R.I.P. 2017

R.I.P. 2017
By Michael McCarty

2017 was an emotional roller coaster ride – the year had several highs and lows, twists and turns – and I was happy just to get off the damn thing by the end.

2017 was also a year of some substantial life changing events: some of them were wonderful, some of them were tragic. I will get to that in a bit….

2017 started out with a ruckus … the apartment, where Cindy and I lived for the last 20 years was sold (in October 2016) to a new landlord. So on January 1st, 2017, when most people were nursing a hangover, we had to listen to renovations and remodeling above us and below us, which lasted about 3 months.

Almost nonstop

And finally, when the noise stopped. The new tenants moved in and the noise continued but even louder — it sounded like a herd of rhinos was living above us.

I couldn’t write anymore because of all the noise.
Both myself and my wife lost a lot of sleep because of all the commotion.

When I confronted the new landlord about it — he said the reason for the noise was because they had stripped out all the carpet on the floors, because the new tenants like the hard wood floors.

This is the simple most stupidest thing I have ever heard….

I will get back to this later.

Also during this time, my brother Steve and family moved to the state of Washington.

In the meantime, I did finally have a book get published. The trade paperback of BLOODLINE (it was previously published by Start / Simon & Schuster).

In the meantime, my job at Orkin Pest Control just wasn’t paying that well … I was struggling to get the monthly bills paid

Cindy & I received a discount ticket and with some money we made from turning in cans, go to the Beatles exhibit at The Putnam museum

Michael McCarty with an Abby Road backdrop

Then the year took a turn for the worst, getting in a car accident, that cost $1,000 out of pocket and raised my insurance

Two weeks later, Mark McLaughlin and I do a panel about Batman at the QC Planet Comic & Art Convention in Rock Island to a packed room and it was a raging success…

Harley Quinn cosplay player and horror author Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty, Dr. Death & Mark McLaughlin

Michael McCarty, Mark McLaughlin & their book DRACULA TRANSFORMED

The Midnight Mausoleum ladies: Robyn Graves & Marlena Midnight and horror author Michael McCarty in the middle

During the 4th of July holiday I got to visit with my cousins whom I haven’t seen in ages: Jeff James (who is living in Washington state), Kevin Sims (Florida) and Gary Stewart (also Florida) all meet at my cousin Linda’s for a great reunion.

Around this time, my cousin Ron Fox also comes back to the Quad Cities

Ron Fox & Michael McCarty

Blinded by the light. During August their was the eclipse, here is my selfie ….

And somewhere between all of this, became friends with Todd Boyer

Also during the month of August, I have a career shake up. I leave Orkin pest control and return to my old company Terminix pest control.

Cindy and I have an offer to buy some Cub tickets at a great discount price, but starting a new job, I just didn’t have the money to go.

October 1st, 2017 after living in the apartment for 21 years, we get an eviction notice by the new landlord, who wants to remodel, charge more rent and bring in a relative instead.

Cindy and I go house shopping and the second one we see … we love and make an offer on.

So things are starting to look a little better for 2017 at this point. Out of the noisy apartment, found a nice house to move into … new job… started writing again.

Cindy, myself and the gang went to go see Bruce Campbell who was doing a lecture and signing his new book HAIL TO THE CHIN

Related blog:

“Bruce Campbell in Iowa City”


Another highlights included seeing John Mellencamp at the Mississippi Valley Fair and Olivia Newton-John at the Adler. Both shows were incredible….

And then, two major events that broke the McCarty household’s hearts:

My mom passed away

Mom with my book BLOODLESS and myself with MODERN MYTHMAKERS … a photo during happier times

and shortly after that, Cindy’s cousin Terry Bundy also passed away.

At Bev McCarty’s funeral, the surviving children: Steve McCarty, Cathy Leonard and Michael McCarty

November marked the 10th anniversary of my father passing away too…

It takes almost two months to move everything out of the apartment and into the new house with the help of family and friends.

So in short, it was a rough year … new job, new house, loss of a parent and a cousin.

2017 we also lost:

Mary Tyler Moore & Rose Marie (from the Dick Van Dyke show)
Roger Moore (James Bond)

Genre favorites:

George Romero
Harry Dean Stanton (from Alien)
John Hurt (also from Alien)
Bill Paxton (Aliens & Twister, Near Dark)
Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette from True Blood)
Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica)
Adam West
Director Jonathan Demme


Tom Petty
Chuck Berry
Glenn Campbell
Chris Cornell
David Cassidy
Gregg Allmen
Walter Becker of Steely Dan
Fats Domino
Malcolm Young of AC DC

TV and movie stars:

Don Rickles
Jerry Lewis
Charlie Murphy
Erin Moran
Martin Landau
Sam Shepard
Hugh Hefner
Bernie Casey
Chuck Barris
Judge Wapner

On the plus side, Charlie Manson died…

So as we close the book on 2017 and open the book on 2018 … I tend to look at the brighter side of the dark side of things:

Have a beautiful and loving wife

Cindy & Michael McCarty

A nice house

a lovable but sometimes naughty pet rabbit named Latte

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2017 Top Ten Movie Picks

2017 Top Ten Movie Picks
By Michael McCarty

2017 wasn’t a bad year for movies. It just wasn’t a very good year for movies. Too many superhero films, too many remakes and sequels. But every once in awhile, a real great film did come along.

Here are my favorites, my “Mike’s Likes” for 2017

1. It
2. The Lego Batman Movie
3. Annabelle: Creation
4. Blade Runner: 2049
5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
6. Get Out
7. The Founder
8. Justice League
9. Kong: Skull Island
10. Rings

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Paul McCartney Song List

Paul McCartney Song List
By Michael McCarty

Sunday December 3rd, 1989

Paul McCartney & his band played Rosemont Horizon arena near Chicago (now called the Allstate Arena … yuck).

I got great seats to the show. Maybe 15 rows back near the side of the stage. I took my then girlfriend Cindy (now wife), her sister and her friend to the show… it was the first time I told my wife I loved her, but the music was very loud, and all she said was “WHAT?”

Here is the set list

Paul McCartney (Photo by Raymond Congrove)

8:20 pm

“Figure of Eight”
“Rough Ride”
“Got To Get You Into My Life”
“Band on The Run”
“Ebony & Ivory”
“We Got Married”
“Maybe I’m Amazed”
“The Long and Winding Road”
“The Fool On The Hill”
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
“Good Day Sunshine”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Put It There”
“Things We Said Today”
“Elanor Rigby”
“My Brave Face”
“Back In The USSR”
“I Saw Her Standing There”
“Twenty Flight Rock”
“Coming Up”
“Let It Be”
“Ain’t That A Shame”
“Hey Jude”
“Get Back”
“Live and Let Die”
“Golden Slumbers”
“Carry That Weight”
“The End”

Paul McCartney (photo by Raymond Congrove)

10:40 pm

Paul McCartney Statics:

McCartney solo songs 11
Wing Songs 3
Beatles Songs 18

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Ho-Ho-Horror! Stocking-Stuffers For Your Horror Fans

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…


Here are my Top 10 suggestions


1) DRACULA TRANSFORMED AND 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.


I Kissed A Ghoul

2) I KISSED A GHOUL by Michael McCarty (Curiosity Quills Press)

This YA book is about the horny Mayor’s son who tries to score every chance he gets, but fights monsters instead

Modern Mythmakers

My blog about I KISSED A GHOUL:


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.


4) 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?


LIQUID DIET & MIDNIGHT SNACK by Michael McCarty (Whiskey Creek Press) (CreateSpace)

My first solo novel about a vampire doing an interview on an all-night gothic radio show: with callers, ads and some listeners who aren’t happy about a bloodsucker on the airwaves

Liquid Diet

My blog about LIQUID DIET:

6) 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

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7) FEAR & DESIRE by S.A. Gambino & Michael McCarty (Wilder Publications)

Adult themed poems to send shivers down the spine and warm the heart


8) MONSTER BEHIND THE WHEEL by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin (Medallion Press)

A haunted car novel with zombies… scary, sexy and some dark humor too

My blog about MONSTER:


9) GHOSTLY TALES OF ROUTE 66 by Michael McCarty & Connie Corcoran Wilson

True ghost stories set on the historic Route 66

10) DARK DUETS by Michael McCarty

My first short story collection …

My blog on DARK DUETS


The books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble …. etc etc etc. Below are the links for Amazon ebooks, trade paperbacks on their site too

(Dracula Transformed)

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1479422991/
US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K815A3C

(I Kissed A Ghoul)




(Modern Mythmakers)


(Bloodless Series):






MONSTER BEHIND THE WHEEL by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin — a novel of rollicking horror:
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005M5H20O
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/monster-behind-the-wheel-michael-mccarty/1017786873?ean=9781605421667





Have a very, scary Christmas from Michael McCarty & Fiends …

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Night of the Living Dead & Modern Mythmakers

Do you like Night of the Living Dead? The original black and white creepy ’60s movie about the dead coming back to live to eat the living?
Who doesn’t?

(Kyra Schon)

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD cast and crew: John Russo, Russ Streiner (“They’re coming to get you Barbara!”) and Kyra Schon are all interviewed in my mega book MODERN MYTHMAKERS.

Also interviewed: John Carpenter, Dean Koontz, Dean Andersson, John Saul, Ray Bradbury, Joe McKinney, Linnea Quigley, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and many more.

George Romero and friends … or is that fiends?

(John Russo as a zombie)

Russ Streiner saying his most famous line….


(B&N paperback)

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Demon Theory by Stephen Graham Jones (Book Review)

I originally read the novel Demon Theory by Stephen Graham Jones about a decade ago. I recently re-read the book and even enjoyed it more the second time around.

Here is my book review that appeared in ESOTERIA-LAND by Michael McCarty, which is unfortunately out of print.

Demon Theory
by Stephen Graham Jones, MacAdams/Cage, 440 pgs., $24, 2005
Rating: ***

Take a tribute to dozens of horror movies, a group of young doctors in love, a ton of footnotes, a strong sense of humor, witty dialogue, gargoyle-like demons, the living dead, a creepy atmosphere, and some flying body parts; throw all of that in a blender, grind it into tasty chunks, and you’ll come out with something like Stephen Graham Jones’ novel, Demon Theory.
On Halloween, protagonist Hale gets a disturbing call from his diabetic mother. Mom asks him to come home immediately – to the place where his sister mysteriously disappeared years ago. Hale and a half-dozen of his fellow medical students return to the rural homestead, but end up stranded there because of a blizzard. They must then survive the long night ahead.
The story line is basically Stephen King’s The Shining (the book, the movie and the TV movie) melded with such films as Night of the Demons, Night of the Demons 2, Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Black Christmas (both the original and the remake), The Haunting (ditto), Storm of the Century (another of King’s works), and The Legend of Hell House.
And yet, this book is both original and unique. It is written as a literary film treatment, a three-part novelization of the feature film trilogy, The Devil Inside. With footnotes and pop-culture kitsch on almost every page, the novel feels like a movie within a movie inside of a book. It’s like channel-surfing late-night TV with the best horror films on the tube.
One suggestion – be sure to pay very close attention as you read, because the complex plot and footnotes will require your total focus. Even so, it’s a fun read, so it’s definitely worth the effort.
Demon Theory is intellectual horror with blood and guts thrown into the mix. Scary, sexy, surreal, and smart – a hell of a fine read!

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Bruce Campbell in Iowa City

An Evening of Bruce Campbell in Iowa City, Iowa (a review of sorts)
by Michael McCarty

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 7:00 pm
The Englert Theatre, Iowa City, Iowa

This long strange adventure began, when my friend Brian Kronfeld told me, “Me, Quinn (Hernandez) and Izzy (Sutton) are going to go up to Iowa City and see Bruce Campbell. Are you?”

I really didn’t know anything about this and said, “I really don’t know anything about this.”

Then Brian said, “I’ll send you a link….”

I didn’t think there was really a chance, that myself and my lovely wife Cindy could see Bruce Campbell. You see, The Prairie Lights Bookstore and The Englert Theatre did the same thing a couple of years ago, when Stephen King came up there. The Prairie Lights provided the audience members with a signed edition of the book that Mr. King wrote and the theatre was the place he’d appear for a lecture.

Stephen King sold the 700 seat Englert Theatre out very quickly.

So when I clicked on the link and found it wasn’t sold out. That is when myself and my wife, Cindy got excited. We purchased two tickets as fast as the internet would let us.

(The promo for If Chins Could Kill, Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way and Hail To The Chins author and horror icon Bruce Campbell).

It was a strange time for me in my life, it was just after leaving my job at Orkin for about a year and a half and starting a new job with Terminix which I was returning back to.

My wife and I went to Zombie Burger in Iowa City, Iowa … which wasn’t that far away from The Englert Theatre.

(Zombie Burger, Iowa City, Iowa – Photo by Michael McCarty)

Cindy & I really enjoyed Zombie Burger … the food was good and the restaurant is all decked out everything Zombie….

(Cindy McCarty at Zombie Burger – Photo by Michael McCarty)

(Horror author Michael McCarty with a killer milkshake – Photo by Cindy McCarty)

So after feasting on burgers and milkshakes we are fueled up to walk the few blocks over to The Englert Theatre to stand in line in the rain with 700 other Bruce Campbell fans.

After about 30 minutes, we finally get into The Englert Theatre, which is very lovely. This theater has been around since the Vaudeville days and reminds me a lot of The Capitol Theatre in Downtown Davenport, where of course, we picked up an autographed copy of the book Hail To The Chins.

Bruce Campbell goes on stage shortly after 7pm….. he dressed in a plaid jacket, bow tie and was wearing glasses. Hey, I can’t say anything, I dressed in similar outfits myself.

The audience is going, “Bruce, Bruce, Bruce…”

Bruce takes the microphone and says, “When you go ‘Bruce,’ it sounds like your booing.” (The audience laughter fills The Englert Theatre. Then Bruce adds, “I should leave now, it couldn’t get any better than this.”

Right from the get go, you see that Bruce has stand-up comedy timing. I feel it has always been inside of Bruce Campbell and this is why it makes him so popular with his movies and books. That is my two cents worth and you can keep the change….

(The gang’s all here: Cindy McCarty, Quinn Hernandez, Brian Kronfeld and Izzy Sutton — Photo by Michael McCarty)

He talks about the book and his other books he has written (If Chins Could Kill and Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way). He talked about the behind the scenes story and how it relates to a chapter in his new book and then he reads the chapter.

Everything he talked about was fascinating. One of the things I thought was cool: “Thank you for your purchase of ‘Hail To The Chins.’ The book just hit number 8 on the New York Times bestsellers list because of your support….”

After that, he answers questions from the audience…

I tried to write as much Q&A in my notebook in the dark … this is the best I could do. Sorry if I misquoted anyone if I don’t get everything 100% correct:

(The golden ticket to get to the sold out Bruce Campbell show in Iowa City)

AUDIENCE: “You’ve done some voice over work for video games. Do you have any interesting stories about that?”

BRUCE: “Any interesting stories about sitting in the studio with a microphone saying things like:

‘Go right, ahead.’
‘Go left, ahead.’
‘Stop here….”
For four days.
Now is that exciting???? To some, maybe. For me, I just wanted to hang myself by the end of it.”

AUDIENCE: “Any tips for catching a chainsaw with one hand?”

BRUCE: “Yes, do less Mescaline.”

(Photo of Bruce Campbell by Michael McCarty)

AUDIENCE: “What was that orb all about in THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY, JR. The show never explained that.”

BRUCE: “We got canceled, we never had time.”

AUDIENCE: “After SPIDER-MAN, is there any Marvel film you’d like to do?”

BRUCE: “After naming SPIDER-MAN? Let’s review the films, sir:

In the first SPIDER-MAN movie, Peter Parker wants to enter the ring as ‘The Human Spider.’ As the Ring Master announcer I tell him, that name sucks and rename him Spider-Man. If the ring master wasn’t in that movie, this billion dollar franchise would be called ‘The Human Spider.’

In SPIDER-MAN 2, Peter Parker wants to see Mary Jane (Watson) because she’s in a play on Broadway.
(Imitating Peter Parker running: ‘I’m coming to see her after saving the world,’).
And I’m the snotty usher. I won’t let him in. Why? Because he’s late, it would spoil the illusion for the play.
Technically, I’m the only character that has defeated Spider-Man. (Loud round of applause).

In SPIDER-MAN 3, Peter Parker comes to me for help because I’m the Maitre D’. When does a super hero come to a mortal for help? Not very often.
Do I help him?
No – because he was such a D-Bag to me in the first two movies.
I hope that answers your question.”

AUDIENCE: “Is there any way to bring Ash into Jason or Freddy’s world?”

BRUCE: “No and No and No!!!
It was a creatively bankrupt idea anyway.”

AUDIENCE: “When is ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD Season Three going to air?”

BRUCE: “When you get the memo, give me a call. Starz isn’t going to play it until February (2018). There are a lot of cogs. Starz was just purchased by Lionsgate. Starz is now a Lionsgate company. Our bosses have bosses. We’re in the middle of that dance. We all have to sing for our supper, sir. So we’re busy singing.
Season 3, I’d have to say, you will pick your jaw up off the ground after watching it.
To all the people out there who say, “Where’s Starz? Where can I get it at?” Download the free app, 30 day free trial. Watch the entire two seasons in about two and half hours. Then delete the app. I’m sorry if I couldn’t make it any easier or cheaper for you.”

After the Q&A, Bruce was signing the audience members books or movies (1 each). Cindy had Bruce sign IF CHINS COULD KILL and he said, “The predecessor,” with a wink.
I had the graphic novel that he co-wrote called THE MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN. Bruce said, “A literary classic.”
I gave Bruce autographed copies of my books: MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 INTERVIEWS WITH HORROR AND SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS and CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN and said: “If you like these interviews, give me a call and I’d do an interview with you.” I never received a call back.

(My wife Cindy McCarty and Bruce Campbell … if you look carefully, on the floor is copies of my books: MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 INTERVIEWS WITH HORROR AND SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS by Michael McCarty and CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN by The Amazing Kreskin and Michael McCarty
– Photo by Michael McCarty)

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