For author, fatherhood brings on new horrors


Sept. 5, 2013
Michael Alosi described himself as “goofy,” despite this horror pose set in a graveyard.
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By Carley Dangona

carley@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – Local author Michael Aloisi knows all about horror, but he is now entering a more frightening phase of his career: fatherhood.

His work ranges from horror to romance – he has yet to pen a horror romance (not that he wouldn’t consider doing so).

Aloisi is most known for “Arm Candy: A Celebrity Escort’s Tales From The Red Carpet” and “Unmasked: True Life Story of the World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer Kane Hodder.”

His latest work is the biography of renowned special effects makeup artist, director and actor Tom Savini.

Savini is an award-winning special effects makeup artist, whose credits include the original “Friday the 13th,” “Day of the Dead,” and “Creepshow.” As an actor, Savini has had recent roles in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Django Unchained.”

Savini is currently reviewing the first draft of the book. As part of the project, Aloisi will rerelease “Grande Illusions: A Learn-By-Example Guide to the Art and Technique of Special Make-Up Effects From the Films of Tom Savini” and “Grande Illusions: Book II” in a combined edition this fall.

In addition to the books, he pens a blog for “Fangoria,” a horror film magazine, titled “Savini and Me” about working with the special effects guru. The website, www.fangoria.com, describes the column, “From shooting arrows to going over Tom’s massive memorabilia collection to the hardships of writing a book, their experiences are shared as Mike lets fans know what it is like to spend time with horror royalty.”

Aloisi’s newest role is that of dad. He and his wife J. Anna became first-time parents of twins Ashton and Brooklyn this summer.

“What I’m working on now is selling a blog called the ‘Not So Immaculate Conception,’” he said, explaining it would document the couple’s experience with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Aloisi said the story would be told from “a very blunt, man’s point of view” and that his family would all be “humiliated” and “mortified.”

He said, “My thing is that I am very, very blunt with everything. I have no filter. I just tell everyone everything. I have no secrets. My wife sometimes hits me when we’re talking to people and asks ‘Why did you just say that?’”

Aloisi explained that the goal of the piece is not to gross anyone out, but to shed light on a subject that is usually told from a woman’s point of view. He said he is the “housewife” in his family and hopes that other couples going through the IVF process might benefit from reading the book.

“My wife almost never reads my stuff [because it’s too gross for her], but my parents love it,” he said, adding that he hopes they won’t read the baby blog.

He commented that he expects fatherhood to result in him writing a lot more horror.

When he is not working on his own projects, he spends time working with other authors.

AuthorMike Ink is Aloisi’s publishing company, which is comprised of “Dark Ink [that] publishes horror and thriller themed books, while Dirty Ink publishes adult works and will open its doors in 2013. Books range from children’s books to celebrity biographies.”

Three concurrent projects Aloisi is working on for AuthorMike Ink is “End of Summer,” a collection of horror short stories; the “Deific Dozen,” a satirical novel; and “To Live on Anyways,” a memoir about a woman’s search for her lost son during the 2004 tsunami in Thailand.

“I literally have [at least] 10 projects a day to work on,” he said. Despite the workload, he makes time to write each day.

Aloisi, born and raised in Agawam, began his career in film but transitioned to writing when he realized how restrictive script writing was and that it was the story aspect of movies that he was drawn to.

“I grew up wanting to be something different every single day,” he said, adding one day he wanted to be a chef and the next a ninja. “I realized that every time I wanted to be something was because I watched it in a movie.”

He admitted, “I was a horrible student I never once took a book home my entire high school career.” Aloisi said that he would fudge his way through assignments and struggled with grammar.

“I realized that I was horrible at all these things and English because I was dyslexic,” he said. “I finally realized it years later that is why I hated reading and all this stuff [math] because I would mix things up.”

While never formally diagnosed, Aloisi is sure he is dyslexic. He said, “Anytime I finish writing [after] a couple hours, my entire document is just red lines – the whole thing, because it’s all spelled wrong. I look at it and almost all of the words are spelled wrong because the letters are all backwards.”

Aloisi commented, “I’m no where near the best writer in the world, but I’m a good writer.”

Future plans include a web series, a teen book series – without sparkle or vampires – a musical and children’s books.

“I want to start a new series of books that are kind of like “Goosebumps,” but are a little bit more twisted. I want to name it something fun like ‘Twisted Tales For Twisted Parents’ or something like that – a fun, creepy children’s line. I have so many things I want to do,” Aloisi said.

His advice to anyone who grew up in a small town, “Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you no. It’s a matter of having the drive to do it and the guts to follow up with it,” he said.

For more information about Aloisi visit www.authormike.com or www.authormikeink.com.


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