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Robert McCammon Books In Order

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Publication Order of Matthew Corbett Books

Speaks the Nightbird (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Queen of Bedlam (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mister Slaughter (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Providence Rider (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The River of Souls (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freedom of the Mask (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cardinal Black (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of I Travel By Night Books

I Travel by Night (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Train from Perdition (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Michael Gallatin Books

The Wolf's Hour (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hunter from the Woods (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Hunter (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great White Way (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man from London (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Room at the Bottom of the Stairs (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sea Chase (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wolf and the Eagle (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Baal (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bethany's Sin (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night Boat (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
They Thirst (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery Walk (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Usher's Passing (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swan Song (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stinger (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mine (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boy's Life (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gone South (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Five (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Border (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Listener (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Red House (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Yellowjacket Summer (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doom City (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chico (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pin (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Something Passed By (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Yellachile’s Cage (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Crawlers (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Makeup (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Calls the Green Falcon (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Children of the Bedtime Machine (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
He’ll Come Knocking at Your Door (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Scream Man (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strange Candy (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Blue World (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from Greystone Bay (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 12(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Fang(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Robert McCammon is arguably the most accomplished writer of historical fiction and modern horror. He is the author of fourteen horror and fantasy novels and short stories- and nearly all of them were published in the period between 1978 and 1998.

Early Life

Robert McCammon was born on the 17th of July, 1952, in Birmingham, Jefferson County, to Jack and Barbara Bundy McCammon. Most of his early years were spent in Birmingham’s East Lake Community. He began the art of writing when he was only ten years old. His childhood stories focused on aliens, cowboys and fantastic monsters. He wasn’t athletic and had very few friends, so, he decided to write stories where he portrayed himself as popular and excellent in sports.

Upon graduating from Banks High School, McCammon intended to be a journalist. He enrolled in the University of Alabama to study journalism. He graduated in 1974.

Soon after graduation, the course of his life veered off from the field of journalism. He spent the early post-college years as an advertiser. He once worked in the back room of a department store.

Writing Career

As already indicated, after his graduation, McCammon wrote advertising copy for Birmingham newspapers and businesses. He began writing short stories. He couldn’t get the short stories into print. This failure prompted him to write his first novel, Baal. Baal is Revelation-inspired. It talks of a conflict between limitless evil and limited good. In the 1988 edition of Baal afterword, McCammon states that the book, Baal, is about power, and that it was written when he had none. He also reveals that since editors always advise budding writers to write about what they know, he chose to write about what he didn’t know; therefore, he set Baal in faraway locations that he didn’t know to give his stories a global flavor.

The book Baal begins in New York City. A character called Mary Kate Raines is raped by an entity that leaves burns wherever it touches her. She conceives and delivers a baby called Jeffrey Harper. Jeffrey Harpers destroys the lives of Raines. Mary Kaite kills her husband and the bou, Jeffrey, is sent off to an orphanage where she grows unusually fast. He develops unusual powers and he calls himself Baal.

He has a slew of followers in the orphanage. He flees with is followers to Kuwait where he encounters a theology professor called Professor James Virga. This theology professor, who is a resident of Boston, is here in Kuwait to know the whereabouts and fate of his younger colleague, Donald Naughton, who had come to Kuwait to study Baal’s sect.

The theology professor realizes quite uncanny and unsettling: that though Baal is human in form and shape, he is very evil in intent and is bent on dominating and destroying the world. Virga doesn’t have the wherewithal to stop Baal. He is helpless and powerless. Thankfully, another laconic stranger by the name Michael wades into the situation. The laconic stranger has unusual powers of his own.

Michael, together with Virga, follow Baal around across the wastes of Greenland. A vicious fight ensues. Baal and Michael vanish. Virga is left alone, but he is about to be rescued. But who are rescuing him? Are they genuine or they are Baal’s disciples?

The book, Baal, was published by Avon Books.

McCammon continued to write horror fiction and in the 1980, he published two novels- The Night Boat and Bethany’s Sin. After the successful publication of the two novels, McCammn decided to write horror full-time. It is thought that his penchant for horror stories was instigated by his desire to escape from his own uncommon reality.

Also, during this time, McCammon came up with another splendid idea: forming the Horror Writers Association (HWA). This is an organization of published writers who offer support and mentorship to aspiring writers. The association also connects with other writers in the horror genre, thus, creating a horror writer’s community. He collaborated with other writers such as Dean Koontz to establish the group as a non-profit organization in 1987. Dean Koontz was elected as the group’s first president. As of 2016, the Horror Writers Association boasts of 426 members, and each year, it rewards deserving horror writers with a Bram Stoker Award.


McCammon continued to grow as a writing, especially in the horror genre, after plunging into full-time horror fiction writing. He went on to be feted with the 1985 Alabama Library Associations coveted Alabama Author Award for his novel, Usher’s Passing. His nest novel was the Swan Song. This is a post-apocalyptic story that is inspired by Stephen King’s novel, The Stand. Both the Swan Song and King’s novel, Misery, tied for the 1988 Bram Stoker Award in the genre of Horror and Dark Fiction. In 1987, Swan Song became a New York Times bestseller.

His short story, The Deep End, his novels, Mine and Boy’s Life, also won him the Bram Stoker award. Boy’s Life is essentially a return to McCammon’s southern roots. It is set in the fictional small town of Zephyr, Alabama. It chronicles the fictitious and horrific events of a southern boy’s childhood in the 1960s. McCammon wrote some more fiction set in the south. In 1992 he wrote Gone South. Gone South is set in Louisiana and tells of dark exploits of Arden Halliday, who is a Vietnam Veteran.

Break From Writing

After authoring Gone South, McCammon took a long break from writing to concentrate his energies on being a good father to his daughter, Skye, and his wife, Sally. When he resumed writing, he had a penchant for historical fiction. The debut novel upon resumption is Speaks the Nightbird. The novel is set in the Carolina Colony in 1699. The novel is about a woman called Racheal who is accused of witchcraft in a new and struggling town called Fount Royal. The Magistrate’s assistant, one Mathew, doubts the charges of witchcraft. The magistrate’s assistant defies the magistrates’ wishes and does an investigation of his own. He learns unnerving truths. McCammon spent over a year researching for the book.

His next novel, Queen of Bedlam, is a sequel to his previous novel, speaks the nightbird. McCammon was feted in 2009 with the Phoenix award. It is undeniable he was a great writer.

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3 Responses to “Robert McCammon”

  1. Chuck werner: 6 months ago

    Am a avid reader of your books thanks for the time to lose myself in them

  2. Francie Dub ElYou: 8 months ago

    Read a lot of your books in the 80s. Now I’m starting over again and looking forward to reading your other works.

  3. N. Davis: 11 months ago

    Love your work. You have a unique mind and the gift of sharing it. Thank you.


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