Robert McCammon’s Halloween short story “Strange Candy” will be included in the upcoming anthology October Dreams II. Other authors whose work will appear in the anthology include Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch, Stewart O’Nan, Glen Hirshberg, Joe R. Lansdale, Al Sarrantonio, Whitley Strieber, Lisa Morton, Matthew Costello, Elizabeth Massie, and more.
As we mentioned a while back, Amazon StoryFront is releasing three of Robert McCammon’s short stories as ebooks on June 4, 2014. The covers for all three books have been posted on Amazon.com. You can use the links below to pre-order the ebooks. Clicking on the images below will show larger versions of each.
Amazon Publishing imprint StoryFront will publish Kindle editions of three of Robert McCammon’s short stories on June 4, 2014. The stories are:
Czech publisher Classic published a translation of Swan Song a few months ago. The cover for the trade paperback edition of Masky Apokalypsy has been added to the Book Cover Gallery and can be seen to the right. For more details, see the Book Bibliography.
Here are some recent links of interest:
- Huffington Post: 20 Books That Are As Great Today As They Were In The 90s (includes Boy’s Life)
- KaliReads.com posted a great new review of Speaks the Nightbird
- Elitist Book Reviews has posted the first review of The River of Souls (very mild spoilers)
- Magnet Magazine published an article by the band We Are Scientists: From the Desk of We Are Scientists: The Wolf’s Hour by Robert R. McCammon (their 2006 EP was titled The Wolf’s Hour)
- Speaking of We Are Scientists, the newspaper The Minnesota Daily published this article about the band and why they carry a copy of The Wolf’s Hour on the road with them: Werewolves, triangles, and French television
Subterranean Press ran the ad below for The River of Souls via Publishers Weekly last week. The River of Souls is the fifth book in the Matthew Corbett series. The official publication date is May 31, 2014, and the book will be available in all editions: a signed, limited edition; a trade paperback edition; an Audible audiobook; and ebook editions.
ArkLight Pictures has released Smile, a short film based on the Robert McCammon short story “On a Beautiful Summer’s Day, He Was.” The story was originally featured in the anthology The Further Adventures of the Joker; it explores the childhood of the notorious enemy of Batman.
ArkLight Pictures was started by college students Aaron Keteyian and Ryan Stratton. Smile was produced by Keteyian, while Stratton wrote the screenplay, composed the music, and directed the film, among other jobs.
You can watch Smile in HD on Vimeo, or you can watch it in the embedded player below.
For more information about Smile, you can visit the following sites:
- The Facebook page for Smile
- The Facebook page for ArkLight Pictures
- The trailer for Smile
- The soundtrack for Smile
- C & G News: “Local moviemakers tackle Joker in ‘Smile’”
Thanks to Ryan and Kevin for the film, and congratulations on a job well-done!
A Japanese translation of 1989’s anthology Silver Scream, edited by David J. Schow, was released this week. The anthology features Robert McCammon’s short story “Night Calls the Green Falcon.” The anthology was published in two volumes which can be ordered from Amazon Japan, as well as many other online Japanese retailers. The anthology includes many classic stories, including Joe R. Lansdale’s “Night They Missed the Horror Show” and F. Paul Wilson’s “Cuts.” A full table of contents can be found here. “Night Calls the Green Falcon” can be found in volume two.
Just discovered today: Robert McCammon was awarded the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association Prize two years in a row in the 1990s. The prize was awarded to Swan Song in 1994 and to Boy’s Life in 1995. The prizes were presented by the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association from 1982 to 2011 for the best adventure novel published the previous year.
Yet another international edition discovery: Robert McCammon’s short story “Black Boots” was included in a 1993 German anthology, Das große Horror-Lesebuch II (Big Book of Horror II). The cover for the book can be seen here. It has been added to the Book Cover Gallery.
And a roundup of various posts from around the ‘net in the past month:
- Robert McCammon’s “Nightcrawlers” made this list at Blastr: “25 scary stories by Stephen King and other great horror writers you can read NOW”
- A review of I Travel by Night was posted at the Ravenous Reads blog
- A review of The Hunter from the Woods was also posted at the Ravenous Reads blog
- A “Quickie Review” of Speaks the Nightbird was posted at the “A Life in the Day” blog
- A great review of The Hunter from the Woods was posted at the Elitist Book Reviews blog
- A great review of Speaks the Nightbird was posted by YAM Magazine
- A review of The Night Boat was posted by FantasyLiterature
- A podcast review of the audiobook edition of Speaks the Nightbird was posted by AudioFile Magazine
Finally, the Robert McCammon Goodreads group is reading and discussing Usher’s Passing as their November Group Read.
I’ve said it before, and I’m sure it’ll be true again. About the time I think I know about all of the editions of Robert McCammon’s books that have been published around the world, I will stumble over something I never knew existed. This time: books in Thailand! It seems that Thai publishers produced a Thai translation of Baal at some point, as well as two different printings of an anthology called The Creep in the Night, which contained a Thai translation of the short story “Nightcrawlers.” You can see the covers below and in the Book Cover Gallery. Click on a cover to see a larger version of it.
One brand-new book is from Turkey: Gölge Oyunu is a Turkish trade paperback translation of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury. That anthology included Robert McCammon’s “Children of the Bedtime Machine.”
The August 2013 issue of Nightmare Magazine includes a reprint of Robert McCammon’s classic short story “Nightcrawlers.” It also includes a small Q&A with McCammon about the story. You can purchase a digital copy of Nightmare Magazine from their website, from Amazon, and from B&N. You’ll also be able to read the story for free on August 14 on their website.
Speaks the Nightbird will finally be released as an ebook in October 2013. It should be available in all formats in all countries. It is the last of the McCammon books to be released as an ebook.
Here are a few recent reviews from around the ‘net:
- HorrorNews.net: Dave Gammon reviews Baal
- Ritual of the Stones: Rob Donovan reviews The Wolf’s Hour
- Blogger Rae Nudson discusses why she loved Boy’s Life so much
- Blogger Rae Nudson describes a Boy’s Life-inspired project: rocket, my screen-printed bike
- Lou Sytsma reviews Mister Slaughter in “Serial Killer Smorgasbord – 3rd Course”
- Men Reading Books offers a different kind of review of Boy’s Life
- Wayne C. Rogers reviews Usher’s Passing for HorrorNovelReviews.com
Also now available, Steve Berman’s new anthology Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny contains a reprint of Robert McCammon’s short story “Yellowjacket Summer.” The story previously appeared in the October 1986 issue of Twilight Zone and in the Robert McCammon short story collection Blue World. The trade paperback can be ordered from Amazon here.
The Bram Stoker Awards Weekend 2013 Souvenir Book included an excerpt from The Five, as well as an essay by Joe Lansdale entitled, “Rick McCammon, a True Southern Gentleman.” The cover for the book has been added to the Book Cover Gallery and can be seen here.
The Spring 2013 issue of Dark Discoveries magazine includes a new short story by Stoker Award-winner Joe McKinney entitled “The Woman Who Collected McCammon.” The story was inspired by Robert Bloch’s classic story, “The Man Who Collected Poe.” You can purchase the issue (or subscribe) on their website.
Finally, the goodie bag for the World Horror Convention 2013 included a postcard from Open Road Media, the ebook publisher of many of McCammon’s backlist titles, congratulating him on his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association. The front and back of the card are shown below.