Aug 152014
 

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

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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

CHORUS
And it’s coming around again
What are we fighting for
Yes it’s coming around again
Why do we always need a war

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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

CHORUS

3/
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.

CHORUS

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Aug 142014
 

From PRweb.com:

Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

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.

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Aug 082014
 

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.

October Dreams II will be released in lettered, limited, and trade hardcover formats. Visit the Cemetery Dance website to read the announcement about the release and to pre-order October Dreams II.

“Strange Candy” was originally published as a free download here on RobertMcCammon.com. You can read the story online or download EPUB (NOOK) or MOBI (Kindle) files.

October Dreams II

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Aug 062014
 

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.

You can read a little more about The Border here.

Several new reviews have been posted around the ‘net:

Olivier Graham contributed his rendition for a book cover for Swan Song. You can see a larger version and artwork from other fans in the Fan Artwork Gallery.

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Aug 052014
 

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).

I Travel By Night at GraphicAudio

From their site:

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

 

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Jul 182014
 

Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press posted this announcement on Facebook this morning:

Yesterday, we reached agreement to publish Robert McCammon’s epic new horror/sf novel, THE BORDER, in both limited and trade hardcover. You can look for it next spring…

If you missed it, Robert McCammon wrote about finishing The Border in this May 24, 2014, post:

News from The Border (and other places)

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Jul 152014
 

Audible.com has released unabridged audiobooks of The Wolf’s Hour and The Hunter from the Woods. The books are narrated by Simon Prebble. Samples can be heard on the Audible website.

For those wanting just particular stories, they’ve also released each story from The Hunter of the Woods as a separate audiobook.

You can find links to all of the Robert McCammon audiobooks on the Audiobooks Page.

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The short stories in The Hunter from the Woods are also available as separate audiobooks.

The Great White Way
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Jul 132014
 

Kazuki Tamada has contributed a new illustration inspired by The Wolf’s Hour, along with photos of an incredible pair of statues he created that depict Michael Gallatin in both his human and wolf forms. Click on the statue image to see more photos of them or click here. You can see more of Kazuki’s artwork—as well as art from several other McCammon fans—in the Fan Art Gallery.

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Jul 072014
 

Subterranean Press posted this on their website this morning:

We’re shipping the Signed Limited Edition of Robert McCammon’s The River of Souls, which includes the novel proper, illustrations not in the trade hardcover, and an 11,000 word bonus story that won’t be available anywhere else for at least two years. The limited is 97% sold out, so don’t hold back if you’re interested in a copy.

In the meantime, here’s an interview with Rick we’ve been holding back until the Limited Edition shipping started:

Kealan Patrick Burke: In The River of Souls, the fifth book in your Matthew Corbett series, when we meet Matthew, he is somewhat unmoored, lonely, lamenting the loss of love, an intentional sacrifice to keep those he cares about out of harm’s way. And by the end of the novel, this caution is revealed not to be unfounded. Do you ever see him finding a way back to love despite the inherent and obvious danger?

Robert McCammon:  Well, first of all there are five books yet to go in the series. I will say that I know what the series is about, I know how it will end and I know what the last line will be…but I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to get there and I don’t want to be sure. I want the series to be a surprise to me. I have faith in my ability to guide it to a good conclusion, but I don’t want to have every step mapped out. If you’re asking if Matthew will have more romantic encounters, that is certainly true. And if Berry will come back into the series…certainly true again.

KPB: We are introduced in the novel to the memorable character, Magnus Muldoon, who though initially an antagonist, becomes for Matthew an invaluable ally. Given your penchant for revisiting some of the more memorable characters in Corbett’s world, is it safe to say that we should expect to see more of this wonderful character in the future?

RM: As I stated above, I don’t know. I have no idea who will show up in future books or who will die…this series just happens. Will Magnus return? Not sure, but you can be sure that there will be more characters equally as interesting as Magnus.

KPB: Given the period in which these books are set, it is no surprise that superstition plays a large role in the proceedings, perhaps never more so than in Speaks the Nightbird. How much of the swamp-lore and the vicious tribe who dwell there is based on real superstition, or did you develop it all yourself for the purposes of the book?

RM: Part of The River of Souls is based on the lore of the Bell Witch, from Tennessee, and also from local Alabama lore. The “creature” is based on stories told in a small town very near to my hometown. And a lot of it comes from my imagination, too. It just seems “right”.

KPB: Speaking of superstition, and in particular the horrific incident midway through the book in which you employ a rather macabre sporting event, have you considered writing an outright horror novel featuring Matthew Corbett, or is the supernatural something you prefer to keep to your non-series novels?

RM: I think “creepy”, “spooky” and “horrific” can be applied to the Corbett series but I’m not sure I want to go deeper into what we call the supernatural. I will say, though, that clues were planted in both The Queen of Bedlam and The Providence Rider that lead to a situation that might be called “supernatural”. It involves a book. A book that shows up in both Bedlam and Providence Rider. There’s a lot going on in this series that won’t be fully clear until we get into the final phase.

KPB: The River of Souls is fairly different in structure to the other books, in that, rather than have the plot involve the decoding of an intricate and elaborate mystery, the villain is revealed rather early and the book focuses more on the hunt, the swamp as a character, and all the evils it hides. The book is also the shortest in the series thus far. Can you talk a little bit about the inspiration for The River of Souls, and whether it was a conscious choice to move away from the idea of the mystery being the propelling force behind the story?

RM: Actually I was going through a rough time in my personal life and I wanted to live some of that out through Matthew. He was my “sin-eater”. Also my role-model. He can take whatever is thrown at him and keep going. Of course he’s going to be changed in some way and that’s what life is about, but Matthew is an ultimate survivor. So The River of Souls was more about endurance than mystery.

KPB: How much research do you typically do when preparing a Corbett novel to ensure that you authentically represent both the period and detail?

RM: I did reams of research for both Speaks the Nightbird and The Queen of Bedlam, so unless I have a specialized situation I can coast for a little while on my research. If something comes up that I need to find out about, I know where to look. I also have to say that I’ve embellished the times a little bit…cleaned them up some, because there was so much disease, pestilence and plague in that era there would be no time for handling anything else. My research on that era tells me there was no word for “joy” but many words for “sorrow”. It was truly a very rough, heartbreaking and soul-wrenching time. I am in awe that this country and the cities in it exist, to be perfectly honest. How humans overcame the swamps, the primeval forest, the diseases and all the other hardships of that time…it’s amazing and really incredible.

KPB: Much like the miasmic swamp, the pall of series antagonist Professor Fell looms large over The River of Souls, and by the book’s end you set the stage for a reckoning. As the next book is a ways off yet, and without giving too much away, how much of that coming story do you already know, and can you tease us with an idea of what to expect?

RM: Again, clues have been already delivered that will come to fruition in the next book. I do know what the story will be and a lot of what will happen, but certainly not all of it. I do know we go to England in the next book, and the rest of the series will probably take place in Europe. And of course Professor Fell will be a large character in the next book…we may even find out who he really is and what he looks like. If indeed “he” is not really a woman who’s been hiding behind the image of a man.

KPB: As with the other books in the series that Subterranean has published, The River of Souls features typically evocative cover art and illustrations by the wonderful Vincent Chong. Obviously, it’s critical that the representations of your characters are accurate. How closely do you work with Mr. Chong to achieve the desired result?

RM: I don’t really work with Vincent that closely but he always does a great job. I love the idea of using a “weapon” of some kind on the covers. I’m always pleased to see Vincent’s work, it’s excellent.

KPB: Included in the limited edition of The River of Souls is “The Scorpion’s Eye”, a fun novelette featuring another series character, the roguish master-thief, Minx Cutter. The story has an adventurous, almost pulp-fiction feel to it. Have you considered writing more of these standalone tales, perhaps featuring other characters from the series?

RM: I was planning on doing next a book of short stories and novelettes about other cases Hudson and Matthew have handled. I’ve dropped mention of other cases they’ve been on in the books, such as “The House At The End Of The World”, “Night Ride” and the complications of a romance between a colonist and an Indian maiden that would be titled “Love Is A Walk Through Fire”. I was going to do this as the sixth book in the series, but I don’t think I can let readers hang so long with Matthew in his current predicament. So…that has to be for later, if ever.

KPB: It also takes a dramatic and unexpected turn into horror, perhaps even science fiction territory midway through. Is there any chance that we might see more of the accursed “object”, or other treasures from Xavier Dreadson’s macabre collection?

RM: Ha! Good idea. Who knows what else Dreadson had in that house, and who’s got hold of those things now. I may play with that one. Other “objects” may show up in the possession of…well, we’ll see.

KPB: Now that she has been incorporated into the Herrald Agency, how big a role will Minx Cutter play in the next Matthew Corbett book?

RM: That I don’t know yet. For sure, Minx is a very interesting character. But be assured there will be plenty more, and a lot yet to come. And when we get to the end and people realize what Professor Fell is searching for, and why…I think the destination will definitely be worth the journey.

KPB: Thanks so much for your time, Mr. McCammon!

RM: You’re welcome, and thank you.

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Jul 022014
 

vc_photoThe Stephen King-centric website Lilja’s Library has posted a very informative interview with artist Vincent Chong. Though the interview questions relate to Vincent’s work on various editions of Stephen King’s novels, Vincent has also worked on several of the Subterranean Press editions of Robert McCammon’s novels: the Matthew Corbett books, The Five, The Wolf’s Hour, and The Hunter from the Woods.

You can read the interview here.

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