Robert McCammon books banned in prisons in 2019

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Aug 012019
 

Over the years, I’ve heard from dozens of people who have written to tell me that a Robert McCammon novel (often Swan Song and Boy’s Life) was the only thing that got them through a period of incarceration.

I just discovered the website Prison Legal News, which recently launched a project aimed at tracking the books that are banned in prisons in the U.S. Newsweek recently published an article about the project:

Newsweek: KANSAS PRISONERS BANNED FROM READING ‘A GAME OF THRONES’ ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER BOOKS

The project currently only has lists from eight states, but Robert McCammon books show up on two of the lists, so far. These titles are currently banned from prisons in the named states:

Iowa: Blue World (List of all books banned in Iowa prisons)
Kansas: MINE and The Wolf’s Hour (List of all books banned in Kansas prisons)

Prisons aren’t the only places where books are banned. Some schools also ban books. One such case took place in 2006 in Hernando County in Florida. Robert McCammon actually traveled to a school board meeting there to defend Boy’s Life. You can read about it and see video of his presentation here.

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Locus Awards 2019

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Jun 302019
 

The 2019 Locus Awards were awarded yesterday, June 29, 2019, in Seattle, WA. The Listener was one of the ten finalists for Best Horror Novel. The award went to Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World.

Robert McCammon attended the event and participated in a panel entitled, “Playing in the Historical Sandbox,” along with authors Amal El-Mohtar, Darryl Gregory, Molly Tanzer, and Connie Willis. With thanks to Mindi Welton-Mitchell, here are two photos of the panel that she posted on Twitter.

“Playing in the Historical Sandbox” with (L->R) Robert McCammon, Amal El-Mohtar, Darryl Gregory, Molly Tanzer, and Connie Willis. Photo by Mindi Welton-Mitchell.

“Playing in the Historical Sandbox” with (L->R) Robert McCammon, Amal El-Mohtar, Darryl Gregory, Molly Tanzer, and Connie Willis. Photo by Mindi Welton-Mitchell.

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Robert McCammon: “My Creations”

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Jun 062019
 

Bestselling author Robert McCammon wrote a song about his creations and worked with filmmaker Chuck Hartsell to create this fun music video that features some of them. Full credits can be found below the embedded video.

“My Creations” on YouTube

Music and Lyrics by RMC (Robert McCammon)

CAST:
Brian Maddox – Baal (representing the novel Baal)
Emmaleigh Bailey – Amazon Queen (representing the novel Bethany’s Sin)
Shane Traffanstedt – Zombie (representing the novel The Night Boat)
Christy Yearta – Vampire (representing the novel They Thirst)
Daniel Yearta – Werewolf (representing the novel The Wolf’s Hour)
Taylor Latham – Wrestler (representing the novel Swan Song)
Chris Smith & Taylor Kabase – Colonial Man and Woman (representing the Matthew Corbett series)

CREW:
Chuck Hartsell – Director
Bill Schweikert – Director of Photography
Tabitha Davis – Makeup
Josh Hester – Makeup
Ruben Wehunt – Grip
Chance Shirley – Grip
Gage Kelley – Grip
Jeff Brown – Production Assistant

Shot on location at Warehouse 31 in Pelham, Alabama

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Robert McCammon to attend the Locus Awards Weekend

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May 162019
 

Robert McCammon’s The Listener is a finalist for the 2019 Locus Award for Horror Novel! He plans to attend the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle from June 28–30, 2019.

Information about the Locus Awards Weekend can be found here. The event includes an autograph session, so if you plan to attend, take as many books as you want to get them signed!

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StokerCon 2019 reports

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May 142019
 

Jonathan Maberry and Robert McCammon

Robert McCammon was a Guest of Honor at the StokerCon 2019 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Unfortunately, none of the panels or interview sessions were recorded, but Amanda Desiree attended the sessions featuring Robert McCammon and has written up her recollections.

Panel report: “Out There in the Dark: Horror—The Original Literature”

Interview: Jonathan Maberry interviews Robert McCammon

Panel report: Lifetime Achievement Award winners

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Photos from StokerCon 2019

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May 132019
 

Robert McCammon was a Guest of Honor at StokerCon 2019, held in Grand Rapids, MI, the weekend of May 9–May 12, 2019. Several people have posted photos on social media. Here are a couple that I’ve borrowed.

During the Stoker Awards ceremony, Robert McCammon and Lisa Morton presented the award for Superior Achievement in a Novel, which went to Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World. You can watch the presentation on YouTube.

On Saturday, May 11, author Jonathan Maberry interviewed Robert McCammon for 90 minutes. This photo of Jonathan and Robert was taken by Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk.

Jonathan Maberry and Robert McCammon. Photo by Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk

Here’s D. Harlan Wilson’s photo of the Friday 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

Photo by D. Harlan Wilson

Silver Shamrock Publishing’s Ken McKinley posted this photo of Robert McCammon, Tom Monteleone, Ken, and F. Paul Wilson.

Robert McCammon, Tom Monteleone, Ken McKinley, and F. Paul Wilson

Ken also posted these photos of Robert McCammon signing his copy of Boy’s Life.

Photo by Ken McKinley

Photo by Ken McKinley

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Video from the Cardinal Black book launch

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Apr 252019
 

The book launch for Robert McCammon’s newest novel, Cardinal Black, was held on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL. Before signing books, Mr. McCammon spoke for a few minutes about his career, then read the first chapter of Cardinal Black.

Cardinal Black is published by Cemetery Dance Publications.

Video courtesy of the Alabama Booksmith! Signed copies of Cardinal Black can be ordered from their website.

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Photos from the Cardinal Black book launch

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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.

 

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Cardinal Black author photo by Amanda Chapman

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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

 

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