Bulgarian publisher Iztok-Zapad is releasing a Bulgarian translation of Robert McCammon’s classic coming-of-age novel, Boy’s Life. The translation was done by Elena Pavlova, and the cover design, shown below, is by Denitsa Trifonova. The book will hit Bulgarian bookstore shelves on August 26, 2013.
The Quote of the Day comes from James Roy Daley of Books of the Dead Press:
I’m a huge fan of Robert McCammon. My favorite is Boy’s Life. I’ve read it a number of times and I always think, If this book went on forever, I would read it forever.
The July 2013 issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction includes a two-page essay by Mike Barrett entitled “The Time of the Wolf: Robert McCammon’s Werewolf Tales.” You can see the Table of Contents and purchase a digital copy of the magazine from the NYRSF web site.
Wayne C. Rogers reviewed The Five for HorrorNovelReviews.com. Don’t forget that The Five will be released in a mass-market paperback edition from Tor on November 26, 2013!
Alice Keezer recently reviewed the audiobook edition of Swan Song, narrated by Tom Stechschulte. The Swan Song audiobook is available through Audible.com, on CD from Amazon, and on MP3 CD from Amazon.
David Agronoff also reviewed Swan Song in his countdown of his ten favorite horror novels.
Blogger Peggy at RampantBiblioholism challenged her small town to out-read her this summer. She posted about the books she’s read this summer, including Boy’s Life (“EVERYBODY needs to read this book”) and Swan Song (“…a huge, sprawling, epic post-apocalyptic story with a lot of points to make”).
DeviantArt member Hurriicanee did an illustration based on Boy’s Life. You can see it in the Fan Artwork Gallery.
As some of you have noticed, Swan Song is no longer in-print. The print rights to the book have reverted back to Robert McCammon. Hopefully a new publisher will pick up the book soon. I’ll keep you posted. But if you’ve wondered why it can’t be ordered and why copies of the trade paperback are selling for $40 or more on Amazon, that’s why. There are, of course, still copies available on third-party and used markets.
And I’ll leave you with this fun photo of Robert McCammon taken by his daughter Skye at FandomFest in Louisville, KY, a couple of weekends ago.
The August 2013 issue of Nightmare Magazine includes a reprint of Robert McCammon’s classic short story “Nightcrawlers.” It also includes a small Q&A with McCammon about the story. You can purchase a digital copy of Nightmare Magazine from their website, from Amazon, and from B&N. You’ll also be able to read the story for free on August 14 on their website.
Speaks the Nightbird will finally be released as an ebook in October 2013. It should be available in all formats in all countries. It is the last of the McCammon books to be released as an ebook.
Here are a few recent reviews from around the ‘net:
- HorrorNews.net: Dave Gammon reviews Baal
- Ritual of the Stones: Rob Donovan reviews The Wolf’s Hour
- Blogger Rae Nudson discusses why she loved Boy’s Life so much
- Blogger Rae Nudson describes a Boy’s Life-inspired project: rocket, my screen-printed bike
- Lou Sytsma reviews Mister Slaughter in “Serial Killer Smorgasbord – 3rd Course”
- Men Reading Books offers a different kind of review of Boy’s Life
- Wayne C. Rogers reviews Usher’s Passing for HorrorNovelReviews.com
Thanks to artist Vincent Chong, T-shirts featuring the cover art for the Subterranean Press editions of The Wolf’s Hour and The Hunter from the Woods are now available in the Robert McCammon’s Worlds shop at Spreadshirt! They join shirts featuring the logo for The Five and the covers for Mister Slaughter and The Providence Rider.
The purpose of the shirts is simply to help promote Robert McCammon’s work. In order to keep the costs down, no profit is made from these shirts; the prices shown are the actual costs of the shirts from Spreadshirt.com. A variety of shirt types, colors, and sizes are available.
Note that the printing and shipping of the shirts is handled entirely by Spreadshirt. In my experience, it takes about 7 to 10 days for U.S. orders to be delivered.
If you purchase today, July 24, 2013, you can get free standard shipping with the coupon code XMASINJULY.
If you purchase between July 30 through August 6, you can get $10 off any order of $50 or more using the coupon code TENOFF.
Open Road Media has launched their “150 Summer Steals” promotion, offering 150 ebooks at up to 75% off their normal prices through July 22, 2013. Included among the 150 ebooks is Robert McCammon’s Swan Song! For a look at all of their ebooks that are on sale, click here or click on the banner below.
You can find links to buy all of Robert McCammon’s ebooks here. All of his books are currently available in various ebook formats except Speaks the Nightbird; it will be available in the next couple of months.
The 2013 Bram Stoker Awards presentation was held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA. Among the awards presented were the Lifetime Achievement Awards to Robert McCammon and Clive Barker. A video of the full awards ceremony has been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed below. For information about all of the winners, please visit the Stokers 2013 website. The presentation of McCammon’s award by Yvonne Navarro and Hunter Goatley begins at 1:06:20.
You can also view the video on YouTube.
Robert McCammon was a guest on Gregory Hall’s show The Funky Werepig on Friday, June 28, 2013. You can now listen to the show or download an MP3 below.
Robert McCammon was a guest reader at the My Favorite Poem Sixth Annual Literary Event held on September 23, 2011, at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, AL. Mr. McCammon read T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” A low-quality video of his reading is now available on the Robert McCammon YouTube channel:
Video of the entire event, with all 15 guest readers, can be found on Vimeo.
Author Joe Lansdale wrote a brief essay about Robert McCammon for the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend 2013 Incorporating The World Horror Convention Souvenir Book. Robert McCammon was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Bram Stoker Awards on June 15, 2013, at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. With the help of Lisa Morton, Norm Rubinstein, and Bailey Hunter, Joe Lansdale has given permission for his essay to be reprinted on this site.
Click to read “Rick McCammon, A True Southern Gentleman” by Joe Lansdale.