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 202019

For the release of Cardinal Black, author Robert McCammon wanted to do a fun author photo. He had previously found the special makeup work of photographer Amanda Chapman, and he set about trying to track her down to hire her to dress him in period attire and photograph him for the back cover of Cardinal Black. While she was applying the makeup, he talked with her about her career and how she works, and the session was recorded by Al Hammond. The video interview can be found on YouTube. It’s also embedded below the photo.

For more of Amanda’s work, you can visit her website. Some of the special effects makeup photos she did that Robert found can be seen here.

Robert McCammon by Amanda Chapman

Robert McCammon, photographed by Amanda Chapman, November 2018


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 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.

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Robert McCammon will attend the 2019 Alabama Book Festival

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Feb 152019

Robert McCammon will be one of the attending 2019 Alabama Book Festival authors! The festival will take place on April 13, 2019, at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery, AL.

For full information about the festival, visit their website. You can find a list of all the attending authors here. The schedule of panels will be posted around March 1, 2019.



Robert McCammon’s StokerCon 2019 schedule

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Feb 152019

Robert McCammon will be a Guest of Honor at StokerCon 2019, to be held May 9–12, 2019, in Grand Rapids, MI. The schedule for StokerCon 2019 has been posted. Here are the scheduled events that include Robert McCammon:

  • Thursday, May 9, 8 PM: Opening Ceremonies
  • Friday, May 10, 1 PM: Panel: “Out There In The Dark: Horror—The Original Literature”, with Josh Boone • Kevin Wetmore, Jr. • Kathe Koja • Josh Malerman • Robert R. McCammon • Kaaron Warren • Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • Friday, May 10, 5 PM: Mass Autograph Session and Ice Cream Social
  • Saturday, May 11, 1 PM: Robert McCammon Q&A, hosted by Jonathan Maberry
  • Sunday, May 12, 12 PM: Closing Ceremonies



Happy New Year with a Flashback

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Jan 032019

Happy New Year! This seemed like a good time to flashback many years ago with two photos recently unearthed by Tony Thomas. These promotional photos of Robert McCammon were taken by The Huntsville Times in May 1988 and April 1992. I don’t know if either was actually printed in the paper.

Robert McCammon, May 1988, The Huntsville Times

Robert McCammon, April 1992, The Huntsville Times


Robert McCammon on the grand finale of PBS’s The Great American Read

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Oct 242018

Robert McCammon was a co-presenter, with Ali Wentworth, on the grand finale of the PBS show The Great American Read. His 1989 novel Swan Song had been among the list of 100 of America’s favorite books. In the final results, Swan Song came in at #94.

You can watch the episode on the PBS site:

The Great American Read grand finale

It can also be found on YouTube.

Robert and Ali begin at about the 10:02 mark.

Getty Images has three photos of Robert McCammon at the event on their website.

Here are a few screenshots, as well as the clip of Swan Song.


Robert McCammon and Ali Wentworth

Robert McCammon and his agent, Cameron McClure

Robert McCammon and Ali Wentworth