An unsung great...

An unsung great...

jpjaws's picture

I'm suprised that no one here among the horror hounds is discussing the great Robert R. McCammon! No one here read "Swan Song"? "Baal"? What about "Mine", "The Wolf's Hour" or "Stinger?" Ok, if you haven't read any of these books, go find them and dig in. McCammon crosses genres alot, but it's all good stuff. He's tackled werewolves, the end of the world, the Anti-Christ, evil Amazon women hiding in suburbia(sounds lame, but "Bethany's Sin" is a killer read), alien invaders, 1800's witch hunts("Speaks the Nightbird" 1&2)and about a dozen other things. He's got the storytelling skills of Koontz's later work, the imagination of King, and the twisted darkness of Barker. You're missing out if you haven't read his work. My favorite is "Swan Song", a post-apocalyptic roller coaster through hell. I'd start there, if I were you. Any other McCammon fans in here?

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TheMorrigan's picture

I have not read these, but thanks for the heads up. I'll stop at the library on the way to the polls.

antichris's picture

I read Stinger when I was in high school and got a kick out of it, but i couldn't really get into any of his other books at the time. Maybe I should give them a second look now...

jpjaws's picture

You should try his stuff again. "Stinger" was actually the first one of his that I read. Good stuff. I liked his twist on the body snatcher theme.

TheDollWhoAteHisMother's picture

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I'm suprised that no one here among the horror hounds is discussing the great Robert R. McCammon! No one here read "Swan Song"? "Baal"? What about "Mine", "The Wolf's Hour" or "Stinger?" Ok, if you haven't read any of these books, go find them and dig in. McCammon crosses genres alot, but it's all good stuff. He's tackled werewolves, the end of the world, the Anti-Christ, evil Amazon women hiding in suburbia(sounds lame, but "Bethany's Sin" is a killer read), alien invaders, 1800's witch hunts("Speaks the Nightbird" 1&2)and about a dozen other things. He's got the storytelling skills of Koontz's later work, the imagination of King, and the twisted darkness of Barker. You're missing out if you haven't read his work. My favorite is "Swan Song", a post-apocalyptic roller coaster through hell. I'd start there, if I were you. Any other McCammon fans in here?

Robert R. McCammon is also a favorite of mine. I read him way back when in the late 1980's; I liked "Stinger", "Swan Song", "Mine" and "Mystery Walk". I lost touch with the author after he wrote "Boy's Life"; I just didn't get the sudden change into a pseudo-Mark Twain impersonation that he was trying to conceive in his narratives.

It was akin to me to imagine that such things does tend to happen to good authors -- look at Clive Barker for example, great horror novellas from the "Books of Blood", to "Imagica" -- rather than horrific in prose he became more poetic.

Sweetdeath's picture

Robert McCammon was a great horror author. He has slipped due to depression and not wanting to write horror. He started to write historical novel but they did not get published so he was upset and vowed not to write horror any more. Oh, the horror! He came back when he needed money but has just not written as well since then.

AwfullyHorrid's picture

Swan Song was a poor man's Stand with less interesting characters, in my opinion. I've got to admit though, that's about as much as I've read from him.

amistri01's picture

I read "Swan Song". I couldn't break away from reading it. It is one of my all time favorites. Everytime I get asked for suggestions, that is the first book I recommend. KUDOS for bringing it up.

I think it should be on every list of every school as a MUST READ! Thanks, I have to go buy yet another copy because I keep lending mine out and never get it back. I never wonder why.

I also just got done reading "Breeding Ground" by Shaun Huston. It is an easy read, that will leave a nasty taste in your mouth. On a scale from 1 to 10, I give it a 10 for grossness!!!!

Read on everyone!

Ghstfenixx's picture

not one of you mentioned they thirt...the horror...took me almost 10 years to hunt that one down again. my original burned. also baal is one of my favorites.

Ghstfenixx's picture

not one of you mentioned they thirst...the horror...took me almost 10 years to hunt that one down again. my original burned. also baal is one of my favorites.

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there alright

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