Here's a special on Michael McDowell from a Northern Alabama paper, The Gadsden Times, back in 1989.
The other Michael McDowell is author Michael Kube-McDowell. As you may know, several episodes of Tales from the Darkside were adapted from his short stories or written by him.
Another interesting bit is the mention of an upcoming project with Sondra Locke (appeared in an episode of Amazing Stories a few years prior) and another with Winona Ryder. Beetlejuice was released the year before this article appeared so he may be referring a possible sequel or something else entirely.