Michael Picco


Michael Picco is not a monster despite what THEY say. Think of him, instead as a host of sorts. Yes: A human monster hostel (as opposed to a hostile monster). The monsters that dwell in his mind don’t linger long. They come, share their stories, and like all monsters, they slither or slouch their way back into the worlds whence they came…their appetites whetted and their consciences "confession clean". Michael has given voice and form to the things that clamor through his skull for the better part of 25 years through short stories, novels, and playwriting. His first novel, written with co-author Mark Clodi, is titled; Fraser: The Disappearance of Michael Pitts. James Rover Novel Vol. 1. He is currently working on a collection of short stories titled: Scenes From The Carnival Lounge, A Collection Of Weird Tales (slated for completion in 2017).

Michael is a published short-story writer, novelist, columnist, poet and an award-winning essayist living in the Colorado High Country. He has published work in a variety of media, including: newspapers, theater, blogs, and literary journals. Chuck Palahniuk, Stephen King, Jonathan Carroll and Anne Rice were early and enduring influences on his writing and prompted him to study English as undergraduate. Michael received his B.A. in English from Western State University in Colorado.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Chuckle...COFFEE! I have a very nice bed so leaving it is always a struggle. Most people know not to speak to me before I've had my morning coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am going back to school in the spring...leaving behind my more "creative" profession (graphic design) for something with a little more financial benefit. I will be studying radiology at Mesa State University.
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Where to find Michael Picco online


Scenes from the Carnival Lounge, A Collection of Odd Tales
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,090. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Scenes From The Carnival Lounge is a collection of tales that explore the many facets of fear. Here, you’ll travel that strange shadow world between waking and sleep; where angels whisper to their acolytes; where monsters don the skins of their victims; where love and betrayal cross paths with deadly consequences; where things long-buried come lurching and hungry back to life.

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Michael Picco's favorite authors on Smashwords

Craig Spector
Latest book: Fright Night: The Novelization.
Published October 1, 2019.
Mark Clodi
Latest book: Shiners.
Published November 11, 2016. (5.00 from 1 review)