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.
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* For more information about NaNoWriMo, please visit www.nanowrimo.org.
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
Robert McCammon’s THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM in Stock and Shipping
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
Robert McCammon’s The Five includes the lyrics for a song by The Five entitled “When The Storm Breaks.” Dave Drowley was inspired by those lyrics to write and perform this song, with help from Karl Percy and Darren Hardstaff. The lyrics for the song are included below. The song can be found on YouTube.
“When The Storm Breaks”
Lyrics by Dave Drowley, based on lyrics by Robert McCammon
I was raised to think
I was red white and blue
I was raised to do
What I was told to do
Somehow in that time
I never did ask why
It’s young men like me
Who go to kill and die
When the storm breaks
And the rain begins to fall
And the mighty laugh
With a howllow cat call
We’ve got money for oil
You got battles to fight
And the heroes come home
In the dead of night
And it’s coming around again
What are we fighting for
Yes it’s coming around again
Why do we always need a war
I’m not saying this world
Should always get along
Won’t pretend it’s alright
When I know it’s all so wrong
But I do believe that war
Makes some men very rich
So many of them love
That wicked bitch
I was walking down the street
The sun was burning hot
Minding my own business
To have or to have not
Thought I heard a rumble
Might be thunder in the sky
Or the discontent
Of a stranger passing by
This was someone’s child
This was someone’s dream
I hope they bury them
Where the grass is green
When the storm breaks
and the lightning tears the sky
the rain falls down so hard
why those left behind just cry
I was raised to think
That my country’s always right
I was always told
to fight the good fight
Somehow in that time
I never questioned why
The gods of war control
Why my friends go to die.
GraphicAudio® is pleased to announce release of Robert McCammon’s old West themed vampire-adventure I TRAVEL BY NIGHT. Available for digital download, this story combines GraphicAudio’s trademark high-quality sound effects and music for an extra layer of emotional mood setting and excitement.
Director Nanette Savard says of working on the recording “Since I had directed Robert R. McCammon’s THE WOLF’S HOUR and THE HUNTER FROM THE WOODS for GraphicAudio, I was excited to have the opportunity to direct I TRAVEL BY NIGHT. As with those books, McCammon masterfully combines the genres of horror and historical fiction, with fascinating characters and attention to period detail. Sound Designer Brian Rogers and I had a lot of fun bringing it all together. It’s a wild ride!”
The cursed hero of I TRAVEL BY NIGHT is a man named, Lawson. As a soldier in the Civil War battle at Shiloh, he was forcibly given the gift of undeath by the mysterious vampire queen LaRouge. However, Lawson chose a different path for himself. Clinging to what remained of his humanity he fought his way free of the Dark Society’s clutches. And in the decades since, he roamed late nineteenth-century America, doing what good he could as he traveled by night, combating evils mundane and supernatural, and always seeking the key to regaining a mortal life.
That key lies with his maker LaRouge and now, at the heart of a Louisiana swamp, Lawson hopes to find her with the aid of a haunted priest and an unexpected ally. In the tornado-wracked ghost town of Nocturne, Lawson must face down monstrous enemies, the rising sun, and his own nature. Readers will not want to miss this thrilling new dark novella from a master storyteller.
Author Robert McCammon says “I’m very excited to have GraphicAudio producing a dramatic audio ‘movie’ of I TRAVEL BY NIGHT. I say ‘movie’ because with the quality work GraphicAudio does, these books really do become movies for the mind. The stories come more fully to life and become more immediate due to the care and attention Graphic Audio gives to their projects. So…if you want to ‘see’ in your mind a story about a vampire/gunfighter in the old West struggling to stay human against all odds…here’s I TRAVEL BY NIGHT!”
About the Author: Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, as well as several novellas and short story collections. He is the winner of 5 Stoker Awards and a World Fantasy Award. He is best known for SWAN SONG (1987), THE WOLF’S HOUR (1989), and BOY’S LIFE (1991). More recently, McCammon has published THE FIVE, which Stephen King called his best novel ever, and is writing the Matthew Corbett series, a ten-book long series of historical thrillers that USA Network has called “the Early American James Bond.” McCammon lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
About GraphicAudio®: An imprint of The Cutting Corporation, since 2004, GraphicAudio® has published approximately 900 titles and 60 different series in their GraphicAudio® A Movie in Your Mind® audiobook entertainment format. For more visit: http://www.graphicaudio.net.
Robert McCammon’s Halloween short story “Strange Candy” will be included in the upcoming anthology October Dreams II. Other authors whose work will appear in the anthology include Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch, Stewart O’Nan, Glen Hirshberg, Joe R. Lansdale, Al Sarrantonio, Whitley Strieber, Lisa Morton, Matthew Costello, Elizabeth Massie, and more.
Audible will produce an audiobook version of Robert McCammon’s upcoming SF/horror novel The Border. The novel will be published in Spring 2015 by Subterranean Press. The audiobook will presumably be released at the same time, though the exact date is not known yet.
GraphicAudio has moved up the release date for their audio dramatization of Robert McCammon’s I Travel By Night to August 13, 2014. GraphicAudio productions feature a narrator, a voice cast, music, and sound effects to bring stories to life (“A Movie in Your Mind,” as their slogan says).
For Lawson, the horrors that stalked the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh were more than just those of war. After being forcibly given the gift of undeath by the mysterious vampire queen LaRouge, Lawson chose to cling to what remained of his humanity and fought his way free of the Dark Society’s clutches. In the decades since, he has roamed late nineteenth-century America, doing what good he can as he travels by night, combating evils mundane and supernatural, and always seeking the key to regaining a mortal life.
That key lies with his maker, and now Lawson hopes to find LaRouge at the heart of a Louisiana swamp with the aid of a haunted priest and an unexpected ally. In the tornado-wracked ghost town of Nocturne, Lawson must face down monstrous enemies, the rising sun, and his own nature. Readers will not want to miss this thrilling new dark novella from a master storyteller.
The production is produced by Anji Cornette (Executive Producer), Richard Rohan, and Duane Beeman. The cover illustration is by Jahbulani Ori.
I Travel By Night is also available in ebook formats in North America: Kindle | NOOK | Kobo | iTunes