Robert McCammon‘s 1987 short story “The Deep End” won the 2014 Fantlab.ru—the leading Russian fantastic fiction website—award for “Best Online Publication (Short Form).” The story was reprinted by Darker Magazine. The story, which was also just reprinted in the ebook DARK SCREAMS: VOLUME 2, previously won the 1987 Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Story.
Robert McCammon’s 1987 Bram Stoker Award-winning short story “The Deep End” will be one of five stories included in the Random House ebook Dark Screams: Volume 2. The ebook is edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar and will be released on March 3, 2015. The ebook will feature short stories by Robert McCammon, Norman Prentiss, Shawntelle Madison, Graham Masterton, and Richard Christian Matheson. More information about the release, including titles and ordering links, can be found on the Random House website.
The ebook can be pre-ordered from these retailers:
The Dark Screams ebooks are published by Hydra, an ebook-only imprint of Random House, so no physical book is planned.
An audiobook edition of Dark Screams: Volume 1 was released, so it’s possible there will be an audiobook of Volume 2. Stay tuned….
A 25th anniversary reprint of the 1990 anthology Best New Horror #1, edited by Stephen Jones and Ramsay Campbell, has been published by Drugstore Indian Press, an imprint of PS Publishing in the UK. This book includes Robert McCammon’s short story “Pin,” which was first published in Blue World. It can be ordered directly from PS Publishing via their website. The full cover image for the trade paperback, including flaps, is shown below.
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.