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Robert McCammon: Notes on The King of Shadows and Other Things

Posted on June 14, 2021 (Comments Closed)
in Leviathan, Robert McCammon, Seven Shades of Evil, The King of Shadows

Robert McCammon, June 2021

Hello, all!

I finished The King of Shadows toward the end of April. Since then I’ve been resting up because as I think you’ll understand when you read the book, it was quite a lot to put together. For one thing, it took me a while to refine what began simply as a ‘what-if?’ idea that at first seemed so outlandish and ‘out there’ it couldn’t possibly work. Well, I’m happy to say it did, but not without a lot of thrashing and gnashing. Matthew and Company came through for me once again. I’m pleased to say it’s a hefty book too, running about 560 pages.

I wanted The King of Shadows to be completely different from anything that had come before, and I wanted it to have that ‘weird’ and ‘otherworldly’ edge. Also I became very interested in the backstories of both Cardinal Black and Maccabeus DeKay…how did they become what they are? So you’ll find in The King of Shadows the stories of how the young Adam Black became the infamous Cardinal, and how “Mac” DeKay devolved from being a wealthy young man faithful to his father and involved in the sport of horse racing to being the scarred—and soul-scarred—and masked creature of the ‘present’.

Another thing I wanted to play with was the idea that instead of a human antagonist, a physical place could be antagonistic. Thus you’ll find in The King of Shadows a beautiful Mediterranean island called Golgotha that hides a multitude of secrets, and puts both Matthew and Hudson at risk like never before…but maybe not in the way you would expect!

Next up will be a book of seven short stories involving Matthew, Hudson, Minx Cutter, and Katherine Herrald titled Seven Shades of Evil. Some of these stories have previously appeared in other places, but I believe there will be at least three new ones and two of those will be “novelette” length. Seven Shades of Evil will be sort of a compendium of various “problems” Matthew and Company are called upon to solve during Matthew’s career with the Herrald Agency—these being done in the time between the spans of the regular books—and we’ll begin with one of the earliest events and end with one in his later life.

And so we are moving toward Leviathan, the last book in the Matthew Corbett series. It will be set in Italy and will involve—must involve—the worst of the worst that Matthew has yet to face. As someone from the realm of the past tells Matthew in The King of Shadows: “I have a feeling that Professor Fell will seem as a kindly old uncle bouncing baby Corbett on his knee when you meet who’s waiting for you in the future. Because take it from me, my boy…the worst is yet to be.”

You can take that as truth, because the person who tells this to Matthew is none other than Tyranthus Slaughter, returned from the dead.

So…on we go!

Publication of The King of Shadows is probably not going to be until early in 2022, but I hope you’ll feel the wait was worth it when you read the book. Until then, I’ll be working on Seven Shades of Evil and putting Leviathan together.

I hope everyone has a happy summer, and thank you again for your readership and support. I’m certain that in some other realm Matthew and his companions wholeheartedly thank you as well!

Best Wishes,
Robert McCammon

The King of Shadows is finished!

Posted on April 23, 2021 (Comments Closed)
in The King of Shadows

Robert McCammon has finished writing The King of Shadows! He literally just finished it on Tuesday, so it’s way too soon to know anything about any kind of publication information. But the book is finished, and it’s a big one! The number of manuscript pages is almost identical to what Freedom of the Mask had! […]

Polish cover reveal for Speaks the Nightbird

Posted on April 6, 2021 (Comments Closed)
in International editions, Speaks the Nightbird

In 2019, Polish publisher Vesper acquired the rights to Speaks the Nightbird, and just a couple of days ago, they posted the planned cover art for their edition, which you can see below. The art is by Maciej Kamuda Art. No publication date has been revealed yet, but it will be sometime in late 2021.

German translation of The River of Souls coming September 30, 2021!

Posted on March 9, 2021 (Comments Closed)
in International editions, The River of Souls

Luzifer Verlag has announced the publication date for their German translation of The River of Souls. They’ll release Matthew Corbett und der Fluss der Seelen on September 30, 2021, in hardcover and ebook formats. The cover art can be seen below. Matthew Corbett und der Fluss der Seeln at Luzifer

More audiobooks on CD from Bolinda

Posted on January 20, 2021 (Comments Closed)
in Audiobooks, International editions, The Providence Rider, The River of Souls

Australian audiobook publisher Bolinda will release The Providence Rider and The River of Souls on CD and MP3 CD on February 1, 2021, and April 1, 2021, respectively. These are the Audible productions narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. The cover art for the releases has not been released yet. With these releases, all of the Matthew Corbett books published so far […]

Mister Slaughter Audio CDs from Bolinda in Australia

Posted on October 8, 2020 (Comments Closed)
in Audiobooks, International editions, Matthew Corbett, Mister Slaughter

On December 1, 2020, Australian audio publisher Bolinda Publishing will release Robert McCammon’s Mister Slaughter, complete and unabridged, as a 2-disc MP3 CD set and a 16-disc Audio CD set. The recording is the Audible production narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Bolinda previously released the audio productions of Speaks the Nightbird (MP3 CD), The Queen of Bedlam (MP3 CD), and Freedom of the Mask (Audio […]

The Queen of Bedlam MP3 CD coming from Bolinda

Posted on September 5, 2020 (Comments Closed)
in Audiobooks, International editions, Matthew Corbett, The Queen of Bedlam

On October 1, 2020, Australian audio publisher Bolinda Publishing will release Robert McCammon’s The Queen of Bedlam, complete and unabridged, as a 2-disc MP3 CD set. The recording is the Audible production narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Bolinda previously released the audio productions of Speaks the Nightbird as an MP3 CD and Freedom of the Mask on Audio CD and MP3 CD. The set can be ordered […]

New The Queen of Bedlam fan art from Александр Павлов

Posted on July 7, 2020 (Comments Closed)
in Fan artwork, The Queen of Bedlam

Artist Александр Павлов (Alexander) from Russia sent in a new illustration he did based on The Queen of Bedlam. You can find a larger version, as well as more of his art, on Alexander’s page in the Fan Art Gallery.

Speaks the Nightbird MP3 CDs coming to Australia

Posted on June 22, 2020 (Comments Closed)
in Audiobooks, International editions, Speaks the Nightbird

On August 1, 2020, Australian audio publisher Bolinda Publishing will release Robert McCammon’s Speaks the Nightbird, complete and unabridged, as a 3-disc MP3 CD set. The recording is the Audible production narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Bolinda previously released the audio production of Freedom of the Mask in 2016 on both audio CD and MP3 CD. The set can be […]

German translation of The Providence Rider coming in September 2020!

Posted on January 29, 2020 (Comments Closed)
in International editions, The Providence Rider

Luzifer Verlag has announced the publication date for their German translation of The Providence Rider. They’ll release Matthew Corbett in den Fängen des Kraken on September 30, 2020. The cover art can be seen below. Matthew Corbett in den Fängen des Kraken at Luzifer