John Hannifin, R.I.P.

John Hannifin, Photograph by Peter JosyphSociety member Wes Morgan, our resident Knoxville expert, tells us that John Hannifin passed away on April 25, and he was interred yesterday at Calvary Cemetery.

Fans of Suttree may remember Hannifin as Big Frig; he appears a few times in the novel. See pages 192 and 456 in the Vintage edition.

You can view the obituary here.

Thanks to Peter Josyph for the image that accompanies this piece.

Forum Tweak Implemented

Since I can’t make our forums run in reverse chronological order, I’ve added pagination so that you won’t have to scroll through all the posts to get to the end.

It’s a simple solution, and it may not work, but please let me know if it’s an improvement.

I have also (just now) added some limited last post read functionality. I’ll probably be playing with that over the next few weeks, but notice the little arrow to the right of each topic. That means you have unread posts there. Play around and see how it works for you.

I’m looking to add a mark all topics read button or the like, but not sure how that works just yet.

TLS Reviews McCarthy Books by Frye, Josyph

In the March 28 edition of The Times Literary Supplement, Peter Quinn tackles two recent works of McCarthy scholarship: Peter Josyph’s Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy without walls and The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy, edited by Society President Steven Frye. Quinn’s review, “Art of Burnt Wood” is not freely available, but he has positive thoughts about both works.

Both books are available via our association with

Bookshop Experiencing Problems

Update: We believe the recent bookshop issues have been resolved.

If you experience any problem with the bookshop, please drop me an email.

The Sunset Limited to be Staged at Centre College

As Rick Wallach mentioned earlier today on the Forum:

In January 2014, Stacey Peebles is teaching a three-week McCarthy-intensive course at Centre College, and in association with that class, she’s arranging a production of The Sunset Limited. The show will run for three nights, January 16-18, in Weisiger Theatre, a 360-seat theater-in-the-round on campus. Peter Josyph will star as White, and Stephen Dupree (who played the role in Knoxville, winning the approval of Wesley Morgan and Dennis McCarthy) will star as Black. Patrick Kagan-Moore, a Centre drama prof, will direct, and Centre students will crew the show. Stacey got the idea when watching [Kagan-Moore’s] production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, which has a few distinctly McCarthyesque touches. Tickets will likely be priced at $10.

Centre College is in Danville, Kentucky, about 45 minutes south of Lexington. If you’re fond of bourbon and/or horses in addition to star-studded McCarthy plays, it’s a nice place to visit.

I should also take a moment to plug another production of The Sunset Limited, which is currently running in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Fridays and Saturdays through October 13; for more details, visit Piano Man Pictures or the production’s Facebook page.

Cormac McCarthy Society Announces Third Casebook Volume

First, a bit of housekeeping: All of the pre-ordered copies of They Rode On have now been shipped, so if you haven’t already received yours—especially if you’re in Canada or overseas—check your mailbox this week on this side of either pond and anytime from early next week onward on the other. We’re sorry about the formatting-software related production delays that slowed this volume, but we’re confident that you’re going to feel it was well worth the wait. We’re grateful, needless to say, for your loyalty and patience.

Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses

Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

Now, on to the subject of this post: We will release the third volume in our casebook series—Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses—in time for Christmas (we’re shooting for early to mid-December). Derived largely from the Society’s 20th Anniversary Conference at Berea College last March, this casebook takes a long, hard look at Cormac McCarthy’s most beloved novel. We have rounded up a nonpareil team of established scholars, uniquely perceptive newcomers, and iconoclastic professional writers to treat this important work from as many interesting, provocative, and entertaining perspectives as we can fit between its covers.

As we have for the first two volumes in the series, we are making the new volume available at a pre-publication discount. Until the end of November, prices are US$28.50 for members and US$33.00 for non-members for the paperback edition. The hardcover will be US$51.00 for members and US$56.00 for non-members.

In December, the retail price will increase to US$35.00 for members and US$40.00 for non-members for the paperback; members will pay US$60.00 and non-members will pay US$65.00 for the hardcover.

Blood Meridian Casebooks Arriving Soon

They Rode On: Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West

They Rode On: Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West

We are expecting to receive the Blood Meridian casebooks this week, so we have ended preorder pricing effective immediately. For those of you who want a copy of the book but still haven’t ordered, here’s a link.

Site Functionality Restored (Sort Of)

Well, after a day or so of outage/outrage, we’re back up and running again.

Sadly, on account of someone’s deleting the main admin account, the site had to be restored from backup. And that means we’ve lost about a week of Forum posts.

Also, we lost the Sydney Conference Info, but it has ben reconstructed.

Apologies for the missing posts; the person responsible has been dealt with severely.

Cormac McCarthy Turns 80

The year Cormac McCarthy was born, FM radio and the stereo record were invented.

The source for the above happens to incorrectly cite 1936 as the year Samuel Colt patented the Colt revolver. Even though the Colt was invented 97 years before McCarthy was born and not when he was three, McCarthy would certainly make good use of the Colt (and any other weapons found lying about) in Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West.

On Cormac McCarthy’s birthday in 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

I had thought to mention a few things that weren’t invented when McCarthy was born, but you can look those things up easily. Instead, I’ll say that Cormac McCarthy turns 80 with one of the most anticipated works of his career, The Counselor, only months away from release.

His next novel (as much as these things can be predicted), The Passenger, may not be far off. Ditto the filmed adaptation of Child of God.

We hear he’s working on at least three other novels.

For Cormac McCarthy at 80, slowing down doesn’t appear to be the plan. We wish him happy birthday, good health, and continued success.

Society’s Blood Meridian Casebook Available for Preorder

The Cormac McCarthy Society is pleased to announce that the second volume in its casebook series on Cormac McCarthy, They Rode On: Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West, is now available for preorder. We expect the book to arrive in mid June, but we are offering special preorder pricing through the end of May. The retail price will be US$5-10 more per copy, so we urge you to get your orders in soon.