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Boy’s Life Robert McCammon

Illustrated by David Palumbo
New Introduction by Robert McCammon

A coming of age masterpiece, Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon is a richly imagined, spellbinding tale of everlasting summer days filled with boyhood adventures, and interwoven with a murder mystery. 

Set against the backdrop of the 1960s South; Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson—a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake—and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father’s pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him. From an ancient mystic who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown. For his father’s sanity and his own life hang in the balance.

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, Boy’s Life was originally published in 1991 to wide critical acclaim. Book Page proclaims the novel “a tour de force of storytelling,” while Kirkus Reviews writes, “Strongly echoing the childhood-elegies of Stephen King and Ray Bradbury, and every bit their equal, Boy’s Life represents a brilliant blend of mystery and rich atmosphere, the finest work of one of today’s most accomplished writers.”

An unforgettable adventure steeped in nostalgia, Boy’s Life is a powerful reminder of the magic that exists in childhood and all that we confront on the way to adulthood.

About The Edition

The signed limited edition of Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon is presented in three states: Classic, Numbered and Lettered. The edition measures 6” x 9” and features six full color oil painting illustrations by David Palumbo. The edition includes Robert McCammon’s foreword to the 2008 edition, “Why I Wrote Boy’s Life”, as well as a new exclusive introduction by the author.

The text pages are set in Warbler and William Engraved with the Numbered and Lettered states printed letterpress by Max Koch and Bradley Hutchinson on a Heidelberg Cylinder in Austin, Texas. The Classic edition is printed offset, and the title page includes an additional spot color. The editions are printed on Cougar Natural, Mohawk Superfine, and mouldmade Arches Text papers.

The Classic edition is limited to 750 copies, and is the only edition to include a dust jacket illustrated by David Palumbo. It is a smyth-sewn full cloth binding with foil blocking on the cover. Endsheets are illustrated and the edition is housed in a slipcase covered in Coloretta cloth, a finely woven, two-toned cover material with a subtle, yet distinctive color gradient effect. Its color changes depending on the angle of view. This state is printed offset on Cougar Natural paper and is signed by the author and artist.

The Numbered edition of 250 copies is a quarter goatskin binding with a custom pattern design by Laura Serra printed on linen cloth covering the boards and a foil blocked leather label. The spine is Pentland Goatskin from J. Hewit & Sons. Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra and the head & tail bands are handmade with leather. The book is housed in a cloth covered clamshell enclosure with velour lined floors and a foil blocked leather spine label. A fold-out of the Classic edition endsheet & dust jacket illustration is included. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine and is signed by the author and artist.

The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a full goatskin binding with leather capped corners, and a foil blocked cover with a leather spine label. Endsheets are hand marbled for this edition by Claire Guillot in France, and the head & tail bands are handmade with leather. The clamshell enclosure is covered in European bookcloth with velour lined floors. This state is published in two volumes, with a paragraph from the text of the novel foil blocked in gold on the back covers. A fold-out of the Classic edition endsheet & dust jacket illustration is included. The edition is printed letterpress on mouldmade Arches Text, a beautiful wove watermarked paper, and is signed by the author and artist.

About the Author

Robert McCammon

Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of Boy’s Life and Gone South, among many critically acclaimed works of fiction, with millions of copies of his novels in print. He is a recipient of the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award, the Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention, and is a World Fantasy Award winner. He lives in Alabama.

About the Collaborators

David Palumbo

David Palumbo is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist known primarily for moody, painterly images in the fantasy and horror genre. In addition to hundreds of images created for popular brands such as Marvel and Magic: the Gathering, he has worked on over a dozen illustrated novels and has shown in art galleries from Los Angeles to Paris.

Matching Numbers & Letters

A Matching Pre-Order email is sent to owners of our previous publication, Good and Joyful Things with a designation of 1-250 at 9:00 A.M. PT on the day of announcement. If you did not receive the email, contact us here. If your order is not received before the deadline, your designated number or letter will be assigned to the new owner.

Order Limits

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Illustrations by David Palumbo

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