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Contest: Where have you seen this bug before?

October 22, 2017

Yesterday’s mail brought me a copy of The St. Louis Bug, a four-page b&w comic by Dean’s friend Vaughn Bodé, published in 1969 w/ a copyright of 1968.

On page four is this guy:

Recognize him? Where have you seen him before?
The first person to comment below (in this blog post, not on Facebook, Twitter, or any other platform) with the correct answer (be as specific as possible) will win a prize of their choosing from a pile of random Koontz items I have laying around.
Let the searching begin!

Charnel House editions of The Whispering Room now available for pre-order

October 20, 2017

The Charnel House Numbered Edition
Crafted by hand and signed by the author
250 Numbered copies, bound in Japanese silk jacquard
600 Pages
$300.00

The Charnel House Lettered Edition
Crafted by hand and signed by the author
26 Lettered copies, bound in full Morocco leather in the color(s) of your choice and stamped in 22kt gold
600 Pages
Available in choice of 4 colors: Hunter Green, Crimson, Chocolate, and Black
$1000.00
 
 

The Silent Corner paperback to be released on 31 October 2017

October 3, 2017

Click through to per-order via Amazon.

Watchers gets a mention in King's Sleeping Beauties

October 2, 2017

Dean Koontz mention in Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King, p135
p135

The Whispering Room ARC & Cover Change

September 13, 2017

This arrived in today’s mail…

The same day that Dean’s Facebook page announced this is will now be the cover of the book when it’s released.

I must admit this is the first cover change post-ARC that I’ve ever experienced. I’m sure it’s happened before to some book somewhere but it’s definitely rare.

Achievement Unlocked: A Visit to Shippensburg University

September 5, 2017

Early in August my wife and I took an epic road trip from Nebraska to New York, to New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, to Missouri then back home. Along the way we met old friends, possibly got filmed as part of a reality TV show, and did a lot of quilt and book shopping.
When cruising through Pennsylvania, I wondered out loud where Shippensburg, PA was knowing full well that the university library there had copies of The Reflector in their archives containing Dean’s earliest published works.  My wife looked it up and she said it was about 30 minutes away. What I thought she meant was it was 30 minutes off our route which would add an hour of travel time (plus the time spent at the university) to our trip and at this point of the trip I wasn’t looking to extend my driving that much. No, she corrected me, it’s about 30 minutes ahead of us on our current route, and just 10 miles off the highway. Well, that changed everything!

Next up was a call to a long-time acquaintance of mine, a fellow librarian on the campus. (Turns out he’d recently become the head of the library. Yes folks, personal networks come in handy.) He have us directions and made it to campus a short while later.

Our first stop was in the university archives to check out issues of The Reflector. I’ve had photocopies of Dean’s content for years, but to actually hold the issues in hand was a bit of an experience.

The next step was to verify something I’d already suspected. Dean did appear in the 1964 campus yearbook (I own a copy) but I did not know if he appeared in the ’65, ’66’ or ’67 (just for good measure) yearbooks. Those were brought out for me and I got to take a look. Theory confirmed, he’s not in there.

I was then asked if I wanted to see the Koontz items in special collections. I believe my response was literally “duh.” Turns out the library created the “Dean R. Koontz” collection a few years back containing the personal collection of OI. Richard Forsythe, Dean’s favorite English professor from his time on campus.


The library also kept material from a display put up for when Dean was back on campus years ago to give a talk. (I forgot to ask what year that was when I was there.) Here’s just one of the pieces from that display.

As if this visit hadn’t been exciting enough, I was then asked if I wanted to see the box of correspondence and other things. At this point I was pretty much babbling. Again here’s just a sample of the content of that box:
 
Like I said, the photos here are just a sample of what they had. I took many more, but I’m saving those for later.  Needless to say, this happy accident was amazing and the staff of the library were nothing short of gracious, helpful, and understanding of my excitement especially Melanie Reed who I look forward to working with the future regarding their collection.

Tobe Hooper, The Funhouse Director, Dies at 74

August 27, 2017

Filmmaker Tobe Hooper, best known for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, has died, according to Variety and other news sources. He was 74.
Born in Austin, Texas, Hooper made his first feature, Eggshells, in 1969, an odd, experimental film that is allegorical and, more than that, spacey and trippy. But it was The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that made him (in)famous. Long before I saw it, I remember reading a newspaper article in Los Angeles about a big, tough college football player who vomited during a screening and thought: ‘that’s a movie for me!’
Its horrors, of course, were more shocking in contrast to its era. Even as Hollywood was becoming (briefly) more serious about redefining mainstream filmmaking, Hooper and his colleagues painted a disarming picture about a house in rural Texas that looked bucolic on the outside, hiding truly unimaginable horrors within.
The film became a sensation and a foundation for horror movies to come. Hooper never escaped its shadow, but neither did Orson Welles escape the shadow of Citizen Kane, so it was not entirely a bad thing. Eaten Alive was a charming crudity about another hungry killing thing, Salem’s Lot was an acceptable if rudimentary TV version of Stephen King’s novel, and The Funhouse was a solid slasher.

Read the full article @ Screen Anarchy.

This Whispering Room to arrive in 2017?

July 23, 2017

The release date for The Silent Corner jumped around a few times and I’m hoping that doesn’t happen to the next book again but, I just received this from Amazon:

  Koontz, Dean “The Whispering Room: A Jane Hawk Novel”
Previous estimated arrival date: January 09, 2018
New estimated arrival date: November 21, 2017

Behind the scenes

July 20, 2017

I’ve posted various images of my collection on this blog over the years, and if you head on over to the project’s Facebook page you can find photos of pretty much everything in the collection; 2,000+ items.
However, I don’t general talk about the behind-the-scenes items; the archives & the research. Well, here’s some photos of relevant shelves, piles, and boxes in my home office just to give you some idea of what has, and will go, into this multi-decade project.

Various oversize reference items along with archival items that don’t fit in standard boxes, and a few promo items in the Random House envelope.

The narrow boxed on the left contain vinyl records and laserdiscs. The binders contain decades worth of printouts from articles, to library catalog records, to interview citations and more.

The file boxes… Top left: pulps. Top right: comics & comic-sized things. Middle right: Fanzines. The other three boxes are all magazines. (Soon I’m going to need a fourth magazine box.)

The “research & reference” shelf. This is material that needs more work or I refer to on a regular basis. Left to right: Vaughn Bode material, research, research, Reflector copies, Fanzine scans & photocopies, “adult” material research, reference books, Usleess News issues, and a binder full of items I know about but am still looking for.

Last but not least: The pile of “I need to add this to the book” items.

This obviously is just a small part of the whole, but it’s a peek behind the scenes that pretty much one one’s ever seen outside of immediate friends and family.
If you’ve got a question about any of it, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to clarify.
 

Happy 72nd Birthday Dean!

July 9, 2017

Black River: I'll Be Watching Over You

July 2, 2017

Black River: I’ll Be Watching Over You, Charnel House Numbered Edition

Black River: I’ll Be Watching Over You, Charnel House Lettered Edition

Some news & a correction:
According to Charnel House:

“Both states of BLACK RIVER, I’ll Be Watching Over You by Dean Koontz have been shipped. When Dean ends this series of novellas and novelettes Charnel House will issue a slipcase to house the entire series. There are few copies remaining of this title still available for purchase. Order now to own the first book of this series, you can then retain your number for the series.”

Shown right  are my numbered edition and a friend’s lettered.
Regarding the lettered edition, my friend isn’t all that happy with it…

“Lettered Black River. . .MASSIVE disappointment. I paid $900 for this, it’s bound in 3/4 leather but otherwise identical to the numbered, no traycase, no slipcase even, no bonus material, nothing. It probably didn’t cost them much more to make and he’s charging $900 per copy.”

I only have a few Charnel House lettered edition personally, mostly due to cost, but I’ve been happy with every one of them. In this case, I might have to agree.
Lastly, the correction:
Black River: I’ll Be Watching Over You is not a sequel to the original “Black River” novella from 1999, it is “Black River” just re-titled. The future novellas in this series will be the sequels.

The City #119

June 23, 2017

Also in today’s mail: The City, copy #119 of 150 from Charnel House.

The Silent Corner – Barnes & Noble autographed edition (take 1)

June 23, 2017


Today I received my autographed copy of The Silent Corner from Barnes & Noble. Like previously autographed B&N copies, this one is a typical trade hardcover edition with a tipped-in autograph page and a different ISBN on the dust jacket; 9781101966198 in this case.
 

But, when I went to verify that, as with previous editions of this type, the ISBN on the copyright page is the same as the standard trade hardcover(9780345545992) I was in for a bit of a shock…
The first page after the autograph sheet is page 423, not a half title, full title, or copyright page. Continuing to flip through the book I found pages 424-452 then the “About the author” page. Next up: page 23 through the correctly placed pages 423-452 & “About the author.”



What it looks like is that the first signature has been accidentally replaced with the last signature; a total mis-binding of pages. (Please click on the link on the first “signature” in this paragraph if you’re not familiar with this term from the book binding world since what I don’t mean in this case is an autograph.)
In the end, I’ve ordered another copy and here’s hoping that this is a one-off and not something that was carried through a whole print run.
Of course, if anyone else has a copy like this, I’d love to know about it.

Dean talks about Jane Hawk

May 23, 2017



 

Silent Corner promo video

May 10, 2017

Two more Chinese editions added to my collection

May 8, 2017

The Whispering Room release date & pre-order

April 30, 2017

Amazon.com has The Whispering Room, the second Jane Hawk novel & sequel to The Silent Corner, up for pre-order with a release date of 9 January 2018. Both HC and Kindle editions are available.

Jane Hawk—fiction’s most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine—continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner.
“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.”
These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun—just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.
In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide—and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals—Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But these ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue—and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive—in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.
Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.

Charnel House news

April 26, 2017

The Charnel House news page is reporting the following two items:

THE SILENT CORNER by Dean Koontz is in pre-order for a July release.
BLACK RIVER, I’ll Be Watching Over Yo by Dean Koontz is at the printer and due at the bindery in May for a June release.

Signed copies of The Silent Corner

April 17, 2017

Much later in the game that has been typical for the past several new titles, Barnes & Noble now has signed copies of The Silent Corner up for pre-order. No word yet from Target.

Another move of The Silent Corner release date

March 26, 2017

Today Amazon sent me the following shipping update:

Koontz, Dean “The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense”
Estimated arrival date: June 20, 2017