AudioFile Earphones Award for Speaks the Nightbird audiobook

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Apr 082013

The audiobook version of Speaks the Nightbird has received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine. From their website:

Earphones AwardAudioFile awards Earphones to truly exceptional presentations that excel in all the following criteria:

  • Narrative voice and style
  • Vocal characterizations
  • Appropriateness for the audio format
  • Enhancement of the text

The audiobook is narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and produced by Audible, Inc. You can read the AudioFile review on their website. The audiobook has also been nominated for a 2013 Audies Award.

There are also audiobooks of The Queen of Bedlam, Mister Slaughter, and The Providence Rider. They, too, are narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. You can find them on the Audible website.

Feb 222013


The Overlook Connection Bookstore is running a Facebook contest to see who can identify the panelists in the photo above, as well as the convention and year. We’ll give you one: Robert McCammon is on the far right. You have to Like their Facebook page to participate, and guesses must be mailed to For contest details, including the prizes, visit the Facebook post by the Overlook Connection.


Availability of Subterranean Press editions

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Dec 302012

As we wind down the year, it’s a good time to take stock of the availability of the various Subterranean Press editions of Robert McCammon’s work. Many of them are already sold out from Subterranean Press and getting scarce. This list does not take into account all possible sources of the books, just the most common. Some retailers such as The Alabama Booksmith (copies from them can be signed, too!) and Camelot Books still have various editions in stock.

All of the books are available in various ebook formats. Audio editions of some of them are also available via Audible and GraphicAudio.



Vincent Chong remarques on Robert McCammon books

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Nov 302012

Artist Vincent Chong created the artwork for the recent Subterranean Press editions of Mister Slaughter, The Providence Rider, The Wolf’s Hour, The Hunter from the Woods, and The Five. He just posted some photos of some recent remarques he’s done for fans. (A remarque is an original drawing in a book.) You can find the photos on his blog here, or click on the photo to the right. They look fantastic!


Recent web reviews

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Sep 182012

Things are kind of quiet at the moment. Mr. McCammon is hard at work on his next novel. The limited edition of Bethany’s Sin is scheduled for release by Subterranean Press in November. You can pre-order it here. That same month, Subterranean will be releasing their trade hardcover edition of The Hunter from the Woods. You can pre-order it here. If you haven’t picked it up yet, the latest Matthew Corbett book, The Providence Rider, is out now in trade hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats. The links on the right side of the page can be used to order whichever edition you want. Also, don’t forget that Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury is out now, and it includes a brand new story by Robert McCammon called “Children of the Bedtime Machine.”

There have been a few reviews posted around the ‘net lately:

Aug 132012

The Boy’s Life ebook is currently on sale: $3.79 for Kindle, $3.99 for NOOK.

Here are a couple of recent links:

Finally, photos of the various Subterranean Press limited and lettered editions for Baal, The Providence Rider, The Five, and The Hunter from the Woods have been added to the Book Cover Gallery.


The Five Unabridged Audiobook is now available!

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Nov 302011

Recorded Books has produced an unabridged audio recording of Robert McCammon’s latest novel, The Five.  The book is read by Nick Landrum.

The audiobook is available now as an MP3 download from Audible.  It’s also available in CD format from Recorded Books. (Just a note: the CD version is not cheap, as it consists of 17 CDs.)

Click the Play button below to listen to an excerpt from The Five.


Robert McCammon @ Audible

Nov 122011

Hi, everyone! Summer has passed, the chill has begun here in the South, the leaves are falling…must be autumn, and maybe time to talk a little bit about where I am and my future projects before the onslaught of winter.

I got back not long ago from the Surrey International Writer’s Conference, held in Surrey, British Columbia, toward the end of October every year. This was my third visit. One of the great pleasures this conference gives me is ‘teaching’ or really rather ‘guiding’ a couple of seminars. The ones I did this year were on the importance and power of names and how to write accents in dialogue. Very much fun. Got to see a lot of old friends and make some new ones. The conference is really worthwhile, because beginning writers get to sit across a table from more established writers at what are called “Blue Pencil” sessions, to show three or four pages of a manuscript and get immediate feedback on their work. So…a little scary for both people involved in that exchange, but again…very rewarding.

I would suggest that if you’re at all interested in learning more about the art and craft of writing, you seriously consider attending the Surrey International Writer’s Conference in October of 2012. I can guarantee you will enjoy it AND take something valuable away with you. Plus Surrey is not very far from Vancouver, which in itself is worth a few extra days. A most beautiful area in a great country.

The website you should take a look at, if you’re interested in this, is

On to other things…

Yes, autumn has arrived and that means intense worktime for me. Before I talk about what I’m working on next, let me say that The Hunter from the Woods is nearing publication and also the fourth Matthew Corbett adventure, The Providence Rider, will be released in (I think) March. I’ll tell you that in this one we leave New York for a while to visit a mysterious island in the Bermudas, and that Matthew comes face-to-face (?) with Professor Fell.

A note also on the title. I have a book that lists all the inhabitants of New York during the timeframe I’m writing about. Some of the names of the townspeople I use are real. So I’m looking through the names and one jumps out at me…Providence Ryder. Is that a great name, or what???

Anyway, that name started my thought process. And the book came out of that, of course. So that kinda goes back to my seminar on the importance and power of names at the Surrey conference, huh?

Speaking of names…let’s touch on Michael Gallatin for a minute. I am so proud and excited about the imminent publication of The Hunter from the Woods. It goes back and forth in time from the Wolf’s Hour period to document several episodes in Michael’s life. It hopefully adds to the character and also answers a few questions that some have posed to me over the years. Does it raise more questions? Of course! I wouldn’t be worth much as a writer if I didn’t leave the “soulcage” open for more of Michael’s adventures. So I have…and we’ll see what the future holds there.

Ah, yes. The future.

I am entering a period where I’ll be writing about the future, as opposed to the era of World War II and of course Matthew’s colonial era. Next up for me is a novella I’m doing for Sub Press, entitled Lawson. It’s set about seventy-something years in the future (though I never say the exact year) and involves a mercenary assassin in a megacity in a world run by corporations. The corporations are always at some level of warfare with each other, thus the need for men like Lawson who will go anywhere and kill any man, woman or child for a few extra “credits”. Lawson’s only friend and companion is his sex-doll robot, and he really doesn’t have much reason to live. Until…he meets the target of his next mission…

Lot more to Lawson, and to Lawson, than I’m telling, naturally. This will have a lot of action in it and I think will emphasize a new, more spare writing style I’m trying to develop. Do not fear…this “new” style will not affect the Matthew books…

Okay…onward to my next “big” project.

Many reviewers of The Five have mentioned that the supernatural element is very low-key and muted. That was done on purpose, to make the human element stronger. I recall I was telling someone I could always have gone the route of having a scene where a guitar comes to evil life and wraps around the player’s throat like a python. I was kidding, but this person’s eyes got huge with delight.

No, no, and no! The Five was not meant to be a special-effects showcase. It was a solid story, and I wanted to keep the book grounded in reality while having a supernatural undertone. But the next big project will be a Hell-On-Wheels extravaganza (I hope!!!).

Next up is a science-fiction/horror novel with a huge scope and I am planning to go over the top with this one. Tastefully, of course! But yes, it’ll have some scenes that I hope will both terrify and haunt and creep-out and resonate and all that good stuff. I may have mentioned the title before. I won’t mention it again, though…just let it sit, and trust that this will be worth the wait. Actually, I’m hoping to finish it up around April/May.

Other things…for all five or six of you who seem to enjoy them, I’m going back to doing Radio 678 shows. Why, you ask? Why should I be doing radio shows when I should be writing? Because I like doing them and I get to use some of my special-effects music equipment. So there you go…Radio 678 is fun for me, so that’s the bottom line.

I will offer you this: the next Matthew Corbett book after Providence Rider will be titled The River of Souls and is set in the Carolina colony. I think it will be two books in one, in a way, with the ideas coming together to form a single story…sort of like streams merging to form a river, yes? So I’ll be working on that when I finish the sci-fi/horror tome.

I get a lot of this: that people think I am a slow writer. Guys! It’s always been the publisher who’s been slow. I’ve always had things sitting on the shelf waiting for publication, or things in the pipeline. I think it’s because I do so many “different” things…I don’t know. But I can tell you that I am working full-speed ahead now, so when I hear somebody say I’m a slow writer…well…let’s just say I try to be “exact” in what I want to say, but usually the projects are stacked up and ready to go.

Okay…this autumn’s tale is nearly concluded. This is where I am and where I’m going. As always, I am pleased and honored to have you along for the ride. I have years of good stuff ahead…can hardly wait to get at some of the ideas, but everything has to “cook” at its own time and temperature.

And speaking of temperature…it’s cold outside. Light the fire and pull up the blanket, get something tasty to drink and lose yourself in an engrossing and involving book…there’s nothing better!


Robert McCammon