon.” The ghost pointed to a bas-relief, bronze mural depicting a scrawny old man seated on a throne, surrounded by piles of money and rows of computers. “Your body is entombed in the side of this building, just under your metal image.”

    “How delightful! Such a nice big tombstone!” Scrooge looked up. “Why, I bet you can see this building from Mars….”

    “Don’t you see, mon? Even in death, Scrooge, you are alone. All alone!” A single tear rolled down the ghost’s cheek. “Now I suppose I should take you back, so you can change your life, you sad, lonely, pathetic, skinny-assed bastard.  Have you learned your lesson yet, mon?”

    “Yes, I have: the one with the most toys wins! And I’ve won!” Scrooge performed a victory dance that resembled a praying mantis having an epileptic seizure. “Yes, I want to go back and work harder, so I can make more money and buy a bigger state than Rhode Island!”

    “No, mon! That isn’t what you’re suppose to learn–”

    “However, I didn’t like that part about dying!

    “Ah! Now, mon, you’re starting to see the light.”

    “Yes, I will have to do something about that.”

    One week later, Scrooge was busy in his penthouse suite. He had been working, constantly working, ever since Bob Marley had dropped him off after their Christmas travels.

    “Happy New Year, mon!” the ghost of Bob Marley said as he reappeared in Scrooge’s living room.

    “Ah! You’ve returned,” Scrooge said. “I’m so glad you showed me my future. I’m going to change it for the better!”

    “That is good, mon!”

    “I’m not going to die now.” Scrooge hit a silver button on a remote control clutched in his bony hand. A sturdy stainless-steel cyborg marched into the room. “As soon as this old carcass of mine passes away, I’m going to have my brain implanted in this indestructible metal body – and I will live forever!”

    Scrooge paused, gazing out the window at the falling snow, and then said softly, “God bless the rich! And Bah, humbug to the poor!”

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My first short story collection … below this … all the links to the ones still in print. And thanks!

Here are the short story collections:

DARK DUETS: DARK TALES

FRANKENSTEIN’S MISTRESS: TALES OF LOVE & MONSTERS

DRACULA TRANSFORMED & OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES

DARK DUETS: MUSICAL MAYHEM

Kindle edition

DARK DUETS: MUSICAL MAYHEM

Trade Paperback

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ROBOT SANTA (review of a Dean Koontz kids book)

ROBOT SANTA:
The Further Adventures Of Santa’s Twin
By Dean Koontz
Illustrated by Phil Parks
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 0-06-050943-0
 
 
 
          ROBOT SANTA is quite a departure from Dean Koontz’s usual horror novels or suspense thrillers. This delightful kid’s adventure is the sequel to SANTA’S TWIN, which has an interesting history.
          In Koontz’s adult thriller 1993’s MR. MURDER, the protagonist was a mystery writer who ends up writing a Christmas poem for his daughters Charlotte and Emily (who are also the main characters of the yuletide limerick). Because the suspense keeps building the writer never finishes the poem.
          In 1996 Koontz completed the entire poem of Santa’s evil twin brother and his Xmas adventures with Charlotte and Emily in SANTA’S TWIN.
          Eight years later the sequel finally arrives, and it was well worth the wait. Santa’s evil twin Bob creates a robot who runs amok on Xmas.  The android Santa and his helper Gorilla named Keith ride a jet sleigh led by robot reindeers. The mechanical motley crew and primate end up at Charlotte and Emily’s house and Christmas Eve quickly turns to chaos.
          ROBOT SANTA like SANTA’S TWIN is destined to become a warped Christmas classic in the same dark vein as THE GRINCH THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS and NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Both the kids and adult will love this tale.
 
 
Rating ***** (Classic)
A few years ago Sherry Decker and Michael McCarty wrote a science fiction kid’s book called RUSTY THE ROBOT’S HOLIDAY ADVENTURES. The book was nominated for some sci-fi kid’s award, but didn’t win. The book was published by a couple of publishers, but ran into a series of bad luck.

RUSTY is one of my favorite books and would love to bring it back into print.

Maybe if you post a comment that you’d like to see the book back in print again … the wheels might start turning again. Thank you for your support.

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