Under his own name and various pseudonyms McDowell wrote supernatural thrillers, mysteries and screenplays for films and television. He co-wrote the script for the film Beetlejuice and taught screenwriting for several years before his death.
Several of his novels, including The Amulet, The Elementals, and the six-volume Blackwater series are set in his native state. As you'll note below McDowell's work is currently enjoying something of a renaissance. His large collection of materials related to death was donated to Northwestern University.
You'll find some more covers at McDowell's Amazon page.
Michael McDowell [1950-1999]
The book covers above are from the McDowell page at Valancourt Books, which has brought several of his novels back into print in recent years. Valancourt is a small press devoted to rare, neglected and out-of-print fiction.