Paul McComas and Stephen D. Sullivan Navigate Uncanny Encounters: “Rod Serling used to tour the nation…”

mccomas-sullilvan-uncanny_enountersI’m going to give away one early surprise here… Because it is too cool not to. Stephen D. Sullivan, co-author with with Paul McComas in the collection of plays Uncanny Encounters tells us early in this conversation that he actually met Rod Serling. And to my mind that’s an indicator of what you’ll find in their book, Uncanny Encounters. McComas and Sullivan go where surprisingly few have gone before.

Special effects have made movies and television the primary performance outlet for the science fiction genre. But you don’t need special effects to tell a good science fiction story. You just need a good story; and you will find them in this book, as plays, ready to perform. McComas and Sullivan take on all subjects and all genres, horror and science fiction.

Stephen D. Sullivan is well-set to take on the movies.  Some of you my remember, with varying degrees of fondness, a movie from your pre0-teen years watching Chiller on Saturday  afternoons.  I know I saw Manos: The Hands of Fate more than once in this august setting.   Stephen D. Sullivan just won the Scribe Award for his adaptation of Manos: The Hands of Fate – Best Novel Adaptation, 2016.  Think about this; the best novel rafted from Manos: The Hands of Fate. 

The stories include nuanced and often funny explorations of characters who find that one new thing that can change their lives forever. This is often less recommendable than one might assume. It is always, however, entertaining to watch.   In this book you’ll find a perfect example of the range and power of genre fiction when translated to the perforsteve-and-paulming stage. By focusing on story and character, you get human involvement from the get-go, no matter what your genre preferences might think themselves to be. These stories also seem as if they would be both easy and fun to perform.

Settle back and enjoy a unique conversation with two of America’s hardest working artists… and be sure to pick up their book Uncanny Encounters – LIVE!

Here’s the link to download our interview. Or take time out from all the madness to actually select the madness in your mind by listening below.



And… Now …for…something… really really really really really really really WEIRD:

Frightful Fundraiser on Oct. 29 at Woodland Pattern Book Center:
“Hal-Lit-ween” Party Includes Horror/SF Performance, Characters-&-Their-Creators Costume Contest

– Michael Wendt,, 414-263-5001
– Paul McComas,, 224-343-6484
(Milwaukee) 2016 Scribe-Award-winning Wisconsin author Stephen D. Sullivan joins the Chicago-based performance duo of musician-songwriter Maya Kuper & (Midwest Book Awards Silver-Prize-winning author—and Milwaukee native) Paul McComas at Woodland Pattern Book Center for a batty benefit on the Saturday night before All Hallows’ Eve.

Masquerading is optional, but everyone garbed as a famous author or literary character will be eligible for one of three costume-competition prizes.

McComas will host as, appropriately, the host/creator of The Twilight Zone, writer Rod Serling.

Sullivan, McComas and Kuper will perform scenes from 2015’s McComas/Sullivan collection Uncanny Encounters—LIVE!: Dark Drama, Sci-Fi Screams & Horrific Humor (9”x12” playscript format, 160 pp. softcover, from Wisconsin’s own Walkabout Publishing). The book’s eight oft-allegorical short to mid-length genre works comprise a 90-minute, two-act stage show,of which the trio will present 30 minutes’ worth of “greatest hits.”

Admission goes to Woodland Pattern, as do proceeds from sales of Uncanny Encounters and four prior, prize-winning books by McComas and Sullivan. Also benefiting the Center: the sale of Spooky & Sci-Fi Snacks such as vampire punch, “creaturecookies” and Soylent Green wafers. Founded in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Woodland Pattern has spent more than three decades promoting contemporary literature through innovative multi-arts programming, youth outreach and education, and a book store featuring more than 25,000 small-press titles otherwise unavailable in the Milwaukee area.

Go here!

Sat., Oct. 29: 7 pm doors; 7:45 performance
Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St., Milwaukee WI 53212
$5 suggested donation


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