Blue World audiobook release

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Nov 242015

Audible Studios has just released an unabridged audiobook edition of Robert McCammon’s Blue World. The complete audiobook includes the novella “Blue World” and nine of the stories found in the original edition of Blue World, as well as the three more recent stories found in the Subterranean Press trade paperback release of the collection. The stories are narrated by Bronson Pinchot and  Kevin T. Collins.

In addition to the complete collection, the individual stories can be purchased separately, though it’s cheaper to buy the collection as a whole, of course.

You can learn more about Blue World here.

Purchase Blue World from Audible , Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Audible UK.

Search for the individual stories on Audible and Audible UK.

Note: the stories from Blue World not included in this audiobook are “Nightcrawlers,” “Night Calls the Green Falcon,” and “Makeup.”


Hidden in the Depths: A new Bulgarian interview with Robert McCammon

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Nov 192015

Bulgarian journalist Diana Georgieva recently interviewed Robert McCammon for the magazine Егоист. If you read Bulgarian, you can read the interview on their site here, or you can read the interview in English by clicking on the image below or here.



Vincent Chong: “Children of the Bedtime Machine”

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Nov 042015

Artist Vincent Chong posted this on his blog today:

Here’s the final interior illustration I did for Robert McCammon’s short story collection Blue World, based on the story “Children of the Bedtime Machine,” which was previously uncollected. You can see the other two interior illustrations here.

Blue World is out now through Subterranean Press in limited and trade paperback editions, though the interior illustrations are exclusive to the limited edition.



Robert McCammon: Outer Space, Inner Space, and Colonial Gothic

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Oct 292015

Hello all, and greetings of the (Halloween) season.

I wanted to take a few minutes to check in, which I haven’t done in awhile, and talk briefly about my last book, The Border, and some things that are coming up.

I decided a few years ago that I wanted to do an alien invasion novel, but I wanted it to be different from the ones that had come before. Usually, Earthlings are threatened by one alien species and have to fight back to survive, of course, but I wanted to go a little bigger than that so I chose to go the way of two alien civilizations fighting over the Earth (or rather, what they perceive is a tenuous border between their territories) and basically we Earthlings are reduced to insects to be exterminated, ignored or experimented upon.

There’s another angle to The Border, though. It’s really a political novel in disguise. This is why one alien civilization uses weapons that show red and the other weapons that show blue. Hey, I’m down on both political parties. I think the entire system is a mess. So in The Border you have two extremely powerful (but basically stupid, when you think about it) civilizations fighting back and forth a war that just continues to escalate, and caught in the middle are the “Gray Men” who have been contaminated by the poisons these red-and-bluers spout out into the atmosphere. Political lobbyists and extremists, anyone? Which leaves the “ordinary citizens,” the middle class if you will, fighting to survive against three power structures that seem hell-bent on destroying the entire system just for the sake of gaining more power.

Yep, I’m down on both parties, and I’m making no apologies about that. The Gorgons are “Smash And Grab,” and the Cyphers cannot be prevented from walking through any wall to get into the space a person thought was protected. Which are the Republicans and which are the Democrats? Easy enough to figure that out, just follow the colors.

Years ago I heard some political commentators talking about the conditions at the time, and one basically threw up his hands and with a “sheepish” grin said the only solution was to roll back time and start all over again.

I may be giving something away here to those who haven’t read The Border, but the guy was right. It’s the only way, and luckily fiction can do what reality can not.

So…forging, shambling or crawling ahead…

I believe Subterranean Press’s edition of Stinger is just out, which is another foray into science-fiction. The challenge of that one was setting it in a period of twenty-four hours, and I recall that when I got to the part where I needed to physically describe the interior of Stinger’s spaceship I drew a blank and really had to dig deep. I certainly didn’t want it to look like it was made up from an Earthling’s limited imagination…which it was, but that gave me some grief until I got it down on paper.

The second I Travel by Night, subtitled Last Train from Perdition, was finished last October (as I recall) and won’t be out until I believe next October or so. I recently got an inquiry from an interviewer asking why I work so slowly. Well…I do a book a year and usually more than that, but from Subterranean’s viewpoint it’s not a good thing to put out books that might compete with others, and so doing all the reprints of my earlier work that Sub Press has done interrupts the flow of my newer work. I’m not complaining in the least, as I’m very thankful Sub Press is doing such beautiful work on my older books and creating editions that will last, I’m just pointing out the reality of the situation. The reprints bump the newer work back, and this is why it may appear to some that I’m a slow writer. Really…I do a book a year, plus a novella or two, and that I think is a good enough pace.

Now, to the next Matthew book, which I finished in April.

I believe Freedom of the Mask is scheduled for the Spring. In it, Matthew becomes a pawn in a game between the golden-masked crime avenger Albion and Professor Fell, and he winds up unmasking a traitor in the professor’s midst and finding himself allied with Fell against a common enemy. There’s a lot going on in this one. For those interested, I turned in Freedom of the Mask at five hundred and forty-something pages.

I approach the Matthew series as what I would call “Colonial Gothic.” I tend to look at the books I do as movies for the mind, so my perception here is that I’m writing a series of movies made by Hammer Films. I always intended the Matthew series to become more macabre and off-the-wall as the books continued—not necessarily in a supernatural sense, but simply the creepiness of that candle-lit, dark-shadowed era and of twisted human nature in general. Also, I have great fun writing that series because I can play with language so freely, which I can’t do in more contemporary work. I think, for whatever reason, that writing about this era just suits me. Maybe it’s because I really did enjoy those old period-piece Hammer films and this is my way of carrying that forward.

Anyway, I’m putting together the next Matthew, titled Cardinal Black, and will be working on that next autumn. For now I’m researching and starting on a book called The Listener, which is set in New Orleans during the Great Depression and that’s about all I can say. I’ll also be finishing up the third I Travel by Night, subtitled The Bloody Badlands.

I’m toying with the idea of my summer project next year being an homage to the spaghetti western, a “double-feature” of two books in one. My daughter Skye and I have gotten on a spaghetti western kick and been watching some on YouTube, and as I’ve always liked the style of those (the good ones, not the bad and the ugly), I may give it a “shot.” Titles? Four Rode from Hell and They Call Him Mister Six. Six bullets in a revolver and six nails in a coffin, right?

Anyway, I’m titled up to the gills but I have to create the books to go with them!

Again, happy Halloween season and as always thank you for buying and reading my work. As I’ve expressed before, a writer is nothing without readers, and I consider myself blessed to be able to continue to work, to do the variety of books I choose to do, and hopefully continue to grow at my craft.

Until later, as Matthew might say, I remain your servant and malleable to your desires,
Robert McCammon


Ebook sale: The Providence Rider

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Oct 282015

This sale runs through November 3:

The Providence Rider

The Providence Rider

 Book #4 in the Matthew Corbett Series
by Robert McCammon
In the year 1703, Matthew’s neighborhood is rocked by a series of detonations as a man from his past tries to make contact. Now Matthew must travel the world on a mission full of intrigue, danger, and breathtaking adventure… From a New York Times bestselling author!
Kindle |  NOOK |  Kobo |  iTunes
Originally: $6.99

And Speaks the Nightbird ebooks are still on sale for $1.99 through Saturday!

Matthew Corbett #1: Kindle |  NOOK |  Kobo |  iTunes


Les Edwards’s art for Stinger

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Oct 232015

Artist Les Edwards has posted his original art that graces the new Subterranean Press limited edition of Stinger. The original paintings of the two interior paintings are available for purchase from Les’s website, as are prints of all three paintings.

The limited edition of Stinger can be purchased from Subterranean Press.



Dark Screams: Volume Two audiobook released

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Oct 152015

Tantor Audio has released an audiobook edition of the collection Dark Screams: Volume 2, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. Dark Screams: Volume 2 was originally released as an ebook containing stories by Robert McCammon, Shawntelle, Madison, Graham Masterton, Norman Prentiss, and Richard Christian Matheson. The McCammon story is “The Deep End,” which won the 1987 Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Story.

The audiobook is narrated by Joe Barrett. Full details and a sample can be heard on the Tantor website. The MP3-CD is only $10 on the Tantor site.

Purchase the audiobook from Tantor Audio

Purchase the MP3 CD from Amazon

Purchase the audiobook from Audible



Swan Song ebook sale through October 15

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Oct 082015
Swan Song

Swan Song

by Robert R. McCammon
Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel!

Robert McCammon’s epic novel stars a 9-year-old with psychic abilities struggling to survive in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. To rescue mankind, this little girl will have to grow up fast.

“A wild ride into terror. A grand and disturbing adventure.” —Dean Koontz

Originally: $9.99
Available from these retailers
Amazon Apple Barnes & Noble Google Indiebound Kobo
Offer expires 10/15/15

Webb Wilder’s Mississippi Mōderne

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Oct 012015

On Friday, September 25, Rick McCammon and I attended the CD release party for Webb Wilder, one of my favorite musicians. I introduced Rick to Webb’s music a decade ago, when we attended a DVD taping of a Webb show in Birmingham.

Webb plays both kinds of music: Rock and Roll. His new album, Mississippi Mōderne, contains new songs and covers that pay tribute to the blues and rock sounds of Mississippi, Webb’s home state. Here we are after the show.

Hunter Goatley, Webb Wilder, and Robert McCammon

Hunter Goatley, Webb Wilder, and Robert McCammon

If you’re interested in checking out Webb’s new album, you can find samples on Amazon, and you can listen to the whole album on Spotify. Rick calls Mississippi Mōderne Webb’s best album yet.