Illustrator and McCammon fan Tarryn Henderson sent in four book covers she created for Baal, Swan Song, and The Wolf’s Hour. You can see all four covers by clicking here or clicking on the image below.
As we mentioned a few months ago, Tor is releasing a mass-market paperback of Robert McCammon’s The Five on November 26, 2013. The book should be available in stores nationwide. It can also be ordered from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, B&N, and other online stores.
Robert McCammon’s first contemporary novel in nearly two decades, The Five tells the story of an eponymous rock band struggling to survive on the margins of the music business. As they move through the American Southwest on what might be their final tour together, the band members come to the attention of a damaged Iraq war veteran, and their lives are changed forever. This is a riveting account of violence, terror, and pursuit set against a credible, immensely detailed rock and roll backdrop. It is also a moving meditation on loyalty and friendship. Written with wit, elegance, and passionate conviction, The Five reaffirms McCammon’s position as one of the finest, most unpredictable storytellers of our time.
For more information about The Five, visit the novel page for The Five.
Just discovered today: Robert McCammon was awarded the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association Prize two years in a row in the 1990s. The prize was awarded to Swan Song in 1994 and to Boy’s Life in 1995. The prizes were presented by the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association from 1982 to 2011 for the best adventure novel published the previous year.
Yet another international edition discovery: Robert McCammon’s short story “Black Boots” was included in a 1993 German anthology, Das große Horror-Lesebuch II (Big Book of Horror II). The cover for the book can be seen here. It has been added to the Book Cover Gallery.
And a roundup of various posts from around the ‘net in the past month:
- Robert McCammon’s “Nightcrawlers” made this list at Blastr: “25 scary stories by Stephen King and other great horror writers you can read NOW”
- A review of I Travel by Night was posted at the Ravenous Reads blog
- A review of The Hunter from the Woods was also posted at the Ravenous Reads blog
- A “Quickie Review” of Speaks the Nightbird was posted at the “A Life in the Day” blog
- A great review of The Hunter from the Woods was posted at the Elitist Book Reviews blog
- A great review of Speaks the Nightbird was posted by YAM Magazine
- A review of The Night Boat was posted by FantasyLiterature
- A podcast review of the audiobook edition of Speaks the Nightbird was posted by AudioFile Magazine
Finally, the Robert McCammon Goodreads group is reading and discussing Usher’s Passing as their November Group Read.
Artist Vincent Chong was awarded the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Artist on November 3, 2013. Vincent has supplied the art for several of the Subterranean Press editions of Robert McCammon’s novels: The Wolf’s Hour, The Hunter from the Woods, The Five, Mister Slaughter, and The Providence Rider. He’s also a five-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist. Congratulations, Vinny!
Speaking of art from The Five, one of Vinny’s interior art pieces graces the cover of issue #1 of Beware the Dark, a new UK magazine that’s available in both print and PDF editions. For more information, visit Vinny’s blog.
I’ve said it before, and I’m sure it’ll be true again. About the time I think I know about all of the editions of Robert McCammon’s books that have been published around the world, I will stumble over something I never knew existed. This time: books in Thailand! It seems that Thai publishers produced a Thai translation of Baal at some point, as well as two different printings of an anthology called The Creep in the Night, which contained a Thai translation of the short story “Nightcrawlers.” You can see the covers below and in the Book Cover Gallery. Click on a cover to see a larger version of it.
One brand-new book is from Turkey: Gölge Oyunu is a Turkish trade paperback translation of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury. That anthology included Robert McCammon’s “Children of the Bedtime Machine.”
Audible has changed the release date for their unabridged audiobooks of Baal, Bethany’s Sin, The Night Boat, and They Thirst. Their website is now reporting a release date of December 10, 2013.
Here are a few recent reviews and mentions that have popped up around the ‘net:
- Eclectic Prose: Book Review: They Thirst by Robert R. McCammon
- Loren Rosson posted a fantastic review of The Five
- Phasmatodea posted a most-excellent review of Boy’s Life
- SFcrowsnest posted a great review of The Hunter from the Woods
- Robert McCammon gets a mention in the Barnes & Noble blog post “Who is the scariest writer on the planet?”
- The “Nightcrawlers” episode of the 1980s Twilight Zone is included in Complex.com’s “The 25 Scariest TV Episodes of All Time”
- Polish site Książkówka has posted a great review of the new upcoming Polish translation of Swan Song. (Google Translate’s English version)
Finally, if you’re in the UK, the Amazon UK Kindle version of Swan Song is currently only £1.29!
The ebook editions of Speaks the Nightbird are available now! You can order the book now from Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (NOOK), and Kobo.com. Those are the U.S. links; the Speaks the Nightbird ebook is available everywhere, including Amazon UK and Amazon CA.
Update: the book is available via iTunes now, too.
The ebook editions of Speaks the Nightbird are available for pre-ordering now! The ebook will be released on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. You can pre-order the book now from Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (NOOK), and Kobo.com. Those are the U.S. links; the Speaks the Nightbird ebook will be available everywhere, including Amazon UK and Amazon CA.)
Polish publisher Wydawnictwo Papierowy Księżyc is releasing Łabędzi śpiew, a new translation of Swan Song, as a two-volume trade paperback. The first volume will be published on October 16, 2013, and the second volume will follow on November 13, 2013. The fantastic covers for the books have been added to the Book Cover Gallery. Click on the images below to view larger versions of the covers.
Several reviews and other mentions have popped up around the ‘net in the past couple of weeks, including several related to The Wolf’s Hour!
- Halloween Hotties: Werewolves (if you’re into guys who smell like wet dogs) — Michael Gallatin takes the top spot here!
- 5 Werewolf Novels You Should Read — Again, The Wolf’s Hour takes the top spot!
- L’Heure du Loup, de Robert McCammon — A French review of the French translation of The Wolf’s Hour. Here’s an English translation via Google Translate.
- BlackRabbit’s #CBR5 Review #14: The Wolf’s Hour by Robert McCammon
Other recent posts:
- Blogger Teddy Gaynes recently selected Robert McCammon as his Author of the Week
- A rave Bulgarian review of the recent release of Boy’s Life there can be found here (and an English translation)
- FlavorWire posted a list of 10 Impressive Uses of Borrowed Characters in Literature, which includes Usher’s Passing