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Guest Blog: Ghosts Of The Pandemic Part One: The Arrival By John Brassard Jr.

(Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr. at the Ghosts of the Quad Cities book signing September 2019 — photo by Cindy McCarty)

Michael McCarty here. I interviewed John Brassard Jr. for several chapters in the book: GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin.

John wrote this 3 Part series, which will run in September 2020, October 2020 and finish up in November 2020.

Here is the link:

And please check out the GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES Facebook website:

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES, co-written by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin. Now available in Kindle, trade paperback and hardcover.

Kindle & Trade Paperback:

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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by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr.

Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin

Afterword by Rick Lopez of Igor’s Bistro

Like the mighty Mississippi River that cleaves the Quad Cities, the region’s history can trap the unwary in some unexpected eddies. Peer through the fog of the past to catch a glimpse of the Tinsmith Ghost of Rock Island or the river serpent with a price on its head. Get the back story on the Banshee of Brady Street, read the 1869 report on a Bigfoot sighting near East Davenport and run the numbers on local UFO activity. From phantom footsteps in the Renwick Mansion to a mausoleum heist in Chippiannock Cemetery, Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr. trace a path through the shadowy heritage of the Quad Cities.

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Written In Stone

by Michael McCarty

(Tammy Pescatelli and Michael McCarty at the Davenport, Iowa Funny Bone Comedy Club – Photo by Raymond Congrove)

Back in the 1990s …

When I worked at Funny Bone Comedy Club doing promotions and occasionally did comedy myself. My coworker was a lovely young lady Tammy Pescatelli. She had just started doing comedy at the time … and it was a sunny afternoon and nobody was around. In the back, outside, the strip mall where the comedy club was located, there was a new sidewalk put in. And Tammy and I went back there and wrote “Tammy P” and “Mike M” and I had her draw a star, because I knew she was going to be a star someday.

The next day .. they redid that sidewalk and erased the names and star.
I wish they would have kept it … it would still be there today.

Since that time,  I stepped of the comedy stage and started writing books. I have had 45 books horror, science fiction and nonfiction published.

(Michael McCarty Photo by Raymond Congrove in the 1990s)

And Tammy’s comedy career has really taken off like a rocket. She appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing in 2004.” In 2010, Pescatelli won Comedy Central’s “Standup Showdown” In 2004, she was a finalist on the second and third seasons of “Last Comic Standing.” She was one of the Final Five on NBC‘s “Last Comic Standing” and appeared on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

Pescatelli co-created, executive produced, wrote and starred in a reality TV show on WE TV called “A Standup Mother.”

(Comedy star. Pescatelli co-created, executive produced, wrote and starred in a reality TV show on WE TV called “A Standup Mother.”)

If you like this blog please check out these two books … the ebooks are only .99 cents … and they have great interviews too:



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)
•Whitley Strieber
•and of course, Bentley Little

…and many more.

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


ESOTERIA-LAND by Michael McCarty
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 and many more…

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