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An Alabama boy’s innocence is shaken by murder and madness in the 1960s South in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of Swan Song. It’s 1964 in idyllic Zephyr, Alabama. People either work for the paper mill up the Tecumseh River, or for the local dairy. It’s a simple life, but it stirs the impressionable imagination of twelve-year-old aspiring writer Cory Mackenson. He’s certain he’s sensed spirits whispering in the churchyard. He’s heard of the weird bootleggers who lurk in the dark outside of town. He’s seen a flood leave Main Street crawling with snakes. Cory thrills to all of it as only a young boy can. Then one morning, while accompanying his father on his milk route, he sees a car careen off the road and slowly sink into fathomless Saxon’s Lake. His father dives into the icy water to rescue the driver, and finds a beaten corpse, naked and handcuffed to the steering wheel—a copper wire tightened around the stranger’s neck. In time, the townsfolk seem to forget all about the unsolved murder. But Cory and his father can’t. Their search for the truth is a journey into a world where innocence and evil collide. What lies before them is the stuff of fear and awe, magic and madness, fantasy and reality. As Cory wades into the deep end of Zephyr and all its mysteries, he’ll discover that while the pleasures of childish things fade away, growing up can be a strange and beautiful ride. “Strongly echoing the childhood-elegies of King and Bradbury, and every bit their equal,” Boy’s Life, a winner of both the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards, represents a brilliant blend of mystery and rich atmosphere, the finest work of one of today’s most accomplished writers (Kirkus Reviews).

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July 11, 1952, Birmingham, Alabama, USA) is an American horror writer. Robert McCammon, "the genius from Alabama", is one of the most popular authors of mysticism and horror novels. Already the first book, "Baal" (1978), attracted attention, was among the best-selling authors, but became truly famous after the novel "They Thirst" (1981). Baal sold 300,000 copies, which is pretty good by American standards for a budding author. The second novel written was The Ship of the Night, but the second was published The Sin of Immortality (The Ship of the Night was accepted by Avon for publication, but the publisher heard that a film about the Nazis with a similar plot was being shot and postponed the publication of this novel, and McCammon, who had already signed a contract with the publisher, urgently wrote another novel). After They Thirst, McCammon came to be regarded as an "eminent" author — that is, an author whose books are destined to sell well. The nex...

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Robert Rick McCammon (b. July 11, 1952, Birmingham, Alabama, USA) is an American horror writer. Robert McCammon, "the genius from Alabama", is one of the most popular authors of mysticism and horror novels. Already the first book, "Baal" (1978), attracted attention, was among the best-selling authors, but became truly famous after the novel "They Thirst" (1981). Baal sold 300,000 copies, which is pretty good by American standards for a budding author. The second novel written was The Ship of the Night, but the second was published The Sin of Immortality (The Ship of the Night was accepted by Avon for publication, but the publisher heard that a film about the Nazis with a similar plot was being shot and postponed the publication of this novel, and McCammon, who had already signed a contract with the publisher, urgently wrote another novel). After They Thirst, McCammon came to be regarded as an "eminent" author — that is, an author whose books are destined to sell well. The next novel, The Inscrutable Way, the most poppy, the most didactic of all his works, helped the author gain recognition from the most conservative literary circles; its cover was featured on the publishing house`s catalogs and it was among the books recommended for reading by the Literary Guild Book Club. The Fate of the Eschers, a gothic novel with elements of horror, was initially rejected by the publisher and "lay on the shelf" for more than a year. (This novel is undoubtedly better than all of his previous ones - such is often the fate of really good books.) It was then published, in fact, only for the reasons that McCammon, a well-selling author, had not had new books for several years. After the release of Song of Swan, McCammon became the most popular horror writer for a while. This novel stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 4 weeks, and the first edition sold almost a million copies (and there are four in total to date). And the next novel, "Kusaka", also sold about a million copies during the first edition. The novel "The Hour of the Wolf" pursued a similar success. The novel "The Life of a Boy", an autobiographical fantasy, has received literary awards in addition to commercial success. Following On the Way South, McCummon took time out to be a full-time father. In 2002, McCummon returns to literature with a new novel, Speaks the Nightbird, which next year brings the author the Southeastern SF Achievement Award (awarded to authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror who were born or live in the South east of the United States). In 2007, the sequel to The Voices, The Queen of Bedlam, is released, which tells about the further adventures of Matthew Corbett, the main character of the previous novel. The author is currently working on the third part of the cycle and hopes to complete it this year. The proposed title is “Mr. Slaughter ”, the author plans to write nine or ten novels about Matthew Corbett. In the spring of the same year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shooting of the film based on McCammon`s story "Blue World" is to begin. Major publications in English: Baal - 1978 Bethany`s Sin - 1980 The Night Boat - 1980 They Thirst - 1981 Mystery Walk - 1983 Usher`s Passing - 1984 Swan Song - 1987 Stinger - 1988 Wolf`s Hour - 1989 Blue World (coll.) - 1989 Mine - 1990 Boy`s Life - 1991 Gone South - 1992 Speaks the Nightbird (2002) - Book One in the "Matthew Corbett Series" The Village (unpublished) Queen of Bedlam ( 2007) - Book Two in the "Matthew Corbett Series" Mr. Slaughter (2008) - Book Three in the "Matthew Corbett Series" Robert McCammon`s official website: http://www.robertmccammon.com