Top Ten Reasons Why These Two Americans Love Red Dwarf

Top Ten Reasons Why These Two Americans Love Red Dwarf
by Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty

For those of you who haven’t seen Red Dwarf, this U.K. science-fiction comedy concerns the adventures of Dave Lister (Craig Charles), the last Earthman alive, and his pals – the hologram Arnold Rimmer, BSC, SSC (Chris Barrie), a humanoid feline simply named Cat (Danny John-Jules), ex-girlfriend Christine Kochanski (Chloe Annett), and square-headed android Kryten (Robert Llewellyn). Their home is the enormous space vessel Red Dwarf, which is operated by the computer persona Holly (Norman Lovett & Hattie Hayridge), a floating head who spouts witticisms from the ship’s monitors. The program is shown in America on public television and BBC America.
Here are the top ten reasons this show has become a firm fan favorite….

1. The Anti-Heroes
Most American science-fiction heroes are glamorous and self-confident, with perfect hair, looks, and teeth. But the cast of Red Dwarf–! Basically they’re misfits, but lovable misfits, in touch with their misfit-ness. They know they are substandard and they’re proud of it. That brings them closer to the common man. Lister’s a slob, Rimmer is neurotic, and the Cat’s completely egotistical – but so what? Those faults make them what they are. They are defined more by their flaws than their virtues.

2. The Outrageous Storylines
Most science-fiction fans would never admit that they might not understand a convoluted storyline with detailed, up-to-date scientific concepts. However, that’s not a worry with Red Dwarf. The show’s science concerns itself with pulp concepts taken to their wackiest extremes. For example, in the episode “Pete, Part 2,” they took the idea of birds evolving from dinosaurs and turned into a screwball misadventure, where a tiny sparrow is transformed into a rampaging T-Rex.

3. The Monsters and Aliens
Science-fiction and horror fans love aliens and monster, and when it comes to science-fiction comedy, the more outrageous they are, the better. In Red Dwarf, we are treated to a bumper crop of bizarre creatures. There’s the Pleasure Gelf, who can be anybody’s dream date, but is in fact an eyestalked mound of what looks like moldy Jell-O. There’s Legion, a composite creature who is the perfect host: he never wants his guests to leave. There’s the Polymorph, who can look like anything from a chicken to a huge, slime-streamed monstrosity. Even the crew members are somewhat monstrous. Cat has bulging fangs, Rimmer is a ghost-like hologram, and Lister’s sloppiness puts him on a par with Neanderthals.

4. Curry
Curry, the crew’s favorite dish, offers viewers the mysterious allure of exotic cuisine!

5. Holly
Who doesn’t love a wisecracking computer? Americans remember with fondness the deadpan comic stylings of B9 from Lost in Space – the seven-foot-tall, bubble-headed, arm-waving, “Danger! Danger!”-shouting robot who constantly drove finicky space-traveler Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) into cosmic hissy-fits.
The earthly nature of both the male and female Hollys of Red Dwarf makes a welcome departure from the more mechanical entities of other science-fiction epics. Both pasty-faced floating heads are simply likeable – how we wish all computers would be! They don’t bog down their human colleagues with complex technical mumbo-jumbo: they simply state their case in easygoing slang, with a few jokes thrown in for good measure.

6. The Space-Bug
Who wouldn’t love to have a sporty little space shuttle for tooling around the universe? The fact that it looks like a big, friendly green ant makes it seem more like a pet than a form of transportation.

7. Duane Dibbley
In a few episodes, the Cat (coolness personified) is shown to have an alternate personality – or perhaps anti-personality: Duane Dibbley, the ultimate nerd. Duane has it all: huge buckteeth, lunch pail, thermos, a Moe Howard haircut – and loads of plaid clothes. This walking sight-gag always gets a laugh.

8. Space Vixens
The Red Dwarf universe is peppered with beautiful young females – and they’re not always human. The show appeals to typical male fantasies, but it also points out that women are more than just male playthings. Remember the episode where Rimmer is constantly annoyed and pursued by his alternate-universe female-counterpart and Lister is impregnated (via the logic of that alternate universe) during a one-night stand with a She-Lister? The show’s writers use the concept of sexual fantasies to explore the role of gender in society and in space.

9. Future Sex
With all those space vixens, can sex be far behind? Red Dwarf is a kooky variation on the concepts found in The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and Lost in Space – and sometimes, one thinks it should have been Lust in Space. They may not always have a warp drive, but they’ve definitely got a sex drive!
Kryten has a red-hot romance with a space blob – too bad he doesn’t have the equipment to consummate the affair. Cat has a virtual-reality affair with an unlikely mermaid (fish above the waist, lady below) and Marilyn Monroe. Lister has sex with a female version of himself, almost has a honeymoon with a hairy gelf maiden, and constantly pursues Kochanski through space and time. Various versions of Rimmer have sex with other versions of Rimmer on a planet populated by male and female clones of the hapless hologram (millions of Rimmers copulating with each other – that concept could replace syrup of ipecac as the number one vomit-inducer). Rimmer is the most neurotic creature in the universe – but he does manage to find his heart’s desire every now and then. For example, on a ship with a hologram crew, he meets up with a lovely young crew member who actually finds him attractive! Even Holly finds love, albeit with a female Holly – and eventually, he becomes her.

10. Kryten
We’ve saved the best for last! Kryten is alternately tough and tender – and constantly struggling with what it means to be both a machine and a living creature. Who can forget the time when, like Pinocchio, he became a real boy? But with Kryten, it wasn’t his nose that grew. The fact it was a vacuum cleaner that jump-started his libido truly emphasized how much trouble he had figuring out his true nature.
Kryten is always a true friend to Lister, no matter what – the ultimate science-fiction sidekick. Loyal, supportive, and ingenious, he comes with amusing groin attachments (he uses them to vacuum or stir tea).

Red Dwarf, the longest-running BBC2 comedy, was created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. Now rumors are circulating about a feature film in the works – and deservedly so. It would be great to sit down to a full banquet of Red Dwarf adventure, as opposed to the smaller hors d’oeuvre episodes.
Basically, these two American love Red Dwarf because it is funny, eccentric, well-written, and well-acted. If we have any complaint at all, it would be that there aren’t enough episodes to enjoy – and a movie would certainly help to correct that matter.

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Unmasking Joan Mauch

Interview by Michael McCarty

Joan Mauch’s background ranges from teaching and working for nonprofit organizations advocating for the poor, selling real estate to a career in marketing and public relations. Over the years, her nonfiction has appeared in a variety of publications. She has bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in urban studies.
She is the author of five novels: Halifax, The Mangled Spoon (later renamed Unmasking Miss Jane), The Waterkeeper’s Daughter, Escape from Ambergris and Leon’s Wall.
When she isn’t writing, Joan enjoys visiting her son in Tampa, Florida or just hanging out with family or friends.
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Myself (as Jason) and Joan Mauch with LAUGHING IN THE DARK

MICHAEL McCARTY: Why did you decide to become a novelist in the first place?

JOAN MAUCH: As a lifelong lover of reading, from an early age I wanted to write a novel but when I first sat down (under a tree by Lake Michigan) to write, after the first page, I ran out of words and discovered there was more to it than I thought. Years went by, life intervened and I put that desire on the back burner. Finally, after retiring, I had some free time and my desire to write a novel resurfaced along with the realization that I didn’t know the first thing about novel writing. At the time I was living on Chicago’s North Shore and found out about a fiction-writing class in which I promptly enrolled. The rest is as they say, history.

MIKE: Your book “Halifax” is set in both Florida and Canada. Was there any particular reason from going to extreme hot to extreme cold locations?

JOAN: Before even thinking about writing the novel, I had gone to Nova Scotia on vacation and visited all the locations mentioned in the book. When I came up with the idea for the novel, and the protagonist was going to flee, I thought Halifax would be the perfect place for her go. Like me, I assumed most of my readers had heard of Halifax but were unfamiliar with where it was or what it was like, so, in my mind at least, the setting added an element of interest to the novel. By the way, when we were there, which was in the fall, the weather in Nova Scotia was similar to autumn weather here, which is to say, delightful.

(Joan Mauch at the Book Rack, Davenport, Iowa)

MIKE: Why did you change the name of the title from “The Mangled Spoon” to “Unmasking Miss Jane”?

JOAN: Truthfully, I never cared much for the title, “The Mangled Spoon”. Although it reflected a key element in the novel, I didn’t think it reflected the true nature of the book the way the new title and book cover do. I don’t know about other authors, but for me, coming up with the right title and book cover is difficult because there are so many factors to consider.

MIKE: If we are unmasking Joan Mauch, what would we find?

JOAN: A person who is somewhat conflicted. I am a very private person who avoids the spotlight and enjoys solitude, but at the same time I love excitement. For example, I went skydiving with my son a few years ago, ran two half-marathons and someday would like to go bungee jumping. On a more normal scale I enjoy hanging out with family and friends.

MIKE: What is a waterkeeper? And why did you choose to write about that profession?

JOAN: A Waterkeeper is someone who is a member of the Waterkeepers’ Alliance, an international organization solely focused on clean water. It is dedicated to preserving and protecting water by connecting local Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates worldwide. Their goal is drinkable, fishable, and swimmable water everywhere. They achieve this by monitoring our waterways and going after polluters often filing suit to stop them when they can’t do so by persuasion.
I had read a story in the Dispatch-Rock Island Argus about Quad-Cities Waterkeeper, Art Norris, and it captured my attention. The more I learned about it, the more I thought it would make a good subject for a novel since, like me, I assumed most people were unfamiliar with the term, “waterkeeper” and would find it facinating.

MIKE: Of all your books. What was the hardest to write? What was the easiest?

JOAN: “Escape from Ambergris Caye” was the most difficult because the book’s plot focuses on human trafficking. I had to do extensive research on that horrendous subject. There were times that it was so depressing that I didn’t think I could continue. However since the problem is so widespread and people generally unaware that it takes place virtually under their very noses, I felt it was worth any discomfort my research caused me.
“Halifax” was by far the easiest and most fun to write. Eleanor “Ellie” Hurley, the main character was so quirky and unpredictable, I often broke out laughing as I wrote about some of the things she said and did. It’s also special because it was the first time I was offered a publishing contract by a traditional publisher.

MIKE: You did a sequel with “Escape from Ambergris” and “Leon’s Wall”. Any thoughts of writing another book and making it a trilogy?

JOAN: I have considered writing a sequel focused on Zac Taylor, Jackson’s free-spirit brother in “Escape”. I think he would make an interesting subject for a novel since, like Ellie in “Halifax” he’s so unpredictable. Unfortunately it will have to wait because I’m currently in the middle of a stand-alone novel that I hope to release sometime next spring.

MIKE: You started out with a small publisher and went into self publishing. Why did you choose that route?

JOAN: I had three novels published by two traditional publishers and while I was grateful for the confidence they showed in publishing my work, I wanted more control in terms of promotion, editing and cover design. Self-publishing isn’t for everyone as in essence you become not only the writer, but also marketer and publisher as well. It’s a lot more work but, for me, it has also been more rewarding. In recent years, self-publishing has come into its own. With more well-known writers taking the plunge, it has lost the reputation for poor writing it formerly had. Also, Amazon’s KindleDirect publishing arm has made it easier for writers to self-publish, something I never would have considered without it.

MIKE: Any advise for beginning writers?

JOAN: Writing a novel is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. What I mean by that is, as a young woman I thought I could just sit down and whip off a novel. After all, in college I always got A’s in creative writing courses and was often told I was a good writer and should write a book. Well, as I mentioned above, when I sat down to actually write, I quickly discovered after only a page, I couldn’t think of anything more to say. So, if you’re a new writer just starting out, I would advise you to take a few courses or workshops on novel writing. If that’s not possible, read some books on the topic. Then you need to accept the fact that novel writing is a life-long pursuit, it is hard work that requires discipline. It’s not a weekend activity to pursue when you’re in the mood or have nothing better to do. Only then will you succeed. I hope this doesn’t discourage any of you who, like me, longed to write a book, but you do need to face the reality of what’s involved.

MIKE: Last words?

JOAN: Yes! Would-be writers who are reading this blog also need to know that most published authors are kind and more than willing to help struggling writers, so don’t be afraid to ask. I, myself, have emailed famous authors for their input on various topics and received responses. Authors are human too and most have at one time struggled to get their work published so they know what you are going through.
If you’re a reader, be sure to look up my work on my website at or on Amazon. And after you read any or all of my novel, please leave comments or reviews. They needn’t be more than a few words. Those are gold for writers at any level and much appreciated!
Thanks to Mike for the opportunity to participate in his blog.

(Joan Mauch’s book signing for Halifax, Joan on the left, Mike on the right, photo by Cindy McCarty)

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Written In Blood: A Fictional, Factual Interview with Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin About Vampire Books by Professor LaGungo

(Professor Artemis Theodore LaGungo is known worldwide as an author, scholar, mystic, entrepreneur, and the proprietor of Professor LaGungo's Exotic Artifacts & Assorted Mystic Collectibles, a quaint shop filled with second-hand horrors and near-new abominations. He was first encountered by the world in a poetry collection by Mark McLaughlin entitled – what an incredible coincidence!

(Professor LaGungo)

Professor LaGungo's Exotic Artifacts & Assorted Mystic Collectibles.
Professor LaGungo is one of the world’s most renowned experts on … well, practically everything, from antiques to Egyptology to vampire lore. He is also a fictional character who has appeared in stories by that McLaughlin guy and his collaborator, Michael McCarty. The Professor hasn’t written anything in a while – he’s too busy being a fictional character – so he decided to return to the world of authorship by interviewing his old friends, Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin.)

PROFESSOR LaGUNGO: Welcome, gentle reader, to Professor LaGungo's Exotic Artifacts & Assorted Mystic Collectibles. I am Professor LaGungo, and today I will be interviewing my creator, Mark McLaughlin, and his frequent collaborator, Michael McCarty. I will now let them introduce themselves.

MICHAEL McCARTY: I’m Michael McCarty.

MARK McLAUGHLIN: I’m Mark McLaughlin.

Michael McCarty, Mark McLaughlin & their book DRACULA TRANSFORMED

PROFESSOR LaGUNGO: Well, that was easy! I’ll be talking with them about their story collection, Dracula Transformed & Other Bloodthirsty Tales, published by Wildside Press as a trade paperback, and also as Kindle and Nook ebooks.

Gentlemen, be sure to talk into this tape recorder so I can accurately capture each sacred word, each pearl of wisdom that falls from your lips! Now let me see, where did I put my interview questions?

MIKE: Maybe in that notebook? The one you’re holding in your hands? The one with the words INTERVIEW QUESTIONS on the cover?

LaGUNGO: Oh yes, so it is! I’ll try to get this interview wrapped up before my favorite soap opera starts. It’s the one about that witches’ coven – All My Cauldrons. Now, is Dracula Transformed your first vampire book?

Dracula Transformed

MIKE: It’s the first vampire book that Mark and I have written together. I’ve written the solo vampire novel Liquid Diet & Midnight Snack, which is actually composed of two short novels. I also co-authored the Bloodless series with Jody LaGreca: Bloodless, Bloodlust and Bloodline. They are available as trade paperbacks, as well as ebooks published by Simon & Schuster.

MARK: I haven’t written a solo vampire book yet, but I did write a collection of zombie stories entitled Beach Blanket Zombie: Weird Tales of the Undead & Other Humanoid Horrors, from Wildside Press.

LaGUNGO: What was your favorite story to write in Dracula Transformed?

MIKE: That’s a tough question, because I like all the stories in Dracula Transformed. I really liked writing all the collaborations with Mark: “Dracula Transformed,” “Lucy Transformed,” “Incident in the Back of a Black Limousine,” and “Dracula Has Risen From The Sofa.” I also enjoyed writing my solo stories, “Dracula, Inc.” and “Wanted: Undead or Alive.” But I can’t pick just one story. They’re like potato chips, you can’t have just one!

MARK: Like Mike, I love all the stories. But if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be “Dracula Transformed,” since it presents an incarnation of Dracula that the world has never seen before. In the story, Dracula has been brought back to life by a Greek witch, who has given him some astounding new powers, straight out of ancient mythology. I’m half-Greek, so I’ve always been enthralled with those classic myths and monsters.

(Michael McCarty as Count Mike-ula)

(Mark McLaughlin seeing red)

LaGUNGO: What are some of your favorite Dracula movies?

MIKE: I’m a big fan of Dracula, so it’s a big list! I enjoy Dracula (1931), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), and Dracula (1979). I’m also a big fan of Christopher Lee’s Hammer films about Dracula: Horror of Dracula, Dracula Princess of Darkness, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Dracula AD 1972, Scars of Dracula, and The Satanic Rites of Dracula. I also like Nosferatu and Nosferatu the Vampyre. For laughs, I like Love at First Bite and Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula.

MARK: I love all the movies Mike mentioned, but I have to say, I’ve always been especially amused by John Carradine’s quirky portrayal of Dracula in Universal’s House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula. He’s so polite and charming, and also so tall and skinny! And he has a mustache. Doesn’t he worry that he’s going to be walking around with blood in his mustache? Sometimes I get soup in my mustache. The struggle is real!

LaGUNGO: I have forty-seven other in-depth topics listed here, but it’s about time for my soap opera, so this is going to be my last question. Who is your favorite character in Dracula Transformed – besides Dracula, of course?

MIKE: That would be you, Professor LaGungo! You’re the one who helped the Greek witch in the beginning of the story, “Dracula Transformed”! If it weren’t for you, Dracula couldn’t have returned to the world of the living, to terrorize and slaughter innocent souls!

MARK: Yes, I would also have to say you, Professor LaGungo! You did a great job of betraying the human race – for cash!

MIKE: Thank you, Professor LaGungo, for doing this interview! It was certainly very thoughtful of you to– Hey, where did he go?

MARK: He’s in the back room, watching his stupid soap opera. Let’s sneak out and go get a drink!

MIKE: Sound good to me!

DRACULA TRANSFORMED & Other Bloodthirsty Tales by Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty.

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Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin. Afterword by C. Dean Andersson.

DRACULA TRANSFORMED & Other Bloodthirsty Tales’ features eleven vampire stories by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Mark McLaughlin and Bram Stoker Award finalist Michael McCarty. In these stories, they reveal many of the secrets of the bloodthirsty dead. The novella ‘Dracula Transformed’ is a modern-day sequel to Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, in which the vampire is brought back from beyond the grave in a manner that gives him startling new powers. Using these powers, he begins a bloody campaign of vengeance. In ‘Lucy Transformed,’ you will learn of the relationship between Dracula and his daughter Zaleska, as well as his growing fondness for Lucy Westenra … a fondness that will seal Lucy’s doom. Even more vampiric horror awaits you in the remaining nine tales.

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Interview with Igor’s Bistro’s owner: Rick Lopez

By Michael McCarty

Igor’s Bistro is a Halloween-themed restaurant opened all year next to the Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois at 3055 38th Street. The menu offers a tasty variety of entrees including The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, a chicken breast sandwich with ghost pepper sauce, melted provolone, Pico de Gallo and lettuce; The Goblin a 6 oz. brat burger; and Igor’s Italian Beef and Vampire Bite appetizers (mini pretzels). Plus they have wine and “spirits.”

Here is a link to their menu and website:

MICHAEL McCARTY: Why did you decide to open Igor’s Bistro?

RICK LOPEZ: Because the construction industry was giving me way too much stress and I felt that it was time to go back to what really makes me happy…cooking and all things creepy.

(Left to right: Rick Lopez, Michael McCarty & Cindy McCarty) (Photo by Mark McLaughlin)

MIKE: Ganson’s was a popular spot in Rock Island (2009-2016). What kind of feedback have you gotten from the old clientele from the old restaurant?

RICK: It has been a pretty positive transition from Ganson’s to Igor’s, but we still have our naysayers. Hell, we even have a neighbor who lives down the lane who really believes we are “Satan worshipers”. But she hasn’t even been in here to see what we are all about which is great service and good food made with love. But all in all, we feel the community likes us and we are slowly building up our clientele.
We have people who come in every other day, once a week, every two weeks and we’re proud of that. We take a lot of pride in what we do. We try to make everyone happy, so I hope people get a chance to stop by and enjoy our creepy atmosphere. You won’t be sorry! Your taste buds will thank you!

MIKE: You have many cool monster movie and horror posters and other Halloween memorabilia. Where did you acquire all that stuff?

Frankenstein Movie poster

(Photo by Michael McCarty)

RICK: This type of place has always been on the back burner while I was working in the construction industry and that was for twenty-five years. You can acquire a lot of stuff through the years! Just ask my wife. She was always asking why the hell do you need that. My answer always was you never know when we may need it…HA HA!!

MIKE: There is a story posted on the wall you wrote. Can you tell us more about that? And do you have any longer works of fiction in the works?

RICK: Well, that is the story of the jack-o-lantern and I was fascinated with the way Halloween progressed through the years, particularly the jack-o-lantern. I always had the painting that goes with the story in my mind as a mural but with the building we ended up being smaller than anticipated, so we commissioned the painting and there you have it…the story of Stingy Jack. As far as any works of fiction goes, I think I will leave that to you Michael, as you are the professional writer. My skills lean toward building stuff, cooking and scaring people!!

MIKE: Recently Igor’s Bistro had a run in with the City Council. Can you elaborate on this?

(Photo by Michael McCarty)

RICK: Yes, apparently we have some neighbors who absolutely hate life. They have been against us from the start. They did not like our little 18” x 24” signs in the yard so they contacted the city and we had to take them down because it was not in the special use permit or in the ordinance about signage on this particular building so we had to take them down. When I asked them to explain why, these little tiny signs were such an issue
(we were just trying to draw a little more attention to us so we may have a better chance to succeed.) I was told the special use permit only allowed a certain amount of square footage of signs on the property. I even asked them about the signs they put up when it is re-election time and if they had to go through the process of obtaining a special use permit to display their signs but was given no answer(imagine that). Needless to say there are plans in the works to remedy this.

MIKE: Is it true that if you mention, “The Monster Mike Discount,” you get .13 cents knocked off your bill????

RICK: ABSOLUTELY! You mention the Monster Mike discount and you will receive 13 creepy cents off your bill.

(Wouldn’t you give your hand to a fiend?
or those darn zombies are always asking for a “hand-out”…. LOL)

MIKE: Last words?

RICK: Like I said I hope all of your followers will come check us out and support us fellow horror fans who want to bring you excellent service and spooktacular food in a unique atmosphere. Who knows — you might even get to meet ‘Toby’ our resident ghost. Thanks for having me on your blog and I hope we will be seeing you and yours soon at Igor’s Bistro 3055 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois.
Stay spooky my friends!!

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Creepshows by Stephen Jones (Book Review)

Book Review by Michael McCarty

I have been a big fan of Stephen King’s books and movies long before I could even shave. I am reprinting this book review which was featured on Science Fiction Weekly, the official website of the Syfy Channel

Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide
by Stephen Jones
Billboard Books, 2002, trade paperback, 192 pgs., $19.95, ISBN: 0-8230-7884-1
Rating: ***1/2

With Stephen King movies, you get the good, the bad, the ugly, and the endless Children of the Corn sequels.
With this feature film guide, British editor Stephen Jones chronicles all of King’s cinematic and television adaptations. Stephen King once said in an interview, “Here’s the story. If somebody wants to make it into a movie – I love movies.” That love for the cinema might account for the fifty-plus adaptations of his work.
Here are some highlights from the book:

Carrie was made into a movie by Brian De Palma only two years after King’s paperback publication of the book. The movie launched his career onto the bestsellers list.
Two days after Rob Reiner began directing Stand By Me (from “The Body,” a novella from King’s Different Seasons), the studio was sold and the project was dropped. Norman Lear, producer of TV’s All in the Family, personally came up with $8 million so the film could be made.
Director and screenwriter Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile) once made The Women in the Room as a student film. King sold the rights to him to make the video for one dollar. Three years later, Darabont and producer/art director Greg Melton completed the short film for $35,000. It was one of King’s personal favorites.
The first film for which Stephen King wrote a screenplay was Creepshow. The first screenplay he wrote based on one of his own books was for Silver Bullet (a.k.a. Stephen King’s Silver Bullet).
The first movie filmed partially in Maine was Creepshow 2. The first movie to be filmed entirely in Maine was Pet Sematary.
Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile weren’t marketed as Stephen King films, but were some of the highest-grossing King movies.
Two Stephens create one kingly book. A book on Stephen King’s films was inevitable. What makes Creepshows a delight is that it fell into the hands of Stephen Jones, someone who knows the genre inside and out and who is one of Britain’s most acclaimed anthologists of dark fantasy and horror, with more than seventy books to his credit. He is a thirteen-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award who has also been honored with two World Fantasy Awards, three Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards, and two International Horror Guild Awards. A horror expert with his expertise is more than capable of handling such a monster project.
The award-winning media maven of the macabre does a fantastic job dissecting Stephen King’s cinematic work. He uses over sixty sources of material for Creepshows and includes content from horror artists Bernie Wrightson, directors Darabont and Mick Garris, and authors Peter Straub, Harlan Ellison, Dennis Etchison, and David J. Schow.
Jones gives the book’s source material more respect than most mainstream critics would dare. He remains objective most of the time, never getting too heavy-handed, even considering the number of lame sequels. The book also includes an in-depth interview with King, focusing on his films and television productions as well as his books.
Rounding out the package are a report on forthcoming King films, a section on unproduced projects, a list of all the cameos that King has made in the films (fifteen at the time), a listing of behind-the-scenes players, and an index to the stars of King movies.
Jones also includes plot summaries for the films, production histories, cast listings, an introduction by film director and screenwriter Mick Garris, and “Fact File” trivia in the margins.
Did I mention that this definitive guide for the legions of King fans out is jam-packed with over 200 photos? Creepshows is like an all-night Stephen King film festival – scary, fun, and often surprising.

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Summer Reading (Top 10 List)

Summer Reading (Top 10 List) By Michael McCarty

“Summer turns me upside down. Summer summer summer. It’s like a merry go round” – The Cars.

Sweet Summer: BBQs, Bikinis and Books … yes books.

Of course everybody is already talking about that new Stephen King book, or that novel that is the latest rave by Joe Hill or anything by Jonathan Maberry.

But what about Michael McCarty’s works?????

And if you are looking for some recommendations of Michael McCarty books to read for your summertime pleasure, here is my Top 10 Books for the summer.

1) LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE by Joe McKinney & Michael McCarty (Grinning Skull Press)

Snakes, Lakes and Skinny-Dipping … what more could you ask for during the summer

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

3) DRACULA TRANSFORMED & OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES by Mark McLaughlin & Michael McCarty (Wildside Press)

Stories and novellas about Count Dracula and other vampires as well.

4) The BLOODLESS series by Michael McCarty & Jody LaGreca (Simon & Schuster)

100 year old vampire Daniel Peck survives the sinking of the Lusitania and the Hindenburg disaster … but can he survive raising a family in the 21st Century? On the way the vampire meets up with both Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol….


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.

The ebook is only .99 cents too

6) CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN by The Amazing Kreskin & Michael McCarty (Team Kreskin)

A nonfiction book look at The Amazing Kreskin’s amazing life

7) A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS by Michael McCarty (Wildside Press)

A terrific short story collection … you will love it. One of my best: tales about zombies, killer robot musicians, invisible scientists, vampires and more.

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

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

The ebook is only .99 cents too

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

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

10) LIQUID DIET & MIDNIGHT SNACK: 2 VAMPIRE SATIRES by Michael McCarty (Simon & Schuster)

If you like vampires or INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, be sure to check it out

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

(I Kissed A Ghoul)

(Lost Girl of the Lake)

(Modern Mythmakers)


(Conversations with Kreskin)

(Monster Behind The Wheel)

(Liquid Diet)

(Fear & Desire)

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Bibliography: Michael McCarty

I’m sure there are other Bibliography or Bios other there of my work, but I was really impressed by this one:

This is my own Bibliography of my books:

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