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Happy Mother’s Day

Michael McCarty Books Gets The Mom’s Approval

Unfortunately my mother passed away on October 2018, I wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day


(Author Michael McCarty and Mother In-law Carma Hulting)

My mom and mother inlaw both enjoy Michael McCarty books…
Maybe your mom will like them too ….
MM books are available Amazon, Barnes & … or can be ordered via your favorite book store

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there

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(Mother Beverly McCarty and author Michael McCarty)

Some more photos from the Midwest Writing Center Halloween Book Signings

(Mother in-law Carma Hulting, Michael McCarty & Mother Bev McCarty)

(Mother Bev McCarty dressed up as a hippy for my Halloween book signing)

(My mother and I at the Book Rack in Davenport, Iowa … a signing for MODERN MYTHMAKERS)


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Lost Girl Of The Lake (Reviews and More Reviews)


The Review of LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE keeps rolling in:

9 “5 star reviews”
3 “4 star reviews”
3 “3 star reviews”

4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, February 4, 2014
marie alexander (oklahoma city, ok usa)
Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
Short story, engrossing and spooky. Enjoyable, captures the angst of a boy on the verge of manhood. Snakes bother you? You will be suitably horrified.

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder short story, January 10, 2014
deborah wright –
Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
the authors have done an amazing job with this selection. It is a wonderful story that really calls for introspection.

5.0 out of 5 stars A weirdly scary and well thought out novel, coudn’t put it down!, September 9, 2013
Stephen R.R. Rieder –
Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
McCarty and Mckinney’s conglomeration, ” Lost Girl of the Lake”, is Horror as it should be. I really don’t want to include any spoilers except to say there is a reason it was a finalist for the 2013 Bram Stoker awards. This novel was SCARY! This book has classic written all over it, and the idea of a Bolus of snakes is down right creepy to the point where this book had my hair standing on end! Once again Mike and Joe’s use of strong characters and great plot make this a novel that any true Horror fan will appreciate and remember being frightened while reading. I love the detail in the scenery around the lake, as well as the abandoned town near it. they really pulled out all the stops on this one, pick up a copy and let the fear and mystery begin!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Weird, June 1, 2013
Armywife –
This review is from: Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
This book was pretty good, but rather strange. It kept me reading, but I had figured part of it out before the end. I have read more of his books and got hooked from the beginning (mostly zombie books), but this one just didn’t do much for me. I did finish it, though, which says a lot for someone who doesn’t read a lot of books and Is super picky with them.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Girl of the Lake, May 30, 2013
Maria Martinez (MATTESON, ILLINOIS, US) – Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
Story catches your attention quickly. The story is being narrated by the main character looking back to the experience that happened to him as a youth. His family”s background consists of two brothers who founded a village and later went their separate ways due to one of the brothers being “religious” involving snakes. The village eventually is abandoned. The youth comes across a beautiful young girl at the lake during a family getaway that is located near the old village. The st ory could’ve been better by delving more into the old family history. I really wasn’t quite sure about the ending either. I wasn’t sure if the author’s character was trying to have an epiphany of his life or what.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but it missed the mark, May 28, 2013
Books Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone -: Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
Lost Girl of the Lake is a coming-of-age novella set in the Texas in the early 1960s. Mark is the son of a wealthy Texan and his summer of country club life is dull, lifeless, and beyond tedious for a fifteen year old. One night he ventures into the nearby woods and discovers dark, ancient secrets that threaten to destroy everything he knows.

Co-writes are difficult as they often have the feel of two hands in the pot and this is no different. There was a subtle difference in tone throughout that gave the suspense a choppy feel. As this is first person, that shifting tone also made Mark feel odd for lack of a better word. McKinney and McCarty as skilled enough to keep him from a split personality, but his reactions and responses diverged too much for me. This sense was also hindered by the length of the work. Just as we were beginning to get any depth on Mark, we suddenly rushed through 20 plus years to his adulthood and then `the end’ comes along.

The premise is fascinating. Dark, eerie, and suspenseful rather than gore and violence, McKinney and McCarty lay the foundation for what should have been a heck of a creepy tale. Mark’s teenage angst and his struggles toward adulthood create a rebellious streak to which we can all relate. His need to push the boundaries of his structured world has permanent, devastating consequences as his adventures intersect with the supernatural. Overall, a good read, but with a little more craft and depth, it could have been far more.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story!, May 10, 2013
Kelly Joseph – Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
This book was phenomenal! I expected nothing less of Joe McKinney. Very nostalgic and entertaining read. I highly recommend it to everyone.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauting Coming of Age Story, May 1, 2013
Liz Scott – Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
Beautiful, haunting, funny and chilling. Just a few words to describe the wonderful coming of age novella. This is a must read!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TX Scary (but not too scary), March 25, 2013
Julie Ann Teplitz: Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
I read this in a weekend. Fast and good. I liked all the TX references and could picture all of his descriptions very clearly. Good Job McKinney!!

4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, March 20, 2013
Kathy – Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
If you like a quick horror mystery this book is it. It’s a good little short horror story about a young boy and coming of age with the evil beckoning him.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the snake scene. is it bad? OH YES., March 13, 2013
Karen Massari (Clifton, NY) -Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
This book has the most amazing images, from a nude girl swimming in the night, to millions of white butterflies filling the summer air. It also has really shocking descriptions of … well, I’d rather not give too much away. Written in a mesmerizing, fluent, uncomplicated style, this short novel leaves no questions unanswered. This is my first book by either author but definitely not my last.
The one thing that bothered me was I pretty much had an idea from the start WHO the “Girl of The Lake” really is … maybe that is intentional. All through the pages I kept chanting ‘don’t do it, don’t do it’ to the young man bent on holding her in his arms.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine chilling horror, October 4, 2012
Keith Milstead – Lost Girl of the Lake (Paperback)
If you haven’t read this this marvelous book, you need to put it on your bucket list at #1!! This duo have created a world of mysticism of horror and the joys associated with coming of age. Joe and Michael are the Batman and Robin of horror. This one will keep you up at night and will creep you out, the necessary components of a good horror story in a Texas environment. I highly advise you take the opportunity to read this tale of terror. I also believe if you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the horror of Joe’s and the solo and collaborative efforts by Michael. You won’t be disappointed!!

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Tale To Entertain Your Imagination, August 29, 2012
J. R. LaGreca “Jody R. LaGreca” (New York, USA) – Lost Girl of the Lake (Paperback)
LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE is an unconventional “coming of age story” as only authors Joe McKinney and Michael McCarty could invent. It is an endearing, evocative saga filled with the familiar as well as the unexpected, infused with wonders of the heart and soul. A tale of dark seduction and innocence, told through a man’s mind, recreated from his boyhood memory. I highly recommend this page turning novel and glimpse into both the past and future with unanswered mysteries lurking in the wings.

-Jody R. LaGreca, Author of five books including SUBURBAN WEIRD

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Haunting!!!!, August 1, 2012
David Bernstein “dbern77” (USA): Lost Girl of the Lake (Kindle Edition)
When two great novelists team up, a tale like “Lost Girl of the Lake” can happen–and happen it did! Joe McKinney’s and Michael McCarty’s “Lost Girl of the Lake” is as wonderful as it is haunting. A really great coming of age tale about realizing those significant moments in life and how they change a person. Filled with human horror as well as the type of supernatural horror we all have come to love from these gentlemen! Brilliantly done and a must read!!!!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with a shocking twist., August 1, 2012
T.C. Miller – See all my reviews
This review is from: Lost Girl of the Lake (Paperback)
I recently read Joe McKinney’s “Dead City”, which on the surface is a zombie book. Closer examination reveals a wealth of philosophy about life and society. I was hoping that “Lost Lady of the Lake” would be at least as satisfying, and was not disappointed. A coming of age story set in the piney woods of east Texas in 1961, it sets a steady pace añd makes the reader keep asking for the next chapter. It’s tightly written., and yet has a leisurely feel. Thoroughly enjoyable summer read; not too long, and well worth the time spent. Oh, the ending may keep you awake and watching the shadows.

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Work Is Hell

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How would you like to have Count Dracula as your boss?

Work is Hell

Michael McCarty, Bram Stoker Finalist and David R. Collins’ Literary Achievement Winner from the Midwest Writing Center tries to bring a smile to the horrors of the workplace. His fifth short story collection features 25 short stories that range from scary to funny … from twisted science-fiction to frightening fantasy. You’ll find dinosaurs in the office, mad scientist’s interns, Scrooge in the future, an evil ice cream man, slacker superheroes, space rats, vampires, the Grim Reaper, cannibals, Satan and a whole lot more. Introduction by Amy Grech, afterword by J.R. LaGreca.

“Fans of dark fiction will find it difficult – perhaps impossible – to find a more eclectic and diverse combination of scary, amusing, erotic, futuristic, nostalgic, gothic or outright funny stories between the covers of a book. Michael McCarty has a gift for clever plots and bizarre characters, and for knowing other writers who want to team up with him to create a collection of wacky and off-the-wall tales. A Hell of a Job is for anyone who enjoys a good smirk, smile, shiver, grin or grimace while they read. A Hell of a Job is a mix of both dark and light horror, and was obviously written by a crowd of unstable eccentrics – and that’s a considerable compliment” -Sherry Decker co-author of Rusty the Robot’s Holiday Adventures

“Hate your day job or your night job? I’ve got one ‘hell’ of a story collection for you. Michael McCarty’s A Hell of a Job is hilarious, wild and loads of fun!” –Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of The Bone Factory and Sparrow Rock

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