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|News and Updates Archive -- 2007|
12/31/07 — New Boy's Life review
12/29/07 — New audio interview and review
- The latest installment of HorrorWorld's Pod of
Horror includes a new interview with Robert McCammon (as well as an
interview with Jonathan Maberry and more). You can download the podcast
directly using this link.
Thanks to HorrorWorld, the McCammon portion of the podcast is available separately here.
- Online magazine BlogCritics recently
posted a great new review of The
Queen of Bedlam by Dave Nalle.
- Here is another blog review of The Queen of Bedlam.
12/15/07 — BookGuide staff recommendation
- The staff of the BookGuide website have recommended Robert McCammon's Speaks the Nightbird this month. Click here to read their recommendation.
12/12/07 — Fears Mag's Best
12/10/07 — New Audio Interview
- A new audio interview with Robert McCammon is available for download from LeisureTalk.net. The 56-minute interview is the latest episode of David's Book Talk, conducted by David English. You can download the MP3 directly by clicking here. Thanks, David! (The interview will remain on their front page until December 16, at which time it will be moved to their archives.)
11/30/07 — More Bedlam reviews
- More reviews of The Queen of Bedlam have been posted:
11/27/07 — Literacy Council writeup
- Today's "Living" section in The Birmingham News includes a brief report on the recent Literacy Council event with Robert McCammon. You can read the article on their website.
11/26/07 — New McCammon interview
- On October 15, 2007, I sat down with Robert McCammon to talk about The
Queen of Bedlam. The interview is now available as both a transcription
and downloadable MP3 audio files.
- Transcribed Robert McCammon interview
- High-quality MP3 file (14 MB, 34 minutes)
- Lower-quality MP3 file (6 MB, 34 minutes)
To download an MP3 file, right-click on the link above and choose "Save target as..." or whatever similar option you have.
11/22/07 — New Russian book
- Russian publisher ACT has re-released their Russian-language translation of
Speaks the Nightbird with new cover art, which has been added to the Book Cover Gallery.
- Film director Frank Darabont still hopes to get a film version of Robert
McCammon's MINE made. In a new interview
with SCI FI Wire, Darabont talks about his future projects. Here are the
Darabont Mulls 451 Remake
Writer-director Frank Darabont told SCI FI Wire that he's considering remaking Fahrenheit 451 and doing a film based on Robert McCammon's SF novel Mine, among other options for his next project. Darabont (the upcoming The Mist) said that Fahrenheit 451, based on Ray Bradbury's classic SF novel, is closest to becoming a reality.
Mine, meanwhile, is Robert McCammon's psychological horror tale about a deeply disturbed female 1960s revolutionary who kidnaps a baby, goes on a killing spree and sparks a desperate chase. "That is also in the works," Darabont said. "We're working on that, too. That is an intense and primal thriller. It's a female-driven thriller, which is perhaps one of the reasons that it's not an obvious 'yes' for a studio. The hero and the villain are great women's roles, and studios kind of have to be talked into that thing, because it's not the obvious to them."— Ian Spelling
- Today's issue of The Huntsville Times includes an article entitled "Which books speak to you over and over?" The author, the editor of the Arts section of the paper, writes about Robert McCammon's novels and includes some quotes from a recent phone interview with McCammon. Thanks to Joe Howe for the link!
- As of today, Robert McCammon is about 60 pages into the writing of
the third Matthew Corbett novel. The planned title is Mr. Slaughter,
and he hopes to have it finished in February 2008.
- WBHM 90.3 FM, Birmingham's public radio
station, conducted an interview with Robert McCammon for their Tapestry
program. The topics of discussion are The Queen of Bedlam and Boy's Life. You can
listen to the interview on the WBHM Tapestry
website. You'll find both the aired interview and an extended interview
- An interview article about Robert McCammon, entitled "Back in the game"
and written by Alec Harvey, will run in Sunday's issue of The Birmingham
News. You can read
the article on their website.
- The Birmingham News also has this writeup about the 14-NOV-2007 Literacy Council event in their "Social Scene" section.
- Robert McCammon was interviewed this morning on WBRC-TV, the local Fox
station in Birmingham, AL. The video can be seen on the MyFoxAL website.
- Ontario bookstore Sleuth of Baker Street published a brief review of The Queen of Bedlam in their November 2007 newsletter. You can download the PDF newsletter from their site, or you can read the review at the bottom of this page.
- We have two winners! Elton Porter and Robert Ballantyne were the names pulled from the hat by my daughter. Out of 404 entries, they've each won a signed hardcover copy of The Queen of Bedlam. I've emailed both of them to get shipping addresses. Thanks for participating, and sorry I didn't have more to give away!
On Wednesday, November 14, 2007, Robert McCammon will be featured in a
Signature Series fundraising event for the Literacy Council of Birmingham, AL,
which promotes literacy in Central Alabama.
From the Literacy Council
On Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 PM, meet best-selling author Robert McCammon at the home of Chandler and Jane Paris Smith. Signature Series events feature America's most fascinating authors at private cocktail receptions in Birmingham's most dazzling homes.
Robert McCammon is the author of Boy's Life, which is required reading in 75% of high schools in America. McCammon is a wonderful hidden gem, living right here in Vestavia Hills. His latest novel, The Queen of Bedlam, set in 1702, is a sequel to the 2002 award-winning Speaks the Nightbird. In The Queen of Bedlam, a magistrate's clerk becomes involved in the hunt for a serial killer.
As this is a fundraiser, tickets must be purchased. Click here for ticket information.
- www.reviewingtheevidence.com has a glowing review of The Queen of Bedlam by Sharon Katz. The full review includes some plot spoilers. You can find the non-spoiler part of the review at the bottom of this page.
- Photos from Robert McCammon's recent signings have been added to the Photos page.
- Bouchercon 2007, Anchorage, AK, 2007-09-28 (Thanks to Frances Neagley!)
- The Alabama Booksmith, Birmingham, AL, 2007-10-23 (Thanks to Joe Moudry!)
- Bouchercon 2007, Anchorage, AK, 2007-09-28 (Thanks to Frances Neagley!)
- A new article in
Screen Magazine about Frontsight Productions' new sound studio,
Templar Sounds, includes this tidbit about their planned film version of
Robert McCammon's "Blue World":
And if that isn't a big enough project, Nehs has some film work going on through Frontsight Productions, as well. The feature Blue World, which is based on the book by Robert McCammon and directed by Rivkin, is scheduled to begin shooting late this fall, but Nehs says this time frame might be delayed until January due to actor availability. Nehs says Blue World will be completed from start to finish right here in Chicago—with the post and scoring taking place at Templar Sounds.
- The October 26, 2007, issue of Entertainment Weekly includes a
capsule review of The Queen of Bedlam. You can read the review here (warning:
- Italian publisher Gargoyle Books will be publishing an Italian translation
of Mystery Walk in February 2008! The hardcover book, titled
La Via Oscura, is pictured below.
- French publisher Albin Michel has just released a new trade paperback
edition of Le Mystère du Lac, which is a translation of Boy's Life.
The cover is pictured below.
- My local Barnes & Noble has The Queen of Bedlam on the shelves
now, and if they do, pretty much every other place should have them now, too!
The Barnes & Noble "New Arrivals" table in Bowling Green, KY
- In September 2006, Robert McCammon addressed a Florida school board that
was considering banning Boy's Life from a local high school library.
The text of Robert McCammon's
address was made available late last year, and now a video of the
address is available on YouTube (or, if you prefer, you can choose to download
audio-only MP3s). Many thanks to Mary Dysart for sending me the video.
MP3 audio files of McCammon's presentation:
- Pocket Books will be running an advertisement for The Queen of Bedlam in the New York Times Book Review on October 28, 2007. You can view the ad here.
Two new covers of British paperback anthologies containing Robert McCammon stories
have been added to the Book Cover Gallery:
a paperback edition of Masques, which
contains "Nightcrawlers," and The Giant Book
of Best New Horror, which contains "Pin."
Thanks to demonik at British Horror Anthology
Hell for the cover scans!
- Here are the events in which Robert McCammon will be participating at
Bouchercon on September 28 and 29:
Panel discussion: The History Mystery Friday 2p Signing Friday 3p Author's Choice Saturday 1p
- I've created a standard-size banner that you can use to link back to this
web site or that you can add to your signature when posting to forums, if you'd
like. Simply right-click on the image and choose "Save image as..."
to save it to your system, or you can link it to it using this URL:
Robert McCammon will be appearing at the Hoover Public Library in Hoover, AL,
on November 1, 2007. There will be a presentation, reception, and booksigning.
See the Signings page for full details, including
the phone number for reservations.
- Bev Vincent has posted his review of The Queen of Bedlam. His thorough review reveals some of the plot, so read it at your own risk. You can read Bev's review by clicking here.
- Library Journal has posted
review of The Queen of Bedlam.
- A review of The Queen of Bedlam has been posted on Genre Go Round Reviews. Minor spoilers.
- Robert McCammon will be attending Bouchercon 2007 in Anchorage, Alaska, September 27--30,
2007. He is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion about historical
- For those of you who like to plan ahead, Robert McCammon also plans to attend the 2008 Southern Kentucky Book Fest in Bowling Green, KY, April 18--19, 2008.
- Publishers Weekly has posted its starred review of The Queen of Bedlam. The
reviewer calls the novel "spellbinding" and says that McCammon
"brilliantly captures colonial New York." The review does contain
some mild spoilers, so read it at your own discretion. You can read the
review on the Publishers Weekly website, as well as on the
The Queen of Bedlam page here.
Thanks to Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press for letting me know about the review.
- In addition to the hardcover and trade paperback formats, Pocket Books will also be releasing The Queen of Bedlam as an ebook. You can order the ebook by clicking here.
- Frontsight Productions has issued an update about their planned movie adaptation of Robert McCammon's novella "Blue World." The update states that much of the cast will be announced at the beginning of September. Click here to read the update!
- The Robert McCammon website has been moved to a new host system. The URL for the Discussion Forum has changed, and the forum software has been upgraded. If you see any missing images, have problems logging into the forum, or see anything else unusual, please let me know.
- The Scheduled Signings page and the box above have been updated to include details about Robert McCammon's planned in-store signing appearance at the Alabama Booksmith on October 23, 2007.
- The new trade paperback release of Speaks the Nightbird includes an
excerpt from The Queen of Bedlam.
- The final covers for the Speaks the Nightbird trade paperback and the Advance Reader's Copy of The Queen of Bedlam have been added to the Book Cover Gallery.
- Here's the description of Robert McCammon's The Queen of Bedlam,
taken from the advance reading copy of the novel:
A richly atmospheric, labyrinthine new novel from bestselling author Robert McCammon, whose epic masterwork of colonial witch-hunt terror, Speaks the Nightbird, was hailed by Sandra Brown as "deeply satisfying...told with matchless insight into the human soul."
Now the hero of that spellbinding novel begins a stunning adventure as a young law clerk in eighteenth-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity.
The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with a slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to the volatile mystery ... and when the Masker claims a new victim, earnest, hardworking Matthew Corbett is lured into a maze of forensic clues and heart-pounding investigation that will test his natural penchant for detection and inflame his hunger for justice.
In the strangest twist of all, the key to unmasking the Masker may await in an asylum where The Queen of Bedlam reigns ... and unlocking her secrets will lead Matthew to not only the answers he seeks but chilling truths he cannot escape.
- The trade paperback re-release of Speaks the Nightbird should be hitting stores this week. The big online bookstores are all reporting that it's in stock now. Buy the TPB edition of Speaks the Nightbird!
- The Robert McCammon Bibliography has been expanded to include audio recordings created by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
- Three more new (old) images have been added to the Book Cover Gallery:
Ad for Santa Clara, CA, signing
May 4, 1990
Thanks to Allen K!
Horror Factor 7
Includes "The Deep End"
Includes "Haunted World"
A new Robert McCammon profile and interview is featured in the current issue of
a monthly online publication by the Freelance Writing Organization
- International. The issue features
interview and an excerpt from
Speaks the Nightbird. The feature was written by Julie A. Pierce
and Rowdy Rhodes.
- The Horror Writers
Association website now features a new history of the HWA written by
Stanley Wiater and entitled
Brief and Informal History of the Horror Writers Association." The
article includes lots of details about how Robert McCammon and the Lansdales
formed the HWA.
- Back in January, I solicited fan questions for an upcoming, site-exclusive interview with Robert McCammon. The interview hasn't happened yet, but is still planned for the not-too-distant future. If you have questions you'd like to ask, you can still send them by email to [email protected].
- Three new (old) book covers have been added to the Book Cover Gallery:
Muerte al Alba
- Thanks to Simon & Schuster, you can see the planned covers for the
upcoming trade paperback releases of Speaks the Nightbird and The Queen of Bedlam above!
- Simon & Schuster also plans to release new trade paperback editions of Boy's Life and Swan Song in October 2007!
- Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for the upcoming trade paperback edition of Speaks the Nightbird. It can also be pre-ordered from the Simon & Schuster site. The scheduled release date for the edition is July 17, 2007.
- A Robert McCammon MySpace page has been created for those
of you who have MySpace accounts. News items will be posted as MySpace
bulletins, in addition to being posted here and on the McCammon-News mailing list. Feel free to add the page
as one of your MySpace Friends!
- Sandstorm Reviews recently posted a new review of Speaks the Nightbird.
- The Simon & Schuster page for the hardcover edition of The Queen of Bedlam now shows a list price of $26.00. The list price for the trade paperback edition will be $15.00.
Troy Palmer has contributed another
illustration he created. This one was inspired by Stinger.
You can view all of Troy's art in the Fan Artwork Gallery.
- There's no real information available yet, but SimonSays.com has added
a page for the hardcover edition of The Queen of
Bedlam. As soon as I have any more information about either of the
editions, it'll be posted here and on the McCammon-News
- New additions to the Book Cover Gallery:
- Thanks to Tony Bishop, here are links to the Simon & Schuster web site for the trade paperback editions of Speaks the Nightbird and The Queen of Bedlam.
- Still waiting for news about a publisher for The Queen of Bedlam....
- Sometime in the next couple of months, I'll be doing a new interview with Robert McCammon, and this time, you have the chance to ask the questions! Email your questions for Robert McCammon to [email protected]. I can't promise that all questions will be asked, answered, or published, but I'll try. When the interview is posted here, credit will be given for each question; if you have a question but would prefer to remain anonymous, just say so in your email. And feel free to send in multiple questions.