Looking for stocking stuffers for fans of horror and science fiction on your Christmas list? It doesn’t matter if they have been naughty or nice, Michael McCarty books (kindle, nook or trade paperbacks) make great gifties…
But before I get to that list …. in the spirit of the season …. here are a recommendation of other authors. .. yes, I do read other authors besides myself.
This my Top 10 List Of Other Authors’s Books To Give As Gifts
1. TO THE VANISHING POINT By Alan Dean Foster.
Frank Sonderberg rents an RV to take his family on a vacation across the desert to go to Las Vegas. On the way, the pick up this beautiful hitchhiker and singer named Mouse and the trip goes to Hell … literary, getting chased by hideous monsters, encounter a demonic gas station, fire breathing cops and ax-wielding rats.
It was a tremendous honor that Alan Dean Foster wrote the introduction to my book MODERN MYTHMAKERS …
I also did an interview blog with Mr. Foster and here is the link:
2. THE ILLUSTRATED MAN by Ray Bradbury.
I love Ray Bradbury’s work and was lucky enough to interview him twice, once for my first book of interviews called GIANTS OF THE GENRE and MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers & Filmmakers.
THE ILLUSTRATED MAN is a book that I love to read during the winter or summer or fall … anytime of the year.
The book is a novel, but is a episodic novel where all the short stories are connected loosely together as one plot.
3) Duma Key by Stephen King
Stephen King has some great novels, but I keep on giving this one as a gift. Here is my review of the book:
4) SPARROW ROCK by Nate Kenyon
I really like Nate Kenyon’s BLOODSTONE, THE BONE FACTORY and THE REACH books. But SPARROW ROCK is one of my favorites. The story-line is about six teenagers who break in and party in a bomb shelter. Unbeknownst to the teens, the world is about to end very soon. An exciting and creepy page-turner.
5) BLOODSUCKING FIENDS by Christopher Moore
I interviewed Christopher Moore for MODERN MYTHMAKERS too. But, love his goofy and weird vampire trilogy: BLOODSUCKING FIENDS, YOU SUCK and BITE ME. This is book one in the series, so it is a great place to start.
6) INTENSITY by Dean Koontz
I also interviewed Dean Koontz for MODERN MYTHMAKERS. And have been a big fan of his for years. This book is a thriller that grabs you by the collar and doesn’t let go until the last book. Very creepy, very highly recommended.
7) LITTLE PEOPLE by Daniel Charles Wild.
The debut book and it is a fantasy story about fathers, sons and monsters and reasonably priced too.
8) DOG DAYS by Joe McKinney
I am not going to say much about the book, because once I start talking or writing about it, I just can’t stop. Set in 1983 in the burbs of Houston, a hurricane rocks the community … not only bringing floodwaters and strong winds … but a supernatural killer in the swamp lands of Clear Lake.
It is a brilliant, brilliant book
9) ISLAND by Richard Laymon
Been a big fan of Laymon for year: FUNLAND, THE STAKE, BITE, THE LAKE. Of all those terrific terror reads, my favorite has to be ISLAND is a great book to give as a present.
You ask why …. read this blog and find out why:
10) WINTER HORRORLAND by Jody R. LaGreca
Jody & I co-wrote the BLOODLESS series together: BLOODLESS, BLOODLUST and BLOODLINE.
This is a solo horror novel of hers and it is brilliant.
Here is my blog review:
Still interested in Michael McCarty after those 10 books?
Here are ideas of my own books to stick in your stockings
1) GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin
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.
Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin. Available in paperback and Kindle formats: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1467141062/
2) FRANKENSTEIN’S MISTRESS: TALES OF LOVE & MONSTERS by Michael McCarty (Grinning Skull Press)
(1 novella, 8 short stories)
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
3) LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE by Joe McKinney & Michael McCarty (Grinning Skull Press)
LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE by 2-time Bram Stoker Winner Joe McKinney & Five Time Bram Stoker Finalist Michael McCarty
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 something else…he just might become a man.
4) MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 INTERVIEWS WITH HORROR AND SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS by Michael McCarty (Crystal Lake Publishing)
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice … the ebooks are only .99 cents
35 Interviews with the likes of Ray Bradbury, Elvira, Dean Koontz, The Cast & Crew of Night of the Living Dead, John Saul, John Carpenter, Laurell K. Hamilton, Richard Matheson, Joe McKinney, William F. Nolan, Christopher Moore and many more.
5) APOCALYPSE AMERICA! By Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin
Nothing says Merry Christmas like the end of the world.
Here is an entire blog about the book too:
6) ESOTERIA-LAND by Michael McCarty (Amazon)
Not exactly all horror or science fiction. But there are horror and science fiction interviews, book reviews, movie reviews and essays … and 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, Famous Monsters editor Forry Ackerman, Buddy Holly’s drummer and many more…
Introduction By Linnea Quigley
Afterword By The Amazing Kreskin
7) DRACULA TRANSFORMED & OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES by Mark McLaughlin & Michael McCarty (Wildside Press)
5 Dracula tales and 6 vampire short stories. Introduction by the Amazing Kreskin and an afterword by C. Dean Andersson. This should please any fan of the undead.
8) DARK CITIES: DARK TALES by Michael McCarty
(Horror & science fiction short story collection)
The ebook is only .99 cents!!!
2 novellas and 5 short stories, which include zombies stumbling across the Midwest in the snow; an aspiring novelist has an affair with a sexy vampire in Florida and four teenagers from Texas battle giant spiders in this prequel to Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.
9) The BLOODLESS Series:
BLOODLESS by Michael McCarty and Jody LaGreca (Whiskey Creek Press) (CreateSpace)
BLOODLUST by Jody R. LaGreca and Michael McCarty (Whiskey Creek Press) (CreateSpace)
BLOODLINE by Michael McCarty and Jody LaGreca (Whiskey Creek Press)
A 100 vampire & Marilyn Monroe. The bloodsucker survives both the Lusitania and Hindenburg disasters but
can he survive raising a family too?
10) A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS by Michael McCarty (Wildside Press)
A terrific short story collection with Beatles robots, vampires, zombies, invisible scientists … you will love it
The books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble …. etc etc etc. Below are the links for Amazon ebooks, trade paperbacks on their site too
(Lost Girl of The Lake)
Trade Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998691291
US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K815A3C
A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS
DARK CITIES: DARK TALES
Have a very, scary Christmas from Michael McCarty & Fiends …