Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nice review & comments on PopSyndicate.com

Horror Movies, Music Stars, Artists & More!
“Esoteric” has a couple of meanings, but in the case of Michael McCarty’s book Esoteria-Land (Bear Manor Media) it relates more to the secret lives of celebrity. McCarty, a professional writer since 1983, writing a number of books, short stories, poems and a plenitude of articles, has put together a selection of short interviews and photographs with a variety of famous people, as well as some entertaining articles and essays dealing primarily with the horror field and genre. This should come as no surprise as the preface has an introductory discussion between McCarty and horror author C. Dean Andersson (I Am Dracula) followed by an introduction from Scream Queen Linnea Quigley (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers). The book also includes other genres and niches. It begins with an interview with Tommy Chong, the famous hippie doper from the infamous comedic duo Cheech & Chong. This is followed with an interview with singer/guitarist/songwriter Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues. A very interesting interview with Alistair Taylor comes soon after. Who is Alistair Taylor you may ask. He was a collaborator with Brian Epstein, the man who became the manager of The Beatles. Taylor helped Epstein in those early formative years with the band but had little hope for them, missing out on an opportunity to own a portion of what would become one of the most influential bands of all time. McCarty also touches on Art as he interviews the fantasy illustration team of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. There are also more interviews with other comedians, actors, film makers and authors, including the creator of Discworld, Sir Terry Pratchett and one of science fiction’s greatest writers, Alan Dean Foster. Of the essays, the most fascinating is a look at author Dean Koontz and how he is viewed by other authors. Despite his scary stories, Koontz evidently has a heart of gold and comes across as a very benevolent and kind person. Esoteria-Land is nearly 350 pages in length but most of the interviews are only 3 or 4 pages, so the book makes for a quick, fun read.

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