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What do editors mean when they say… "Sorry, but, the motivation is missing?"

November 5, 2015

The days of finding one of those more obscure, yet known items that I don’t already have are getting further and further apart. However I get to reset that particular clock with the arrival of this little gem form 1969 containing the essay mentioned in the title of this post.
Writer's Digest March 1969

The City UK ARC

August 20, 2015

Arrived in today’s mail.
The City UK ARC

In today's mail…

April 13, 2015

2015-04-13 18.37.27
Hideaway film Press Kit

2015-04-13 18.34.38
Dragonfly by K.R. Dwyer, Thriller Book Club UK BCE

Femme Fatales, December 1997, Rose McGowan article mentioning Phantoms
2015-04-13 18.34.22
Dragonfly by K.R. Dwyer, Sphere UK PBK

Femme Fatales, December 1997, Rose McGowan article mentioning Phantoms

The Godzilla Box

April 9, 2015

Godzilla Box (1)It’s not in the greatest shape but I finally got my hands on one of the most obscure Koontz items I’ve been missing since it was released back in 1994: Megadeth’s Godzilla Box. This promotional release of Megadeth’s Youthanasia album, rumored to be limited to just 100 copies, and so named for the essay “Godzilla versus Megadeth” by none other than Mr. Dean Koontz. At the time it was also published on the Megadeth Web site, and also printed in a press folder for the release, this is technically the “official” print version of this work. Oh, and look, though not in the greatest shape this copy is signed by two members of the band…
Godzila Box (2)
(If you do know any more about home many copies were officially released I’d love to talk to you about it. Just leave a comment.)

Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School, 1968

March 17, 2015

Guess who was teaching English there in 1968…
Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Yearbook 1968
Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Yearbook 1968 (1) Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Yearbook 1968 (2) Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Yearbook 1968 (3)

Now my Book of Counted Sorrows set is complete! Or is it?

March 15, 2015

Back in September I posted a photo of my “complete set” of The Book of Counted Sorrows editions. I need to stop saying that any part if my collection is “complete.” (Just as much as people need to stop claiming “I’ve read everything Dean’s ever written/published.”) Because, recently I found, and was able to obtain this:
Book of Counted Sorrows B&N ebook ARC
This is a printed trade paperback advance reader’s copy / uncorrected proof of the Barnes & Noble ebook edition from 2001. Yes folks, this is a printed ARC for an ebook from 2001!
Just to let you know, in my day job I’m heavily into ebooks and ereaders, the issues involved with them, and training people how to use them. Forget back in 2001 when ebooks were just a twinkle in the reader’s eye, even today, a print ARC of an ebook is practically unheard of.
This has got to be one of the most obscure items I have in my collection.

Odd Apocalypse promotional item

March 21, 2014

Look what showed up in the mail today. Probably one of the most obscure items now in my collection. A poster tube from the 2012 San Diego Comic Con promoting Odd Apocalypse.
Odd Apocalypse SDCC 2012 Poster Tube (2)
Odd Apocalypse SDCC 2012 Poster Tube (3) Odd Apocalypse SDCC 2012 Poster Tube (4)

Odd Apocalypse SDCC 2012 Poster Tube (1)

Dean on beta

March 16, 2014

Just picked myself up a copy of Demon Seed on beta. Looks like Watchers was the only other film released on beta and I have a line on a copy or two. On the laserdisc front, I just discovered that Phantoms was released in that format so I’m on the look out for one of those too.

Two recent additions to my collection

March 6, 2014

Cold Fire PROOF Stranegrs PROOF

Twilight Eyes Uncorrected Proof found

December 11, 2013

Twilight Eyes Revised - ProofIt isn’t often that I found an old Koontz item that I was previously unaware of. Recently, that has actually happened. I now have in my possession of a 1987 uncorrected proof of Twilight Eyes. Here’s why I’m considering this a significant find and how I’ve missed it previously:
First, publishers generally don’t print ARCs or proofs for mass market paperbacks. With the exception of the previously limited hard cover of the first half of the novel by Land of Enchantment and a hardcover of the full novel in the UK, this was a “original” mass market paperback in the US. The only other Koontz mass market ARC I can recall off the top of my head was The Funhouse by Owen West. This just wasn’t, and still isn’t, done very much.

Second, unlike the ARC of West’s The Funhouse, this proof isn’t printed in the mass market size. This one’s printed in the smaller (8.25″x5.25″) trade paperback size yet with the same pagination (or at least page numbers: 451) as the first mass market printing. Honestly, I’ve never seen this before. (I’m not saying it’s never happened before but in all my time book selling and collecting, I’ve never seen a size miss-match like this.)
Third, and lastly, I’ve never seen one of these for sale before this one. I’ve been haunting the Dean Koontz marker for more than 25 years, and this is the first one I’ve ever seen for sale. It’s not like I’ve been out-bid previously, or knew of one that was outside of my budget. This is the only copy that I’ve ever know of.
So, welcome to my life. Just when I think I’ve seen them all, something magically appears. Ah, the joy of collecting Dean Koontz!

Found: Page count for the ARC of Odd Is On Our Side

August 4, 2012

Just found out there was an ARC released forOdd Is On Our Side. I can assume, as in most cases, the page count is the same as the trade release but I’d like to get a confirmation of that from someone who owns a copy.
I have confirmed that the ARC has the same page count as the trade release.

Spring 2005 issue of Useless News

July 11, 2012

I seem to be lacking the Spring 2005 issue of Useless News. Anyone care to send me a scanned copy?
2018: Found one!

Found: Prisoners & Other Stories publication date & prices

July 7, 2012

Prisoners & Other Stories by Ed Gorman was published by Cemetery Dance in 1992. However,the year is the most specific information I have. Also, there were two limited editions published but the both list the same cover price as the trade hardcover. I’m assuming they actually had a different original list price. (Dean wrote the afterword.)

Found: "Hostage Situation" New York Times details

March 18, 2012

“Hostage Situation”

by Dean Koontz

Original title of “Body of Work”

New York Times

June 14, 2009


Useless News

Summer 2009


Found: Publication date for “Advice to Collector’s from Dean Koontz”

March 18, 2012

“Advice to Collector’s from Dean Koontz” was a letter from Dean published Locus magazine. I’m looking for the publication date of that issue.

According to the Speculative Fiction Database it’s the December 1997 issuse #443. I’ve ordered a copy so that will give me the page number(s) of the letter.

Found: Cemetery Dance #34 publication date

March 11, 2012

Cemetery Dance Magazine Issue #34, which contains “Richard Laymon: An Appreciation” was published in 2001 but the issue does not mention in which month it was published.
Answer: March 2001
Thanks to Brian Freeman over at Cemetery Dance for this one.

Found: 77 Shadow Street Charnel House pagination & ISBNs

March 11, 2012

I’m looking for the page count and the ISBNs for both Charnel House editions of 77 Shadow Street.
Update 12/27/12:
Charnel House has provided me with the needed information.

Found: A Big Little Life large print statement

March 11, 2012

Large Print Hardcover
August 25, 2009
Copyright © 2009 by Dean Koontz
Thorndike Press
ISBN: 978-1-41041948-4
Cover Price: $32.95
States: “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 13 12 11 10 09”

Found: Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers: Second Edition original list price

March 11, 2012

Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers: Second Edition
June 1985
Edited by John M. Reilly
© St. James Press 1985
St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 0-312-82418-1
Cover Price: Not stated
Original List Price: unknown
No statement of printing
Update 12/27/12:
I’ve found several reviews from the time of it’s publication which have listed a selling price of $69.95.

Found: Husband, Charnel House editions date & original list prices

March 11, 2012

The Charnel House editions of The Husband were published in 2006. Does anyone have a more specific publication date(s)?
I’m also looking for the original list prices of both editions.
Update 12/27/12:
Joe @ Charnel House has supplied me with the answers to these questions.