Robert Rick McCammon is an American novelist from Birmingham, Alabama. One of the influential names in the late 1970sâ€“early 1990s American horror literature boom, by 1991 McCammon had three New York Times bestsellers and 5 million books in print.
His parents are Jack, a musician, and Barbara Bundy McCammon. After his parents' divorce, McCammon lived with his grandparents in Birmingham. He received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Alabama in 1974. McCammon currently resides in Birmingham. He has a daughter, Skye, with his former wife, Sally Sanders.
After the release of Gone South, McCammon was dropped by his publisher. After a long hiatus which resulted from the reorganization of the publishing industry and McCammonâ€™s personal depression and soul searching, he returned to the publishing world with Speaks the Nightbird, the first book in the Matthew Corbett series. As of 2008, his plans are to continue with the series.
In 1985, McCammon's story "Nightcrawlers" was adapted into an episode of The New Twilight Zone.
Like Dean Koontz, McCammon also now refuses to let his first novels be republished because, while not disliking the books, he does not feel that they are up to the standards of his later works. He wrote that he feels he was allowed to learn how to write in public, and therefore has decided to officially retire his earlier works. However, Baal and Bethany's Sin were recently re-released by Subterranean Press as limited edition novels.