Pre-orders are open for A Little Amber Book of Wicked Shots!

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Apr 012020

Borderlands Press is now taking pre-orders for Robert McCammon’s A Little Amber Book of Wicked Shots, set for publication on May 15, 2020!

From their website:

The 10th book in Series III of our “Little Books” is a great one!

Three all new, original tales by one of the true masters of the genre. And in the book, he reveals he is not only a clever storyteller, but an equally facile, albeit amateur, mixologist.

From his Introduction to A Little Amber Book of Wicked Shots:

“About this book: there are three short stories within, each prefaced by a shot recipe of my own devising. I say that with a bit of a lemon twist to my mouth, because there are thousands upon thousands of drink recipes and I’m pretty sure one can’t come up with anything entirely original anymore, but the shots described here are totally from my mind and not from any book . . . until now, that is, and hopefully I’ve added to some bartender’s menu.

“The three stories all mention their particular shot, but the drinks don’t necessarily have anything to do with the plots. Or do they? You’ll have to read on to find out. But the names of the shots . . . well, those might have quite a lot to do with the plots (that rhymes and I haven’t even started experimenting with the liquors yet) so again, you’ll have to read on to find out.”

The book will be signed and numbered and lists for $30.

Pre-order The Little Amber Book of Wicked Shots from Borderlands Press


Flashbak: Attack of the B-Pictures: Bold, Brilliant and Bizarre Mexican Pulp Art

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Feb 122020

One of my favorite websites to frequent is Flashbak, which specializes in posting photos of all kinds of things from the past. Their slogan is “Everything Old Is New Again.” A recent post about Mexican pulp art looked like something Robert McCammon would enjoy, so I sent him the link. He wrote back and asked me to post the link. He said:

“I’ve always enjoyed Mexican horror films. In fact the first horror movie I ever saw (on TV) was a wickedly scary Mexican flick that I remember had something to do with a condemned criminal who found himself being reincarnated and going through the same hanging over and over again. Anyway, he had a beast-like makeup and to a little kid it was a real fright-fest. This art to me speaks to what has always been the bizarre and nightmarish (though oddly beautiful) nature of the Mexican horror film.”


Attack of the B-Pictures: Bold, Brilliant and Bizarre Mexican Pulp Art


Subterranean: Tales of Fantasy 3 includes a McCammon reprint

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Feb 102020

Note: This anthology reprints “Death Comes for the Rich Man,” a Matthew Corbett novella that appeared in the limited edition of The Providence Rider. The story will also be included in the planned Matthew Corbett collection that will be published in a couple of years or so (between novels eight and nine).

From Subterranean Press:

Subterranean Tales of Dark Fantasy 3

Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 is now available for preorder! This outing includes new and rare stories by SubPress favorites including Caitlin R. KiernanRobert McCammon, and Kat Howard, and a number of new-to-us voices.

Collectors will want to take special note of the 250 copy signed limited edition, which includes a 14,000 word signed bonus hardcover by Tim Powers!

About the Book:

Tales of darkness and inexplicable happenings have always been with us—and always will. In its contemporary form, this sort of story is not only alive and well, but flourishing, and it continues to speak to us in a variety of voices. Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 is the latest installment in an acclaimed anthology series, and it brings together ten voices—some familiar, some less so—that are at once distinctive, compelling, and irresistible.

The volume opens with award-winning novelist Kat Howard’s “An Ordinary Progression of Hearts,” an elegant meditation on the fragility of the human heart; and closes with acclaimed newcomer P. Djeji Clark’s “Skin Magic,” a stunning account of sorcery and dark magic set in an unnamed third world country. Elsewhere in the anthology, Caitlin R. Kiernan (“Cherry Street Tango, Sweat Box Waltz”) offers a piece of near-future noir in which a “blackstrap” (a hired assassin) contemplates the failure of her latest murderous assignment. “At the Threshold of Your Bedchamber on the Fifth Night” by Sarah Gailey is the tale of a courtship that leads to a most unusual consummation. In “Final Course,” a rare short story by rising star C.J. Tudor, the reunion of old school friends takes a savage and unexpected turn. In addition to these and other stellar tales by the likes of Bentley Little, Richard Kadrey, Stephen Gallagher and Ian R. MacLeod, Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 contains Robert R. McCammon’s “Death Comes for the Rich Man,” a rare novella set in Colonial America and featuring McCammon’s popular “problem solver,” Matthew Corbett.

The limited edition of this superb anthology comes with a very special signed bonus hardcover: Always Going On by Tim Powers. A 14,000 word autobiographical essay of immense charm, it offers a highly personal glimpse into the mind, memories, and personal esthetics of one of modern fantasy’s most durable—and original—artists. Always Going On is both a gift to Powers’ many readers, and an invaluable supplement to an extraordinary body of work.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, in slipcase, with an exclusive Tim Powers hardcover, Always Going On$150

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $40

Table of Contents:

— An Orderly Progression of Hearts—Kat Howard
— Cherry Street Tango, Sweatbox Waltz—Caitlín R. Kiernan
— Estate Sale—Bentley Little
— Twisted Hazel—Stephen Gallagher
— Death Comes for the Rich Man—Robert McCammon
— At the Threshold of Your Bedchamber on the Fifth Night—Sarah Gailey
— Final Course—C. J. Tudor
— Lamagica—Ian R. MacLeod
— Razor Pig—Richard Kadrey
— Skin Magic—P. Djèjí Clark


Robert McCammon will visit Alabama Booksmith on February 13, 2020

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Jan 302020

Subterranean Press has just reprinted the trade edition of The Hunter from the Woods, and I just received word that Robert McCammon will be at Alabama Booksmith at 5 PM on Thursday, February 13, 2020, to chat about The Hunter from the Woods and to provide a sneak preview of the next Matthew Corbett book. He will, of course, sign copies of The Hunter from the Woods, which will be available for purchase that day, as well as any other books you purchase there or bring with you.

The Alabama Booksmith is located in Birmingham, AL. If you can’t make it to the signing, you can order signed copies from the Alabama Booksmith website.

Buy The Hunter from the Woods (signed) from Alabama Booksmith

All signed Robert McCammon books available from Alabama Booksmith


German translation of The Providence Rider coming in September 2020!

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Jan 292020

Luzifer Verlag has announced the publication date for their German translation of The Providence Rider. They’ll release Matthew Corbett in den Fängen des Kraken on September 30, 2020. The cover art can be seen below.

Matthew Corbett in den Fängen des Kraken at Luzifer


Robert McCammon’s Chattacon Schedule

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Jan 152020

As we previously announced, Robert McCammon will be the Literary Guest of Honor at Chattacon 45 in Chattanooga, TN, the weekend of January 24–26, 2020. The schedule for the weekend has been posted, and the scheduled Robert McCammon events are listed below.

Friday, January 24:

  • 5–5:50 — Pros Reception: Come meet and greet our guests while enjoying a selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages. McCammon, Hunter, Gay, BVD This event will conclude at 6:45.
  • 7–7:50 — Opening Ceremonies: An introduction to our guests and the official start of the convention! Sessoms, McCammon, Hunter, Gay, BDV

Saturday, January 25:

  • 11–11:50 — Author Signing: Robert McCammon
  • 12–12:50 — Remembering the 1980s Horror Boom: The Netflix cable series Stranger Things has romanticized horror in the 1980s, but what was it really like back then? Return with us to the glory days of printed paper fanzines and VHS “video nasties,” when Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone was resurrected as both a TV show and a newsstand magazine, and authors such as Robert McCammon, Whitley Strieber, Peter Straub, and Charlie Grant were hailed as “the next Stephen King.” Nicoll, McCammon, Webb, Antczak
  • 2–2:50 — A Reading from Guest of Honor: Robert McCammon. Award winning author Robert McCammon will read a sample of his work (author’s choice), followed by a short Q&A with the audience.
  • 5–5:50 — Historical Thriller: Matthew Corbett, Professional Problem Solver. With the latest release of Cardinal Black, there are now seven books in the popular Matthew Corbett series. Join GOH Robert McCammon as he discusses the world of Mattew Corbett and the future of the series.

Sunday, January 26:

  • 1–1:50 — Bullet or Boogeyman?: Has the current world, with mass shootings, nuclear tensions and climate disasters, become scarier than the horrors we imagine? Or does it provide fertile ground for new terrors? McCammon, Nicoll, Antczak, Mills

I presume there will be many opportunities to get books signed after each of these sessions.


Another new translation deal: Chinese Swan Song

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Jan 062020

The Donald Maass Literary Agency has announced that Chinese publisher Xiron has acquired the Chinese rights to Robert McCammon’s Swan Song.

As we reported last month, these rights deals were also recently signed:

These will be the first translations of each book published in those countries. Presumably, these editions will be published in 2020 or 2021.

Other upcoming international editions planned include:

If you read German, an excerpt from Luzifer’s upcoming translation of Boy’s Life can be read on their website.


German edition of Boy’s Life coming in March 2020 from Luzifer!

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Dec 202019

German publisher Luzifer Verlag has announced the March 31, 2020, publication date for BOY’S LIFE – DIE SUCHE NACH EINEM MÖRDER, their translation of Boy’s Life. The cover art by Michael Schubert can be seen below.


Also, Luzifer’s translation of Mister Slaughter was released at the end of November!