[Michael Marano]
Photo by Dion Wenchell


The following folks have been kind enough to interview Mike. Check out their sites.

Rain Graves for ERRATA.

Suki de la Croix for OUTLINES.

Mehitobel Wilson for Carpe Noctem

Gothic Net

Published Work

  • Dawn Song (novel) Tor/St. Martins press, 1998. Hardcover. You can order it in paperback or hardcover here.
  • "Burden" short story published March of '99 at Gothic.Net. Follow the Writing" link, move to "archives", then "Fiction" (note uppercase 'F'), and scroll down to March '99.
  • "A Feasibility Study" (novella) based upon classic original 1963 teleplay by Joseph Stefano for the original Outer Limits series. Published in The Outer Limits, Volume 2 ed. by Debbie Notkin. Prima Publishing, 1997. Trade Paperback. You can order it here.
  • "Winter Requiem," (short story) Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn, Volume Two, ed. Peter S. Beagle, Janet Berliner & Martin H. Greenberg, HarperPrism, 1995/1999.
  • NOTE: The complete unexpurgated "Winter Requiem" will appear in Gothic.Net in Fall of 99. The story is related to the "War in Hell" depicted in Dawn Song.
  • "Method Actor," (poem) Aberrations #21 '94.
  • "Gaze," (poem) Midnight Zoo v3 #2 '93.
  • "Surrogate," (poem) Aberations (sic) #4 '92. N.B. I don't particularly like the above poems. However, as they represent my very first genre publications, they still mean a lot to me.

    Reviews and Criticism

  • "Big Bang": a regular column covering Science Fiction and Horror movies in early production for Sci-Fi Universe Magazine, 1998-99.
  • Articles on SF and Horror TV shows in Science Fiction Age and Sci Fi Entertainment.
  • Semi-regular movie reviews for The City Paper.
  • Weekly Segment, "Mad Prof. Mike's Headbanger Movie Reviews" on Radio Programs Film Close-Ups on KALX Radio in Berkeley California, and on Movie Magazine International, produced at KUSF, San Francisco, and Western Public Radio (syndicated nationally on over one hundred stations via the Public Radio Satellite Network), 1990-to the present. A partial archive of reviews can be found at Shoestring Radio Theater.
  • Monthly Movie Review Column, "Mad Prof. Mike's Headbanger Movie Reviews," in Maximum Rock 'N Roll, 1993-1996. Some of these reviews are archived at The Other Change of Hobbit.
  • Movie Review Column in late, lamented on-line publication, Dark Carnival On-Line, January-September, 1996.


    Michael Marano was born in 1964 in Buffalo, New York... the youngest of nine children. His interest in horror is, therefore, self-evident. He began studying alchemy and Kabbalah while pursuing a degree in Medieval history at Boston University. After an abortive attempt at a career in academia, he held a number of positions, including apartment building manager, rock band roadie, rare book dealer, and bouncer. He also got paid to move boxes from one end of a warehouse to another, but

    ` In the late 1980's, Marano taught English at Buffalo State College and was creator, host, and producer of the very popular "Mad Prof. Mike's Cool Punk Rock Show" on WBNY. He moved to Berkeley, CA in 1990, and for the next six years his "Mad Prof. Mike's Headbanger Movie Reviews" (which focused on Horror and "Drive-in" style features) were a highlight of the nationally syndicated Public Radio program, Movie Magazine. Mike's Punk/Heavy Metal style of criticism has been described as "combining the best of Cahiers du CinÈma with the spirit of pro-wrestling." Mike still reviews for Movie Magazine whenever he can. He has also reviewed forDark Carnival On-Line and Maximum Rock 'N Roll, and has interviewed (among others) such Hollywood notables as Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Sam Raimi, Clive Barker, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, Linda Blair, and Tony Todd.

    Mr. Marano's story, "Winter Requiem," was published in the acclaimed anthology, Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn (Harper/Prism). In 1997, he adapted the classic 1963 teleplay "A Feasibility Study" (written by one of his heroes, Joseph Stefano, screenwriter of Psycho and co-creator of the original Outer Limits TV series) as a novella for the book, The Outer Limits, Volume 2 (Prima /Random House).

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