M.I.H. McCool grew up in southern Mississippi and currently resides in the little town of Danville, Illinois with her chunky pug, Otis, and her turtle, Roosevelt. When not writing, McCool can be found participating in her community’s rich theatre scene, making decorative color-changing potions, writing nerdy articles for 101 Militia Gaming, and enjoying being the ‘cool aunt’ to her nieces.
John R. McCool III hails from a small town in the great state of Mississippi. He fell in love with writing at a very young age, oftentimes writing stories during class rather than paying attention. He now resides in Danville, Illinois where most of his time is spent attending to the day-to-day operations of a local coffee shop, which is like a second home to him. When not writing or sipping coffee, John loves spending time with his wife and kids who give him the inspiration to pursue all of his dreams.
Q & A with the Authors
What inspired you to write this book?
We grew up on horror. Anything dark and creepy has been sowed into the McCool DNA. For as long as we can remember, there was always something creepy going on in our lives. Whether it was something unexplainable happening, or the occasional ghost hunt, we were always involved in something dark and mysterious.
What can we expect from you in the future?
So much! Two new McCool Mythos books are currently in development, as well as stand alone novels from both of us. We are very dedicated to our writing careers going forward.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Honestly, everything. Horror comes second nature to us, so writing in a genre we absolutely love is such a joy.
How did you come up with the title of the book?
We came up with the name as a good way to show this is a family project. Everything we do create fits into the McCool Mythos in some kind of way. It’s loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft who’s work is commonly known as the “Cthulhu Mythos”.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
First we would like to thank all of our readers for the immense support that we have already received. We strive to bring you stories that will take you on an adventure away from reality, even if momentarily. We understand that with life’s complexity that sometimes even the most passionate readers will struggle to read novels due to lack of time or even energy. That is why we feel that well-written short stories are so important, especially in today’s world. We hope that the McCool Mythos series will allow a spooky escape for any that desire it.
Convince us why your book is a must read.
McCool Mythos: Tales of the Dark and Mysterious will interest anyone curious of the oddities shadowed just within the light of the everyday life. These are short, bite sized stories that can be enjoyed individually or binged at once – so there is no wrong way to read this book. Whether you are the avid reader ready to consume altogether or the busy type with only five minutes to spare, this collection is here to take you on a dark journey.
Have you written any other books that haven’t been published?
We are currently working on the next installments in this series – McCool Mythos: Dead of Winter with publication expected for Winter 2022, as well as McCool Mythos: The Wicked Ones in Spring 2023. Individual projects include M.I.H. McCool’s next novel in the Annals of the Common Beyond series, The Immortal Perception, with an expected release of Fall 2022.
How can readers find you and more of your work?
For M.I.H. McCool: Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads
For John R. McCool III: Facebook * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads
McCool Mythos: Tales of the Dark and Mysterious
by M.I.H. McCool & John R. McCool III
Think carefully before turning the cover…
Prepare yourself for an escape into a world of the harrowing and peculiar. McCool Mythos: Tales of the Dark and Mysterious is a collection of bite-sized tales brought to you by the brother/sister duo, John R. McCool III and M.I.H. McCool in their debut collaboration.
From stories following average people facing supernatural horrors to legends of strange circumstances involving even stranger creatures, each tale is sure to make you think twice before shutting off the light.
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