New Robert McCammon story to appear in Borderlands 7

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May 072020

Borderlands Press has announced the upcoming publication of Borderlands 7, the seventh book in their Borderlands anthology series.

This edition includes a brand-new short story by Robert McCammon called “The Queen of Cruelty.”

The book can be pre-ordered from the Borderlands Press website. The publication date is expected to be October 1, 2020.

From their website:

Borderlands 7 is the current volume of the continuing anthology series that has garnered awards and praise for its contributors and editors for more than twenty-five years. It is a non-themed gathering of stories which push the boundaries of genre fiction with provocative tales of the surreal and the weird.

You will find no zombies, no serial killers, no vampires, no ghosts . . . or any other familiar genre tropes or icons within these pages. Borderlands fiction is typified by its absolutely untypical nature. The editors offer herewith a wide range of fiction varying in tone, length, style, and theme. The path to the Borderlands of contemporary, imaginative fiction is traveled by writers who believe they can write a story that is so unique and memorable it demands to be a part of this current volume. The result is a grand amalgam of respected masters, solid veterans, and bold newcomers.

After reading many hundreds of submissions, the editors are proud to present an All-Star cast.

And they are: Meghan Arcuri, Michael Bailey, Gary A. Braunbeck,  Michael Scott Bricker, Cory Cone, Roby Davies, John DeChancie. Louis Dixon, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Felicia Lee, Bentley Little, Lisa Mannetti, Richard Christian Matheson, Robert McCammon, Donna J. W. Munro, Stephanie Pendley Paul, Bill Pronzini, Stephen Mark Rainey, Lucy A. Snyder, Daniel Waters, Tim Waggoner, Paul Wilson, and Leo Zaccari.

Borderlands 5 and Borderlands 6 both won the Bram Stoker Award for Anthology. With lione-up of talented writers,  Borderlands 7  is primed for a Three-Peat!


Pre-orders are open for A Little Amber Book of Wicked Shots!

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Apr 012020

Borderlands Press is now taking pre-orders for Robert McCammon’s A Little Amber Book of Wicked Shots, set for publication on May 15, 2020!

From their website:

The 10th book in Series III of our “Little Books” is a great one!

Three all new, original tales by one of the true masters of the genre. And in the book, he reveals he is not only a clever storyteller, but an equally facile, albeit amateur, mixologist.

From his Introduction to A Little Amber Book of Wicked Shots:

“About this book: there are three short stories within, each prefaced by a shot recipe of my own devising. I say that with a bit of a lemon twist to my mouth, because there are thousands upon thousands of drink recipes and I’m pretty sure one can’t come up with anything entirely original anymore, but the shots described here are totally from my mind and not from any book . . . until now, that is, and hopefully I’ve added to some bartender’s menu.

“The three stories all mention their particular shot, but the drinks don’t necessarily have anything to do with the plots. Or do they? You’ll have to read on to find out. But the names of the shots . . . well, those might have quite a lot to do with the plots (that rhymes and I haven’t even started experimenting with the liquors yet) so again, you’ll have to read on to find out.”

The book will be signed and numbered and lists for $30.

Pre-order The Little Amber Book of Wicked Shots from Borderlands Press


Italian edition of Otto Penzler’s Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

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Dec 072019

Italian publisher Fanucci has published a trade paperback translation of Otto Penzler’s anthology Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

Il grande libro degli zombie (The Great Book of the Zombies) was published on December 5, 2019, and includes Robert McCammon’s “Eat Me,” originally published in Skipp & Spector’s Book of the Dead anthology from 1989.

The ISBN is 9788834738764, and the book can be found on various European Amazon sites, including Amazon ES and Amazon FR. Oddly enough, only the Kindle edition is currently available on Amazon IT, though Amazon sellers offer it.


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 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.


Seasons of Terror trade release in March 2021

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Oct 302019

May 22, 2020, update: According to Amazon, the publication date for this book is now March 23, 2021.

Back in September, we told you about Cemetery Dance’s announcement to publish Seasons of Terror, a graphic collection of four stories by Bradbury, King, Jackson, and McCammon, all adapted by Richard Chizmar. You can read about that here. The Robert McCammon story in this collection is “The Man from London,” originally published in The Hunter from the Woods.

Simon & Schuster will publish a trade hardcover edition (and fixed layout ebook) of this publication under their Gallery Books imprint on March 31, 2020 March 23, 2021. Their edition is now available for pre-ordering from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

From the S&S webpage:

Spine-tingling stories that can be enjoyed all year round—this deliciously creepy and gorgeously wrought graphic anthology introduces a new generation to four literary giants—Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon.

In the spring, a young girl hears a woman crying for help from beneath the dirt in her backyard, but no one seems to believe her…During summertime, a college student inexplicably walks deeper and deeper into the thick forest, until he happens upon a stone cottage whose inhabitants lead a very particular way of life…Before the fall chill arrives, a group of friends embark on an adventurous weekend to a remote lake where a sinister force awaits…In the dark depths of winter, behind frigid enemy lines, Great Britain’s most potent weapon against Nazi Germany lives between worlds: good and evil, and man and wolf….

With evocative prose and vivid illustrations, these unforgettable stories—“The Screaming Woman” by Ray Bradbury; “The Man in the Woods” by Shirley Jackson; “The Raft” by Stephen King; and “The Man from London” by Robert McCammon—embody the seasons in which they are set, bringing you to the very edge of reality, mixing the best elements of the mythology of our youth with the perilous horrors of adulthood.


Cemetery Dance: Seasons of Terror, featuring stories by Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon

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Sep 052019

Cemetery Dance has announced a new book, Seasons of Terror, that features four stories adapted to graphic format by Richard Chizmar. The stories are by Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon. Each story is illustrated by a different artist:

Spring –  “The Man in the Woods” by Shirley Jackson with artwork by Ray Fawkes

Summer – “The Screaming Woman” by Ray Bradbury with artwork by Dennis Calero

Fall – “The Raft” by Stephen King with artwork by Francois Vaillancourt

Winter – “The Man from London” by Robert McCammon with artwork by Steve Wands

Brian from CD clarified what this will be in a post on

The stories are adapted into a graphic novel-esque format. It won’t be the exact text of the original stories reprinted word for word like we did in SOD, although some elements like dialogue might show up the same as you remember from the original stories. So, less text and more art.

Also, for those who aren’t interested in the hardcover but like the overall idea, I believe Simon & Schuster will be publishing a trade paperback in the second half of 2020.

The book will be released by CD in three different editions sometime in 2020. For details and to place pre-orders, visit the Seasons of Terror page at Cemetery Dance.

The book can also be pre-ordered from Amazon US and Amazon UK. The Kindle edition can be pre-ordered from Amazon US and Amazon UK.


“Haunted World” reprint to appear in Silver Shamrock Publishing anthology

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Aug 312019

Silver Shamrock Publishing will release a new anthology, Midnight in the Graveyard, collecting ghost stories from twenty-five different authors. Included among the contents will be a reprint of Robert McCammon’s ghost story “Haunted World,” which has previously only appeared in print in the 1989 anthology Post Mortem.

Midnight in the Graveyard will be published as a trade paperback in October 2019. In addition to the McCammon story, it includes stories old and new by Thomas F. Monteleone, William Meikle, Kealan Patrick Burke, Chad Lutze, Hunter Shea, Elizabeth Massie, Ken McKinley, Ronald Kelly, Alan M. Clark, and many more. For more information, visit the Silver Shamrock Publishing website.

The Kindle edition can be pre-ordered at Amazon. The paperback and ebook will be available on October 15, 2019.



Borderlands Press to publish a Robert McCammon Little Book

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Jun 302019

The most recent newsletter from Borderlands Press included this paragraph:

Special Note:

Series III is almost completely sold out. It’s not too late to subscribe to the entire series of great Little Books with some upcoming writers such as Ramsey Campbell, Robert R. McCammon, Caitlyn Kiernan, and others to be announced. To set up your subscription, Contact us at

If you’re not familiar with the Borderlands Press Little Books, they are a series of little books featuring a variety of content from the authors. Some are collections of new short stories, some collections of reprints, some collections of essays, etc. Each book is a different color. Titles include A Little Purple Book of Phantasies, by Gahan Wilson, and A Little Cobalt Book of Old Blue Stories…and Stuff, by Mort Castle.

There are no details yet on the Robert McCammon book, but I can tell you that he plans to write four new short stories for the book. I’ll provide more details when I can.

A subscription to the series is not necessary. The Robert McCammon book will be sold individually, and Cemetery Dance posted that they will have copies available for sale, too.


Free short story: “The Pale Pipesmoker” — A Story from Matthew Corbett’s World

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Mar 052019

Robert McCammon hopes you’ll enjoy this new story, “The Pale Pipesmoker,” while you wait for the release of Cardinal Black! Set in Matthew Corbett’s World, “The Pale Pipesmoker” features Katherine Herrald and Minx Cutter in a tale that takes place during the timeframe of Freedom of the Mask.

You can read “The Pale Pipesmoker” for free here, or you can download the story in the following formats:


Cardinal Black will be released on April 30, 2019, in trade hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats! The book launch will take place on April 20, 2019, at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, AL.