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McCammon's "Queen of Bedlam" on the Way

If you loved horror fiction in the '80s, Robert McCammon's name was almost as hard to avoid as King's, Straub's, Koontz's, and Barker's. Then came the ten-year dry spell that followed the publication of "Gone South" in 1992. His later novels were tending more and more away from the trappings of the horror genre, and with "Gone South" the tie was pretty much severed.

And so was McCammon's career. Or so his many despondent fans believed. Then, in 2002, he stormed back onto the literary scene with "Speaks the Nightbird," a rich and engrossing epic set at the end of the 17th century. But his Web site was quick to warn rabid fans that "Nightbird" did not mean McCammon was coming out of retirement. Well, with any luck, today's announcement that the sequel, "The Queen of Bedlam," will be published in October of this year does mean exactly that. (Click here to read up on McCammon's plans for Matthew Corbett, the hero of these books.)

Are McCammon's days as a horror writer behind him. I'd say so. But does "Nightbird" contain some of the best writing of his career? You bet. When we're drawn to a story, after all, we're only drawn to it if it's well told. With McCammon it always is, regardless of the genre. Here's looking ahead to "The Queen of Bedlam"!--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on January 22, 2007 11:41 AM
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Wow, I thought I was the only one that knew who McCammon was, lol!

I loved Speaks the Nightbird, so it's good to hear the sequel is finally coming!

-- Posted by: Perrin at January 23, 2007 10:18 AM

And not just this sequel, but according to the interview I link to above, there are more on the way! I think Matthew Corbett is definitely a character worth having in a series of books. A really subtle hero.

-- Posted by: Pete at January 23, 2007 6:59 PM

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