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.

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Brief Robert McCammon interview in The Crimson White

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Dec 082019
 

The Crimson White is the student newspaper of the University of Alabama. Robert McCammon was the editor of The Crimson White in 1973–1974, and he is briefly interviewed in a recent article looking back at past editors of the paper.

You can read the article on The Crimson White website:

The Crimson White: Then and Now: CW editors through the years

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Robert McCammon reads a new story: “DST, INC.”

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Nov 262019
 

Saturday, November 23, 2019, Robert McCammon participated in a Noir at the Bar event with a dozen other authors at The Wild Roast Café in Hoover, AL. Each author had a few minutes to read a short story or an excerpt from one of their works. McCammon chose to write a new story for the event called “DST, INC.”

David Walters of Authors on a Podcast Talking Books recorded audio of the event, including the full reading of “DST, INC.” He posted the podcast on Anchor.fm. It can also be heard on Spotify.

I extracted Robert McCammon’s reading and adjusted the audio some to make it easier to hear. You can listen to Robert McCammon reading “DST, INC.” below.

If you’d rather read “DST, INC.” you can find it here.

You can also download the story in these formats: AZW3 (Kindle)MOBIEPUB (NOOK)PDF

Here are a couple of photos from the event, courtesy of Andy Davidson via Twitter.

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Robert McCammon will be the Author Guest of Honor at LepreCon 46

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Nov 122019
 

Robert McCammon will be the Author Guest of Honor at LepreCon 46, to be held in Chandler, AZ, the weekend of April 10–12, 2020! The other guests that weekend are Local Artist GoH David Ayres, Filk GoHs Margaret & Kristoph, and Science GoH Dr. David A. Williams.

For all the details currently available and to register for LepreCon 46, please visit leprecon.org.

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New Robert McCammon interview in the November 2019 issue of Locus

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Nov 012019
 

The November 2019 issue of Locus Magazine features one of the most in-depth interviews with Robert McCammon that has ever been published. For the first time, he talks about his career and why he’s no longer published by Pocket Books (or any other New York publisher). He also talks about how he got his start, what he’s currently working on, and future plans. Check it out!

The November 2019 issue of Locus can be purchased on their website. You can see the full Table of Contents on their site. If you don’t have a subscription, you can order a print issue, a digital version, or both.

You can read an excerpt from the interview on the Locus website.


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Robert McCammon interview in Alabama Living magazine

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Oct 012019
 

Robert McCammon is the featured author in the October 2019 issue of Alabama Living magazine, which is the official statewide publication of the electric cooperatives in Alabama and the largest magazine of its type in the state, reaching some 400,000 electric cooperative consumers.

The article is titled “Alabama’s Own ‘Great American Read'” and can be read on their website. You can read the entire digital issue online at Issuu.com. The McCammon article is on page 24.

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Robert McCammon will be the Literary Guest of Honor at Chattacon 45

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Sep 262019
 

Robert McCammon will be the Literary Guest of Honor at Chattacon 45, to be held in Chattanooga, TN, the weekend of January 24–26, 2020! The other featured guests are artist Melissa Gay, Faith Hunter, and Toastmaster Big Daddy Voodoo.

Pre-registration is available at a discounted price now on their website, along with all of the information that’s currently available. No programming details have been released yet.

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Robert McCammon to participate in “Noir at the Bar” in Birmingham, AL, November 23, 2019

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Sep 262019
 

Robert McCammon will be among the authors reading short pieces of fiction at “Noir at the Bar” at the Wild Roast in Birmingham, AL, on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Here’s the description of the evening from the FB event page:

Local and national crime writers reading their work (with a side of murder ballads). Readers include Robert McCammon, Emily Carpenter, Jeff Strand, Wendie Burbridge, Matt Weber, Alina Stefanescu Coryell, Karim Shamsi-Basha, David Powell, James Ray Tuck Jr., Ellen Seltz, Roger Johns, and Hank Early. Tickets are $10. Starts at 7pm. Outside food and drink will be allowed.

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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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