2015 was a tough year, it was like stepping into the boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather and coming out all beat up and bloody.
January started out promising. I was given new hours job at APAC / EGS (Express Scripts – Prior Authorizations). I was working from 8 am -4:30 pm, but new hours were 7 am – 3:30 pm, which avoid a lot of the traffic before and after work.
February, my mega book of interviews MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 INTERVIEWS WITH HORROR WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS was published by Crystal Lake Publishing. I owe a huge thanks to Joe Mynhardt, Alan Dean Foster, Mark McLaughlin, The Amazing Kreskin, Ben Baldwin, Amy Grech, Cristopher DeRose and Holly Zaldivar.
March came in like a lamb and left like a lion with seeing the movie HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 (it was okay, not nearly as funny as the original) and the publication of my YA book I KISSED A GHOUL by Curiosity Quills Press. Kudos to the GHOUL crew: Andrew Buckley, Erika Galpin, Mark McLaughlin, P.D. Cacek and Mary Harris.
(I Kissed A Ghoul)
April while my wife and I were walking, I decided to take a short cut, by jumping over a 10 foot fence. Fell on my foot, ended up with a sprained heel for about 3 weeks.
May I saw the remake of POLTERGEIST (almost as good as the original, some good chills). Also, I was switched to another team for about three weeks, losing my $2.00 an hour bonus and switched back by the end of the month. On the plus side, my 4th poetry book FEAR & DESIRE co-written with Sheri Gambino was published by Wilder Publications. Many thanks to Sheri, Warren and Raymond Congrove. I also watched Mel Piff judging the Quad Cities Roller Derby game.
(Mel Piff from one of my many signings at The Book Rack)
(Michael & Cindy McCarty on the cover of FEAR & DESIRE, photo and artwork by Raymond Congrove)
June, I was still upset about losing my $2.00 bonus at APAC/EGS and applied for a job with Terminix and I was hired as a Sales Person by the end of the month. Cindy and I also went to see the musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN which was awesome.
July I saw SHARKNADO 3 (a lot of fun) when I was in St. Louis doing a week training for Terminix. Also, I attended the QC Planet Comic & Arts Convention was I did a lecture and signing (even appeared on a news segment for Midnight Mausoleum).
August saw FEAR OF THE WALKING DEAD, still prefer just THE WALKING DEAD. Also saw the remake of VACATION (had a few good laughs, but not as good as the Chevy Chase films). Also saw the paperback publication of BLOODLESS by Jody LaGreca and Michael McCarty.
September Mark McLaughlin and I finish editing a science fiction novel and start shopping it around. (It was accepted for publication in November).
(Urge Overkill photo by Michael McCarty)
November I fell on my face, literally. My face had a fight with the cement sidewalk and lost. I broke my nose and cut up my lip. I also saw the James Bond film SPECTRE was pretty good. Not as good as SKYFALL or CASINO ROYALE, but better than a lot of other James Bond flicks.
(Photo of Brad Cook and myself at a signing at the Book Rack in 2015)
In December, I find out that MODERN MYTHMAKERS is number 3 bestseller on Crystal Lake Publishing list (thank you everybody) and went to see STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (which I’d rank up there with the original STAR WARS, EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI).
I KISSED A GHOUL by Michael McCarty
MODERN MYTHMAKERS by Michael McCarty
FEAR & DESIRE by Michael McCarty & Sheri Gambino
(Paperback & Kindle) http://www.amazon.com/Fear-Desire-Michael-McCarty/dp/1633849732/ref=la_B001JS0L06_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451747864&sr=1-15&refinements=p_82%3AB001JS0L06
(Paperback & Nook) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fear-desire-michael-mccarty/1122027600?ean=9781633849730
BLOODLESS by Michael McCarty & Jody LaGreca
(Paperback & Kindle) http://www.amazon.com/Bloodless-1-Michael-McCarty/dp/1514853736/ref=la_B001JS0L06_1_29?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451748778&sr=1-29&refinements=p_82%3AB001JS0L06
(Paperback & Nook) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bloodless-michael-mccarty/1113502152?ean=9781514853733