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Announcing October Dreams 2: A Celebration of Halloween From Cemetery Dance Publications!

August 8, 2014

October Dreams IIHi Folks!

We’re very pleased to announce we’re working on October Dreams II edited by Richard Chizmar & Robert Morrish, the long-awaited follow up to one of the most acclaimed Halloween anthologies ever!

Featuring Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, Robert Bloch, Stewart O’Nan, Glen Hirshberg, Joe R. Lansdale, Al Sarrantonio, Whitley Strieber, Lisa Morton, Matthew Costello, Elizabeth Massie, and dozens of others, this oversized volume will contain spooky Halloween short fiction, dozens of authors and artists recalling their own personal memories of Halloween, and essays detailing the “history” of Halloween.
Many of the contributing authors will also autograph the signed editions, which we don’t expect will last long considering the popularity of the original October Dreams and the low print runs we have planned for these special editions!
Special Note For Collectors:
For a very limited time only, we are also accepting orders for copies of the trade hardcover personally signed by the editors.  There is no extra charge for these copies and this offer will not last long!
About the Book:
The long-awaited follow up to one of the most acclaimed Halloween anthologies ever! This oversized volume will contain spooky Halloween short stories, dozens of authors and artists recalling their own personal memories of Halloween, and essays detailing the “history” of Halloween. Many of the contributing authors will also autograph the signed editions, which we don’t expect will last long considering the popularity of the original October Dreams and the low print runs we have planned for these special editions.

Dean’s contribution is “The Scariest Thing I Know.” Read more and order @ CemeteryDance.com.

Koontz digital comics

August 6, 2014

frankensteinfearnothingInterested in reading digital editions of the Fear Nothing graphic novel or the Frankenstein: Prodigal Son comics? You can find them on the Dark Horse Web site. (Yes, they were published by Dynamite, but Dark Horse is hosting the digital editions.)

Dean on writing his first book

August 5, 2014

Star QuestDean Koontz (first book Star Quest): I was teaching under Title III of the Appalachian Poverty Program and tutoring kids from families deep in poverty. And I was likewise deep in poverty. I thought, I don’t want to keep this forever because I was selling short stories. I wanted to write a novel, so I took a job at a regular school teaching English. I had been reading sci-fi from about when I was 11 or 12. It was the preponderance of what I had read and that’s what my short stories became, and I proceeded to write a novel called Star Quest the summer between those jobs. It was a pretty lame novel. It met the length requirements of a novel but it was like an expanded short story.

Read the full article @ BuzzFeed Books.

Dean's Worldwide Rights

August 3, 2014

This is the Dean Koontz page for the Lennart Sane Agency which, as far as I can tell from looking through the site, is the agency that represents Dean for worldwide (i.e. non-US) rights. (Warning: thir home page auto-plays music.)
Dean Koontz: Lennart Sane Agency

By the Book

July 28, 2014

As predicted, Dean was the interviewee for the By the Book column in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. It’s on page 7 if you’re following along.
By the Book - NYTBR 27 July 2014

Three forms of Innocence

July 28, 2014

I’m OCD about these things so you don’t have to be…
It turns out there are three versions/variations on the trade hard cover edition of Innocence.
All three of them contain the same information on their copyright pages listing an ISBN of 978-0-553-80803-2 as shown below.
Innocence HC Copyright Page
The first version, the one I’m calling the “standard” version, has a dust jacket with the UPC on the back listing the same ISBN as the copyright page and was not issued with an autograph sheet:
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Version #2 was sold online by Barnes & Noble. This one has a tipped in illustrated autograph page between the front free end paper and the half title. However the UPC on the back of the dust jacket does not match the one on the copyright page. This ISBN is 978-0-8041-7922-5.
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Version #3 was sold online by Target. It has the same illustrated autograph page along with the same ISBN on the copyright page as version #2, but the UPC is the same as version #1. It also has an “Autographed Copy” sticker affixed to the front of the dust jacket.
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So, which one is the “true first edition”? Sometimes even I’m not sure. However, considering the general availablity of version #1 and the limited availability of versions #2 & #3, I’m going with version #1 as the “true” first, even though technically all three are first editions. (After all, they all state “2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3 1” and “First Edition” on the copyright page…)

Third error found in The City ARC

July 21, 2014

Fellow obsessive Erick has found another error in the advance copy of The City. This time it’s a missing open quotation mark on page 347. This one was also fixed in the trade release.
The City ARC error p347

Best Books…chosen by Dean Koontz

July 21, 2014

2014.07.25 The WeekThe online article by Dean about his favorite books that I linked to yesterday will also be appearing in the 25 July 2014 print issue of The Week.
 

Dean Koontz's 5 favorite books

July 20, 2014

Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

  • In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers
  • The Color of Light by William Goldman
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Read the full article @ TheWeek.com.

First look @ Ask Anna

July 15, 2014

Yesterday I got my hands on an “Uncorrected Proof” of Ask Anna. Really it’s more of a promotional booklet at it contains just 12 pages including the front and back covers. Also, the proof lists a release date of 28 October 2104, while Amazon.com lists 7 October 2104. Looks like we’ll have to wait to see which is correct.
Ask Anna Proof Front   Ask Anna Proof Back

More Intensity

July 13, 2014

A while back I posted a gallery of my many editions of Intensity. Well, it turns out that through a conversation with Ted Armack, that I’d missed a few. So, here they are: three UK editions and one Russian.
Intensity - UK HEADLINE 4 PBK         Intensity - UK ARC       Intensity - UK 2 HC Intensity - RU HC

The Write House by Dean Koontz

July 12, 2014

Dean's Home (9)The Wall Street Journal published an article by Dean earlier this week regarding his home:

When real-estate values crashed in Southern California in 1991, my wife, Gerda, and I found an incredible opportunity in Newport Beach. We were able to buy 2½ acres on a bluff with unobstructed views of the Pacific.

After we closed, we spent the next four years with three different architects before we started building a house. When we finished, I became a more productive author, and today we enjoy our home so much that we rarely want to go out.

From the start, Gerda and I knew the house was going to take about seven years to finish. It was an insane undertaking for an author who writes six days a week, but eventually everything fell into place. I had been waiting my entire life to build a house that I would never want to leave.

Read the full essay @ WSJ.com.

The Best Baked Corn

July 12, 2014

Enjoy the Recipes of Rich and Famous Celebrities - Second EditionAs some of you may know Dean published the “Best Baked Corn” recipe in the December 19, 2010 issue of Parade Magazine. Needless to say, that isn’t one of the easier items to find these days. However, there’s now another way to get a copy of this recipe: just drop Nancy Huggins an e-mail ([email protected]) and ask to purchase a copy of her Enjoy the Recipes of Rich and Famous Celebrities – Second Edition for $24.99 plus shipping. Included within is Dean’s corn recipe and a brief accompanying essay, along with many other recipes form other authors, actors, and politicians ranging from Stephen King to Lady Bird Johnson.
For those looking for a little more information on the genesis of this cookbook, check out this article from The Beloit Daily News.

Detours Limited Edition Sold Out In 55 Hours!

July 11, 2014

DetoursWell, if you were putting off ordering your copy of Detours, you’re out of luck.

The 1000 copy signed Limited Edition of Detours sold out in just 55 hours, which is especially amazing since it was offered over a holiday weekend when book sales are almost always nil. Thanks to everyone for all of your support!

Source: BrianJamesFreeman.com.

A 1989 film version of Phantoms?

July 10, 2014

We’re all aware of the 1998 Ben Afleck film version of Phantoms. However, according to the IMDB trivia page for the film, there was a version in development almost a decade earlier:

An adaptation of Phantoms was originally set to be made in the late 1980s/early 1990s by New World Pictures & Allied Vision Entertainment but was shelved after New World filed for bankruptcy.

I’d read this previously but had not ever found any actual documentation for such a film. Well, I’ve got some now. This is a page from a “trade magazine” from 1989. Unfortunately, I don’t have any further details at this time but if I find any I’ll be sure to share.
Phantoms Film Ad 1989 1   Phantoms Film Ad 1989 2
 

That typo wasn't just in the print version

July 10, 2014

Just a quick follow-up on my recent mention of the typo in the print ARC of The City. I remembered I had a eBook version of the the ARC too so I took a look. Yep, it’s there in the electronic version too. Would someone be willing to let me know if it got fixed in the official eBook release? (I don’t generally buy those.)
The City ARC Typo

Happy Birthday Dean!

July 9, 2014

deankoontz_GBHappy 69th birthday Dean. Keep on writing!
 

Now on Facebook

July 3, 2014

Facebook iconIf you prefer you can now follow the book’s progress on Facebook. Even if you prefer to follow along here, if you are a Facebook user, please take a moment to like the page to help get the content out to more people. Thanks!

Obscure Koontz Essay to be Reprinted by Cemetery Dance

July 2, 2014

DetoursI had a little something to do with the Dean Koontz contribution to this volume. I’ll hold off explaining exactly how for a later post. Click on the cover (right) if you’d like to head on over to Cemetery Dance’s site to place your order.
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Detours
edited by Brian James Freeman
Cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin
Featuring Stephen King, William Peter Blatty, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Kelley Armstrong, Michael Koryta, David Morrell, Michael Marshall and Michael Marshall Smith, Chet Williamson, Poppy Z. Brite, Stewart O’Nan, and Owen King!
Featuring artwork by Mark Edward Geyer, Donn Albright, Erin S. Wells, Glenn Chadbourne, Will Renfro, Jill Bauman, Chris Odgers, Steve Gilberts, Alex McVey, and Keith Minnion!
Important Note for Collectors:
Both editions are signed by the editor and the artists, and there are no other editions planned at this time.
About the Book:
Every now and then your favorite author takes a detour while writing a new novel: a chapter gets chopped, a connected short story is dreamed up, an essay about the book’s origins is composed, or an oddity is created on a day off.
Collected here for the first time are detours by Stephen King, William Peter Blatty, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Kelley Armstrong, Michael Koryta, David Morrell, Michael Marshall and Michael Marshall Smith, Chet Williamson, Poppy Z. Brite, Stewart O’Nan, and Owen King.
Join these bestselling authors as they share the other works they wrote while they were writing the books you already know and love.
Table of Contents:
“Introduction” by Brian James Freeman
“Memory” by Stephen King
“When I was Twenty-four and Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” by Dean Koontz
“Peter and PTR: Two Deleted Prefaces and an Introduction” by Peter Straub
“An Abandoned Fragment” by Ray Bradbury
“The Hunt” by Kelley Armstrong
“Winter Takes All” by Michael Koryta
“Dead Image” by David Morrell
“The Curious Odyssey of James Deacon (AKA James Dean)”/ “Where Darkness is the Only Light” by David Morrell
“Spares: The Missing First Chapter” by Michael Marshall Smith
“The Straw Men: Excerpt from Ch. 29, First Draft” by Michael Marshall
“Ash Wednesday: The Missing Chapter” by Chet Williamson
“Lost Chapter From the First Draft of Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite
“The Ghost Ship: An Unfinished Manuscript” by Stewart O’Nan
“If There Were Demons Then Perhaps There Were Angels: William Peter Blatty’s Own Story of The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty
“The Curator” by Owen King
“A Night’s Work” by Clive Barker
 

Charnel House editions of The City now available for ordering

June 25, 2014

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