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Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, & (Dark) Humor

Author Paul McComas reads from his new work Unforgettable. From aliens to zombies, prehistoric monsters to monstrously conceived tomorrows, here are Paul McComas' 50 best horror, speculative-fiction, and dark-comic works, most never before published. 

About Author Paul McComas

Paul McComas is the author of four critically acclaimed books: two novels, Planet of the Dates (2008, currently in development as a Hollywood feature) and Unplugged(one of the best-reviewed small-press novels of 2002), and the short-story collections Twenty Questions (1998, now in its third printing) and Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, & (Dark) Humor (2011; it includes the award-winning short story “Levitation”). He’s also the editor of two anthologies, First Person Imperfect (2004) and Further Persons Imperfect (2007). Paul 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 GroundsHis 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. 

A two-time recipient of the Chicago Reader’s “Critic’s Choice” in Theater/Performance, Paul is as acclaimed for his live presentations as for his writing; the Chicago Tribune calls his performances “urgent and mesmerizing,” and the Chicago Sun-Times says, “No one is giving author events as lively.”  He 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, Paul 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 TheatreDVD, 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 Unforgettable’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 earned 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.