Cemetery Dance: Bluelines for The Listener

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Jan 102018

On January 10, 2018, Cemetery Dance’s Brian Freeman posted this on his blog:

The final step before the process is out of our hands: the bluelines for Robert McCammon’s incredible new novel, The Listener, have been reviewed at the Cemetery Dance Publications office and the printer has been given the green light to roll:

The Listener will be released February 27, 2018. It can be preordered from Cemetery DanceAmazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAB&N.

You can also order signed copies at the Alabama Booksmith that come with an insert also signed by Robert McCammon certifying that book was purchased prior to publication date, and a chance in the drawing for the thirtieth anniversary edition of Swan Song.


Early reviews of The Listener

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Jan 082018

Early reviews of The Listener have started showing up. Author Kealan Patrick Burke tweeted a couple of weeks ago, “THE LISTENER by Robert McCammon is astonishing.” He’ll be posting a full review soon. In the meantime, here are links to a few others. All of the reviews contain very mild spoilers, so don’t read them if you don’t want to know anything at all about the book.

PW StarMcCammon masterfully combines historical thriller and supernatural horror in a compelling and suspenseful tale of race, class, and family… This is a violent and gritty tale, but redemption is always possible.”
— Booklist (Starred Review)

“At a certain point in The Listener, you just have to hold on for dear life because this tale races to the denouement and you HAVE to know what happens. I recommend shutting yourself in a room for the last 50 pages so you can read it without being bothered. Trust me on this! You will be rewarded with an ending so poignant, yet so perfect and totally satisfying that you might find yourself with a tear in your eye.”
— Char’s Horror Corner

“It’s not every day you come across such an intoxicating blend of literary prowess and unapologetic adventure-seeking as what Robert McCammon delivers with The Listener.
— Pete Mesling in his review “Softly Comes but Firmly Stays the Listener”

“For many years he has ranked amongst the finest writers of dark fiction in the world and “The Listener” sits comfortably with his unmatchable body of work. As this is a stand-alone novel, if you’ve never read McCammon before, this is as good a place to start as any.
— Tony Jones, Ginger Nuts of Horror

“McCammon (Freedom of the Mask) conjures believable characters whose sympathetic plight pulls the reader headlong into the novel’s volatile mix of crime and fantasy. Its tense finale, paced at breakneck speed, will have readers turning pages until its surprise-packed end. ”
— Publishers Weekly

The Listener can be pre-ordered from Cemetery Dance.


More audiobooks coming from Audible!

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Jan 052018

Audible will release the audiobook edition of The Listener on the book’s publication date, February 27, 2018.

The week before that, on February 20, Audible will release audiobook editions of StingerMystery Walk, and Usher’s Passing. On March 28, they will release the audiobook edition of MINE. When that is published, there will be audiobook editions of every Robert McCammon title!

I’m still awaiting details and pre-order links, but Nick Sullivan is narrating Stinger and Mystery Walk. He tweeted this on January 4, 2018, in reply to a post about a Mystery Walk ebook sale:

Gabra Zackman will narrate MINE. I don’t know yet who is narrating Usher’s Passing.

As soon as the pre-order links are live, I’ll post them!


UK signed, limited edition of The Listener from SST Publications

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Dec 292017

Short, Scary Tales Publications (SST) in the UK has announced that they are publishing an oversized, signed, limited edition of Robert McCammon’s The Listener for the UK market. The book will be published in March/April 2018 and features cover art by Vincent Sammy.

Pre-order The Listener from SST Publications

Here are the details from their website:

Special Oversized Signed Limited Hardcover Edition:

 Limited to only 550 Signed & Numbered copies
 Special illustrated signature page personally signed by the author
 Deluxe oversized trim size (7”x10” approx.)
 Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper, with your archive and legacy in mind
 Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands
 Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine for the ultimate presentation
 Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers
 Sewn binding for increased durability
 Gorgeous wrap-around dust jacket art by Vincent Sammy
 Featuring six stunning never-before-seen interior illustrations
 Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of SST Publication’s Special Signed Limited Edition—Only 550 copies will be available worldwide. This opportunity will never be presented again!

Reserve your copy today! Don’t miss your opportunity to be 1 of just 550 collectors to showcase this Special Oversized Signed Limited Hardcover edition of Robert McCammon’s outstanding new novel The Listener.

The book can be ordered directly from SST Publications. It is also available from Cemetery DanceCamelot Books, Dark Regions Press, and Subterranean Press.


Alabama Booksmith photos and videos

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Dec 072017

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Robert McCammon visited the Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL, for a preview party for The Listener. Click here to see photos contributed by Alicia Stamps, LP Hernandez, and Blu Gilliand. The Alabama Booksmith has also posted a video of Robert McCammon’s presentation on YouTube.

Photos from the Alabama Booksmith — December 5, 2017


The Listener preview at the Alabama Booksmith on December 5, 2017

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Dec 032017

Tuesday, December 5, is Robert McCammon Day at the Alabama Booksmith. At 5:00 PM CST, he will read from his amazing upcoming novel, The Listener. The book will be published in February, 2018, but signed first editions ($25) will officially go on sale at this event.

Not only will a pre-order guarantee a signed first edition at regular publisher’s price, and come with a certificate signed by Mr. McCammon authenticating that this copy was purchased prior to publication, but all purchases come with a chance in the drawing for one of the most beautiful treasures we’ve ever seen. Here are the details of the prize:

On March 13, 2017, the thirtieth anniversary limited edition of Swan Song was published. Only 552 copies were offered for sale and they sold out the first day. There were 500 numbered (originally $150) and 52 lettered (originally $400). All came in a gorgeous slipcase and were illustrated throughout. The lettered editions feature a magnificent gatefold by David Ho.

The Alabama Booksmith acquired the author’s personal collection (lettered P.C.) and that will be the lucky winner’s prize. This very, very precious and valuable gem (appraised at $500).  This copy comes with a parchment certificate authenticating provenance and signed by Robert McCammon. The drawing will be at the launch of The Listener in February, 2018.

Mr. McCammon will be happy to personalize any title currently on our shelves and we’ll ship December 6.

The Alabama Booksmith is located at 2626 19th Pl S, Birmingham, Alabama 35209.

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Entertainment Weekly reveals The Listener!

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Oct 182017

Entertainment Weekly has posted the cover reveal of Robert McCammon’s next novel, The Listener, along with an excerpt from the book!  You can also pre-order The Listener from Cemetery Dance now!

EW.com: Read an excerpt from horror novelist Robert McCammon’s The Listener

Pre-order The Listener (trade and limited editions) from Cemetery Dance

Pre-order The Listener from Amazon, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, B&N


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


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.