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Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers Kindle Edition
Ever wanted to just hang out with legends like Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and Dean Koontz?
This is your chance to read fun anecdotes and career advice from a wide range of Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy authors and filmmakers.
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
- Christopher Moore
…and many more.
Just look at this line-up: Foreword by Alan Dean Foster; Forrest J. Ackerman; C. Dean Andersson; Adrienne Barbeau; Ray Bradbury; Ramsey Campbell; John Carpenter; Dan Curtis; Elvira; Rusty Fischer; Neil Gaiman; Mick Garris; Laurell K. Hamilton; George Clayton Johnson; Jack Ketchum; Dean Koontz; Herschell Gordon Lewis; Thomas Ligotti; Bentley Little; Graham Masterton; Richard Matheson; Joe McKinney; Christopher Moore; Night of the Living Dead Crew: John Russo, Kyra Schon, & Russ Streiner; William F. Nolan; Ingrid Pitt; Linnea Quigley; Fred Olen Ray; John Saul; David Snell; Darce Stoker; Peter Straub; Whitley Strieber; Timothy Zahn; Afterword by The Amazing Kreskin.
Whether you're an author looking for career advice, a fan of classic films and authors, or looking for true stories of inspiration, this is the book for you.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths.
Interview with the author:
So what makes MODERN MYTHMAKERS so special?
Michael McCarty: Although there are celebrities and famous people interviewed in the book (such as Elvira, Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, H.G. Lewis, Richard Matheson, John Carpenter, John Saul, Joe McKinney, Peter Straub, Linnea Quigley, Laurell K. Hamilton, Adrienne Barbeau, Christopher Moore and more), this isn't a book of celebrity interviews. It is a book about the art and craft of writing horror and science fiction. It is also the same for the film business of the same genres. We got down to the bare bones of the book and film business with people who have mastered their craft and enjoy sharing their knowledge in the book.
Why should readers give MODERN MYTHMAKERS a try?
Michael McCarty: The book is bursting at the seams with great interviews. You'll walk away knowing more about the interviewees but also about the horror and science fiction publishing and film industry.
Which interview did you enjoy the most and why?
Michael McCarty: I get asked that often and it is a hard question to answer. I had done over 150 interviews with some of the top names in horror and science fiction and I pared down all these interviews to the crème de la crème for this book. Of all the interviews in the book, the interview with Ray Bradbury is the one I enjoyed doing the most because I did the interview with all my heart, and surprising, Ray Bradbury did, too.
Modern Mythmakers eBook categories:
- Science fiction & fantasy interviews
- Horror legends
- Films and Television
- Films and screenplays
- Performing Arts
From the Publisher
Contributors include the likes of Clive Barker, Stephen King, Christopher Golden, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, John Connolly, Chuck Palahniuk, Ray Bradbury, Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Peter Straub, Kevin J. Anderson, Craig Engler, Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson, John Carpenter, John Saul, Tom Holland, Mick Garris, Richard Chizmar, Brian Keene, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Edward Lee, Sarah Pinborough, Stephen Jones, Grady Hendrix, Lisa Morton, Steve Rasnic Tem, William F. Nolan, John Russo, Elvira, Tim Lebbon, Nancy Holder, Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, John Skipp, Bev Vincent, Elizabeth Massie, Paul Moore, Gene O’Neill, Tom Monteleone, Tim Waggoner, Patrick Lussier, Aaron Sterns, Jeff Strand, Jeffrey Reddick, Adam Neville, and many more.
★★★★★ "... 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
★★★★★ "Modern Mythmakers is a glimpse into the minds and careers of some of the most iconic names in film, TV, and literature. Just take a look at the list of people that Michael McCarty interviews: masters of film, literature, beloved characters, actors, and even production crews. You'll find your own favorites inside. Highly recommended."—The Bookie Monster
★★★★ "Not only do get to hear what these greats have to share, but you benefit from the author's ability and experience at putting these master storytellers at ease."—John Chang
- ASIN : B00TY5AWJ6
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (February 23, 2015)
- Publication date : February 23, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 8352 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 393 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,726 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Small spoiler: Douglas Adams can't find a towel - I don't think I will ever forget that!
I was impressed with Michael McCarty's knowledge, insights [mind-blowing!!!] and the fun that was evident during the interviews --- I'm actually torn between how jealous I am that he got to do the interviews and how astonished I am with the breadth and depth of his interviews. Modern Mythmakers is a backstage pass to authors, script writers, producers, directors, and actors - legends.
I had a rare suspicion I was going to want to reread it, so I decided to not grab my traditional red pen for annotating - But I became a bit excited and did my ultimate taboo of dog-earing pages. And well, I would say, under maximum restraint, I have made about forty of those detestable little buggers
Odd - I now kinda feel relieved of the responsibility to write a magna opus out the gate. Rather, I feel excited to continue writing my “million words of crap.” Perhaps I'll find a plot to be teased out to a novelette...But for now I do feel reinvigorated with the glee I had writing scenes and short stories...This time I am back to write for fun – and thank you for the serotonin.
If you've done a bit of due diligence you're aware of the awards that place Michael McCarty solidly in that group of ...Ah crud! I don't have a word better than the "professionals," save on the list of eventually being awarded that elite...there it is the word I was looking for "elite"...and I was headed towards saying, being declared a Grand-master!
MM clearly has a timelessness to it. Something about it felt like I was sitting at a round banquet table as the participants are mingling before an awards ceremony. On this, I think his friend The Amazing Kreskin has written succinctly in the afterword. I will just echo, in deed ”the friends we keep.”
For aspiring authors and hobbyist scribblers - there is a bounty of iridescent pearls from the professionals to be gleaned - for that I am truly appreciative!
MM also has that rare quality of "inspiring the muse." when the muse seems to be AWOL. It's a treasure I will REREAD, which is something I hate to do. But there was so much there that I was not aware of, and it really has that precious advantage that I imagine going to a premier writers workshop facilitates (for example Clarion). I would be immensely appreciative if an instructor included it in the class syllabus. It sure would invigorate a semester long creative writing course - while still introducing a few industry concerns and reinforce the admonishment "writers write."
As I reflect back, the imp in me...giggles?! The only thing I recall repeated, was two people essentially said they write about the stuff that scares them – oh, how that will help suspend my disbelief in the future – there is now another level of empathy in their prose to be immersed – I scream with you dear protagonist – and since I don't know the ending...”better you than me” – but I will live your terror vicariously!
For sharing the musings of the minds of the masters, I have a solid thank you!
I know I should have probably waited to finish the whole book before writing here but this is not really a review and it has been so long since Ive been in school you will have to be happy that I said anything at all here. Listen. Get this book. It is lovely. The people interviewed alone make it fascinating. The freshness of this book will liven up your day and maybe help you to get some cobwebs out of your own head too, because you know it really is possible the questions you yourself need to ask yourself may also be as multilayered as the questions in these interviews. BUY THIS BOOK. I MEAN IT . Its enchanting and colorful and you won't regret it not one little bit and I really mean that too. UPDATE: Still working on this lovely book. So many ideas in conversations that sparkle like a million gleams of sunlight on the water. One person in this book called Michael McCarty "the Merlin of interviwers.' I am saying to you he wasn't kidding. Even if you don't care a fig for sci fi, for fantasy, for horror, for writers even READ THIS BOOK. Glinda the Good Wtich dressed in her pink ball gown in MGM technicolor would say the same. READ IT!!! And be happy.
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.