In the May 8, 1978, issue of Publishers Weekly, Avon took out a 2-page spread to promote the upcoming release of Baal, the debut novel by Robert McCammon. Baal (pronounced like “bale” and not “ball”) was released 42 years this month (August 1978).
AudioFile Magazine has published their The Year in Audiobooks 2014 issue, and the narrators of Robert McCammon’s Baal (Ray Porter) and The Wolf’s Hour (Simon Prebble) are among those chosen “Best Voices” in Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Audio Theater.
In addition, Ray Porter’s reading of Baal was selected an Earphones Award Winner. You can read their review here.
Audible has released new, unabridged audiobook recordings of Robert McCammon’s first four books: Baal, Bethany’s Sin, The Night Boat, and They Thirst! All four books are narrated by Ray Porter, who has appeared in numerous TV series and movies and narrated Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger books, among others.
You can find purchasing links to all of the Robert McCammon audiobooks here.
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.
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!
On October 15, 2013, Audible will release new, unabridged audiobook recordings of Robert McCammon’s first four books: Baal, Bethany’s Sin, The Night Boat, and They Thirst! (The pre-order link for Baal is active now, but has the wrong release date.) Baal will be narrated by Ray Porter, who has appeared in numerous TV series and movies and narrated Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger books, among others; the other narrators, if there are any, haven’t been announced yet.
A couple of new reviews have popped up recently:
- Sci Fi Bulletin reviewed Mister Slaughter
- Blog Mika Reads Horror Fiction reviewed They Thirst: “They Thirst may be one of those rare novels that can be summed up in one word, and that word is awesome.”
And for those of you in Indianapolis area, the Indianapolis Book Club will be discussing Robert McCammon’s Speaks the Nightbird at their meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2013.
Robert McCammon’s The Wolf’s Hour makes the list in the Barnes & Noble Book Blog post “5 Must-Read Werewolf Novels.” The Wolf’s Hour is available in various ebook formats.
Here are a couple of recent links:
- Ritual of the Stones: Championing Robert McCammon
- The Huntsville Times: Robert McCammon’s ‘Speaks the Nightbird’ starts a promising series of historical mysteries
Subterranean Press has posted a new McCammon update:
As another step in celebrating the release of Robert McCammon’s newest Matthew Corbett historical thriller, The Providence Rider (SubPress|Amazon|BN.com), we’ve put the ebook of his demon spawn first novel, Baal, on sale for only $2.99. You can pick it up from the usual suspects (Amazon|BN.com). It looks as though Kobo is trailing behind in resetting the price, but I’m sure they’ll catch up soon.
Jumping back to The Providence Rider again, it’s now racked up 15 five star Amazon reviews, with no dissenters. We’re inordinately pleased at the response it’s received from reviewers and readers alike. This (literal, though eventually resolved) cliffhanger of a novel is the perfect place to join Matthew’s deadly game of chess with Professor Fell, the self-styled “Emperor of Crime”.
Finally, while he was in our offices inscribing copies of his new novel, Rick also set his hand to the signature pages for our upcoming signed, limited edition of his classic novel, Bethany’s Sin, which is right on schedule for release this fall.
Robert McCammon’s Virtual Blog Tour to support The Providence Rider continues at Horror World today. They’ve posted a new interview with Robert McCammon conducted by Blu Gilliand.
Hot on the heels of the news that GraphicAudio will be releasing dramatizations of the Michael Gallatin books, Brilliance Audio will be releasing the Audible production of Swan Song, read by Tom Stechschulte, on Audio CD and MP3 CD on December 11, 2012. Both products are currently listed on both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. You can pre-order them via the links below. The success of the Audible edition of Swan Song is what led to the decision to release the book on CD.
- Amazon US: Swan Song Unabridged Audio CD
- Amazon US: Swan Song Unabridged MP3 CD
- Barnes and Noble: Swan Song Unabridged Audio CD
- Barnes and Noble: Swan Song Unabridged MP3 CD
And finally, here are a few more recent reviews:
- USA Network’s Character Blog: Robert McCammon’s Early American James Bond
- Fantasy Matters: The Providence Rider – A Review
- Ritual of the Stones: Book Review – The Providence Rider
- Men Reading Books: Mystery Walk by Robert McCammon
- The Humble Book Giant: Review: The Five by Robert McCammon
- Another Polish review of Boy’s Life: On the other side… (English version by Google Translate)
- Ramblings of a Honk Mahfah: A Brief Review: “Baal” [by Robert McCammon]