Nobody (Movie Review)

By Michael McCarty

Nobody

Starring:

Bob Odenkirk

Connie Nielsen

Gage Munroe

& Christopher Lloyd

Rated R

1 hour and 32 minutes

Hutch Mansell (played by Bob Odenkirk who is from TV’s “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad”) is an everyday Joe, working his routine job and living in the suburbs with lovely wife (Connie Nielsen) and two kids. He takes the bus to work everyday and always misses the garbage pick up.

One night things take a dramatic turn, after a home invasion to his house. From there, bullets fly and tires squeal and fists are swinging in this action packed thriller.

There is an old saying that “nobody’s perfect,” this movie is a near perfect blend of action sequences and dramatic character development.

Odenkirk is a very likeable action hero … imagine if Jack Ryan was played by Bill Paxton with Charles Bronson toughness for good measure.

My rating, **** 1/2 out of *****

If you like this movie review …

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

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(Nonfiction) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086VLK2KY/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Esoteria-Land&qid=1586295662&sr=8-1

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

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PARANORMAL LIVE INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL McCARTY

Here is the link to Paranormal Live interview with Michael McCarty where he discusses his book GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES and the upcoming sequel EERIE QUAD CITIES as well as what it was like to have Jimmy Fallon hold a copy of one of his publications on the air….

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/liveparanormal/2021/04/24/ghosts-of-the-quad-cities-author-michael-mccarty-on-air-live-today

And here is a link to GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin. Now 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 and Mark McLaughlin hunt down the haunted lore of this vibrant Midwestern community.

Facebook website:
https://www.facebook.com/Ghosts-of-the-Quad-Cities-103021898053505

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LOST SOULS & LITTLE PEOPLE

Book Reviews by Michael McCarty

I am a big fan of the YA suspense genre. I did write a YA horror book called I KISSED A GHOUL that went onto make it to the Final Ballot of the Bram Stokers … but ultimately did not win.

And although, LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE, co-written with Joe McKinney, isn’t technically a YA book, it features the protagonist as a teen for most of the book.

Some of my favorite fiction mixes YA and horror or suspense, such as Stephen King’s novella “The Body” which was also turned into the movie STAND BY ME and Robert McCammon’s BOY’S LIFE novel.

HELL IS IN ME

By Colleen A. Parkinson

334 pages

BookBaby

$16.99

HELL IS IN ME by Colleen A. Parkinson is a hell of a good book. Scratch that, make that a hell of a great book. The story is set in a small town in California where Quinn Vanderfield is spending his free time restoring a family graveyard that has fallen to years to neglect. This solitary activity gets Quinn away from the high school bullies who are making his life hell, but also his over-worked, over drunk father. His family life hasn’t been the same since his Mom has passed away and he doesn’t have any friends either. Things would be very lonely in this world for Quinn, except that he sees dead people, lots of them and even talks to them too.

Stephanie Norris moves in next door to Quinn. Her father was a fireman, who also passed away. Her Mom inherited a house from grandmother and decided to take residence there. She encounters Quinn in the cemetery and the two immediately don’t hit it off.

She is free-spirited and very talkative.

He is a lone wolf, a solitary young man who doesn’t like company much.

But Stephanie takes it upon herself to help Quinn restore the cemetery. And there, a decades old murder mystery emerges into light.

Enter temperamental ghost, Jake who keeps Quinn off kilter with is many demands …

I’d highly recommend HELL IS IN ME, this is a fantastic coming-of-age YA thriller. Realistic and very likeable characters; a story line that is part ghost story but also has an underlying paranormal mystery to it and has just as many twists and turns as a roller coaster ride has and just as exciting.

Here are some links to the book

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hell-is-in-me-colleen-a-parkinson/1136953566

and

Amazon:

LITTLE PEOPLE

by Daniel Charles Wild

83 pages

Independently Published

$7.00

This is a stunning debut by Daniel Charles Wild.

I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf, since Dan was invited to a book signing during December 2019, called “Nightmare Before Chrismas,” which he was his debut book signing in the Quad Cities with LITTLE PEOPLE and I was doing the last signing GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES.

I read LITTLE PEOPLE in one sitting and it totally captivated me. It is a dark fantasy that has an unnamed protagonist being visited five days after his estranged Dad’s funeral by two figurines from his father’s basement model train diorama. And from there the book a mini juggernaut, a locomotive racing down a toy railroad tracks at full-speed ahead and never lets up.

Throw in Jonathan Swift’s GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, Gordon William’s THE MICRONAUNTS and a dash of Peter Jackson’s HEAVENLY CREATURES …. simmer until you got a tasty story line … you’ll get the idea.

LITTLE PEOPLE by Daniel Charles Wild has small characters in it, but the novella is big on imagination and even bigger in heart, I have no problem recommending this well-written debut.

Besides checking out these two great books … please consider checking out these two by me:

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Girl-Lake-Joe…/dp/B07913VPN5

Trade Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998691291

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/lost…/1110446586…

In England: https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/B07913VPN5/ref=la_B001JS0L06_1_

Lake Livingston: August, 1961.

Mark Gaitlin is 15, the son of one of the wealthiest men in Texas, and on the most boring summer vacation of his life. His days are filled with the pomp and circumstance of country club life, while his nights are a parade of one embarrassment after another at the hands of giggling teenage girls. But the piney woods above Lake Livingston are dark at night, and hold many secrets for an impressionable youngster on the cusp of becoming a man. And one night, after skinny dipping in the lake with a mysterious local girl, Mark Gaitlin’s life takes a crazy turn into the fire and brimstone religion of backwoods snake handlers and abandoned villages haunted by old family secrets. If he can survive the snakes and the ghosts and his own family’s dark history, he just might make it out of the woods alive.

and:

I KISSED A GHOUL by Michael McCarty

“Never fear, Tommy Wharton is here! When you need help with ghosts, goblins and things that generally go bump in the night, I wouldn’t be anywhere in sight…..

”You would think that being the mayor’s son would automatically make Tommy Wharton popular. If only! This horny, overweight, high-school geek is the diametric opposite of popular—but that doesn’t stop him from trying to score with the chicks. After all, his dad’s position does lend a few sweet perks: use of his campaign van and credit card. The only thing that can—and does—get in the way of his raging hormones is the supernatural. Vampires. Werewolves. Succubi. Mummies. You name it, Tommy faced it. And walked away with his life, and virginity, intact. Will Tommy finally hook up with the girl of his dreams, or will his love life remain thoroughly zombified?

I KISSED A GHOUL by Michael McCarty was a Bram Stoker Finalist For Superior Achievement in Young Adult Novel.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/I-Kissed-Ghoul…/dp/B0927W151P

B&Nhttps://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/i-kissed-a…/1109722872

Smashwords (feeds Apple, Overdrive, and a few small sites)https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1079187

Google Playhttps://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=EJUoEAAAQBAJ

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/I-Kissed-Ghoul…/dp/B0927W151P

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Ghostly Talk Interview With Michael McCarty

My interview on Ghostly Talk … Scott and Amber did a terrific job hosting the show … it was a lot of fun talking about GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES and area spirits… I might do another podcast for them when EERIE QUAD CITIES is published this fall…https://ghostlytalk.com/ep-150-ghosts-of-the-quad-cities

Michael & Cindy McCarty at the Ghosts of the Quad Cities book signing The Book Rack, Davenport, Iowa 2019

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ALL THINGS DARK & HIDEOUS

(Photo of ALL THINGS DARK & HIDEOUS by Mark McLaughlin & Michael McCarty)

ALL THINGS DARK & HIDEOUS by Mark McLaughlin & Michael McCarty was a chapbook published in England, February 2008 by Rainfall Publication, it was chapbook number 56 in their series.

Here is a great in-depth review of the book:

https://www.dlsreviews.com/rainfall-056-all-things-dark-and-hideous.php

(Mark McLaughlin on the left with ATTACK OF THE TWO-HEADED POETRY MONSTER by Mark McLaughlin & Michael McCarty – now out of print, Michael McCarty with ALL THINGS DARK & HIDEOUS by Mark McLaughlin & Michael McCarty – at Theo’s Java Club in Rock Island, Illinois
Photo by Raymond Congrove )

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Joe Mynhardt Interviews Michael McCarty

The publisher of Crystal Lake Publishing, Joe Mynhardt interviewed author Michael McCarty about MODERN MYTHMAKERS

MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 Interviews with Horror and Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers by Michael McCarty was published by Crystal Lake Publishers (Joe Mynhardt) February 25, 2015.

Joe Mynhardt publisher of Crystal Lake Publishing

The book has sold fairly well over the years and has over 40 positive reviews over the years.

Michael McCarty with MODERN MYTHMAKERS on WVIK 90.3 FM “Scribble” show hosted by Don Wooten and Roald Tweet 2019

A sequel is in the works, another volume of interviews with horror and science fiction writers conducted by Michael McCarty.

Publisher Joe Mynhardt interviewed author Michael McCarty about the book on Crystal Lake website, here is are re-printing of that interview:

JOE MYNHARDT: So what makes Modern Mythmakers so special?

MICHAEL McCARTY:  Because the book was written with my heart. Not only that, the 35 people I interviewed answered their questions with all of their hearts as well. I hope this book of interviews will be just as special for you as it was for me to write, which was very special indeed.

JOE:  Tell us a bit about your experiences while compiling this massive collection of interviews.

MIKE:   There were so many amazing moments capture in this book including:

John Carpenter explaining how West World influenced his character Michael Myers in Halloween

(On the set of THE FOG … actress Adrienne Barbeau and director / writer John Carpenter … both Adrienne Barbeau and John Carpenter are interviewed in MODERN MYTHMAKERS)

Richard Matheson author of such books and movies I Am Legend, Somewhere In Time, Stir of Echoes, Duel, What Dreams May Come, Legend of Hell House beaming with pride about his talented children-

Forry Ackerman sadly recalls why he left Famous Monsters magazine after 200 issues –

John Russo, co-author of the screenplay of Night of the Living Dead gives a vivid account what it was like to be the zombie set on fire in the movie –

Dean Koontz tells us why he doesn’t outline when he writes novels –

There are many more experiences like this. I’d think it would be more special if you discover them the rest of them yourself. 

JOE:   Last question, why should readers give Modern Mythmakers a chance?

MIKE:   (Singing off-key):  “All we are saying is, give Modern Mythmakers a chance….” Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, LOL.

         It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of Horror, Suspense, Thrillers, Noir, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dark Fiction, Urban Fantasy or Weird Fiction … Modern Mythmakers has all the bases covered. You’ll hear in-depth interviews from the giants of the genres about their arts and craft that’s well worth the price of the cover, plus some.                     

Modern Mythmakers

Links:

Midnite Mausoleum TV Interview:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/midnite-mausoluem-tv-interview-with-michael-mccarty/

Martin Lastrapes Podcast: https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/martin-lastrapes-interviews-michael-mccarty-podcast/

London Calling: Or Why Did I Interview Several UK Authors For Modern Mythmakers:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/london-calling-or-why-did-i-interview-several-uk-authors-for-modern-mythmakers/

Modern Mythmakers: My Mega Book Of Interviews Blog:  https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/modern-mythmakers-the-mega-book-of-interviews-with-horror-and-science-fictions-leading-writers-filmmaker/

Joan De La Hay Interview:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/joan-de-la-haye-interviews-michael-mccarty/

Armcast Podcast:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2015/03/

Terrie Leigh Relf Interview:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2016/06/08/terrie-leigh-relf-interviews-michael-mccarty/

Brad Heden Interview:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2016/07/

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Movie Reviews of 2020: The Top of 5 Films of the Year

By Michael McCarty

Normally I make a “Top 10” list of all the genre movies I’ve seen during the following year: Horror, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Fantasy flicks … but with all that was going on, just didn’t get a chance to watch 10 new movies in 2020.

Here is my Top 5 list for the year:

Wonder Wonder 1984. My wife Cindy McCarty, I and a couple of friends went to this movie the day after Christmas. My wife and I hadn’t seen the first one … but we all enjoyed the movie. I especially liked the scenes with Washington DC in the 1980s … because I visited the nation’s capital during that time. The movie is far from perfect, there are flaws in the plot, some of the acting isn’t great and the directing is dull, but still, WW84 was more enjoyable than some of other superhero flicks in recent times.

4. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) … one of the worst titles for a film in 2020 or any other year. I had high exceptions because Suicide Squad — the chemistry between Harley Quinn and The Joker was very fun to watch. This film starts out great, with Harley Quinn breaking up with The Joker. After that it just never really lived up to its potential. A handshake instead of a kiss after a first date.

For a longer review, read this blog:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/harley-quinn-movie-review

3. Underwater joins the depths with other soggy Alien rip off such as Sphere, Deep Star Six, The Abyss and Leviathan. The film isn’t great, but heck Kristen Stewart prances around in her underwear for a majority of the film. T.J. Miller from Cloverfield and the Dead Pool films also livens up this dud. It is okay for cheap DVD rental night.

2. Unhinged. This is a great edge of the seat thriller and Russell Crowe and road rage — the flick is so damn creepy, especially with Crowe’s performance, it will chill your bones. Still haunting me many weeks after seeing it.

  1. Invisible Man

Elizabeth Moss is fantastic. The script and directing is good. The suspense and special effects are outstanding … that is why this is the number one genre film of 2020.

For a longer review:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2020/03/08/invisible-man-movie-review

Honorable Mentions:

Tremors: Shrieker Island. Spoiler alert …. rented Tremors: Shrieker Island from Redbox today for only $1.80 … and it was just about perfect for that price. I haven’t really been following the series after the first two films and now it is up to the seventh sequel. It was okay. My guess, this is probably the last one in the series and if that is true, this is a good way to close it out.

In non film news of 2020…. Michael McCarty had 2 books published and re-published.

ESOTERIA-LAND … had been out of print for about 10 years. I had a few request to bring it back, so I self-published it again … here is the info:

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, 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

10 years in the making … 2020 was the year that:

FRANKENSTEIN’S MISTRESS: TALES OF LOVE & MONSTERS by Michael McCarty

the book finally got published…

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.

Stories and featuring collaborations with CL Sherwood, Holly Zaldivar, Ron Fox, Sherry Decker, Terrie Leigh Relf & Cindy McCarty
Front cover by Bruce Walters
Back cover by Raymond Congrove
Introduction by C. C. Dean Andersson
Afterword by Cristopher DeRose

Cover Lettering: Sarah Holderfield

And thanks to Michael Evans & Grinning Skull Press

Ebook:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LMVB166?fbclid

Trade Paperback:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1947227564?fbclid

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Mike & Cindy’s Date Night For Weirdos (Holiday Fright Flicks)

MIKE & CINDY’S DATE NIGHT FOR WEIRDOS
by Cindy & Michael McCarty

Mike: Ho-Ho-Ho —

Cindy: That is no way to talk about the ladies of Downtown Davenport.

Mike: Welcome back to Mike & Cindy’s Date Night For Weirdos. This month we are breaking out the holiday cheer and spirits (ghostly and boozie kind) to talk about fright flicks during the holidays.

Cindy: I have the DVD player warmed up and the eggnog spiked. We are ready to go.

Mike: And I’m dreaming of a Krampus Christmas ….

  1. KRAMPUS (2015) There are 8 Krampus movies. The series started with a couple of Finnish films in the early 2010s…. the first American movie, simply named “Krampus” was released during the winter of 2015. That film, was about a dysfunctional family’s Christmas gathering gone wrong. Max, the young protagonist gets embarrassed by his cousins for still believing in Santa Claus. He tears up his letter to old Saint Nick and that summons the demonic Krampus. The dark comedy and horror really work well in this film. We haven’t seen the others yet, maybe next Christmas.

2) SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964) This has been a McCarty favorite film for a very long time. The story is simple … Mars doesn’t need women … they need Santa. The Martians kidnap Santa and a couple of Earth kids and bring them back to Mars. Just a lot of fun. Keep your eyes out for a very young Pia Zadora. There are a lot of editions of this movie out there, we have the “Midnite Mausoleum” version.

(Mr. & Mrs. McCarty with matching Dinosaur Christmas sweaters … are they ugly? That is your call. Photo by Cathy Leonard)

3) GREMLINS (1984) This is one of Cindy’s mom’s (Carma Hulting) and Mike’s mother in-laws favorite creepy holiday classics. And it is one of ours too. The film starts out with Hoyt Axton (songwriter of many Three Dog Night hits), as a father combing Chinatown for a last minute gift idea. A shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him a Mogwai, unless they follow these rules: 1) Do not feed after Midnight 2) Don’t get them wet 3) Don’t expose them to bright light … because the cute little pet can become a nasty Gremlin. Just as much dark humor as the Krampus film, that is why we love it so much. Followed by a so-so sequel. A third Gremlin movie, a direct sequel to the original was planned but fell through.

4) THE SHINING (1980) Based on a Stephen King book and directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Oscar winner Jack Nicholson and Shelley DuVall. The Overlook Hotel in Colorado has the Torrance family as their caretaker – new blood in a very haunted hotel. There are a whole cast of creepy characters: Lloyd the faithful bartender, Grady the former caretaker who killed his family and the old lady in Room 237. So why is this a Christmas movie? —It is at the McCarty household, do we need to say more? Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow and the ghosts glow.

(Michael & Cindy McCarty at the “Nightmare Before Christmas: Ghosts of the Quad Cities Book Signing, the Book Rack, Davenport, Iowa – Dec. 2019)

The first installment of Mike & Cindy’s Date Night for weirdo’s link is:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2020/08/01/mike-cindys-date-night-for-weirdos/

The second installment of Mike & Cindy Date Night for weirdo’s link is:

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2020/10/01/mike-cindys-date-night-for-weirdos-halloween-faves/

If you like this blog … let us know, we might do another one or two or three of them….

and also, if you like this blog please check out these two books … the ebooks are only .99 cents … and they have great interviews too:

Kindle:

http://amzn.to/2cpr637

Nook:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/modern-mythmakers-michael-mccarty/1008846244?ean=2940153349589

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)
•Elvira
•Whitley Strieber
•and of course, Bentley Little

…and many more.

•Science fiction & fantasy interviews
•Horror legends
•Films and Television
•Inspirational
•Authorship
•Films and screenplays

And

ESOTERIA-LAND by Michael McCarty
The ebook is only .99 cents

Interviews with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, Terry Pratchett, Mojo Nixon, Bobcat Goldthwait and many more…

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Paul Kane Book Review

Paul Kane Book Review by Michael McCarty

This review is in my book ESOTERIA-LAND … but decided to do a blog of it too. (Please consider buying the ebook … it is only .99 cents)

FUNNYBONES
The Humorous Horror Fiction Of Paul Kane
By Paul Kane
Creative Guy Publishing
175 pages
ISBN: 1894953142

Rating: ****

By Michael McCarty

When you pick up the cover to Funnybones by Paul Kane, you already know you are in for a treat. Steve Lines does an incredible job of capturing the likeness of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi if they decomposing skeletons.
In the introduction to Funnybones publisher and editor Pete S. Allen wrote “Funny is hard. Really. I mean, think about it. If you’re funny, or attempting to be, you’ve got a pretty rough road ahead of you.”
If being funny is hard, then mixing horror and humor – to extreme emotions at the different ends of the spectrum and throwing them into a book must be extremely hard.


But Paul Kane makes it looks so easy in Funnybones a fantastic collection of 13 amusing short stories and poems of the macabre.
Funnybones starts out with the little ditty “Oliver’s Twist” which manages to satire Charles Dickens Oliver Twist and cannibalism in less than 100 words. Sick and twisted yes – but also very hilarious.
“A Suspicious Mind” is a satire of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Mind” song with the bizarre and blithe lyrics:

“I’m caught in a trap,
I can’t look back,
Because you’ve taken out my
Eyeballs baby”

“Dracula In Love” is just as funny as “The Bones Brothers.” In this silly story, Dracula goes to a psychiatrist Dr. Jan Fruber because he no longer wants to bite human’s necks anymore after falling in love with the mortal Cassandra. At times the tale is even touching, how even an undead heart can still beat in love.
“Master Of The White Worms,” “Dalton Quayle And The Sheepshank Revelation” and “Dalton Quayle And The Temple Of Deadly Danger” are all the memoirs of Doctor Humphrey Pemberton and the adventures of Dalton Quayle, the most famous of supernatural detectives. All three are smile raisers.
“The Last Temptation Of Alice Crump” is a wickedly funny version of “The Devil And Daniel Webster” where a demon must tempt the pure and prudish Alice Crump for her soul.
My favorite story in the collection is “The Bones Brothers” which is a satire of “The Blues Brothers” film. This time around, Bony B and Bony M come back from the grave in their Bonesmobile car made of human bones, to go on a mission – not from God, but a little more sinister – to bring the old band back together again for one final gig. This story has it all song satires (“I’ve Got a Soul, Man” a takeoff of the Blues Brothers “Soul Man”), quotable dialogue (“It’s 5381 miles to England. We’ve got a full tank of blood, half a pack of Junior Mints. It’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses”) and car wrecks too. I’d enjoy the story even more the Blues Brother lame remake “Blues Brother 2000.” This could become a creepy comedy classic.
The Funnybones collection will indeed tickle your funnybones and is reasonable priced (hell, you can’t even by a good CD for under $13 these days). This is a tasty buffet of bizarreness and buffoonery, comedy and chills — I loved every page of it.

Please check out ….

ESOTERIA-LAND by Michael McCarty
The ebook is only .99 cents

Interviews with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, Terry Pratchett, Mojo Nixon, Bobcat Goldthwait and many more…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086VLK2KY/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Esoteria-Land&qid=1586295662&sr=8-1

also …

MODERN MYTHMAKERS:
35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers & Filmmakers. …

If you like this blog or my other blogs, please consider purchasing:
MODERN MYTHMAKERS … right now, the ebook and nook are only .99 cents. Links are below:


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

… please check out Modern Mythmakers. The ebook right now is only .99 cents.

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)
•Elvira
•Whitley Strieber
•and of course, Bentley Little

…and many more.

•Science fiction & fantasy interviews
•Horror legends
•Films and Television
•Inspirational
•Authorship
•Films and screenplays

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Guest Blog: Ghosts of the Pandemic (Part 3) Burial

(Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr. at the first GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES book signing, 2019 the Book Rack, Davenport, Iowa)

Michael McCarty here. I interviewed John Brassard Jr. for several chapters in the book: GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin.

John wrote this 3 Part series, that ran in September 2020 and October 2020. This is the last installment in the series

Here is the link:

And please check out the GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES Facebook website:

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES, co-written by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin. Now available in Kindle, trade paperback and hardcover.

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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.

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