Michael McCarty has been a professional writer since 1983 and is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as hundreds of articles, short stories, and poems. In 2009, he was named as a finalist, along with collaborator Mark McLaughlin, in two different Bram Stoker Award categories: Best First Novel of 2008 for Monster Behind the Wheel (Corrosion Press/Delirium Books) and Best Poetry Collection of 2008 for Attack of the Two-Headed Poetry Monster (Skullvines Press). In 2008, he received the David R. Collins Literary Achievement Award from the Midwest Writing Center.
In late 2008, Lachesis Publishing released McCarty’s second novel, Out Of Time, cowritten with Connie Corcoran Wilson. His first solo novel is the 2009 satirical vampire tale Liquid Diet (Black Death/Demonic Clown Books).
McCarty’s fiction collections include Dark Duets (Wildside Press), All Things Dark and Hideous, cowritten with Mark McLaughlin (Rainfall Books, UK), Little Creatures (Sam’s Dot Publishing), and A Little Help From My Fiends (Sam’s Dot Publishing).
In early 2010, Sam’s Dot Publishing released Rusty the Robot’s Holiday Adventures, a children’s book by McCarty and Sherry Decker. Also in 2010, Skullvines Press released McCarty’s novella I Kissed a Ghoul.
In 2005, he was a Bram Stoker Award finalist in the nonfiction category for More Giants of the Genre. Other nonfiction books by McCarty include Esoteria-Land (Bear Manor Media), Giants of the Genre (Wildside Press), Modern Mythmakers (McFarland & Company), and Ghostly Tales of Route 66, cowritten with Connie Corcoran Wilson (Quixote Press). He also writes the Vampire Mania column for GravesideTales.com.McCarty lives with his wife, Cindy, in Rock Island, Illinois, and is a former stand-up comedian, musician, and managing editor of a music magazine. He can be contacted at P.O. Box 4441, Rock Island, IL 61201, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.