Sunday, May 17, 2015

MM Review: The Kill by Alan Ryan

The Kill (1982) by Alan Ryan

McDowell's review:

"The book's unrelenting progression of short lulling scenes of the mundane punctuated by powerful gasps of the macabre built a tension in the narrative that didn't allow me to put the book aside until I had finished it. Mr. Ryan's prose is spare and convincing, and I can't think of any greater praise."


Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Complete McDowell

Below I have gathered a list of works by McDowell. It includes his bibliography, filmography, interviews and more. I am still working on the Articles/Essays section.

If you find something that I've missed or have a correction, please send me an email at rscagle(at)gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Note: ebooks and paperbacks from the same publisher are listed as a single edition.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

As Michael McDowell


The Amulet 

  • The Amulet. New York: Avon Books, 1979
  • The Amulet. London: Fontana, 1982
  • Amuretto. Japanese edition translated by Fuyukawa Wataru. Tōkyō: Hayakawa, 1988
  • The Amulet. London: HarperCollins, 1996
  • The Amulet. Introduction by Poppy Z. Brite. Kansas City: Valancourt Books, 2013

Cold Moon Over Babylon

  • Cold Moon Over Babylon. New York: Avon Books, 1980 
  • Cold Moon Over Babylon. London: Fontana, 1980 
  • Les Brumes de Babylone. French edition translated by Gérard Coisne. Paris: Presses Pocket, 1990 
  • Cold Moon Over Babylon. Richmond, VA: Valancourt Books, 2015 

Gilded Needles

  • Gilded Needles. New York: Avon Books, 1980
  • Gilded Needles. London: Fontana, 1981
  • Gilded Needles. Introduction by Christopher Fowler. Richmond, VA: Valancourt Books, 2015 

The Elementals

  • The Elementals. New York: Avon Books, 1981 
  • The Elementals. London: Fontana, 1982 
  • Cauchemars de sable. French edition translated by Jacques Guiod. Paris: Presses Pocket, 1991 
  • The Elementals. London: HarperCollins, 1995 
  • The Elementals. Introduction by Michael Rowe. Richmond, VA: Valancourt Books, 2014 

Katie

  • Katie. New York: Avon Books, 1982 
  • Katie. Richmond, VA: Valancourt Books, 2015 

The Flood

  • The Flood. New York: Avon, 1983 
  • The Flood. London: Corgi, 1985 
  • The Flood. Ebook edition. Minneapolis: Tough Times Publishing, 2014 

The Levee

  • The Levee. New York: Avon, 1983 
  • The Levee. London: Corgi, 1985 
  • The Levee. Ebook edition. Minneapolis: Tough Times Publishing, 2014 

The House

  • The House. New York: Avon, 1983 
  • The House. London: Corgi, 1985 
  • The House. Ebook edition. Minneapolis: Tough Times Publishing, 2014 

The War

  • The War. New York: Avon, 1983 
  • The War. London: Corgi, 1985 
  • The War. Ebook edition. Minneapolis: Tough Times Publishing, 2014 

The Fortune

  • The Fortune. New York: Avon, 1983 
  • The Fortune. London: Corgi, 1986 
  • The Fortune. Ebook edition. Minneapolis: Tough Times Publishing, 2014 

Rain

  • Rain. New York: Avon, 1983 
  • Rain. London: Corgi, 1986 
  • Rain. Ebook edition. Minneapolis: Tough Times Publishing, 2014 

Blackwater: Volume I

  • Book Club edition. New York: Avon, 1983

Blackwater: Volume II

  • Book Club edition. New York: Avon, 1983

Blackwater

  • Ebook edition with introduction by John Langan. Minneapolis: Tough Times Publishing, 2014
  • Omnibus edition with introduction by Poppy Z. Brite. Lakewood, CO: Centipede Press, 2015
  • Audio cassettes from the The National Library Service for the Blind and Disabled, 1984

Toplin

  • Toplin. Illustrations by Harry O. Morris. Santa Cruz, CA: Scream/Press, 1985
  • Toplin. French editon translated by Patrick Marcel. Paris: Gréco, 1989 
  • Toplin. Illustrations by Harry O. Morris. New York: Dell, 1991
  • L'inquilino senza nome. Italian edition translated by Nuccia Agazzi. Milano: Franssinelli, 1995

Clue 

  • Clue. New York: Fawcett Gold Medal/Ballantine Books, 1986

Jack and Susan in 1953

  • Jack and Susan in 1953. New York: Ballantine Books, 1985
  • Jack and Susan in 1953. New York: Felony & Mayhem Press, 2012

Jack and Susan in 1913

  • Jack and Susan in 1913. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986
  • Jack and Susan in 1913. New York: Felony & Mayhem Press, 2012

Jack and Susan in 1933

  • Jack and Susan in 1933. New York: Ballantine Books, 1987
  • Jack and Susan in 1933. New York: Felony & Mayhem Press, 2012

Candles Burning (completed by Tabitha King)

  • Candles Burning. New York: Berkley Books, 2006
  • Candles Burning. New York: Berkley Books, 2007
  • Kaarsen branden. Dutch edition translated by Jan Steemers. Amsterdam: Luitingh, 2007 
  • Voces del silenscio. Spanish edition translated by Miguel Antó. Barcelona: Minotauro, 2007
  • W cieniu płonących świec. Polish edition translated by Tomasz Wilusz. Warszawa: Prószyński i S-ka, 2008 
  • Calliope: la voix des flammes. French edition translated by Claudine Richetin. Paris: Télémaque, 2009 
  • Come candele che bruciano. Italian edition translated by Annalisa Garavaglia. Milano: Sperling & Kupfer, 2010

Works not completed or unpublished:

Venus Restored

In Her Place

Blood and Glitter

Living Rooms

Nightspots


As Axel Young (written with Dennis Schuetz)


Blood Rubies

  • New York: Avon Books, 1982 

Wicked Stepmother

  • New York: Avon Books, 1983 

As Nathan Aldyne (written with Dennis Schuetz)


Vermilion

  • Vermilion. New York: Avon Books, 1980 
  • Vermilion. New York: Ballantine Books, 1985 
  • Karmesin. German edition translated by Walter-Berndt Fischer. München: Knaur, 1986 
  • Vermilion. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 1997 
  • Vermilion. New York: Felony & Mayhem Press, 2013 

Cobalt

  • Cobalt. New York: Avon Books, 1982
  • Cobalt. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986 
  • Cobalt. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 1998 
  • Tod in Provincetown. German edition translated by Sebastian Trautmann. Berlin: Gmünder, 1999 
  • Cobalt. New York: Felony & Mayhem Press, 2013 

Slate

  • Slate. New York: Villard Books, 1984 
  • Slate. New York: Ballantine Books, 1985 
  • Slate. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 1999 
  • Boston Connection. German edition translated by Sebastian Trautmann. Berlin: Gmünder, 2000 
  • Slate. New York: Felony & Mayhem Press, 2014 

Canary

  • Canary. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986 
  • Canary. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2000 
  • Boston Strangler. German edition translated by Sebastian Trautmann. Berlin: Gmünder, 2001 
  • Canary. New York: Felony & Mayhem Press, 2014

As Mike McCray (written with John Preston)


The Black Berets series:

Deadly Reunion

  • Deadly Reunion. New York: Dell, 1984 
  • Kuoleman kuriirit. Finnish edition translated by Olli-Pekka Rönn. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1986 
  • Kuoleman kuriirit. Finnish edition translated by Olli-Pekka Rönn. Hyvinkää: Book Studio, 1994

Cold Vengeance

  • Cold Vengeance. New York: Dell, 1984 
  • Armoton kostaja. Finnish edition translated by Reijo Kalvas. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1986 

The Black Palm

  • The Black Palm. New York: Dell, 1984 
  • Musta kämmen. Finnish edition translated by Jukka Soramies ja Ari Inkinen. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1986 

Contract: White Lady

  • Contract: White Lady. New York: Dell, 1984 
  • Tiikerin ansa. Finnish edition translated by Erkki Erkkilä. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1986 

Louisiana Firestorm

  • Louisiana Firestorm. New York: Dell, 1985 
  • Tappava tulimyrsky. Finnish edition translated by Erkki Erkkilä. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1987 

The Death Machine Contract

  • The Death Machine Contract. New York: Dell, 1985 
  • Tappajien armeija. Finnish edition translated by Erkki Erkkilä. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1987 

The Red Man Contract

  • The Red Man Contract. New York: Dell, 1985 
  • Punainen kosto. Finnish edition translated by Tauno Peltola. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1987 

D.C. Death March

  • D.C. Death March. New York: Dell, 1986 
  • Kuoleman marssi. Finnish edition translated by Erkka Koljonen. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1988 

The Night of the Jaguar

  • The Night of the Jaguar. New York: Dell, 1986 
  • Jaguaarien yö. Finnish edition translated by Olli-Pekka Rönn. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1988 

Contract: Terror Summit

  • Contract: Terror Summit. New York: Dell, 1986 
  • Kauhun kokous. Finnish edition translated by Heikki Kannosto. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1989 

The Samurai Contract

  • The Samurai Contract. New York: Dell, 1987 
  • Tappajien liitto. Finnish edition translated by Erkki Erkkilä. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1990 

The Akbar Contract

  • The Akbar Contract. New York: Dell, 1987 
  • Tehtävä Intiassa. Finnish edition translated by Timo Kivistö. Hyvinkää: Viihdeviikarit, 1990

As Preston MacAdam (written with John Preston)


Michael Sheriff: The Shield series:

African AssignmentNew York: Avon Books, 1985

Arabian AssaultNew York: Avon Books, 1985

Island IntrigueNew York: Avon Books, 1985


SHORT STORIES


“Miss Mack”

  • Halloween Horrors. Ed. Alan Ryan. New York: Doubleday, 1986 
  • Halloween Horrors. Ed. Alan Ryan. New York: Charter, 1987
  • Senritsu no harouīn. Japanese edition. Ed. Alan Ryan. Tōkyō: Tokuma Shoten, 1987 
  • Halloween Horrors. Ed. Alan Ryan. London: Severn House, 1988 
  • Halloween Horrors. Ed. Alan Ryan. London: Sphere, 1988 
  • Halloween: les citrouilles de l'horreur. French edition. Ed. Stéphane Bourgoin. Paris: Les Belles lettres, 1998 

“Halley's Passing”

  • The Twilight Zone Magazine. Ed. Tappan King. June 1987
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection. Ed. Gardner Dozois. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988
  • The Year's Best Fantasy: First Annual Collection. Ed. Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988
  • Best New SF 2. Ed. Gardner Dozois. London: Robinson, 1988
  • Demons and Dreams: The Best Fantasy and Horror. Ed. Terri Windling, Ellen Datlow. Legend, 1989
  • Das neue Buch der Fantasy: Magisch-Unheimlich, Phantastisch. German edition "Der Halleysche Komet." Ed. Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling. Bergisch Gladbach: Bastei Lübbe, 1990
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection. Ed. Gardner Dozois. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994

“Halloween Candy”

  • Tales from the Darkside: Volume One. Ed. Tom Allen, Mitchell Galin. New York: Berkley Books, 1988 

“In the Cards”

  • Tales from the Darkside: Volume One. Ed. Tom Allen, Mitchell Galin. New York: Berkley Books, 1988 

“Inside the Closet”

  • Tales from the Darkside: Volume One. Ed. Tom Allen, Mitchell Galin. New York: Berkley Books, 1988 

“The Devil's Advocate”

  • Tales from the Darkside: Volume One. Ed. Tom Allen, Mitchell Galin. New York: Berkley Books, 1988 

“The Odds”

  • Tales from the Darkside: Volume One. Ed. Tom Allen, Mitchell Galin. New York: Berkley Books, 1988 


ARTICLES/ESSAYS/OTHER


“American Attitudes Toward Death: 1825-1865”
  • Dissertation. Brandeis University, 1979

“Outlines, Plots, and Guilt”
  • The Writer, Apr. 1982 

In Touch Magazine

After Dark Magazine

“The Unexpected and the Inevitable”
  • The Kingdom of Fear. Ed. Tim Underwood, Chuck Miller. New York: New American Library, 1986 
  • Castle Rock: The Stephen King Newsletter. Vol 2. No. 4, Apr. 1986: 1, 3 

“Herman Melville: The Confidence Man”
  • Horror: 100 Best Books. Ed. Stephen Jones, Kim Newman. New York: Caroll & Graf Publishers, 1988 
  • Horror: 100 Best Books. Ed. Stephen Jones, Kim Newman. New York: Caroll & Graf Publishers, 1998 

Introduction to The Brains of Rats by Michael Blumlein
  • Los Angeles: Scream/Press, 1990 
  • New York: Dell, 1997 
  • Richmond: Valancourt Books, 2015 


INTERVIEWS WITH MCDOWELL


“From Harvard to Horror.” Interview by Douglas E. Winter.
  • Fantasy Newsletter No. 54, 1982
“Horror in Print: Michael McDowell.” Interview by Stanley Wiater.
  • Fangoria No. 40, 1984 
Interview by Douglas E. Winter
  • Faces of Fear. New York: Berkley Books, 1985
  • Faces of Fear. London: Pan, 1990
"A Conversation with Michael McDowell." Interview by Stanley Wiater.
  • Dark Visions. New York: Avon, 1992 
Interview by Stanley Wiater from previously collected material
  • Dark Thoughts on Writing. Grass Valley, CA: Underwood Books, 1997
  • Dark Dreamers on Writing. Ebook edition. Necon, 2010

FILMOGRAPHY


Beetlejuice
  • Screenwriter. Dir. Tim Burton. Warner Bros, 1988 
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
  • Screenwriter. Dir. John Harrison. Paramount Pictures, 1990 
High Spirits
  • Screenwriter (not credited). Dir. Neil Jordan. TriStar Pictures, 1988 
The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Screenwriter. Dir. Tim Burton. Buena Vista Pictures, 1993 
Thinner
  • Screenwriter. Dir. Tom Holland. Paramount Pictures, 1996. 


TELEPLAYS


“The Jar.”
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents. NBC. 6 Apr. 1986 
“Miscalculation.”
  • Amazing Stories. NBC. 29 Sept. 1986
“Lover Come Hack to Me.”
  • Tales from the Crypt. HBO. 21 Jun. 1989 
“Frankenturkey.”
  • Bone Chillers. ABC. 28 Sept. 1996

Tales from the Darkside:

“Inside the Closet.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 18 Nov. 1984 
“The Word Processor of the Gods.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. - 25 Nov. 1984 
“Answer Me.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 17 Feb. 1985 
“Bigalow's Last Smoke.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 9 Jun. 1985 
“Halloween Candy.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 27 Oct. 1985 
“A New Lease on Life.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 26 Jan. 1986 
“The Last Car.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 23 Feb. 1986 
“Black Widows.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 2 Nov. 1986 
“Seasons of Belief.”
  • Written and directed. Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 29 Dec. 1986 
“The Moth.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 18 Oct. 1987 
“The Cutty Black Sow.”
  • Tales from the Darkside. CBS. 8 May 1988 

Monsters:

“La Strega.”
  • Monsters. CBS. 27 May 1989 
“Far Below.”
  • Monsters. CBS. 25 Feb. 1990 


NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS

Nominated for Saturn Award: Best Writing. Beetlejuice, 1990


FURTHER READING AND REVIEWS


"Michael McDowell and the Haunted South" by Michael Stamm
  • Discovering Modern Horror Fiction II. Ed. Darrell Schweitzer. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, 1988: pp. 51–62
"Grocer's Gothic" by Chris Morgan
"Summer of Sleaze: The Southern Gothic Horrors of Michael McDowell" by Will Errikson (TooMuchHorrorFiction)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Amuretto

AMURETTO (The Amulet), Hayakawa, 1988

Japanese edition translated by Fuyukawa Wataru


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Clue

Your favorite game is now a movie—and a book

Paramount Pictures presents Clue, a novelization by Michael McDowell based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn.

Ballantine Books, January 1986

Includes an additional fourth ending

It was the kind of house you always see from the road, never up close. Seen through vast gates, at the end of a winding gravel driveway, half-hidden by the foliage of trees planted more than a half century ago. You slow down as you pass it, trying to catch glimpses over the vine-covered brick walls that surround it, of its peaked gables and its dark windows and curious porches.


Clue - Front Cover



Clue - Back Cover

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dennis Schuetz (1946-1989)

Today marks the anniversary of Dennis Schuetz's passing. With McDowell he wrote six novels and the Tales from the Darkside episode "Answer Me."



Dennis Schuetz was born on December 30th, 1946 in Parkersburg, WV. He later moved to Boston, where he began writing, and in the 1980s he was part of a local author group known as the Cadavers. On May 17th, 1988 the Cadavers gave an interview with BBC Radio 4 entitled "Cadavers at Our House." Schuetz passed away from complications resulting from AIDS on May 5th, 1989.



Printed in the Boston Globe on June 8th, 1989:
DENNIS SCHUETZ; 42, CO-WROTE GAY DETECTIVE BOOKS
A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Arlington Street Church in Boston for Dennis Schuetz of Dorchester, coauthor of four books in the Valentine and Lovelace series of gay detective mysteries. 
Mr. Schuetz died of lymphoma May 5 in Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was 42.
Mr. Schuetz and his collaborator, Michael McDowell, using the pseudonym Nathan Aldyne, wrote "Vermillion" (1980), "Cobalt" (1982), "Slate" (1984) and "Canary" (1986). Between 1978 and 1980 the two writers, under the name Axel Young, published the novels "Blood Rubies" and "Wicked Stepmother." 
Since 1979, Mr. Schuetz was employed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, first in its right of way office, then as manager of the outdoor advertising board and recently in the department's affirmative action office.