The Overlook Connection Bookstore is running a Facebook contest to see who can identify the panelists in the photo above, as well as the convention and year. We’ll give you one: Robert McCammon is on the far right. You have to Like their Facebook page to participate, and guesses must be mailed to ServiceOverlook@gmail.com. For contest details, including the prizes, visit the Facebook post by the Overlook Connection.
As we wind down the year, it’s a good time to take stock of the availability of the various Subterranean Press editions of Robert McCammon’s work. Many of them are already sold out from Subterranean Press and getting scarce. This list does not take into account all possible sources of the books, just the most common. Some retailers such as The Alabama Booksmith (copies from them can be signed, too!) and Camelot Books still have various editions in stock.
- The Wolf’s Hour – The limited edition is long sold out. Copies do occasionally show up on eBay, but they’re not cheap. Copies appear to be available via Camelot Books, Amazon resellers, and ABE.
- Mister Slaughter – The limited and trade editions are sold out from Subterranean Press. Copies are available via Amazon resellers and ABE. The trade edition is still available from The Alabama Booksmith and Camelot Books.
- The Five – The limited and trade editions are sold out from Subterranean Press. Copies are available via Amazon, The Alabama Booksmith, Camelot Books (limited, too), Amazon resellers, and ABE.
- The Hunter from the Woods – The limited editions are sold out from Subterranean Press. A trade hardcover edition has just been released and is available via Subterranean Press and Amazon. The limited edition can be found via Amazon resellers and ABE.
- Baal – The limited edition is still available from Subterranean Press in all three states.
- Bethany’s Sin – The limited editions are sold out from Subterranean Press. As of this writing, there are 18 copies remaining from Amazon.
- The Providence Rider – The trade edition is sold out from Subterranean Press, but they still have the Deluxe Trade and Limited Edition. The trade edition is available from The Alabama Booksmith, Camelot Books (the limited edition, too), and Amazon.
- The Night Boat – Available for pre-ordering from Subterranean Press, and Camelot Books.
- I Travel by Night – Available for pre-ordering from Subterranean Press, Camelot Books, and Amazon.
Artist Vincent Chong created the artwork for the recent Subterranean Press editions of Mister Slaughter, The Providence Rider, The Wolf’s Hour, The Hunter from the Woods, and The Five. He just posted some photos of some recent remarques he’s done for fans. (A remarque is an original drawing in a book.) You can find the photos on his blog here, or click on the photo to the right. They look fantastic!
Things are kind of quiet at the moment. Mr. McCammon is hard at work on his next novel. The limited edition of Bethany’s Sin is scheduled for release by Subterranean Press in November. You can pre-order it here. That same month, Subterranean will be releasing their trade hardcover edition of The Hunter from the Woods. You can pre-order it here. If you haven’t picked it up yet, the latest Matthew Corbett book, The Providence Rider, is out now in trade hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats. The links on the right side of the page can be used to order whichever edition you want. Also, don’t forget that Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury is out now, and it includes a brand new story by Robert McCammon called “Children of the Bedtime Machine.”
There have been a few reviews posted around the ‘net lately:
- The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville posted this review of The Providence Rider.
- Blogger Katyy Takes on Books posted a fantastic review of Speaks the Nightbird that serves as a great introductory piece for the book.
- The Lit Asylum posted this brief overview of the Matthew Corbett books.
- Blogger Bryant Burnette posted an in-depth review of Baal on his blog, The Truth Inside the Lie.
- Bryant also posted an in-depth review of Bethany’s Sin.
- French blog Les Victimes de Louve also posted a review of Bethany’s Sin (English translation here).
- Blogger Vintage45 posted this great review of MINE.
- Elitist Book Reviews posted their review of Swan Song.
- Parlez Moi Blog posted a wonderful review of Boy’s Life, written by a reader new to McCammon’s work.
Thanks to Todd and Charlene for the heads-up, the Robert McCammon ebooks published by Subterranean Press are all currently on sale for only $2.99 each! That includes The Providence Rider, The Hunter from the Woods, The Five, Baal, Bethany’s Sin, and Mister Slaughter.
Here are a couple of recent links:
- Ritual of the Stones: Championing Robert McCammon
- The Huntsville Times: Robert McCammon’s ‘Speaks the Nightbird’ starts a promising series of historical mysteries
Click the Play button below to listen to an excerpt from The Five.[audio:http://www.robertmccammon.com/audio/the-five-audiobook-sample.mp3]
Hi, everyone! Summer has passed, the chill has begun here in the South, the leaves are falling…must be autumn, and maybe time to talk a little bit about where I am and my future projects before the onslaught of winter.
I got back not long ago from the Surrey International Writer’s Conference, held in Surrey, British Columbia, toward the end of October every year. This was my third visit. One of the great pleasures this conference gives me is ‘teaching’ or really rather ‘guiding’ a couple of seminars. The ones I did this year were on the importance and power of names and how to write accents in dialogue. Very much fun. Got to see a lot of old friends and make some new ones. The conference is really worthwhile, because beginning writers get to sit across a table from more established writers at what are called “Blue Pencil” sessions, to show three or four pages of a manuscript and get immediate feedback on their work. So…a little scary for both people involved in that exchange, but again…very rewarding.
I would suggest that if you’re at all interested in learning more about the art and craft of writing, you seriously consider attending the Surrey International Writer’s Conference in October of 2012. I can guarantee you will enjoy it AND take something valuable away with you. Plus Surrey is not very far from Vancouver, which in itself is worth a few extra days. A most beautiful area in a great country.
The website you should take a look at, if you’re interested in this, is http://www.siwc.ca/.
On to other things…
Yes, autumn has arrived and that means intense worktime for me. Before I talk about what I’m working on next, let me say that The Hunter from the Woods is nearing publication and also the fourth Matthew Corbett adventure, The Providence Rider, will be released in (I think) March. I’ll tell you that in this one we leave New York for a while to visit a mysterious island in the Bermudas, and that Matthew comes face-to-face (?) with Professor Fell.
A note also on the title. I have a book that lists all the inhabitants of New York during the timeframe I’m writing about. Some of the names of the townspeople I use are real. So I’m looking through the names and one jumps out at me…Providence Ryder. Is that a great name, or what???
Anyway, that name started my thought process. And the book came out of that, of course. So that kinda goes back to my seminar on the importance and power of names at the Surrey conference, huh?
Speaking of names…let’s touch on Michael Gallatin for a minute. I am so proud and excited about the imminent publication of The Hunter from the Woods. It goes back and forth in time from the Wolf’s Hour period to document several episodes in Michael’s life. It hopefully adds to the character and also answers a few questions that some have posed to me over the years. Does it raise more questions? Of course! I wouldn’t be worth much as a writer if I didn’t leave the “soulcage” open for more of Michael’s adventures. So I have…and we’ll see what the future holds there.
Ah, yes. The future.
I am entering a period where I’ll be writing about the future, as opposed to the era of World War II and of course Matthew’s colonial era. Next up for me is a novella I’m doing for Sub Press, entitled Lawson. It’s set about seventy-something years in the future (though I never say the exact year) and involves a mercenary assassin in a megacity in a world run by corporations. The corporations are always at some level of warfare with each other, thus the need for men like Lawson who will go anywhere and kill any man, woman or child for a few extra “credits”. Lawson’s only friend and companion is his sex-doll robot, and he really doesn’t have much reason to live. Until…he meets the target of his next mission…
Lot more to Lawson, and to Lawson, than I’m telling, naturally. This will have a lot of action in it and I think will emphasize a new, more spare writing style I’m trying to develop. Do not fear…this “new” style will not affect the Matthew books…
Okay…onward to my next “big” project.
Many reviewers of The Five have mentioned that the supernatural element is very low-key and muted. That was done on purpose, to make the human element stronger. I recall I was telling someone I could always have gone the route of having a scene where a guitar comes to evil life and wraps around the player’s throat like a python. I was kidding, but this person’s eyes got huge with delight.
No, no, and no! The Five was not meant to be a special-effects showcase. It was a solid story, and I wanted to keep the book grounded in reality while having a supernatural undertone. But the next big project will be a Hell-On-Wheels extravaganza (I hope!!!).
Next up is a science-fiction/horror novel with a huge scope and I am planning to go over the top with this one. Tastefully, of course! But yes, it’ll have some scenes that I hope will both terrify and haunt and creep-out and resonate and all that good stuff. I may have mentioned the title before. I won’t mention it again, though…just let it sit, and trust that this will be worth the wait. Actually, I’m hoping to finish it up around April/May.
Other things…for all five or six of you who seem to enjoy them, I’m going back to doing Radio 678 shows. Why, you ask? Why should I be doing radio shows when I should be writing? Because I like doing them and I get to use some of my special-effects music equipment. So there you go…Radio 678 is fun for me, so that’s the bottom line.
I will offer you this: the next Matthew Corbett book after Providence Rider will be titled The River of Souls and is set in the Carolina colony. I think it will be two books in one, in a way, with the ideas coming together to form a single story…sort of like streams merging to form a river, yes? So I’ll be working on that when I finish the sci-fi/horror tome.
I get a lot of this: that people think I am a slow writer. Guys! It’s always been the publisher who’s been slow. I’ve always had things sitting on the shelf waiting for publication, or things in the pipeline. I think it’s because I do so many “different” things…I don’t know. But I can tell you that I am working full-speed ahead now, so when I hear somebody say I’m a slow writer…well…let’s just say I try to be “exact” in what I want to say, but usually the projects are stacked up and ready to go.
Okay…this autumn’s tale is nearly concluded. This is where I am and where I’m going. As always, I am pleased and honored to have you along for the ride. I have years of good stuff ahead…can hardly wait to get at some of the ideas, but everything has to “cook” at its own time and temperature.
And speaking of temperature…it’s cold outside. Light the fire and pull up the blanket, get something tasty to drink and lose yourself in an engrossing and involving book…there’s nothing better!
- Simon & Schuster is re-releasing their abridged audio versions of Boy’s Life (narrated by Richard Thomas) and Gone South (narrated by Will Patton) as audio MP3 downloads. These recordings were originally released on audiocassette in 1991 and 1992. Unfortunately, these abridgements are only 3 hours long and do a pretty good job of hacking up the stories. However, Thomas and Patton are both excellent narrators. The releases are scheduled for October 18, 2011, and can be pre-ordered from Ambling Books.
- Russian publisher AST has released a hardcover Russian translation of Mister Slaughter. The cover art can be seen on the right; click on the image or click here for a larger version.
- Previously mentioned anthology releases Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (which includes a reprint of “Eat Me”), Creatures (which includes a reprint of “The Deep End”), and Demons (which includes a reprint of “Best Friends”) are all available now.
- Some great blog reviews of Robert McCammon’s work have been posted recently, including: