Final issue of Lights Out! is now available for download!

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Dec 172020

From 1989 to 1991, I published six issues of Lights Out! – The Robert R. McCammon Newsletter. Five of those issues have been available to download as PDF files from this site for years, but the last issue was a subscriber-only issue—copies weren’t sold by book dealers at the time, and it’s been difficult to find. Now, 29 years later, we’ve decided to make a PDF of that issue available as our holiday gift to you!

Issue six was published in October 1991 and is most notable because it contains a lengthy excerpt from The Address, a novel about a house in Hollywood that Robert McCammon abandoned in 1990. In a preface to the excerpt, he describes the book, what it would have been, and why he gave up on it. The issue also includes a lengthy interview with Robert McCammon that I conducted. That interview has long been found in the Interviews section of this site, but you might enjoy seeing it in context.

So download the file, kick back, and enjoy reading a Robert McCammon piece that most readers have never seen before!

Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!



New fan artwork from Craig Purdon and Alexander

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Nov 302020

Artists Craig Purdon and Alexander have sent in new artwork. Craig sent in two sketches of Usher’s Lodge from Usher’s Passing, while Alexander submitted an illustration of Lord Cornbury from The Providence Rider. You can see these and much more artwork in the Fan Artwork gallery.

Craig Purdon

Usher’s Lodge by Craig Purdon (1 of 2)


Lord Cornbury by Alexander


CD production update for Usher’s Passing

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Nov 042020

Cemetery Dance has updated their production page to include this information about their limited edition of Usher’s Passing:

The printer is on schedule with a delivery date of very late December for the books. Reminder: this Limited Edition will still need slipcases made, which can take up to 14 weeks. Our slipcase maker is already working on an “approval case” based on estimated sizing generated by the printer. As soon as we have the first finished book, we can use that approval case to confirm the sizing. If the sizing is correct, the slipcase maker can then start rolling right away. We will post the publication date the moment it is finalized, but spring 2021 is looking very likely. Thank you for your patience!

The limited edition was announced in 2018 and has been long sold out, though I’m sure copies will be available on the secondary market once it has been published.

If you haven’t seen them, Cemetery Dance has posted the interior art pieces by Vincent Sammy on their Usher’s Passing page:

Usher’s Passing at Cemetery Dance


Italian publisher Fanucci acquires Swan Song and Boy’s Life

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Nov 032020

Italian publisher Fanucci has acquired the Italian translation rights to Swan Song and Boy’s Life. Both books were previously published in Italy in 1991 and 1992. Presumably, the Fanucci editions will be new translations.

Last year, Fannuci published Il grande libro degli Zombie, a translation of Otto Penzler’s Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! anthology.

More info when it’s available, which probably won’t be until next year, at the earliest.

Nov 032020

GraphicAudio produced adaptations of The Wolf’s Hour, The Hunter from the Woods, and the Trevor Lawson books. GraphicAudio productions feature a narrator, a full cast of voice actors, sound effects, and music. You can visit their website here.

As of October 28, 2020, these productions are also available through Audible.

Thanks, Jonathan!

Amazon US

Amazon US

Amazon US

Amazon US



Audio CD

“The Ballad of Cletus Fredrick” – A Halloween poem

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Oct 312020

Happy Halloween!

Here’s a fun little Robert McCammon piece that few people know about. Well, until now. Back in 2008, Robert McCammon’s then-16-year-old daughter, Skye, hosted a podcast with her friend Brent Irwin. Their Halloween 2008 podcast featured a poem called “The Ballad of Cletus Fredrick.” The poem was written by Robert specifically for Skye’s podcast.

Skye and Brent have re-recorded the poem, and it can be found on Spotify at the link below!

“The Ballad of Cletus Fredrick”





‘Tis the season! Free short stories for Halloween reading!

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Oct 232020

Just a reminder that there are some free Robert McCammon short stories here that are particularly appropriate for this time of year! All three can be read here on the website, or you can download AZW3 (Kindle), MOBI, EPUB (Nook), and PDF files.


Free Halloween treat for German readers from Luzifer Verlag

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Oct 232020

German publisher Luzifer Verlag has released a Halloween treat for German readers! They’re offering a free ebook download of the Matthew Corbett short story “Death Comes for the Rich Man.” The story was originally included in the Subterranean Press limited edition of The Providence Rider, and it can also be found in the German translation of that book, Matthew Corbett in den Fängen des Kraken.

For English-language readers, the story will be included in the planned short story collection Seven Shades of Evil, but that likely won’t see print until 2022.

Here’s what Luzifer Verlag posted on Facebook:

Liebe Leserinnen und Leser,

die letzten Oktobertage stehen wie immer ganz im Zeichen von Spuk und Grusel, und wir freuen uns sehr, Ihnen in diesem Jahr in Zusammenarbeit mit Robert McCammon eine wunderbar klassische #Spukgeschichte präsentieren zu können, in der nicht alles so ist, wie es den Anschein hat …

Die Kurzgeschichte DER TOD ERSCHEINT DEM REICHEN MANN um “Problemlöser” Matthew Corbett können Sie sich als eBook jetzt #GRATIS für einen gemütlichen und gruseligen Leseabend herunterladen. Wir wünschen schaurige Unterhaltung!

Hinweis: Alle Freunde des gedruckten Wortes finden diese Kurzgeschichte auch in der aktuellen Print-Ausgabe von Matthew Corbett in den Fängen des Kraken

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Chasing the ghost

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Oct 192020

Robert McCammon’s college friend Carl Carter posted this story on his now-defunct blog back on October 21, 2013. It is presented here as he wrote it.

Raw Day 21: Chasing the ghost

Published | By Carl

It was 1 a.m., 1974, and three of us were huddled somewhere in Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus, waiting for Dr. Smith.

He was long since dead, of course. It was his ghost we were there to see. The stories about him have multiplied and continued over the years about thumps in the night, books flying across empty rooms and various other manifestations. Rick McCammon, Bill Sikes and I were there to get proof. I was features editor of the Crimson-White. Bill was our photographer.

Rick, as a lot of people know, was my friend from high school, Rick McCammon, better known these days as the prolific horror novelist, Robert R. McCammon. But fame would come much later. On this night, he was just editor of the C-W. He’d always been fixated on the weird stuff. As mentioned earlier in this series, we had been ushers at the Plaza Theater in Birmingham’s Roebuck Shopping Center, with Catch-22 showing on our one screen. During the film, the ushers alternated between standing guard at the exits and sweeping popcorn off the carpet. Rick always managed to be in the theater for the gory scene where a guy gets shot up in an airplane and his guts go spilling out. Rick was always far too interested in that scene.

So it didn’t strike me as surprising that he’d drag us down to Smith Hall one night. It’s a big, old, spooky building that, among other things, houses the university’s Museum of Natural History. If I were a ghost, it’s where I’d go at any rate. The main purpose of the legend, I eventually figured out, is to give student journalists something to write about every October.

So there we were. Bill’s camera, loaded with Tri-X film, was on the tripod, aiming in no particular direction. (Just where DO you point a camera for a ghost who could show up anywhere? And for that matter, which of the scores of rooms do you set up in? We didn’t worry about such details. We felt sure Dr. Smith would accommodate us.)

We got there soon after dark and waited. And waited. And waited some more. About 1 a.m., I decided I’d had all the spooks I could stand for one night.”

“I’m done,” I said. “You guys can can tell me all about it and show me the pictures tomorrow.” And I went back to my apartment.

I heard about it all right. I was barely out the door when Dr. Smith appeared. To be more precise, a little blue light appeared, formed an arc and vanished. There were no pictures, of course, but Rick was beside himself. Over the years, I’ve seen several accounts from various interviews he did over the years.

Funny how the ghost didn’t show until I left, and how they didn’t get a picture.

Rick wrote a good story about it, and it served him well over the years. Any horror novelist worth his salt – and Robert R. McCammon is a very good one – needs a good ghost story to pull out now and then. And who am I to say it didn’t happen just the way he tells it?

When I asked Rick about it at the time, he replied, “It absolutely did happen that way! I have told that story over and over and always told it exactly the same way…because it did happen!”

Last year, the staff of Crimson-White posted an article about the former C-W editors, including Robert McCammon.