Paul McComas


Paul McComas is the author of four critically acclaimed books—two novels, Planet of the Dates (currently in development as a Hollywood feature) and Unplugged, and the short-story collections Twenty Questions (now in its third printing) and Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, & (Dark) Humor—as well as the editor of two anthologies, First Person Imperfect and Further Persons Imperfect. He recently co-authored the novel Logan’s Journey (slated for 2013 publication) with William F. Nolan, bestselling author of the SF classic Logan’s Run, and is currently editing an anthology of “place-based fiction” called Proving Grounds.

His short narrative films and videos have garnered international, national, and regional prizes, been screened at festivals worldwide, and been shown on network, public, and cable TV.

Since 1987, Paul—two-time recipient of the Chicago Reader’s Critic’s Choice in Theater/Performance—has performed his own work at ninety theaters and other venues nationwide, as well as on National Public Radio’s Tavis Smiley Show and on numerous NPR affiliates.

Since 1998, he has taught writing, literature, and film at numerous sites and at multiple levels, from adult-ed to Master’s programs, winning teaching awards from Northwestern and National-Louis universities. He has been a Visiting Artist at twenty universities, academies, and arts-centered high schools, and he lectures about literature and writing nationwide, in part through Chicago’s News & Views speakers’ bureau.

Paul founded the teen-suicide-prevention program Rock Against Depression (1995–2000) and received the Mental Health Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He is also a Leadership Circle inductee of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN, Paul’s anthologies, charity concerts, Dayna Clay CD, No-Budget Theatre DVD, and Amateur two-CD set have raised $11,000 to date for RAINN, mental-health outreach, wilderness preservation, at-risk youth, and blood services (he donated his one hundredth pint on the day of this book’s publication!).
Paul has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Evanston Arts Council, Northwestern University, and Notre Dame University.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Paul received a BA in English from Lawrence University and an MA in Film from Northwestern. He and wife Heather, a fellow fiction writer, live in Evanston, IL, with their recently adopted rescue greyhound, Sam.

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Fit for a Frankenstein
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,420. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013 by Stephen D. Sullivan. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
By Paul McComas & Greg Starrett. While en route to the alpine town of Vasaria, the diabolical body snatcher Ygor stops in the village of Kotstadt to obtain a custom-made suit for his friend, the ever-menacing Frankenstein Monster. The unholy duo’s visit endangers fastidious tailor Klaus Hauptschmidt and his effervescent teenage daughter, Gretl ... and prompts hijinks of monstrous proportions!
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 131,790. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011 by Stephen D. Sullivan. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » General
From aliens to zombies, from prehistoric monsters to monstrously conceived tomorrows, this collection comprises Paul McComas' fifty best speculative-fiction, horror, and dark-comic works -- most of them never before published. Ingenious, heartfelt, and always entertaining, Unforgettable is the thinking person's, the feeling person's, and the snickering person's "genre book," all in one.

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busty beauty    clothing    dark future    dystopia    film    film script    frankenstein    genre    horror    logans run    old movies    performance    scifi    screenplay    universal monsters    ygor