A terrifying unearthly cry fills the dark night air as the Chupacabra claims another victim –
Soldier of fortune John Tucker, television journalist Linda Tucker and a local guide named Pablo set out to get video of the beast and end up in a horrifying face-to-face battle with the evil known as the Chupacabra.
Every since Michael R Dougherty’s hair turned white, people keep telling him that he looks like comedian Steve Martin.
Now take a moment to squint at Mike’s picture to see what you think –
But here’s something cool. Steve Martin is an accomplished writer.
Michael R Dougherty first began writing when he was in high school.
Somewhere along the way, Mike read something about stories having a beginning, middle and an end. Then Michael’s English class received an assignment to write a story. Mike chose to write about motorcycles, even though he didn’t own one, or know much about them. But as he started writing his story, he made sure that it had a beginning, a middle and an ending. Mike turned in his writing assignment and forgot about it.
Then something amazing happened –
When the teacher gave back the graded stories, Mike had received an “A”. Then after all the stories were handed out to everyone, the teacher asked Mike to stand and read his story to the class. Michael R Dougherty was suddenly an author.
The sci-fi genre –
Mike fell in love with science fiction as a young boy reading comic books –
Superman, Wonder Woman, and anything having to do with outer space. But later on, Mike discovered old TV series like the live action Superman shows and the old Flash Gordon movie serials starring Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon and Jean Rogers as Dale Arden.
Later, when Michael was working in the television and motion picture industry, he got to work with Buster Crabbe and meet Jean Rogers. As a young boy Michael would never have believed that he would get to meet them one day. Mike even worked up the nerve to tell Jean Rogers that he had a crush on her character Dale Arden.
Along the way Michael loved watching “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits” and “Night Gallery”. Some of his favorite sci-fi movies include “Superman” “Star Wars” “Close Encounters”.
Oh, Michael and his wife love watching all those wonderful low budget sci-fi movies that they show on television.
Alaska books –
Growing up in Alaska, Mike enjoys writing books about his families Alaska adventures, humorous stories and when Mike worked on an Alaska commercial fishing boat when he was just 16.
The western genre –
Michael’s dad was a working cowboy in his younger years. And Mike’s mom was born and raised on a farm in a very small Texas town.
From that, it’s not hard to see why Michael R Dougherty was first attracted to westerns as a small boy.
Mike’s family lived in Texas for a time, and he remembers how much he loved watching all the westerns one of the Dallas/Fort Worth TV stations showed on Saturday mornings. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, the Lone Ranger and all the rest.
And because later on, Michael worked in television and motion picture production, he was able to meet many of his cowboy heroes. Today, Michael and his wife still get to meet western actors and writers through their association with the Autry Museum in Los Angeles.
Michael says “I suspect that writing my book, “The Long Ride Home” was a tip of the hat to both my mom and dad.” Mike’s book also became a movie starring country singer Randy Travis and Oscar winner Earnest Borgnine.
Yep. Westerns are in Michael’s DNA. An that’s a fact. Yee Haw.
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