A 25th anniversary reprint of the 1990 anthology Best New Horror #1, edited by Stephen Jones and Ramsay Campbell, has been published by Drugstore Indian Press, an imprint of PS Publishing in the UK. This book includes Robert McCammon’s short story “Pin,” which was first published in Blue World. It can be ordered directly from PS Publishing via their website. The full cover image for the trade paperback, including flaps, is shown below.
Filmmaking brothers Dani and Darrell Waters crafted a cool short film to promote Wasteland Weekend, “The World’s Largest Post-Apocalyptic Festival,” that also pays tribute to Robert McCammon’s classic novel Swan Song. You can view the film below or watch it on YouTube.
Director: Darrell Waters
Starring: Darrell and Dani Waters
DP/Camera “A”: Dave Waters
Camera “B”: Danny Ho
Post production: Dwatersfilm
The film was submitted to the Wasteland Weekend Film Festival. The event takes place September 25–28, 2014, in California City, CA.
Robert McCammon fan Paul Halucha recently sent me these photos of a custom wooden slipcase he had made for his lettered copy of the Dark Harvest edition of Swan Song. The case was made by Dick Olson of Bookslipcase.com (aka Dolso Cases).
Click on each image to view a larger version. Thanks, Paul!
Brilliance Audio will be releasing the audiobook editions of The Wolf’s Hour and The Hunter from the Woods on MP3 CD on October 28, 2014. Both audiobooks are unabridged and read by Simon Prebble. They are also currently available as downloadable files from Audible. Both CDs list for $14.99, but are currently discounted on Amazon US.
Artist Vincent Chong posted these illustrations from the Subterranean Press limited edition of The Queen of Bedlam on his blog this morning. The Queen of Bedlam is available as a signed, slipcased, limited edition from Subterranean Press. It can be purchased here.
Click on the images to view larger versions of each.
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library will host Robert McCammon at a “Meet the Author” event on Thursday, October 2, 2014. From their website:
Meet the Author: Robert McCammon. NaNoWriMo 101
Internationally acclaimed author Robert McCammon discusses the inspiration and process behind his award-winning works, such as “Boy’s Life,” “Swan Song,” and “The Wolf’s Hour,” on Thursday, October 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. during our National Novel Writing Month kick-off event at the Downtown Huntsville Library.
Get geared up for the 2014 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)*, with activities starting November 3.
Thursday • October 2 • 6:30-8pm
Downtown Huntsville Branch Auditorium
915 Monroe Street • Huntsville
For more information, call Sophie Young at 256-532-2362.
This content has not been reviewed by National Novel Writing Month.
* For more information about NaNoWriMo, please visit www.nanowrimo.org.
Audible is celebrating the one-year anniversary of their Daily Deal program by putting 100 of their best-selling audiobooks on sale through the end of Thursday, August 28, 2014. That includes the unabridged audiobook edition of Speaks the Nightbird, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Through August 28, 2014, at 11:59 PM EDT, you can pick up Speaks the Nightbird for only $5.95 (it normally retails for $39.95)! You do not have to be an Audible member to purchase the book at this price (you will need an account, but you don’t have to sign up for their program).
“Edoardo Ballerini performs this story of accusation and fear flawlessly. He effortlessly switches his pitch, accents, and timbre to suit the unfortunate Rachel Howarth, the endless curious Corbett, and the various determined characters, good and evil.” (AudioFile)
Subterranean Press posted this on their website today:
October will be Robert McCammon’s month. His vampire epic, They Thirst, rises from the earth in a gorgeous new edition, one which is now over 85% sold out before we’ve received any large online retailer orders. Collectors please note that the Lettered Edition is now open to general ordering. There’s a limit of one copy per person, household, or plane of existence.
As Publishers Weekly noted about this classic:
Apocalyptic catastrophe collides with deeply intimate fears in this hardcover incarnation of McCammon’s 1981 paperback horror novel… Pathos and tragedy reverberate beneath bawdy sexual tension and violence in a seamless fictional cocktail for genre devotees. As readable today as when first published, this savage yet elegant shock show succeeds as crowd-pleasing storytelling as well as a time capsule of the 1980s horror aesthetic.
About the Book:
First published in 1981, They Thirst was Robert McCammon’s fourth novel, and it remains one of the major milestones of an ambitious, constantly evolving career. Like its predecessors—Baal, Bethany’s Sin, and The Night Boat—They Thirst made its initial appearance as a paperback original. In the years since, it has acquired an intensely devoted following, and is now widely regarded as one of the significant vampire novels of the 20th century.
The story begins in the tiny Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, where nine-year-old Andre Palatazin awaits the return of his father from an unspecified—but clearly dangerous—mission. The man who finally returns is no longer Andre’s father—is no longer, in fact, a man. Pursued by this undead entity, Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre—now Andy—Palatazin is a homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, and spends his days dealing with the quotidian terrors of a large metropolis. His life takes a darker turn when the demonic forces he first encountered in Krajeck arrive in L.A., led by an ancient vampire known as The Master. The Master’s plan: to overrun the city and use it as a stepping-stone toward wider, ultimately global, domination.
They Thirst marks the earliest appearance of McCammon’s penchant for epic, wide-angled narratives. With the unobtrusive ease of a natural storyteller, the author propels a wide assortment of vividly created characters through an apocalyptic scenario that combines gritty urban realism with a powerful portrait of supernatural forces at large in the modern world. The result is a genuine classic of the genre, a novel that is as fresh and absorbing today as it was more than thirty years ago.
Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275
Here’s the colour art that appears in the The River of Souls limited and lettered editions only, which was out a while ago.
Interior art for the main novel:
Interior art for the bonus story The Scorpion’s Eye, exclusive to the limited and lettered editions:
Subterranean Press posted this on their website today:
Those who’ve been collecting Robert McCammon’s Matthew Corbett series will be pleased—as we are!—that the second entry, The Queen of Bedlam, is now available as a signed, limited edition that matches Mister Slaughter,The Providence Rider, and The River of Souls. Each of the titles has a different flavor, with Queen being a long (over 630 pages) excursion into the darkest corners of Colonial era New York, as Matthew Corbett tracks the killer known only as “The Masker.”
When it was originally published, The Queen of Bedlam drew a starred review from Publishers Weekly:
Set in Manhattan in 1703, this spellbinding sequel to Speaks the Nightbird (2002) from bestseller McCammon finds Matthew Corbett, a 23-year-old magistrate’s clerk, on the trail of the Masker, a killer who stalks prominent businessmen. Matthew stumbles on the bodies of two of the Masker’s victims, including pederast Eben Ausley, the headmaster of the orphanage Matthew once reluctantly called home… McCammon brilliantly captures colonial New York and closes with a tantalizing cliffhanger that suggests more exciting sleuthing to come.
About the Book:
Matthew Corbett first appeared in 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird, the novel which signaled Robert McCammon’s return to fiction after a decade long absence. Five years later, in another significant event, Matthew reappeared in The Queen of Bedlam, a book that firmly established him as the central figure in the best historical adventure series going.
The Queen of Bedlam opens in 1702, some three years after the harrowing experiences of Speaks the Nightbird. Matthew is now living in the nascent metropolis of New York City and has found unsatisfying employment as a poorly paid clerk to a local magistrate. At this juncture, two related events take place that will radically alter Matthew’s future. One is the advent of a murderous predator—popularly known as the Masker—who terrorizes the city. The other is Matthew’s recruitment by the Herrald Agency, an early prototype of the classic private detective agency. Under the auspices of his new employer, Matthew, together with his mentor, Hudson Greathouse, travels to a mental hospital in rural New Jersey, where he meets an unidentified woman known simply as the Queen of Bedlam, a woman who may hold the key to the Masker’s identity.
The Queen of Bedlam is a crime story, of course, and a genuinely enthralling one. More than that, it is a portrait of colonial New York so vibrant and richly detailed that it is almost palpable. The sights, smells, and sounds—the sheer physical reality of that time and place—are drawn with the sure hand of a master storyteller. Supplementing all this is a varied cast of supporting characters who are by turns comic, bizarre, intriguing, endearing, and, in some instances, terrifying. At the center of it all is Matthew Corbett, a gifted young man beginning to discover who—and what—he is meant to become. He is a hero suited to his times, and a fictional creation destined to endure for a very long time to come.
Limited: 374 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Lettered: 26 signed, deluxe bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $500