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    Michael McCarty, Mark McLaughlin,

Monster Behind The Wheel

by: Michael McCarty, Mark McLaughlin,

As a child, Jeremy Carmichael fell from a Ferris wheel at a carnival. When he landed on a beautiful young woman, his fall was broken. Unfortunately, so was the woman’s spine.

Meet the Author
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 mikelmccarty@hotmail.com.
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Mark McLaughlin's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies, including Galaxy, Writer’s Digest, Horror Garage, Black Gate, Cemetery Dance, Midnight Premiere, Dark Arts, In Laymon’s Terms, and two volumes each of The Best of the Rest, The Best of HorrorFind, and The Year’s Best Horror Stories (DAW Books). Collections of McLaughlin’s fiction include Demons for Fun and Profit from Sam’s Dot Publishing; Motivational Shrieker, Slime After Slime, and Pickman’s Motel from Delirium Books; At the Foothills of Frenzy (with coauthors Shane Ryan Staley and Brian Knight) from Solitude Publications; Twisted Tales for Sick Puppies from Skullvines Press; Hell Is Where the Heart Is from Medium Rare Books; and ZOM BEE MOO VEE from Fairwood Press. HorrorGarage.com features his online column, Four-Letter Word Beginning With “F” (the word in question is Fear). GravesideTales.com is the home of his blog, Time Machine of Terror! Also, he is a coauthor, with Rain Graves and David Niall Wilson, of The Gossamer Eye, which won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry. His poetry collections—Phantasmapedia, Professor LaGungo’s Exotic Artifacts & Assorted Mystic Collectibles, and Men Are From Hell, Women Are From the Galaxy of Death—have appeared on final ballots for the Stoker Award for poetry. With regular collaborator Michael McCarty, McLaughlin has written Monster Behind the Wheel (Delirium Books/Corrosion Press/Medallion Press), All Things Dark and Hideous (Rainfall Books, England), and Attack of the Two-Headed Poetry Monster (Skullvines Press), which was nominated for a Stoker Award for poetry. Fiction and poetry are McLaughlin’s nighttime pursuits. By day, he is an account manager and PR specialist at Results Marketing, and he is a past president of a metro area chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Business publications and trade journals nationwide have published his articles and news releases on workplace safety and training, regulatory compliance, global harmonization, and marketing and public relations advice. He is also an acknowledged expert on B movies with an astoundingly extensive collection. He was recently interviewed by AOL.com about movie monster Gamera’s significance in today’s world.
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About This Book

As a child, Jeremy Carmichael fell from a Ferris wheel at a carnival. When he landed on a beautiful young woman, his fall was broken. Unfortunately, so was the woman’s spine.

Years later, while delivering pizzas, Jeremy is injured in a car accident . . . that opens the gates between the worlds of the living and the dead, awakening the spirit of cruel Frank Edmondson. Frank, the policeman who arrived at the scene of that carnival accident long ago, was that woman’s lover. Now, ready for revenge, Frank devises a cunning plan.

Soon Jeremy finds himself visiting the realm of the dead in dreams and visions. Is this Frank’s doing, or is there another explanation?

Using a sleek muscle car called Monster, Frank gains control over Jeremy’s life. But what Frank doesn’t know is that he’s tampering with the fate of the entire universe . . . because Jeremy isn’t your average pizza delivery boy, and all hell is about to break loose—literally.


Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2011
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“A lyrical powerhouse of a story. Vivid as road burn. Sexy as a hot rod.” ~ Simon Clark, Bram Stoker Award–Nominated Author of Nailed by the Heart

“. . . bizarre, amusing, unsettling, and just outright weird. . . .” ~ Don D’Ammassa, Horror Reviews

“The authors go from zero to insane in the space of a few mere words, leading the reader on a master hell ride . . . a kind of Fellini-esque horror story, giving the reader a world in which one does not know whether to laugh or cry. . . .” ~ Cristopher DeRose, Cemetery Dance Magazine

“Watch your rearview mirror, because a hurricane of street thrills, weird sex, graphic horror, and big laughs is roaring up your tailpipe!” ~ Judy Comeau, Creature Feature Tombkeeper

“This novel is a surreal helter-skelter ride of thrills, humor, lust, gut-wrenching horror, and cosmic awe.” ~ Dave, Hellnotes