“Strange Candy” reprint in Halloween Carnival ebook: October 2017

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Jun 172017
 

Halloween Carnival is a five-volume ebook series that is edited by Brian Freeman and will be published in October 2017 by Random House/Hyrda. Volume 1 in the series kicks off with a reprint of Robert McCammon’s short story “Strange Candy.” The five-volumes will eventually be published in a hardcover edition by Cemetery Dance.

Here are the details from the Random House website:

ABOUT HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL VOLUME 1

Robert McCammon, Kevin Lucia, John R. Little, Lisa Morton, and Mark Allan Gunnells put the horror back in Halloween with a quintet of devilishly delightful tales, curated by acclaimed author and editor Brian James Freeman.

STRANGE CANDY by Robert McCammon
Chocolate bars and sour suckers are trick-or-treat staples, but beware the odd sweet at the bottom of your bag. You never know who it’s from—or what it might do to you.

THE RAGE OF ACHILLES by Kevin Lucia
Father Ward should have heeded the warnings about hearing confession on All Hallow’s Eve. Because a man is about to tell him a secret more haunting than any he has heard before.

DEMON AIR by John R. Little
Fear of flying is not uncommon. But on this transpacific airline, the real danger isn’t the flight itself. It’s whoever—or whatever—is up in the air with you.

LA HACIENDA DE LOS MUERTOS by Lisa Morton
Trick McGrew, former cowboy star of the silver screen, has never believed in tall tales. But down in Mexico, the land of La Llorona, he’s about to find out just how real urban legends can be.

#MAKEHALLOWEENSCARYAGAIN by Mark Allan Gunnells
Some people will go to any lengths to rack up retweets, likes, and follows on social media, no matter who they end up hurting . . . or even killing.


The ebook can be pre-ordered from Amazon here.

Here’s the cover for the Cemetery Dance hardcover edition:

Both covers have been added to the Book Cover Gallery, if you’d like to see larger versions of them.

“Strange Candy” was originally published as a free download here on RobertMcCammon.com. You can read the story online or download EPUB (NOOK) or MOBI (Kindle) files.

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WHAT’S UP (OR COMING UP) — An update from Robert McCammon

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May 132017
 

Robert McCammon

Hello, all. It’s been a while since I’ve checked in and talked about my work and what’s coming up, so it’s time to do that.

Actually, there are some projects working that haven’t been announced yet, so I can’t talk about those, but there’s a lot going on and a lot to come.

Due to scheduling conflicts, my next book—titled The Listener—won’t be out until February of 2018, from Cemetery Dance.  I finished this book last year, but sometimes in the publishing world “stuff” gets in the way and you (meaning me) have to just understand it and go with the flow. The Listener is about the kidnapping of two children and is set in New Orleans in 1934. This is a book I’ve been wanting to write for several years, since I discovered what an epidemic  (a tragic epidemic, at that) kidnapping became during the desperation of the Great Depression. It got to be so bad that the New York Times began running a box at the top of the front page listing who had been kidnapped, and among those victims, which ones had been returned to their families. Desperate times, indeed.

The Listener isn’t exactly supernatural, though there is a “strange” element. I understand we all enjoy reading about vampires, werewolves, ghoulies, and other creatures of the night, but the most fearsome and deadly monster is the human being…and I believe I have created two of the most fearsome and horrific human beings in The Listener that you could ever fear to meet. And these people, I think, are likely the kind who would kidnap two children and not have much concern whether the kids lived or died. Grim stuff, but you can be sure there’s someone in The Listener who embodies all the good qualities of the human kind who will move Heaven and Earth to find the children…though he’s probably the last person anyone would think of as a “hero”.

Now…to the next Matthew Corbett book, Cardinal Black. I’ve begun that, but because The Listener won’t be out for a while, neither will Cardinal Black. Matthew is fighting time to find the book of potions stolen by Cardinal Black, and time is running out for Berry lest she become permanently mentally afflicted by the drug given her by Professor Fell. Matthew is being helped by one of Fell’s men…and this particular man has his own story and motives, and I think he’s going to be one of the most interesting characters in the entire series. When I created him in Freedom of the Mask, I just had a feeling that he was going to play an important role in Matthew’s future, and so he shall.

Watch out for the characters of Lioness Savauge and Rakeback Lizzie in Cardinal Black…both deadly, in different ways.

I will say that from here on out I won’t be writing any books between those in the Matthew series, so once we get on track again past The Listener, I’ll be writing only about Matthew, which should eliminate the (unfortunately) long wait between episodes of Master Corbett’s story.

Bear with me, if you will, in this period. I can promise you that Cardinal Black and after that the remaining two books in the series will be well worth waiting for, as Matthew discovers what Professor Fell has been searching for, and why, and why Matthew has to keep him from getting what he desires…though the deal has been made that Matthew must help Fell find it, or watch Berry and Hudson perish.

Oh, the scrapes and tight squeezes these people get into! How do they manage it?

As always, I thank you for your continued support and readership, and I will say again that without readers a writer is nothing…only a whisper of wind moving from here to there. So I appreciate very much your eyes on the page, your very gratifying interest in the adventures of Master Corbett and the denizens of his world, and your understanding of the time it sometimes takes (in this strange publishing world of the 21st century) to get my vision and work to your hands.

Thank you once more, I hope you will look forward to both The Listener and to Cardinal Black, as well as those other projects I can’t yet speak of, and I hope you have the best summer ever.

Best Wishes,
Robert McCammon

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Non-U.S. ebooks coming from Crossroad Press!

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May 042017
 

We are happy to announce that Crossroad Press is publishing ebook editions of several Robert McCammon novels in the UK, Europe, and other regions not controlled by the U.S. Until now, all of the books published by Subterranean Press have only been available in ebook form in the U.S. and Canada.

The first book is available now: The Queen of Bedlambook two of the Matthew Corbett series.

Note: This is the English-language ebook. While it’s available in France, Germany, etc, it’s the English edition. A German translation of The Queen of Bedlam will be published in the future by Luzifer Verlag.

Here are links to a few sources:

Being located in the U.S., it’s difficult for me to search for non-U.S. ebook sellers. If you find other links, please let me know. It should be available via Kobo and Apple soon, and possibly Google.

In the coming weeks, these books will also be available as ebooks outside the U.S.:

  • Mister Slaughter (Matthew Corbett #3)
  • The Providence Rider (Matthew Corbett #4)
  • The River of Souls (Matthew Corbett #5)
  • Freedom of the Mask (Matthew Corbett #6)
  • I Travel by Night (Trevor Lawson #1)
  • Last Train from Perdition (Trevor Lawson #2)
  • The Border
  • The Hunter from the Woods

Stay tuned for future announcements!

 

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Dark Screams: Volume 7 ebook will include a McCammon story

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Apr 232017
 

Brian James Freeman posted this announcement on his site a few days ago:

JUST ANNOUNCED! DARK SCREAMS: VOLUME SEVEN FEATURING ROBERT MCCAMMON, BRIAN HODGE, JAMES RENNER, KAARON WARREN, BILL SCHWEIGART, AND MICK GARRIS!

Richard Chizmar and I have once again joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to produce five more volumes in our acclaimed Dark Screams horror eBook anthology series! Each volume collects stories by the best authors working in the business today, and we’re pleased to announce that Dark Screams: Volume Seven will be published on July 25, 2017!About the Book:
Robert McCammon, Brian Hodge, James Renner, Kaaron Warren, Bill Schweigart, and Mick Garris reveal sinister secrets and unsavory pasts in a haunting anthology of short stories collected by acclaimed horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar.WEST OF MATAMOROS, NORTH OF HELL by Brian Hodge
After the success of their latest album, Sebastián, Sofia, and Enrique head to Mexico for a shoot under the statue of Santa Muerte. But they have fans south of the border who’d kill to know where they get their inspiration.

LIZARDMAN by Robert McCammon
The lizardman thinks he knows about all the mysterious dangers of the Florida swamps, but there are things lurking in the bayou that are older and deadlier than his wildest dreams.

A MONSTER COMES TO ASHDOWN FOREST (IN WHICH CHRISTOPHER ROBIN SAYS GOODBYE) by James Renner
Although every child dreams of visiting Hundred-Acre Wood, only one has ever actually frolicked that fabled forest—and survived.

FURTHEREST by Kaaron Warren
She’s been going to the beach since she was a child, daring the other kids to go out past the dunes where those boys died all those years ago. Now she realizes that the farther out you go, the harder it is to come back.

THE EXPEDITION by Bill Schweigart
On a quest to bring glory to the Führer, Lieutenant Dietrich Drexler leads his team into the ruins of the Carpathian Mountains. But the wolf that’s stalking them is no ordinary predator.

SNOW SHADOWS by Mick Garris
A schoolteacher’s impulsive tryst with a colleague becomes a haunting lesson in tragedy and terror when he’s targeted for revenge by an unlikely, unhinged rival.

Purchase the eBook:
Amazon.com • Amazon.ca • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo

 

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Luzifer Verlag reveals cover art for book two of Speaks the Nightbird

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Apr 102017
 

German publisher Luzifer Verlag has sent the cover art for the second volume of their translation of Speaks the Nightbird. Their title, Matthew Corbett und die Hexe von Fount Royal, translates as Matthew Corbett and the Witch of Fount Royal. The cover has been added to the Book Cover Gallery. Book two will be published in hardcover later in 2017.

Luzifer Press: Matthew Corbett und die Hexe von Fount Royal: Band I

Luzifer Press: Matthew Corbett und die Hexe von Fount Royal: Band II

Here are both covers by Michael Schubert. Click on a cover to view a larger image.



 

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Robert McCammon presentation at the University of Montevallo on April 10, 2017

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Apr 072017
 

From the University of Montevallo website:

Birmingham based horror author Robert McCammon will offer a reading of one of his works followed by a Q&A. A reception sponsored by the Department of English and provided by Eclipse Coffee and Books will follow.

Horror Author Robert McCammon Reading

STARTS
Monday, April 10th, 2017  3:30 PM
ENDS
Monday, April 10th, 2017  4:30 PM
VENUE
J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
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ORGANIZER
Department of English
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Robert McCammon’s The Listener: Coming from Cemetery Dance in February 2018!

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Mar 312017
 

Cemetery Dance Publications posted a news update today from Richard Chizmar that includes this relevant, exciting news!

Not only do we have TWO very special (unannounced) signed Limited Editions from Robert McCammon deep in production to be published this year (and they are very unique books that have never seen print in this format before!), but I’m thrilled to report that in February 2018 we’ll be publishing one of our most important releases ever: THE LISTENER by Robert McCammon, a breathtaking new novel that will not only please his longtime fans but also captivate readers who have somehow missed out on his previous work. This one feels like a game changer to everyone who has read it.

Simply put, this is one of the finest novels I’ve read in years. Period. THE LISTENER will be published in trade hardcover and eBook formats for general readers, but we also have some incredible plans for the signed editions as well. Stay tuned for complete details over the next year as we gear up to publish this novel in a major way.

As Rich says, stay tuned for complete details over the next year!

You can read all of Rich’s news from today here.

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Mar 132017
 


German publisher Luzifer Verlag recently published volume one of their translation of Robert McCammon’s Speaks the Nightbird. You can read more about Matthew Corbett und die Hexe von Fount Royal on the Luzifer Verlag blog. Volume two is planned for release in early 2018.

Luzifer Verlag has also acquired the German translation rights to The Queen of Bedlam (book two of the Matthew Corbett series) and The Border. It’ll be a while before publication details are available, but we’ll keep you posted as they happen!

Amazon DE link for the hardcover edition

Amazon DE link for the Kindle edition

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Announcing the 30th anniversary signed, limited edition of Swan Song

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Feb 212017
 

From Subterranean Press:

SWAN SONG IS COMING! (And this edition is sold out now!)

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

We’re pleased to announce the thirtieth anniversary signed limited edition of one of the most celebrated epic apocalypse novels of them all: Robert McCammon’s sf/horror extravaganza, Swan Song. At only 552 copies total, in an edition that will not be reprinted, we expect the print run to sell quickly.

About the Book:

First published as a paperback original in 1987, Robert McCammon’s Stoker Award-winning Swan Songremains one of the signature horror novels of its era. Set squarely in the tradition of such post-apocalyptic classics as The Stand, Alas, Babylon and, more recently, The Road, Swan Song invites us to witness the fiery end of civilization – and its bloody, brutal aftermath.

The story begins with a devastating nuclear exchange, the culmination of humanity’s ancient “love affair with fire.” As the world devolves into a toxic wasteland marked by acid rain, dwindling food supplies, and an endless nuclear winter, a large cast of characters struggle to rebuild their lives in a barren, utterly hostile landscape. Among the more memorable of these are Sister Creep, a former bag lady, Josh Hutchins, a wrestler once known as “Black Frankenstein,” Roland Croniger, a young boy who learns to become a savage killer, and the terrifying, possibly demonic “Man with the Scarlet Eye.” Most centrally, Swan Song tells the story of Sue Wanda Prescott, AKA Swan, whose nascent ability to restore the health of the ravaged earth may, in time, lead to the salvation of the human species.

Thirty years after its initial appearance, Swan Song continues to entertain and enthrall. An epic feat of storytelling, it gazes without flinching into the horrors of the nuclear abyss. At the same time, it offers a compelling vision of rebirth and renewal, of hope maintained under impossible circumstances. Readers new to this novel are in for an extraordinary experience. Returning readers will find themselves caught up once again in a moving, beautifully constructed tale. Swan Song is one of those all too rare books that will take over your life for an extended period. Like the best of McCammon’s fiction, it offers the sort of sustained thrills and complex pleasures that only a master novelist can provide.

Edition Details:

  • Oversize 7*10 inch trim size
  • Limited to 500 numbered and 52 lettered copies in a one time printing
  • An epic wraparound dust jacket
  • Eight full-color illustrations, a mix of full-page and gatefold images by David Ho
  • The Lettered edition will feature an exclusive gatefold illustration
  • The Limited edition will be slipcased, while the lettered edition will be housed in a custom traycase

Order your copy before supplies run out.

March 13, 2017, update: Both editions sold out the very first day they went on sale. If you missed out and are interested in a copy, you might try subscribing to the Subterranean Press mailing list. They sometimes find that there are additional copies available after orders ship (due to cancelled orders, etc).

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