Blue World

Blue World

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by Robert R. McCammon
     
 

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A novella and twelve stories from a master of supernatural horror

Father John has lived his whole life without knowing a woman’s touch. Hard at first, his self-denial grew easier over time, as he learned to master his urges with a regimen of prayer, cold showers, and jigsaw puzzles. That changed the day that Debra Rocks entered his confessional. A

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A novella and twelve stories from a master of supernatural horror

Father John has lived his whole life without knowing a woman’s touch. Hard at first, his self-denial grew easier over time, as he learned to master his urges with a regimen of prayer, cold showers, and jigsaw puzzles. That changed the day that Debra Rocks entered his confessional. A rough-talking adult film actress, she has come to ask him to pray for a murdered costar. Her cinnamon perfume infects Father John, and after she departs he becomes obsessed. Around the corner from his church is a neon-lit alley of sin. He goes there hoping to save her life before he damns himself. That is “Blue World,” the novella that anchors this collection of chilling stories by Robert R. McCammon. Although monsters, demons, and murderers fill these pages, in McCammon’s world the most terrifying landscape of all is the barren wasteland of a lost man’s soul.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rapid-fire action alternating with intense introspection, plus imagery that conjures visions of movie special effects, make McCammon's ( The Wolf's Hour ) multifaceted collection of new and reprinted tales worthwhile despite some uninspired story lines. In the title novella, Father John Lancaster battles temptations of the flesh and becomes a better priest as he saves the life of a cocaine-snorting porn queen. At the end of the world, described in ``Something Passed By,'' the laws of nature go awry: water becomes combustible, concrete turns to quicksand, people move swiftly toward old age or infancy. A Vietnam veteran's nightmares materialize in ``Nightcrawlers,'' yielding terror and death for his associates. ``He'll Come Knocking at Your Door'' trivializes the Faustian pact by having the devil arrive for trick-or-treat on Halloween to collect his due. An old-fashioned cliff-hanger concludes each segment of ``Night Calls the Green Falcon,'' in which a retired cinema superhero takes up his cape again to stalk a real-life prostitute's murderer. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
McCammon skillfully weaves elements of horror and adventure with a variety of writing styles to create 13 exceedingly readable pieces. Travel through his universe and meet such inhabitants as Chico, a special child who exacts subtle revenge on his mother's abusive boyfriend, or a Vietnam vet whose deadly nightmares become real. The pi ece de r esistance , especially in terms of character development, is the novella ``Blue World.'' Father John Lancaster discovers that he has put his faith and his life in peril when he falls in love with a porn star who is being stalked by a deranged serial killer. A powerful, well-written collection. --John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453231586
Publisher:
Open Road Media
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
145,409
File size:
731 KB

Meet the Author

One of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952) is one of the country’s most accomplished authors of modern horror and historical fiction. Raised by his grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon published his first novel, the Revelations-inspired Baal, when he was only twenty-six. His writings continued in a supernatural vein throughout the 1980s, producing such bestselling titles as Swan Song, The Wolf’s Hour, and Stinger.  In 1991 Boy’s Life won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, Gone South, McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird. Since then he has followed “fixer” Matthew Corbett in two sequels, The Queen of Bedlam and Mister Slaughter. His newest novel is The Five. McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.

One of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952) is one of the country’s most accomplished authors of modern horror and historical fiction. Raised by his grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon published his first novel, the Revelations-inspired Baal, when he was only twenty-six. His writings continued in a supernatural vein throughout the 1980s, producing such bestselling titles as Swan Song, The Wolf’s Hour, and Stinger

In 1991 Boy’s Life won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, Gone South, McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird. Since then he has followed “fixer” Matthew Corbett in two sequels, The Queen of Bedlam and Mister Slaughter. His newest novel is The Five. McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.

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Blue World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a big fan of robert mccammon going back more than 20 years. When i was in the military stationed overseas i once saw 2 soldiers fight about getting to read this book first. Sometimes things got boring and in the field a good book would take the place of a tv. Blue World was one of his most traded and sought after books. Many of the short stories are great especially Night Calls the Green Falcon. The final story Blue World actually reads more like a novella but i read it is byfar his best story in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blue World and the other stories in this book are the best. I have been reading Robert McCammon's novels for 27 years with "Swans Song" being the first and have never been disappointed once. This book is a great ride and holds you captivated till the last page and definately leaves you wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Blue World and now I am a fan of author Robert Mc Cammon.He is visionary and is very relevant considering these books are decades old and very intriguing. I always read Stephen King growing up and I don't know how I managed to miss out on this guy but,I won't anymore. I was intoduced to him by Blue World and am sure there are even better writings I would not want to miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone should pick up this book when they get the chance, you won't be able to put it down!! Such a variety of stories, you don't expect what's coming, you'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the way he writes, McCammon keeps it interesting all the way through. I couldn't put it down, i hope everyone gets a chance to read Blue World.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, it was gripping and unforgettable. I recommend it to fellow litery buffs on a regular basis along with all of R.C's other books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful if you want to sit down and read a little bit of horror. McCammon's stories pull you into their world of wierd situations, killer bees, redemption,suspense, and the devil's own version of trick or treating. If you like horror, suspense, and revenge stories you should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Robert McCammon through this book, and it kept me coming back for more. It's an outstanding story of a priest whom is falling in love with a porn star who is being stalked. It's a timeless struggle between moral values, and hearts desire. A great read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
13 short stories w/ copyright date 1984. I'm a fan of Robert McCammon, but of this publication not so much. I rate the whole work a 2. Only the final story, Blue World (174 pages) rates a 5 star. A short story that has substance, a begining, a middle and an end w/ meaning. Could use better editing, as though the typist / transcriber wasn't reading what they were keying for the e-reader. I think they don't know the differenc between "y" and "v". Yellowjacket Summer - 17 pgs - scary but no meaning and no ending. A 2 star. I Scream Man - 6 pgs - sad and gruesome. A 2 star Something Passed By - 17 pgs - OK! But needs more substance. I had too many unanswered "why's". A 2 star Makeup - 18 pgs - too bazaar. A 1 star. Doom City - 10 pgs - it just seems to keep repeating with no reason, resolution or hope. A 1 star. Pin - 5 pgs - couldn' t finish; too painful to contemplate or read. A 1 star. Chico - 8 pgs - felt like s story could be made of this. I don't care for just a start that goes nowhere. A 1 star. Nightcrawlers - 24 pgs - better, but I would like to know what he does next. A 3 star. He'll Come Knocking at Your Door - 18 pgs - It was scary & had a beginning, a middle and an end. A 3 star. The Red House - 16 pgs - This was fairly good about prejudice and acceptance of differences. A bit bazaar though. A 3 star. Yellchile's Cage-14 pgs - a complete story w/ some meaning A 4 star. Night Calls the Green Falcon - 50 pgs - A real story of a hero, that you want to pull fot. A 4 star.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I really like this author, I didn't care for this book at all. Far from his best.