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From the battlefields of a Vietnam veteran's memory to an old-time movie hero's search for a serial killer, from Halloween in a special town--where the rules of trick-or-treat are written in blood--to a Texas road where a wrong turn leads to a nest of evil, horror master McCammon is at his terrifying best in this collection of stories....

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Blue World Reviews

  • Char
    2019-05-13 10:12

    Edited 12.27.13 after the third read.I started off making notes on each story that I thought was above average, as you can see below...The first story in this collection knocked my socks off. It was eerily reminiscent of an episode of The Twilight Zone. The bees! 5* Edited: It turns out that this actually WAS a Twilight Zone magazine story in 1986.The second story, "Makeup" was a tribute to horror films of old, with all kinds of references to a previous Robert McCammon novel, They Thirst. 4*"Nightcrawlers"-a heavy story about a Nam vet dosed with a chemical named Howdy Doody. 4* Edited:This was adapted for the small screen by the new Twilight Zone show. You can watch the episode online at You Tube for free here: to add a few words about the story "Yellachile's Cage".This story is good enough to get its very own mention here. A prison story, slightly reminiscent of The Shawshank Redemption, with its message of hope.Edited to add a few words about the story "Pin".Apparently, Pin was made into a short film by a student named Christian Frahme. This story was so disturbing I could not bring myself to watch the film. In case you would like to after you read "Pin", here is a link to the film: "Night Calls the Green Falcon" had me in tears as did the last novella Blue World. ...then I realized that every story is above average in this collection. Well, all but one of these tales strongly resonated with me. Robert McCammon will forever be one of my favorite authors. No matter the subject, the strength of his writing never fails to show through.

  • Maciek
    2019-05-09 10:12

    I love short stories. A volume of short stories is not something that's very likely to be published now, so whenever I come upon one I feel like a child who has been given a box of chocolate. And like Forrest's momma said, you never know what you gonna get when you decide to open one.Robert McCammon is a master storyteller, and "Blue World" is a great example of his skill. Writing a short story is a task that requires considerable ability - an author has very limited space for characterization and plotting, but McCammon pulls this off brilliantly. Few writers can set the mood better than him; the reader literally feels the heat and terror of "Yellowjacket Summer", the horror of "Doom City" and the conflict between a young man trappeed in an old body in "Night calls the Green Falcon". McCammon's characters sparkle with life; each of them is unique and memorable, even when they get only 20 pages of reading time. Not all stories are "nerve-shredding nightmares", as advertised on the cover; The volume shows McCammon's versatility as an author. Titles such as "Nightcrawlers" or "He'll Come Knocking at Your Door" can be best described as nightmarish, but "Yellachile's Cage" and "Chico" are as far from horror as literature can be, heartbreaking and beautiful. The volume closes with the titular novella "Blue World", the longest entry in this collection, a perfect closure - a sublime tale of love and faith.Blue World is a great introduction to the works of Robert McCammon, a writer who doesn't seem to receive enough recognition. It's a great shame that this collection is now out of print. Luckily, used copies seem to be pretty common, and acquiring the volume shouldn't be a big problem. Not enough contemporary writers spend their time writing short stories; and certainly not many of them can spin them that good as the author of Blue World.

  • Melki
    2019-05-15 04:03

    Seeing that the author of this book of short stories and one novella is Robert McCammon, I was expecting some scary stuff, AND I was not disappointed. I got to have an unsettling look inside the mind of a spree killer and spend a creepy All Hallow's Eve with a man who discovers that once a year, you need to GIVE if you wanna GET.BUT...not all the stories were terrifying. I got to meet a traveling canary that brings magic and wonder to some prisoners. A story about an elderly man who decides to become the superhero he once portrayed on film made me feel strangely happy and hopeful. AND THEN...practically every emotion I can fake got whirled together in Something Passed By, one of the biggest, baddest, holy crappiest stories I've ever read. One minute, I'm laughing at the little "inside" jokes about the Bloch school, Bradbury park, and Lansdale's Exxon Station; the next, I'm squirming nervously as heads explode and neighbors burst into flame. Then, McCammon sneaks up behind and smacks me on the butt with a sweetly sad and touching ending.Whew! I needed a nap after that one!

  • Adam Light
    2019-05-23 09:25

    This is a terrific collection of shorts by one of the finest storytellers alive and working today.McCammon ably demonstrates his ability to maneuver deftly into different genres and come out with interesting, sometimes unforgettable results. I really loved this collection. I think the standouts are Pin, Something Passed By, Night Calls the Green Falcon, Doom City, and Yellow Jacket Summer. There isn't a bad story in the book. Some were just more memorable than the rest. The title novella was the weakest part for me. That's too bad, because I had high hopes for it. I can't give it a perfect rating, but I still think any self-respecting horror fiction enthusiast should read it.

  • Pamellia
    2019-05-22 09:09

    Blue World by Robert McCammonJanuary 11, to January 15, 2015Buddy read from Goodreads HR Here we have a story of the nightmare the XXX—rated life style can create. A beautiful girl is shot through the head while satisfying her killer. I know, how creepy is that? Her friend, Debby (also part of this life-style), is so upset and frightened. When she finds out what has happened she goes to a priest and partakes of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but really she just wanted to talk to someone (she thought she could trust) about it. Could she trust Fr. John, was he really the loyal priest she thought he was? Time will tellOnce again, Mr. McCammon does not disappoint this reader. The story is well written, with enough character development for 3 novels. This author takes us through the streets of San Francisco with the swiftness of a ten-speed bicycle. We get the feel of the small neighborhoods that make up this city, both good and bad. We meet friends and enemies of our two protagonist. We learn about the secondary problems of the X-rated life-style and the temptations of a good and holy priest.For me this story was a study of God's love for all of us, no matter how far down in trash we are lying. He is ready to forgive and forget the transgression of those whom have fallen into sin, no matter the circumstances. Most importantly God can change the hardest of hearts and make something wonderfully courageous out of the worst of circumstances.I recommend this book to any Christian who is willing to have an opened mind to see how God can work if we only allow it. Also one can see in this book how sin can so gradually come into someone's otherwise holy life, that it is hardly noticed until it's almost too late. In this novel God works in mysterious way. Maybe it's not what McCammon intended, but it's what I took from the book.FIVE brightly colored stars for this entertaining and uplifting book

  • Jessica
    2019-04-23 10:13

    One of the craziest books of short stories I have ever read. I think I was quoting the story, 'Something Passed By'. for years and years after I read it. "He was sitting on the front porch in the steamy heat of mid-day, sipping from a glass of gasoline, when the doomscreamer came." I am a harlot for great sentences, and this one is one of my top ten.

  • Banner
    2019-05-14 08:12

    I'm not a big fan of short stories, but I do read them occasionally. Man I'm glad I picked this up. Already familiar with the author, so his style was comfortable and made it easy to jump right into each story. If your not familiar with Robert McCammon, this is a good place to start.The stories create a mood of horror that gave me chills. There is graphic stuff throughout that is not for the weak heart. There were a couple of cheesy ones, but they were what they were meant to be so it's not like he was trying to be serious and came off as cheesy.Three of my favorites: My favorite was Blue World, which was actually a novella. It was about a priest, a prostitute and a seriel killer. Another really good one was the Night of the Green Falcon, which is about an old movie star that used to play in the pulp serials in the movies. Yellowjacket Summer, about a backwards country boy that has a special relationship with Yellowjackets (yes it's as creepy as it sounds). Not a bad one in the bunch. This is a good book if your looking for an enjoyable read and a break from your regular stuff.

  • David Agranoff
    2019-04-28 10:14

    At this point in my life my favorite authors are John Shirley, F.Paul Wilson and Robert McCammon. McCammon wrote my second favorite novel of all time – Swan Song. He has written several other favorites in my collection including Mine and the weird crime classic Gone South. I had been saving two of his books for the “Right time” for years. That has included “Boy’s Life,” and his short story collection “Blue World.” While I still have found the perfect time for the other yet, I read Blue World this last summer and I am so glad I did. McCammon is to me the genre author who has the most readable and smooth prose of any I have ever read. The pages just fly when you read his novels. I had read one or two of these short stories but I was reading most of these ten short stories for the first time. The title piece at the end is longer and I would argue that it is actually a novel. In the fifties it’s length would have been considered a novel. It is easily 60,000 words, has twenty three chapters and it feels like a novel. I Digress.While McCammon doesn’t write traditional horror anymore, he is stillactive with historical mystery novels like “Speaks the Nightbird” which do contain macabre elements and the novel “the Five” which was genius Rock and Roll thriller. Blue World is filled with classic 80’s McCammon shorts and I loved every single page of it.My favorite story was a Halloween classic called “He’ll come a knocking at the Door.” This perfectly wicked Halloween story would be perfect for a campfire. Other favorites included “Something Passed By,” and the opener “Yellowjacket Summer.” The classic story Nightcralwers that William Fredkin directed as an episode of the 80’s Twilight zone and the amazing “Night calls the Falcon” which celebrates old school super hero serials.The title story is a very strong character piece that is more about people in the story than the thriller aspects. It is the story of a porn star named Debra Rocks, and the priest that falls in love with her after she comes into confessional. Father John can’t himself, but as he gets to know Debra he discovers that he not only one obsessed with the star. Someone is killing her co-stars, is she next?There is no dud in this collection, McCammon was at the top of his horror skills in the 80’s. I am glad I finally read this one, it’s a classic, If you like short horror fiction do yourself a favor and read it.

  • Alexandria
    2019-05-03 12:06

    A wonderful selection of Fantasy stories, bordering on fear. Mr. McCammon has been a favorite author of mine since my teens. A great writer with a very vivid imagination!

  • Reeda
    2019-04-24 06:08

    4.5 stars rounded to 5. Loved almost all the stories. The only one I didn't care for was PIN. It was just too weird.

  • Rich Stoehr
    2019-05-23 11:03

    Re-reading "Blue World," I was reminded of why it's such a pity McCammon doesn't write more than he does."Blue World" is a collection of 12 short stories spanning McCammon's career, and one novella. The stories are all worth reading, offering up a good variety of material, from the frightening ("Yellowjacket Summer") to the disturbing ("Pin") to the sublime (the novella, "Blue World").What this collection brings to mind most, however, is McCammon's skill at setting a mood. He tells a great story, but very few writers can set the stage better than McCammon. While reading "Yellowjacket Summer" the reader can't help but feel the oppressive heat prevalent throughout the story, and how the characters must have felt experiencing that same heat. In "Blue World," he captures equally well the quiet of that soft twilight, just before full dark. In "Night Calls the Green Falcon" one can really feel and understand the frustration and the impotence of a young man's ambition trapped in an old man's body.By so skillfully establishing the mood in each and every one of the stories in "Blue World," McCammon makes the reader experience them as if they were there, inside the story itself. This is the magic of what great writing can do, bring the story home to the reader, and make it an experience.Like my other McCammon favorites, "Boy's Life" and "Speaks the Nightbird," "Blue World" is one of the books that I treasure, from an author who now writes far too infrequently.

  • Paul Nash
    2019-05-17 06:23

    This was a nice mix of classic 80s horror! The last story, self titled, Blue World, was a great story about addiction and the taboo, with a psychotic killer in the mix. Apart from his earlier novels, McCammon rarely disappoints.

  • Tobin Elliott
    2019-05-18 10:04

    I'm often hot and cold with short story collections. Various author collections seem to bug me the most, because the quality tends to be all over the place. And with single-author collections such as this one, well, it's often hit or miss. Either the author kicks ass, or they suck.Thankfully, I think, for the most part, McCammon kicked some serious ass here. This is my introduction to McCammon the short story author. And, to be honest, he should do more of it. There's the odd one that didn't quite stick with me, but for the most part, these were absolutely excellent. Included in this particular edition by Subterranean Press, I got three additional stories, that fit in perfectly with the previously published ones. In fact, the weakest link in the collection--and the reason for four stars instead of five--is the title story. It was the unlikely mashing of a psychopathic killer (who, at times, seemed to be forgotten by the author), a Catholic priest and a "porno" actress. For me, the story, at something like 170 pages, was about three times as long as it needed to be, and likely due to that fact, the material often seemed to hit cringe-worthy notes when it came to Debbie's (the porn girl) naivete or downright stupidity at times, as well as priest John's painfully overwrought reactions to her.But there's a few stories in here that, even on their own, would be worth the price of admission. Excellent book, overall.

  • Randolph Carter
    2019-05-02 08:30

    Blue World by Robert McCammon is a collection of his early stories and one novella, Blue World. The stories are excellent with a few: Chico, PIN, Yellowjacket Summer, Nightcrawlers, Yellachile, are almost perfect horror stories. Chico and PIN are my favorites. The other stories are good too, just not as perfect.However what lowered this from 5 to 4 stars was inclusion of the long novella Blue World itself. I thought the plot was formulaic: black night, fallen white night, female fallen angel, white night reforms fallen angel and achieves his salvation in the process. Courtly love is all that is available in the end. One thing I have read somewhere is there are only 9 basic plots possible (Don't quote me on the number, it might be as many as 12.). The article stated that part of great fiction is the author makes you think his novel/story is not one of those 9 plots. I didn't get that here.Well worth a read for McCammon's early stories.

  • Marvin
    2019-04-29 04:10

    Robert McCammon is best know for his rather long horror novels such as Stinger, Hour of The Wolf, and Swan's Song. Blue World is his only collection of short fiction and it is unfortunate that McCammon does not spend more time in this medium. The short story demonstrates his ability to tell a tale distinctly, economically and with maximum impact. Most of these tales are short and to the point yet packs a horrific punch. There is not a bad story here yet the highlights are a tale about a Vietnam vet titled "Nightcrawlers", the very scary "Yellowjacket Summer" and the novelette "Blue World" in which a priest becomes obsessed with a porn star. Mr. McCammon does not write all that often anymore but lets hope he has another short fiction collection in the wings.

  • Redri9hthand
    2019-05-21 05:13

    There are some outstanding horror stories here along with a couple that didn't really interest me, but still, they were quick and pleasant diveresions.The last chapter however, "Blue World", about a priest who falls in love with an adult entertainer, comprises about a third of the whole book and isn't horror story at all. Minus two stars at least for that unpleasantness.

  • Gregor Xane
    2019-04-30 05:13

    I didn't read every story in this collection. I couldn't. I did read most of them, but there was nothing here that compelled me to read them all. "Night Calls the Green Falcon" was pretty good. The title story, the novella, "Blue World," had a promising start, but the end just wasn't satisfying.

  • Maya Ivers
    2019-04-23 05:14

    I don't have a lot of time at the moment to post a lengthy review. For now, I will just say that I have owned this book for at least 15 years and have lost count of how many times I have re-read it.

  • Kate
    2019-04-22 12:17


  • Robjr73
    2019-05-21 12:13

    Fantastic. One of the best short story collections I've ever read. McCammon is an author that deserves to get as much shelf space dedicated to him as King does at the local bookstore, but for whatever reason he doesn't and that's a shame...If you're new to McCammon, Go ahead and read this if you want a nice intro to one of the greatest horror writers of time...

  • Brian Schwartz
    2019-04-24 05:02

    This is McCammon’s only volume of short stories. This volume includes:Yellowjacket SummerA young woman and her two children run out of gas in a strange town straight out of the Twilight Zone. It seems the hot summer brings out the bees --- and they terrify.MakeupA small time thug ends up with the makeup case of a famous horror actor. Was the long deceased actor brilliant, or was the secret in his makeup? One of the better stories in the book.Doom CityBrad wakes up one morning and finds the wife he went to bed with the night before has turned into a desiccated corpse. He wanders about the town and finds himself alone – almost! This reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode. This story is the kind that Stephen King used to be able to write. Nothing but the barest essence of a story here. But the plot is intriguing and chugs right along. Masterful writing!NightcrawlersA strange traveler comes in from a storm into a truckstop and brings the stuff of his nightmares with him. Seems his old buddies from Vietnam are eager to have him join them where he left them. This one reminded me a little of Straub’s Koko only much better. PinThis is a strange, first person narrative of a young man contemplating sticking a needle in his eye. This is the weakest story in the book. I’ll give McCammon credit for a creative approach and an unusual story. However, I did not care for it.Yellachile’s CageA voodoo man keeps a gold finch in his prison cell. The bird is his familiar who keeps him informed of all that is going on in the prison. The only well-kept secret in the prison is the voodoo man’s. I like a good prison story (King wrote two brilliant prison stories) and McCammon did not disappoint me with this one.I Scream Man!An ordinary game of Scrabble between the most incredibly average family in a most unusual setting. Again, just the bare essence of story, but McCammon makes the most of his few words.He’ll Come Knocking At Your DoorHalloween is taken very seriously by members of this community and its leading citizen is generous with his treats but evil with his tricks. Reminiscent of Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown.ChicoIn a home with a abusive, alcoholic father and despondent mother, a child with a special gift lives and thrives. Perhaps the weakest story in the book.Night Calls the Green FalconAn over-the-hill star of Saturday serials is called out of retirement by his conscience to find the serial killer who killed his neighbor. This story is hokey and cornball, but well written and a pleasure to read. The Red HouseA young boy’s dad is outraged when a bright red house springs up in his entirely gray world. An excellent allegory on why sometimes change should be feared!Something Passed ByEarth is in decline after the passage on an interstellar object. The people who are left in the end pass the time in a variety of ways. This one reminded me of an old radio show like X Minus 1 or Dimension X.Blue WorldThis is one of the finest stories I’ve ever read. McCammon shows us, as he did in Swan Song that he is a true master of character development. A priest’s faith and vowels are tested when he finds himself oddly attracted to a porn star. A chance encounter at a grocery store thrusts him into her world of drugs, sex, and the desire to be something more. Meanwhile, he struggles to remain chaste and save the young woman’s soul.

  • Paulo
    2019-05-08 11:03

    I read this book soon after I read Baal. Second Chance and I was dissapointed because not all stories were that good and for me most of them were not that satisfactory… (unfortunally). I still believe he is a good writer because he has some good stories here…"Yellowjacket Summer" – This story is boy with a power to talk to Yellowjackets (bees? Hornets?). If in the beginning was a little slow the ending was an good one."Makeup" – a Thief steals a make up from an old horror movies actor and gets a lot more than he bargained. Not the best story around."Doom City" – an post apocalyptic tale and a spooking one… One of the best of the anthology (I hope this tale is in the same vein of Swan Song."Nightcrawlers" – This is a story about a life of Vietnam Vet’s as his nightmares comes out to hunt them (This story was then put into that mythical series of Twilight Zone)."Pin" – Not the best story but good portrayal of an insane person. I hope I don’t met anyone like this…"Yellachile's Cage" – A prisoner and a canary. That’s it. Not many more to say about it. I didn’t enjoy it."I Scream Man" – Another post-apocalyptic tale about what is real and not. Lucidity in a crazy person. A game of scrabble that is not what it seems. Well what it seems is that his best stories are post-apocalyptic. Maybe this is something to make me read Swan Song."He'll Come Knocking at Your Door" – You live in a perfect neighbourhood but for that you have to pay… sometimes with the things you love. This story is another story that I think I read it somewhere else This story reminds me of The Association by Bentley Little. (I made a review last year I guess)"Chico" – I didn’t enjoyed and couldn’t finish… It was about a tale of a abused child by his stepfather."Night Calls the Green Falcon" – Not that good tale. I didn’t finish. IF you want you can try.. It’s online in Robert McCammon’s website."The Red House" –Another story I didn’t finish. A self discover tale… I really didn’t understand… or tried to understand"Something Passed By" – This tale was one that if it wasn’t made into The Twilight Zone it should have. I think he had the possibility to be a good story. It’s simple story where you think what is normal or not. It really depends of who are you and where do you belong."Blue World" (Novella) – This was the biggest tale. It wasn’t in my opinion that good. It depicts the story of a priest that sniffs cocaine and a porn star (and her stalker) I didn’t enjoyed and I didn’t finish.As you can see you’ve got all kinds of stories. Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Self-Discovery, Psychological thriller and everything you want… In the end some stories were good others were not. IF I would advice you to read it? Well go check his webpage because there are a couple of short stories available..

  • Quill
    2019-05-09 10:08

    The BasicsBlue World is a collection of short stories and one novella, all of which seem to be from McCammon’s early career. They’re all mostly horror/thriller and run the gamut on subject matter.My ThoughtsI hate books like this. A story collection is meant to be a balanced read where each story is a cool, little nugget you enjoyed on some level. So that by the end of the journey, you feel that the overall experience was worth it. What it’s not supposed to be is what this collection was. A couple of good stories, a great novella, and then a whole lotta weak stuff. So that by the end, you’re trying to figure out if you even want to keep this thing or not.A lot of these stories felt like tales I’d heard before, only done better by someone else (“Nightcrawlers” and “Pin”). They were bleak in ways that weren’t scary or profound, just empty (“He’ll Come Knocking At Your Door” and “I Scream Man!”). Some were grasping for heights they missed by a long shot (“Chico” and “Yellachile’s Cage”). Stories that should’ve been good and all missed the mark by varying margins.Were there gems? Of course! Were they worth reading the entire book for? That’s where I’m struggling. “Doom City” was a really unique look at an apocalypse setting, or maybe even a hell setting, and the fact that I can’t figure out which it is promotes the story even more. “Something Passed By” had that apocalypse magic, as well. “Night Calls the Green Falcon” is a strong story, especially if you’re a comic book fan, with emphasis on something like Watchmen.Finally, the novella for which the book is named, “Blue World”, was the strongest story of the bunch, in my opinion. The fact that it takes up half the book means that it feels more significant than the rest, and thank all that is good, else this book would’ve been a two star endeavor. It was more about characters than it was about being thrilling, and it gave me what the internet refers to as “feels”. It wasn’t entirely perfect, but after sloughing through the rest of the collection, it felt like a breath of fresh air.I can no longer tell if this is a recommendation or not. Which is why, I repeat, I hate books like this.Final Rating3/5

  • Adam Wilson
    2019-05-20 12:15

    Robert R. McCammon doesn't get nearly enough credit in my opinion. I've read five of his books and all of them deserve much more notice than they have received. Blue World is his short story collection and every single story in this book is worth reading and very enjoyable. Yellowjacket Summer actually gave me chills because I am terrified of insectts that sting or bite and there are millions in this story. "Makeup" was something completely new and was one of my favorites from this book "He'll Come Knocking At Your Door" was another creepy halloween tale. "Night Calls the Green Falcon" is about an aging actor who wants to catch a murderer by playing his old role as the Green Falcon. The last story, which is a novella, is about a priest trying to keep his faith after seeing a hot porn actress and how his views on life quickly unravel as he obsesses over Debrah Rocks. That novella, which shares the title of the collection, was by far my favorite story in this book, but that is not a negative statement against the rest. This is a must-read for fans of horror and short story collections.

  • Craig
    2019-05-15 10:04

    A great gathering of tales from this great writer. If you have never read any of his books and are curious about his writing style, I would read this book first.

  • Kevin Lucia
    2019-05-20 08:09

    So, so good. And excellent mix of dark, light, and melancholy.

  • Nate
    2019-05-21 09:13

    I give 5 stars for the short stories and 3 stars for the novella. There is some quintessential McCammon here. Any fan of his will love these stories.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-22 06:06

    A great set of stories by Robert R. McCammon! Love them all.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-22 04:05

    Love, love, love this book. One of my all-time faves. Can't be faulted on any level.

  • Zombette
    2019-04-22 12:12

    There were some really great stories in this book. So many different kinds of horror.