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Blue World

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  3,959 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
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 a
ebook, 440 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 1989)
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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*

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 a
Oct 02, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 b
Adam Light
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
Jul 05, 2014 Pamellia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All adults
Recommended to Pamellia by: Buddy read
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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 t
Aug 12, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 29, 2015 Banner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Mar 30, 2017 Alexandria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
David Agranoff
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 thi
Rich Stoehr
May 10, 2010 Rich Stoehr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Tobin Elliott
Oct 18, 2015 Tobin Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-copy, horror, fiction
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 qui
Randolph Carter
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, wh
May 23, 2010 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
Mar 27, 2011 Gregor Xane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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.
Paul Nash
Sep 13, 2014 Paul Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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.
Maya Ivers
Mar 11, 2012 Maya Ivers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 08, 2017 Robjr73 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robert-mccammon
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
Sep 16, 2012 Brian Schwartz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is McCammon’s only volume of short stories. This volume includes:

Yellowjacket Summer

A 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.


A 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 City

Brad wakes up one morning and finds the wife
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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
The Basics

Blue 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 Thoughts

I 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 coup
Adam Wilson
Apr 02, 2010 Adam Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 C ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 30, 2013 Kevin Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, so good. And excellent mix of dark, light, and melancholy.
Sep 29, 2014 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.
Jan 17, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great set of stories by Robert R. McCammon! Love them all.
Jan 21, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Love, love, love this book. One of my all-time faves. Can't be faulted on any level.
Oct 24, 2010 Zombette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were some really great stories in this book. So many different kinds of horror.
Trev Twinem
Nov 30, 2016 Trev Twinem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection but why the long story? The only real problem I have with this enjoyable collection is the last story....Blue World. It is in fact more of a novella and in that respect is not a comfortable companion with the preceding 12 short stories, it upsets the complete rhythm of those that have gone before and whilst an interesting tale in its own way is totally out of context. It is the story of a priest John Lancaster who finds himself attracted to blue movie phenomenon Debra Rocks and ...more
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Robert Rick McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.

The sixth book in his Matthew Corbett historical fiction series, Freedom of the Mask, was published in May 2016.

The second book in the Trevor Lawson I Travel by Night series, Last Train from Perdition, will be published in October 20
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