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Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers by [McCarty, Michael]
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... "Interesting interviews, masterfully compiled..." - Horror News

"... beware the dark, and what lurks in the minds of those you read and watch in the wee hours. These are the people that can see into that place, interpret it, and hand us back some of our most frightening nightmares... Highly recommended." - Hellnotes "I was struck by the skill with which Michael McCarty conducts himself. He should have his own nightly talk show or at least a radio program dedicated to his work." - Zero Signal Magazine

"Modern Mythmakers is a healthy-sized bowl of horror-themed Wheaties coated with inspiration that'll fuel your writing and filmmaking passion. And for the straight up fan boys and girls, it's full of spoonfuls of trivia regarding classic horror and science fiction film and literature." - Horror Novel Reviews

About the Author

The Amazing Kreskin is a mentalist who became popular on North American television in the 1970s. He was inspired to become a mentalist by Lee Falk's famous comic strip Mandrake the Magician, which features a crime-fighting stage magician. He has always presented himself as an "entertainer," never as a psychic, who operates on the basis of suggestion, not the paranormal or supernatural. From 1970 to 1975, Kreskin's television series The Amazing World of Kreskin was broadcast throughout Canada on CTV and distributed in syndication in the United States. The series was produced in Ottawa, Ontario at the CJOH-TV studios. An additional set of episodes was produced in 1975, billed as The New Kreskin Show. He appeared on The Tonight Show 61 times from 1970 to 1980. In the 1980s and '90s he came to prominence again through several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. In 2009, he became the first guest to make three appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Though Kreskin makes "predictions," he does not claim to have paranormal or clairvoyant powers, and does not like to be considered a "psychic." One of his best known tricks is to find his own check for his current performance, if he doesn't find it, he doesn't get paid for that day. He instructs the audience to hide an envelope containing his paycheck, while he is escorted off stage and into seclusion by other members of the audience. He then re-emerges and hunts through the audience, almost always being able to ferret out the correct location. According to Kreskin, he has failed only nine times. Kreskin teaches classes for law enforcement groups, which "focuses on psychological methods such as jogging lost memories through relaxation techniques or detecting lies through body language and voice inflections." The 2008 movie The Great Buck Howard is based on the experiences of writer-director Sean McGinly, who worked briefly as Kreskin's road manager. He is still active as a live performer and appears regularly on WPIX in New York City, and annually on both the Fox News Channel and CNN to give his New Year's Day predictions for the coming year.

The"New York Times" bestselling author of more than one hundred ten books, Alan Dean Foster is one of the most prominent writers of modern science fiction. Born in New York City in 1946, he studied filmmaking at UCLA, but first found success in 1968 when a horror magazine published one of his short stories. In 1972 he wrote his first novel, "The Tar-Aiym Krang", the first in his Pip and Flinx series featuring the Humanx Commonwealth, a universe he has explored in more than twenty-five books. He also created the Spellsinger series, numerous film novelizations, and the story for"Star Trek: The Motion Picture."An avid world traveler, he lives with his family in Prescott, Arizona.


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  • File Size: 4558 KB
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  • Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (February 23, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2015
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  • Language: English
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We all have dreams and ambitions and look to finding out secrets of success, the steps leading up the ladder, and the private inner thoughts in the psyches of those who have made it. Step inside the theater pictured on the cover and go back to their origins, the pains of fame, and what drives them onward from Forry Ackerman (Deceased, Rest His Soul) to the major writers we have come to love and know through their works of horror to those involved in the production business and the reality of being there. The questions posted by Michael McCarty are insightful and conversational. The stories told in the interviews both inform and surprise. No guarantee in the span of a short interview you will come to know the whole person (that would be ridiculous), but you come to understand the path leading to their success. They are the modern mythmakers, the names we've known, the books we've read, the acting we've seen, and the films we've come to adore. The interviews are windows of insight into their journey.
One thing must be mentioned and that is the effect of the interviews on those of us who read them. All 35 are on a kind of Red Carpet, posing for pictures and having their say. We who are trying to get out there, anywhere, in our ambitions will be learning what it takes to make it on the Red Carpet ourselves. Yes, we look for book and film lore, natch! Also, we are looking for a kind of advice helping us on our own journeys based on those who made it and grabbed the brass ring. Whether you are looking for that which you have never known and would love to discover - or - just finding what comes next for yourself, Modern Mythmakers is the book you are going to want to read and delve into when that brass ring of yours appears to bear illusive dimensions. Let the past teach you and your experience might yet teach others. Or, just enjoy it for itself and what it says, that too is enough.
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Wonderful collection of interviews with writers like Ray Bradbury and Richard Masterson as well as moviemakers like Adrienne Barbaeu and Ingrid Pitt. Love to read this kind of interview collection and this is a really good example of the best. Linnea Quigley talks about Return of the Living Dead, Forrey Ackerman talks aboiut his collection of memorabilia, William F. Nolan (Logan's Run) talks about writing and becoming a writer, Ingrid Pitt talks about books she wrote. It's sad to think how many of these people have passed on since these interviews were collected, but in books like these, they have left some of themselves behind other than their creations.
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Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers by Michael McCarty is a gem. A collection of 35 interviews with some of the biggest names in sci-fi and horror fiction and film, this book is chock full of sage advice for those who want to write in these genres, or fans. It gives a down and dirty look at what drives or drove such greats as the late Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, and others who have given us books and films that have become classics.
This is a book that you’ll want to read again and again.
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No matter where you open this book, a rainbow of information bursts from the pages. This is not your normal interview book of some of the greatest writers, actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Insightful, unusual and personal questions are poised in a conversational manner, prompting the most fascinating responses from those interviewed, all included in this one-of-a-kind book. In addition are pictures rarely seen by the public. Several of those interviewed have passed away since the initial publication of this book, so it's an amazing collection that belongs on every horror lover's bookshelf, whether you're a connoisseur of the genre or a hard core aficionado.
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I just loved this book. It put me to mind of my college days when I eagerly read all the volumes of The Paris Review Interviews I could find (with Hemingway, et al.) In Modern Mythmakers, I found the questions more interesting and varied, and so the author answers were more interesting and varied and often funny. I really enjoyed reading this and got a fresh list of new titles I want to check out.
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This is a very cool book of interviews. McCarty managed to land some rare interviews here with people I have never heard from, or who are notorious for being silent in the genre. In addition, he was sharp enough to choose some personalities I would not have been on the list of people to interview from most other editors.
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He has included several very big names in the genre, but some seem to be in for some unknown reason other than the author's obsession with Night of the Living Dead. I understand not being able to get Stephen King for an interview, but to cover English writers and not include Terrance Dicks (Dr. Who and the Daleks) or any of people associated with Dark Shadows (such as Sam Hall) seems out of place.
Most of the interviews are high quality and it was very impressive that Michael McCarty was so familiar with the interviewee's work. I did get a little tired of the "What advise would you give to writers?" and "What monster would you like to be?" when almost all the answers were the same.
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“Love is the answer to everything.” Not exactly something you may expect to hear coming from Ray Bradbury, but Michael McCarty manages to dig in and bring out such sides to otherwise seemingly dark individuals. As the subtitle suggests, Modern Mythmakers picks at the brains of thirty-five different contributors to the horror and science fiction genres: Writers, actors, producers, and directors. Many of whom you will undoubtedly be very familiar with, and others, not so much. Nevertheless, I found a great interest—and even encouragement—in most of the interviews within.

The interviews with those I wasn’t familiar with made the reads no less entertaining; Joe McKinney, for example—a name I was unfamiliar with—a well-read police sergeant turned author, with quite a story to tell, had me literally laughing out loud at one point in the interview when answering McCarty’s question: “If you could be a monster, what would you be?”

With those I was familiar with (which includes nearly every name on the roster), I found great satisfaction in hearing tidbits of little-known facts and trivia. There’s something about hearing this type of stuff straight from the horse’s mouth that tickles pink the fans of movies like Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, Blood Feast, and Return of the Living Dead and books like Ghost Story, Logan’s Run, Manitou, Intensity; the list goes on. You’ll hear stories like the filming of Trilogy of Terror’s Zuni fetish doll (if you’re anywhere near my age you know you’ve had a nightmare or two with those giant teeth chasing you) and read the extensive resume of Herschell Gordon Lewis, only to find out he’s got a lot more up his sleeve than just ridiculously bright red blood and bushy eyebrows.
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