Jun 042014
 

As we reported earlier this week, Subterranean Press has temporarily lowered the price of the ebook editions of Mister Slaughter and The Providence Rider to $1.99 to celebrate the release of The River of Souls.

For those of you buying the Kindle editions, both have Whispersync for Voice technology, which lets you synchronize the ebook and audiobook versions. Right now, buying the ebook editions of any of the Matthew Corbett books gives you the chance to buy the audiobooks at special prices: $3.99 for Speaks the Nightbird, $4.99 for The Queen of Bedlam, and $1.99 each for Mister Slaughter and The Providence Rider. When you’ve purchased the Kindle option, the special audiobook price should be reflected in the “Formats” box on the page.

The River of Souls is not yet Whispersync-enabled, but that will hopefully be added soon.

Also, the iTunes audiobook of Speaks the Nightbird is currently featured in a Thriller sale and is priced at only $5.95 until June 17.

 

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Jun 022014
 

Subterranean Press has posted the following:

Robert McCammon Ebooks for only $1.99. Second Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammonPrinting of The River of Souls hardcover only $14.95

 

To celebrate the print and ebook release of Robert McCammon’s newest Matthew Corbett historical thriller, The River of Souls (hardcover, ebook), we’ve lowered the price to the previous Matthew Corbett ebooks to only $1.99 each. Start with the dark theatrics of Mister Slaughter and work your way through the adventure that is The Providence Rider.

Back on the print end of things, The River of Souls first printing is nearly sold out, so we’ve gone back to press for a second printing. For the moment, copies of the latter are only $14.95 apiece if ordered direct from us.

And:

Only 50 copies of Robert McCammon’s The River of Souls Remain

The River of Souls by Robert McCammon

Low Stock Alert

The trade hardcover of Robert McCammon’s The River of Souls is now 99.9% Sold Out. If snagging a first edition is a priority, you might want to snag a copy ASAP, either from us or your preferred source.

We have ordered a second printing of the hardcover, which we’re discounting for the next two days to only $14.95 plus shipping (which is $10 off the regular price). Thanks to everyone for helping make The River of Souls a quick-building success.

 

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May 242014
 

Hello, all. I finished The Border about a month ago, but I wanted to wait to announce that until the book was out on the marketplace. I think it’s pretty good, and it’s certainly different from anything I’ve ever written. Hunter has read it and says he thinks it will appeal to fans of Swan Song and Stinger, so that sounds good to me.

I was asked recently about how long it takes to write a book and how long it takes for the book to be published. I replied that it takes me about nine months to write the book, but it can take another year for the publisher to put it into print. They have to do the cover, the marketing plan and all that, and “fit it” into the schedule. Then something unforeseen might happen and the book might be pushed back into a later pub slot, so it can appear that “I” am not working, but believe me, I am.

I have recently been involved in a legal situation with a past publisher (not TOR, who published The Five, nor Subterranean Press). This has gone on for nine months. It’s amazing how much time something like this takes, and how much of a drain on a person’s resources—financial, time, and mental. Just when I think the situation has been resolved, something else crops up and there you go again, back in the murky soup.

Someday further down the line I may write about my experiences in the publishing business. Most of you would not believe what has happened these past twenty years. Every writer I’ve told my situation to has the same response: “That is the worst story I’ve ever heard.” Honestly, every writer says that to me. But I keep soldiering on, even though it’s been sometimes (often) very difficult. Two things actually keep me going: your readership, and the fact that I have many more books I want to read, and the only way I can read them is to write them.

The publishing business is in a strange place right now. Dealing with the people there, you get the sense that some are in shock and sleepwalking due to abrupt changes in the business, yet their egos are swollen to the extent that they can’t see the forest due to the little bitty bugs on all the leaves. I keep up pretty much with the business, and it always fascinates me to see a book promoted and touted before it’s published…and yet as soon as it hits the shelves, it disappears with no fanfare. I have gone out looking for books that received great attention before its pub date, only to find that the book is gone or that the book was never even delivered to my local Barnes & Noble. I spent a whole summer two years ago looking for a book that was supposed to be published in June and part of a “Lord Of The Rings”-type trilogy, and I found one copy of it on a remainder table in October. There were no further additions to the “series”.

More true than ever is the experience of Vernon Thaxter from Boy’s Life. If you don’t know what I mean, read that section where Vernon is explaining to Cory about writing his book Moon Town. ‘Nuff said about that.

Some other writer has said that writing is one of the most brutal professions. Well…think of it. You are on your own. Everything comes from your mind. All the experiences that you’d had through your life color your work. There is no one to help you get through a scene, or make sense of a situation, or guide the work to a successful conclusion. You are on your own, kid. Think about the day-to-day pressure of that, because not only does the work have to be “good”, it has to be “extra-special” good, yet it can’t be too off-the-wall or too “daring”. In my experience, some publishers look for your work to follow a model of success that some other writer has created. I grew up with the idea that you should push yourself to create something that hasn’t existed before, to take chances, and in that way grow as a writer.

Well, I was wrong.

Wrong not in my belief, which I still think is right, but wrong in my idea that the publishing world would rush to embrace a new and different idea. That may have been so in the 1940s and 1950s, when there were primarily literary people in charge of the publishing world…less so in the 1960s and 1970s, when more business people began to come in…less so again the following two decades, and now I find that the business people are fully in charge, the stockholders are breathing down their necks, and any decision to take a chance on a book has to go through a committee, with the punishment of losing your job if you have backed an “under-performing” book. Yet book publishers still struggle to figure out how to promote a book, and most are thrown against the wall to see what sticks. In that kind of climate, very few are successful.

(And maybe I’m talking about the first two books of the Matthew Corbett series, and maybe not.)

Of course it all comes down to individual preference and what experiences have colored the life of any individual editor. The first Harry Potter book was turned down by a ridiculously large number of publishers…and I always thought it was funny, that if you went looking for the actual people who turned down books that later became extremely popular and successful, you would wind up with a handful of air.

Generally speaking, in my experience I have found that some professional people run from responsibility, would die—or kill—rather than admit a fault, and build stone walls to keep there from being any honest or constructive conversation. A publisher can scorn you and treat you like dirt, but any attempt on your part to fix a problem, or at least come to some deeper understanding, is rejected. Truly, you are supposed to become a mute slave, keep on working, and keep on taking any indignity that is pushed upon you. Any “backtalk” resigns you to the gutter.

Why do I stay in this kitchen, if it’s so hot and miasmic?

Because, as I say, I have your readership, your appreciation, and my desire to read books that only I can write. And this is not strictly an oversized ego speaking, but the awareness that to keep going in this business, you have to believe first and foremost in yourself, that you think only you can write this, that no one else can do it better, and by writing this you will be delivering what will hopefully mean something positive to someone and maybe cool off the particularly hot kitchen they might find themselves in. So…it’s for you, and it’s for me, and who else is there?

Moving ahead.

Next up is the second part of I Travel by Night, followed by the next Matthew book. After that will be a book I’ve been wanting to do for awhile, set in New Orleans during the Great Depression. It will be different, I promise that.

Thank you for your readership, your support, and your comments. Without those, where would I be? I shudder to think.

I hope you enjoy The River of Souls, which puts Matthew in quite a few dangerous situations and one at the end that is pretty much a cliff-hanger.

And as I say…moving ahead.

Robert McCammon

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May 162014
 

They Thirst (preorder) cover
From Subterranean Press:

They Thirst (preorder) by Robert McCammon

Limited Edition $80.00
Lettered Edition $275.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-59606-562-8
  • Length: 616 pages

(preorder—to be published in October)

Dust jacket and full-color interior illustrations by Les Edwards.

Note: Please only order the Lettered Edition if you own a Lettered Copy of The Night Boat. Anyone may order the Limited Edition.

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

You can pre-order the book from Subterranean Press here.

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May 162014
 

Robert McCammon will be signing books at the Alabama Booksmith on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 4 PM. Copies of all of his in-print novels, including The River of Souls, will be available for purchase, and he’ll sign whatever other books you bring or purchase.

If you can’t make the signing but would like a signed copy of the book, visit the Alabama Booksmith website for details on how you can reserve a signed copy.

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May 152014
 

From Subterranean Press:

The Trade Edition of Robert McCammon’s latest Matthew Corbett Thriller, The River of Souls, is in stock, with copies leaving the warehouse at a good clip. More than 75% of the first printing is sold out, with orders for more copies arriving every day. The Signed Limited and Lettered editions will take a bit longer, as they’re with our specialty binder for some additional work.

If you’re on the fence about River, consider these two strong reviews a nudge:

From Booklist Online:

The Corbett novels are rich, atmospheric stories, the kind of historical mystery that makes the reader feel as though he really has stepped back in time. Matthew is a very well designed character, very much a man of his time but also ahead of his time, as though he has stepped out of a modern-day crime lab into the early eighteenth century. For the author’s fans, a definite must-read.

From Publishers Weekly:

Macabre surprises abound in McCammon’s entertaining fifth Matthew Corbett historical (after 2012’s Providence Rider). In the summer of 1703, while on a visit to Charles Town in the Carolina colony, “problem-solver” Matthew and Magnus Muldoon, his “big as a mountain” new friend, join a manhunt for three escaped slaves, one of whom has been accused of murdering a plantation owner’s daughter (though Matthew has uncovered evidence that implicates one of the hunters). McCammon resorts to a few credibility-stretching gambits in the closing chapters, but, as usual, he nicely evokes America’s colonial past and deftly straddles the boundary between the explicable and the supernatural.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $24.95

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom traycase, with exclusive illustration and an 11,000 word story that appears nowhere else: $125

Don’t forget: We’re also publishing a Signed Limited Edition of the second Corbett novel, The Queen of Bedlam, which has just been sent to the printer. With only 374 numbered copies available, this is a small printing for a McCammon limited.

Note: the ebook and audiobook editions will be released on May 31, 2014.

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