Chris Isaak: Baja Sessions (CD Review)

CD REVIEW BY
Michael McCarty

Chris Isaak: Baja Sessions
Reprise, 1996
Rating: ****

Chris Isaak has always been hard to classify. He looks like Elvis Presley, plays the guitar like George Harrison, sings like Roy Orbison – and occasionally yodels. On his sixth recording, Baja Sessions, he takes his sound South of the Border. Appropriately titled, this disc was recorded in Baja, California, described in the liner notes as having “more cactus than people, more time than worries and surrounded by the ocean and the sea. It’s a great place to slow down and play your guitar and the perfect setting for romance.”
The romantic setting must have been very influential because this is Issak’s most romantic recording to date. Stripped down to the bare essentials, these tracks focus on the singer’s up-close-and-personal vocals. Baja also must have put the singer in a nostalgic mood because he redid some of his earlier work in a more acoustic style, including “Wrong to Love You,” “Two Hearts,” and “Dancin’.”
He also got the chance to pay tribute to his idol Orbison by doing “Only the Lonely” (which is just as good as the remake by Orbison and k.d. lang).
Other outstanding songs include “Pretty Girls Don’t Cry,” “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way),” “Return to Me,” “Think of Tomorrow,” and “Sweet Lailani,” which shows off Isaak’s yodeling.
Baja Session will put you in a romantic mood, even if you’ve never been to California, western Texas or Mexico.

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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

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•Horror legends
•Films and Television
•Inspirational
•Authorship
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Book Review: The Resort by Bentley Little

Book Review:
The Resort by Bentley Little

Review by Michael McCarty

The Resort
by Bentley Little
2004
Rating: ****

For the almost three decades, Bentley Little has been writing sophisticated horror novels that offer social commentary in addition to the frights. His books raise horror fiction to the next level – they are spooky and thought-provoking at the same time. This is evident in all of his novels including The Policy, The Ignored, University, The Store, The Town, The House, and his short story collections The Collection and Walking Alone.

Lowell Thurman wants to avoid his twentieth high-school reunion, so he books his family for a relaxing retreat at a five-star resort, the Reata (probably named after the family ranch in the movie “Giant with James Dean), located in the middle of the Arizona desert. Normally, that sort of vacation would be beyond the Thurman’s price range, but during the summer, this lush getaway offers cheaper rates because nobody wants to be stuck in the middle of nowhere in blistering temperatures.
At first the Reata seems like a paradise for Lowell, his wife Rachel, and the kids – the exclusive resort has pools, a spa, a gym, fine dining and many sport activities.
But then things start getting weird. The Thurmans’ boys see a dead body at the bottom of the swimming pool. A stranger takes over their room when they go out for the evening and steals a pair of Rachel’s panties (only one pair?).
The staff acts very odd and soon, some of the guests start disappearing. The hotel starts to feel like high school again – jocks, bullies, the need to conform to socially fit in. And, yes, there are all sorts of ghastly acts of violence.
A strange and surreal trip, this is Bentley’s best book since The Store. It is, in fact, the most innovative variation on the haunted hotel novel since Stephen King’s The Shining.
I enthusiastically recommend it.

I did a great interview with Bentley Little in my book MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers.
And right now the ebook is only .99 cents (less than a buck, folks)!

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… 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
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WHBF Living Local TV Interview with Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin

Brittany Price on WHBF’s Living Local today. Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin authors of GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES

Watch our segment of the show here on YouTube!  

Please check out my book: GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin!!!

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin. Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin.

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1467141062/
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W99R753/
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghosts-of-the-quad-cities-michael-mccarty/1131312125?ean=9781439667972#/

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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Gargoyles of the Quad Cities (Photos by Michael McCarty)

GARGOYLES OF THE QUAD CITIES
Photos by Michael McCarty

In honor of my new book GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin …

I decided to go around the Quad Cities area and take photographs of the different gargoyle statues

A giant black gargoyle statue sits on the front yarn in Rock Island, IL

Both of these gargoyles guard the rooftop of a Davenport mansion

Both of these gargoyles sit on post in front on a house in the Marycrest College Historical District

I liked this shot a lot when I took it for my book GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin. It is at the Rock N Roll Mansion in Davenport. But instead, I used shot number three, which was inspired by a photograph taken by Bruce Walters. So in the book that photo says byline by Michael McCarty & Bruce Walters.

Both of these gargoyles sit on the porch of a house in Rock Island.

Please check out my book: GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin!!!

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin. Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin.

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1467141062/
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W99R753/
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghosts-of-the-quad-cities-michael-mccarty/1131312125?ean=9781439667972#/

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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Twilight Zone Book Review

I love this book … decided to include this book for my blog

September 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the Twilight Zone

As Timeless As Infinity:
The Complete Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling (Vol. 1)
Edited By Tony Albarella
Gauntlet Press, 2004, $66, 488 pgs., ISBN: 1-887368-71-X
Rating: ***1/2 stars

Review by Michael McCarty

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space, and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow – between science and superstition. And it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone….”

Those words, spoken by Rod Serling on September 2, 1959, launched a classic science-fiction television series. Today, a half century later, The Twilight Zone is being shown in reruns around the world.

As Timeless As Infinity kicks off with the script for “The Time Element,” the unofficial pilot, a story about a bookie who tries to warn the Army of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor. This was shown on Desilu Playhouse and was met with overwhelming enthusiasm.

Record amounts of positive viewer mail poured in, leading to the birth of Rod Serling’s series, The Twilight Zone.
The book also includes seven more classic scripts….

The official pilot (“Where is Everybody?”) tells the tale of a man who searches a small town to find he is completely alone. Plot elements hint that he might be the last man on earth, but the conclusion offers a surprising finale (like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, this show is famous for its twist endings).

“Third from the Sun,” one of Stephen King’s favorite episodes, is based on a classic science-fiction story by Richard Matheson. Two families plan to steal a rocket ship and flee to a distant world before they are destroyed by atomic war. Their destination is Earth.

“The Purple Treatment” introduces us to a soldier who unexpectedly acquires the power to see death in the faces of his comrades.

In “The Big, Tall Wish,” a 10-year-old boy tells an aging prizefighter that he will make a wish for him to win his comeback fight. This script was just as gritty as Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” an episode of the Playhouse 90 series that swept the 1956 Emmys, and also garnered Serling the prestigious Sylvania and Foster Peabody Awards.

“Eye of the Beholder” is a riveting, claustrophobic story set in a future totalitarian state. A miserable girl longs to be just like her peers – but is that necessarily a good thing?

“A Most Unusual Camera” features a pair of petty thieves, who find that a camera they’ve heisted can predict the future with the picture it takes. One of the more comical scripts in the collection.

In “The Mind and the Matter,” a book about thought gives a clerk the power to accomplish anything just by willing it – leaving him free to create a most disturbing world.

“The Dummy,” based on a story by Lee Polk, features a ventriloquist who becomes convinced that his dummy has a will and a life
of its own. (Need I add that there’s a deliciously creepy conclusion?)

The Twilight Zone offered a unique mixture of realism and surrealism, the undeniable and the unbelievable, all in the same package, and this book gives readers a chance to revisit these classic shows.

As Timeless as Infinity is the definitive treatment of Rod Serling’s teleplays for the landmark series. The scripts are reprinted directly from Serling’s personal collection and appear in their original format. Examples of revisions,
hand-written corrections and earlier script drafts are also provided to highlight the evolution of these beloved stories. You even get a chance to examine two scripts for “A Most Unusual Camera” – the first draft and the revised draft that was aired. It is an invaluable asset for screenwriters to examine.

This beautifully packaged coffee table book also includes a message from Serling’s widow, Carol, an appreciation by Twilight Zone writer Richard Matheson, another appreciation by screenwriter Rockne S. O’Bannon, and tributes from producer Buck Houghton
and actors from the series, including Fritz Weaver, Shelley Berman, Robert Stack, Kim Hamilton, and many more. Interwoven amidst all of this is intelligent insight and a great behind-the-scenes look at the series from editor Tony Alberella, plus some rare photos from the show.

Timeless as Infinity truly lives up to its name.

And if you are a fan of the Twilight Zone … 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
•Christopher Moore

…and many more.

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

Plus Twilight Zone writers are interviewed for the book:

•Ray Bradbury
•George Clayton Johnson
•Richard Matheson

George Clayton Johnson especially talks a lot about the Twilight Zone

Right now … the ebook is only .99 cents.
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WVIK Radio Interview with Michael McCarty

WVIK 90.3 FM “Scribble” show hosted by Don Wooten and Roald Tweet interviews Michael McCarty

Listen in! Here’s the link:
https://www.wvik.org/post/scribble-michael-mccarty

Michael McCarty poses with his book Modern Mythmakers

What is Modern Mythmakers???

Here is a link:
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The ebook is only .99 cents right now!!!!

Ever wanted to hang out with legends like Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and Dean Koontz?
This is your chance to read fun anecdotes and career advice from a wide range of Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy authors and filmmakers.

Modern Mythmakers is a collection of 35 interviews from horror and science fiction’s most influential writers and filmmakers, including…
•Ray Bradbury
•Dean Koontz
•Richard Matheson
•John Carpenter
•John Saul
•Graham Masterton
•Joe McKinney
•William F. Nolan
•Peter Straub
•The Night of the Living Dead crew (including John Russo, Kyra Schon and Russ Streiner)
•Elvira
•Whitley Strieber
•Christopher Moore

…and many more.

Just look at this line-up: Foreword by Alan Dean Foster; Forrest J. Ackerman; C. Dean Andersson; Adrienne Barbeau; Ray Bradbury; Ramsey Campbell; John Carpenter; Dan Curtis; Elvira; Rusty Fischer; Neil Gaiman; Mick Garris; Laurell K. Hamilton; George Clayton Johnson; Jack Ketchum; Dean Koontz; Herschell Gordon Lewis; Thomas Ligotti; Bentley Little; Graham Masterton; Richard Matheson; Joe McKinney; Christopher Moore; Night of the Living Dead Crew: John Russo, Kyra Schon, & Russ Streiner; William F. Nolan; Ingrid Pitt; Linnea Quigley; Fred Olen Ray; John Saul; David Snell; Darce Stoker; Peter Straub; Whitley Strieber; Timothy Zahn; Afterword by The Amazing Kreskin.

Whether you’re an author looking for career advice, a fan of classic films and authors, or looking for true stories of inspiration, this is the book for you.

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

Right now … the ebook is only .99 cents.
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In the studio
Roald Tweet (left) and Don Wooten (right) …. photo by Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty with the novel
Apocalypse America by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin

APOCALYPSE AMERICA! on Amazon:

novel by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin!!!
APOCALYPSE AMERICA!

Ebook & Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1095333763

Flesh-eating dust mites, Internet Witches, murderous robots, giant scorpions, Biblical demons and sophisticated cannibals – these horrors and more inhabit the future ruins of the United States in the new novel, APOCALYPSE AMERICA! by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin.
Following a devastating nuclear war, America is thrown into chaos. Malevolent Internet Witches use their monstrous cyber-magic to attack the country through its computers. The last hope for humanity rests with Cain, a post-apocalyptic nomad who is determined to find a legendary paradise known as Eden. Cain is joined on his trek by new friends: Galileo, a surgically enhanced rabbit with a human mind; a brilliant robot named RT-Fax; and Miranda, a downloaded Internet Witch who has discovered the joys of being human.

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Apocalypse America!

Apocalypse America! by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin

End-of-the-world-as-we-know-but-we-feel-fine book of 2019

APOCALYPSE AMERICA! by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin.

Science fiction / horror novel

A novel packed with cannibals and giant scorpions — and those aren’t even the main villains!

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFGK36Y
Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1095333763
and the UK:

Flesh-eating dust mites, Internet Witches, murderous robots, giant scorpions, Biblical demons and sophisticated cannibals – these horrors and more inhabit the future ruins of the United States in the new novel, APOCALYPSE AMERICA! by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin.

Following a devastating nuclear war, America is thrown into chaos. Malevolent Internet Witches use their monstrous cyber-magic to attack the country through its computers. The last hope for humanity rests with Cain, a post-apocalyptic nomad who is determined to find a legendary paradise known as Eden. Cain is joined on his trek by new friends: Galileo, a surgically enhanced rabbit with a human mind; a brilliant robot named RT-Fax; and Miranda, a downloaded Internet Witch who has discovered the joys of being human.

The group is pursued on their journey by the Shadow Man, the demon Legion, and various minions of the Internet Witches. The friends travel across America in search of Eden, and learn that the country has become a dizzying patchwork of bizarre compounds, whose inhabitants are desperate, dangerous, and sometimes, not even human.


Cain and his friends also learn more about why America is hovering on the brink of ruin. Before long, they have reason to believe they can repair the damage and restore the country to its former glory. Can they access the secrets of Eden and save the Earth, before all living things are destroyed?

Here is a link to a sample chapter from APOCALYPSE AMERICA!

https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/sample-chapter-from-apocalypse-america/

McCarty’s books include LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE (coauthored by Joe McKinney), CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN, and MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 INTERVIEWS WITH HORROR AND SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS.

McLaughin’s latest paperback releases are EMPRESS OF THE LIVING DEAD: 25 TALES OF HORROR & THE BIZARRE, and the Lovecraftian story collections, HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS: 24 TALES OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS and THE HOUSE OF THE OCELOT & MORE LOVECRAFTIAN NIGHTMARES, both coauthored by Michael Sheehan, Jr.

Want to learn more about APOCALYPSE AMERICA!????
Here is another link:
https://monstermikeyaauthor.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/post-apocalyptic-novel-offers-hope-for-the-future/

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