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Post-Apocalyptic Novel Offers Hope For The Future

Post-Apocalyptic Novel Offers Hope For The Future
By Mark McLaughlin

APOCALYPSE AMERICA!, a new science-fiction novel by Quad-Cities authors Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin, tells of a future when the world will be under attack by Internet Witches, flesh-eating dust mites, murderous robots, and mutant scorpions. But according to the authors, the novel is actually a tale of hope and redemption.

“The novel is set in a terrifying future,” McCarty said. “Following a devastating nuclear war, America has turned into a wasteland. A cult of digital beings known as Internet Witches have used their advanced technology to attack the country through its computers. Humanity’s fate rests with Cain, a young nomad who must find a legendary paradise known as Eden. Cain is joined on his trek by new friends and together, they work to save Earth’s remaining people from destruction.”

McLaughlin noted that the protagonist, Cain, is a survivor – an eternal optimist who doesn’t panic. “As a team, Cain and his friends are able to fight monsters and still proceed with their objectives,” he said. “They take a look at the seemingly insurmountable problems around them, assess their resources, and work out an action plan. If something doesn’t work, they try something else. I think that’s a good game-plan for all of us. Don’t let the world get you down. Keep striving for success. Find like-minded friends and work with them to achieve mutual goals.”

“APOCALYPSE AMERICA! may be a post-apocalyptic novel, but there’s an underlying positive message: Never give up!” McCarty said.

“I think this book will resonate with readers because at some point in our lives, we all may face a personal apocalypse,” McLaughlin said. “We may lose a pet, or a job we enjoyed. Our health may suffer. We may even lose a loved one. But no matter what goes wrong in our loves, we still have to move on with our lives. We have to find the strength to face tomorrow, and move forward with purpose.”

McCarty’s recent books include Lost Girl of the Lake (coauthored by Joe McKinney), Conversations with Kreskin (coauthored by The Amazing Kreskin) and Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror and Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers.

McLaughlin’s latest paperback releases are Horrors & Abominations and The House of the Ocelot (both co-authored by Michael Sheehan, Jr.).

APOCALYPSE AMERICA! is now available on in both paperback and Kindle formats. Please use these links to find out more about the novel in each format:



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Island By Richard Laymon (Book Review)

A Review of Richard Laymon’s ISLAND
by Michael McCarty

by Richard Laymon
Leisure Books
504 pages
ISBN: 0-8439-4978-3

Tragically Richard Laymon passed away on February 14th, 2001 as he was finally getting the success he deserved. For years, Laymon wrote terrific terror tales but had to get them publish aboard, mostly England, Australia and New Zealand.
Publishers like Leisure and Cemetery Dance started publishing Laymon’s work in the United States at the end the 20th century and he started having great success in his own country. But that soon ended on Valentine’s Day, 2001 when the gentleman of horror passed away at far too young an age.
ISLAND was one of those books published overseas, now it is available in the US and the timing is perfect. With the runaway hit of Tom Hank’s “Castaway,” ISLAND could be subtitled “The Horny Castaway.”
It is the story of a teenager named Rupert Conway who is about to break up with his girlfriend Connie, when he goes on vacation with her family the yacht explodes leaving the crew of seven stranded on a dessert island.
It gets worse.
Much worse.

(Photo of the late, great Richard Laymon)

Also on the island is a serial killer who is systematically killing the male population. Rupert is all alone with three attractive women. At first this seem like paradise, but Rupert quickly accesses he’s next in line.
ISLAND has it all — non-stop adventure, gruesome murders, a beautiful tropical island with three babes in bikinis, references to other island classics such as ROBINSON CRUSOE and GILLIGAN’S ISLAND and plenty of thrills and laughs.
In short, ISLAND should please the legion of Laymon fans out there. A terrific combination of comedy and terror. Highly recommended.
There is also a fitting tribute/introduction by his friend and genre giant Dean Koontz.

Check out this blog about Richard Laymon:

A review of Richard Laymon’s To Wake The Dead:

If you like this review or any of the other interviews or articles on this blog.

Please, please and please consider purchasing MODERN MYTHMAKERS by Michael McCarty …
the ebook is only .99 cents! Less than a dollar

The ebook is only .99 cents!!!!

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(Nook & Trade paperback)


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