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Robert R 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
The King of Shadows (2022)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
The Deep End (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best Friends (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doom City (short story) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eat Me (1989)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 Greystone Bay Books

The First Chronicles of Greystone Bay (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doom City (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seaharp Hotel (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Fog (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Halloween Horrors(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 12(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Third Annual Collection(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best New Horror(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Fang(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book of Best New Horror(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book of Terror(1994)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
Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Robert R McCammon is an American author born in 1952 in Alabama.


Robert R. McCammon was one of the most influential writers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s during the American horror literature boom. Robert’s father, Jack, was a musician. When Jack divorced Barbara Bundy McCammon, Robert went to live with his grandparents in Birmingham, eventually receiving his B.A. in journalism from the University of Alabama.

By 1991, Robert R. McCammon had three New York Times Bestsellers. Following the release of ‘Gone South’, Robert decided to change publishers. He clashed with the editor at a new publisher regarding the direction of ‘Speaks the Nightbird’, a historical fiction novel, the conflict driving Robert to retire from writing.

Following a long hiatus, Robert returned to the publishing arena, kicking the Mathew Corbett series off with ‘Speaks the Nightbird’.

For a very long time, Robert rejected the idea of having his first novels republished (much like Dean Koontz), not because he disliked them; rather they simply didn’t meet the standards of his later works.

With his craft improving over the years and his novels gaining greater renown, Robert decided that he would officially retire his earlier, less attractive works.

However, some of his novels, including ‘Baal’ and ‘The Night Boat’ have been re-released in recent years, not only in their traditional format but as eBooks and audiobooks.


A woman is raped and gives birth to a great evil, a child called Baal. Unable to control him, she puts him in an orphanage where he wreaks havoc upon the children, beginning a cycle of violence that will overcome the world.

Baal is a familiar story, stirring up memories of Rosemary’s Baby and The omen rolled into one. The novel has an amazing opening and most readers will enjoy the final pages of the book.

Baal struggles everywhere else. The story is, for the most part, a human drama. It follows a couple that grappling with a difficult decision after the wife conceives her rapist’s child. And while these elements manage to intrigue, the book quickly leaves them behind, changing its tone almost drastically, becoming a religious thriller in some places, a supernatural tale in others, eventually concluding in an end-of-days-type scenario that throws more action into the mix than might be necessary.

One cannot deny the fact that Baal is very well written. Robert R. MacCammon’s soul manifests clearly in every word he writes, his struggle to squeeze as much out of the book as possible showing. The fact that he fails to settle on a single theme prevents his work from achieving its potential.

Robert has described Baal as an ‘Angry Young Man’ novel. His first full publication, Robert R. McCammon produced Baal at a time when he felt completely powerless and trapped by circumstance as a young man in his twenties with very little money, a dead-end job and almost no respect from his peers.

The fact that the story of Baal is not new isn’t likely to scare dedicated readers away. While Robert endeavors to provide the unique perspectives of a number of characters, he avoids erratic head-hopping, instead allowing his readers to appreciate each point of view for as long as possible.

While Robert’s failure to focus on a theme disadvantages his novel, he manages to skillfully lace his story with apocalyptic tones from start to finish, so much so that the action-heavy finale doesn’t seem as out of place.

The different points of view introduced throughout the story allow readers to effectively track Baal’s rise to power, the approach to his journey varying depending on the personality of the character through whose eyes the readers are watching Baal.

Of Robert’s many intriguing characters in this book, Virga is probably the most interesting, a hero that is as ordinary as they come. Aged and not that strong in stature, lacking in courage most of the time and depending on luck to survive the many tumultuous events he encounters.

Baal, while very one-dimensional as a foe, manages to stand out, easy to appreciate because of how abhorrently evil he can be.

Robert is a great writer and it shows in Baal, his pacing steady and his scenes engrossing. The dialogue is convincing and the select few twists interesting enough to cause a gasp or two.

On a whole, minus Robert’s failure to focus the theme of his novel, Baal is a worthwhile read, especially for fans of Robert R. McCammon.

+Bethany’ Sin

Evan Reid, along with his wife Kay and daughter Laurie, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to live in a beautiful house in a small village, not at its bargain price tag.

The name of the village, Bethany’s Sin, weird as it was, quaint and far from the noise and pollution of modern life did little to dissuade him.

However, Evan Reid quickly starts to wonder if Bethany’s Sin isn’t a little too quiet, the night as silent as a grave. It doesn’t take Evan long to notice just how few the men in the small village are, that and the fact that most of them are crippled.

The sound of galloping horses riding at night only makes matters worse. Evan would soon learn of the village’s superhuman secret, though not soon enough to prevent his wife and daughter from entering their sinister cabal.

Bethany’s Sin is only the second novel from Robert R. McCammon and it is hardly one of his favorites. In fact, Robert has gone so far as to reject any efforts to have Bethany’s Sin reprinted.

And while the novel is indeed not one of his best, Bethany’s Sin is none the less quite the entertaining read.

Evan, a writer and Vietnam War veteran moves his wife, a Math professor, and young daughter to a charming little village, unaware of the horror that awaits them.

Evan has a penchant for predicting danger though his wife doesn’t believe in his premonitions. In an attempt to keep his family happy and whole, he stifles his visions even as the strange happenings of the village continue to unnerve him.

Bethany’s Sin unfolds slowly and steadily, Robert taking the time to develop his characters and build a vivid image of Bethany’s Sin and its curious inhabitants before unleashing the horror and thrusting his readers into a wild ride filled with violence, brutality, and horror.

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