Apr 222019

The Cardinal Black book launch took place on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL. Mr. McCammon spoke about the Matthew Corbett series and his career, and he read the first chapter from Cardinal Black. People who pre-ordered Cardinal Black were entered into a random drawing for a copy of the Subterranean Press limited edition of Swan Song. After the presentation, Mr. McCammon signed books and posed for photos. There were approximately 100 people in attendance for the signing.

Thank you to Jake Reiss, the Alabama Booksmith owner, for hosting the Cardinal Black book launch! The weather was perfect, and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Photos by Hunter Goatley. I had intended to get more photos of people getting their books signed, but I ended up talking to people instead.

Update: you can also read Blu Gilliand’s report on the Cemetery Dance website, including video of the reading from Cardinal Black.


Apr 172019

Cemetery Dance sent out the following in an email:

The trade hardcover edition of Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon is in our warehouse and we’ve been packing our preorders since last week, so they’ll begin shipping out the door next week! Our slipcase maker is hard at work on the slipcase for the signed Limited Edition hardcover, which will be ready to ship in June.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to higher than expected demand from book distributors, our supplies of the 1st Printing of the 1st Edition are dwindling fast, so please do not wait to place your order!

You can order a first printing, first edition from Cemetery Dance. Signed copies can be ordered from the Alabama Booksmith!

Apr 122019

The Cardinal Black book launch at Alabama Booksmith is fast approaching! It all starts Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL (technically, Homewood, AL).

At 2:00pm CST, Robert McCammon will be in the upstairs auditorium of The Alabama Booksmith to present a talk on the Matthew Corbett series, his writing in general, and Cardinal Black. He’ll leave time for a Q&A. At 2:50pm CST, the event will be on Facebook Live leading up to the drawing at 3:00pm CST for the magnificent, signed limited numbered slipcase edition of Swan Song. The lead-in will include questions sent in by fans from around the world who cannot come to Alabama. Immediately after the drawing, Rick will go downstairs to sign books.

Attendees are welcome to bring old copies of any Robert McCammon titles, and he is willing to sign them. NO COPIES OF CARDINAL BLACK WILL BE SIGNED UNLESS PURCHASED AT THE ALABAMA BOOKSMITH! The Alabama Booksmith is launching this book, and Robert McCammon has pre-signed every copy. All are signed first editions at regular price and include the exclusive picture of Robert McCammon (signed and numbered) in period attire that appears on the jacket of Cardinal Black. Although the books are already signed, any attendee who prefers may have their name inscribed.

Since The Alabama Booksmith is Robert McCammon’s home town bookstore, they have hardback signed copies of every Robert McCammon title in print, and a few out-of-print. They all may be seen here on the Alabama Booksmith website.

I’ll be attending the book launch, too!


Cardinal Black is in the CD house!

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Apr 062019

Cemetery Dance’s Brian Freeman posted this in the Robert McCammon Group on Facebook a few days ago:

The trade hardcover of CARDINAL BLACK has arrived in the Cemetery Dance Publications warehouse! We cannot ship customer orders for the book until the last week of the month, but we are starting to pack orders now so they all go out the same day. (There are lots of orders!)

If you ordered direct from CD, please know the shipping notice email you might receive in the next few days isn’t “real” although any tracking number will “become active” once the package is scanned later this month.

Sorry for any confusion, we just wanted to get ahead on packing so all of these trade hardcovers could ship on the same day!

More updates on all editions to come soon via email, I am pecking this out on my phone! 🙂


SST giveaway of Cardinal Black on Twitter

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Apr 062019

SST Publications is giving away a copy of their signed, limited edition of Cardinal Black over on Twitter. You must Like and Retweet their post to enter. Click here or on the image below to see their original tweet.

Copies can be purchased from SST Publications. They also still have copies of their lettered edition, featuring a beautiful wraparound dustjacket by Ben Baldwin! Their edition of The Listener, also still available from them, is a gorgeous book that drew rave reviews from readers who purchased it. I expect the same will be true of their editions of Cardinal Black.




Cardinal Black reviews

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Feb 282019

Reviews of Cardinal Black are starting to appear. The Publishers Weekly review can be read online (mild plot spoilers).

Review in Publishers Weekly

As usual, McCammon dazzles the reader with gritty historical detail, vivid local color, and a cast of memorable grotesques….

And from Booklist:

Despite the violence and seriousness of the mission, McCammon is able to interject moments of kindness and even humor throughout.


Cardinal Black book launch @ Alabama Booksmith: April 20!

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Feb 172019

The book launch for Cardinal Black will take place at The Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL, on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 2 PM CDT! Robert McCammon will be on hand for a reading/Q&A session and for a book signing session. Come get your copy of Cardinal Black in person, and feel free to bring your old unsigned copies. Robert McCammon will be happy to sign them, as well. The Alabama Booksmith will have the following signed hardback titles at the event: Boy’s Life, Cardinal Black, The Five, Freedom of the Mask, He’ll Come Knocking At Your Door, The Listener, Providence Rider, River of Souls, Swan Song, and Tales from Greystone Bay. Of course, if you can’t make it to Birmingham, you may order through www.alabamabooksmith.com.

From the Booksmith website:

EVERY COPY preordered from the Alabama Booksmith will include a signed and numbered photograph of the author dressed in colonial period attire. The earlier you preorder, the earlier numbered photo you will receive. In addition, for every book preordered, you will receive an entry into a drawing for a beautiful signed and lettered copy of Robert McCammon’s classic Swan Song in an elegant slipcase, released to commemorate its thirtieth anniversary. It features a magnificent gatefold by artist David Ho and comes with a parchment certificate authenticating provenance and signed by Robert McCammon. Swan Song was recently named one of the top 100 popular books in American history, according to PBS’ The Great American Read.

If you would like to reserve a copy ($26), and we do not have your information on file, you may send it to our easy, secure and encrypted web form by Clicking Here

If you would like to reserve a copy ($26), and we already have your information on file you can send a quick, simple email to us by Clicking Here!


Cardinal Black audiobook pre-orders

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Feb 042019

Audible Studios has produced an audiobook edition of Robert McCammon’s upcoming Cardinal Black. The audiobook is narrated by the incredible Edoardo Ballerini, who has narrated all of the Matthew Corbett audiobooks.

The audiobook can now be pre-ordered via Audible and Amazon. It will be released on April 30, 2019.

The trade hardcover and ebooks will also be released on April 30.

Amazon US
Amazon UK


Alabama Booksmith Video: Robert McCammon on Cardinal Black

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Jan 302019

Alabama Booksmith has posted a new video recorded on January 16, 2019, of Robert McCammon discussing Cardinal Black and the pre-order goodies that Alabama Booksmith is offering!

Pre-order Cardinal Black from Alabama Booksmith

Remember, all books ordered from Alabama Booksmith are signed! You can see the other signed Robert McCammon books they have here.