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March 5, 2018

Both editions of The Silent Corner have been shipped. That is an actual badge mounted on the lettered copies. The Whispering Room is at the bindery and several weeks out from shipping. This is one very heavy volume, it is almost three inches thick. The choice of four leather colors for the lettered edition was an interesting experiment which gave collectors a hand in designing their own copy. The Crooked Staircase is next from Dean Koontz. This one should be interesting.

Source: CharnelHouse.com 2/22/18

The Whispering Room – Premium Paperback out on March 27th

March 3, 2018

Ricochet Joe MP3-CD

February 21, 2018

Despite having a listed release date of 27 March 2018, Amazon shipped my copy two days ago and it arrived this afternoon.

The Crooked Staircase ARCs

February 21, 2018

They’re out and starting to appear on eBay. Mine arrived yesterday.

Jane Hawk news

January 28, 2018

#1: The eARCs are starting to become available on various platforms. I just got mine!
#2: According to the eARC, the title of book four is The Forbidden Door.

Ricochet Joe out today

January 18, 2018

Can an ordinary guy make extraordinary choices in a battle between humanity and unearthly evil?

Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town—a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitation. In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him.

Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town like a crazy pinball. Portia tells of another reality, a reality more thrilling—and terrifying—than Joe ever imagined. Timeless, elemental forces of good and evil have come to the quiet town of Little City: a cosmic entity capable of infecting human beings, and the seeker who has chosen Joe to find it.

To stop the malevolent invader, this average Joe must be braver than he ever thought possible…and face the hardest decisions of his life.

Kindle eBook out now.
Audible audiobook out now.
MP3-CD audiobook out on 3/27/18

The National, November/December 2017

December 26, 2017

Got one!

Dean's art collection

December 23, 2017

I know that Dean owns a lot of art. Looks like this one piece in his collection…

Ricochet Joe

December 22, 2017

Can an ordinary guy make extraordinary choices in a battle between humanity and unearthly evil?
Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town—a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitation. In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him.
Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town like a crazy pinball. Portia tells of another reality, a reality more thrilling—and terrifying—than Joe ever imagined. Timeless, elemental forces of good and evil have come to the quiet town of Little City: a cosmic entity capable of infecting human beings, and the seeker who has chosen Joe to find it.
To stop the malevolent invader, this average Joe must be braver than he ever thought possible…and face the hardest decisions of his life.
Pre-order now for a 28 December 2017 release.
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The Crooked Staircase cover art released

December 19, 2017

The various ISBNs of The Whispering Room

December 10, 2017

Full story below.
TL;DR:
There are four different ISBNs for the trade hardcover of The Whispering Room. They are:
Version 1:
Bantam Trade Hardcover, ISBN: 9780345546807

Version 2:
Target Signed Hardcover, ISBN: 9780525486428

Version 3:
Barnes & Noble / Books-A-Million Online Signed Hardcover, ISBN: 9780525486411

Version 4:
Barnes & Noble In-store Signed Hardcover, ISBN: 9780525486244

The fun part is that they all share the same copyright page with the same ISBN that matches the one on the dust jacket of the un-signed trade hardcover…

The long version:
As with other recent titles like The City, Innocence, and The Sielent Corner, there have been pre-signed copies made available through Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Target. In previous cases, the B&N/BAM copies and the Target copies have each had their own custom ISBN on the dust jackets. This time (and hopefully not previously) there was seemingly another factor: in-store vs. online and Barnes & Noble (and maybe BAM too…?)
Here’s how I cam to discover this:
I pre-ordered everything online. I managed to mistakenly order two copies of the B&N/BAM edition from B&N so when they both arrived I figured that I’d just return one of them for a refund. But, I also noticed that neither of my online-ordered copies had “signed copy” stickers on them and, for maybe the first time ever, I was disappointed in their not being a sticker on the book.
But, I had seen signed copies in my local B&N with stickers so now I wanted to return both of my un-stickered copies and get one w/ a sticker. One return, one exchange. Not wanting to try to explain all of this to my friendly neighborhood bookseller, I figured I’d make two trips, the first for an exchange, the second for a return.
But first I called one of the local stores to make sure they stll had signed copies on hand. I was told they did not, and that no other stored in town did either. Well, I guess I’d return on on this trip, then the other on another trip.  So off to B&N I went…
When I arrived, I took a chance and looked on the front-of-store octagon and found five signed copies! (Bookseller fail.) So, I’m back to my original exchange plan. Signed & sitickered copy in one hand, signed un-stickered copy & receipt in the other, I headed for the cashwrap. A simple exchange the I and the bookseller assumed. But wait! The ISBNs don’t match! (Ok, now my collector’s Spidey-sense is tingling but I’m not going to try to explain this to the bookseller. It’s already too complicated.)
Manager called & more confusion ensues. In the end I get my in-store, signed, and stickered copy and I still have a signed, un-stickered, online copy. Two different ISBNs on the dust jackets. All because I accidentally ordered to copies online in the first place.
(As a follow-up I did find a signed copy in a Target and its ISBN matched the one I ordered online.)
However, I can’t confirm that all online copies weren’t stickered, nor can I confirm that all in-store copies were, nor whether Books-A-Million stores had yet another ISBN. (Thinking no but I no longer have one within a reasonable driving distance to check.)
In the end, here’s hoping that the previous titles didn’t have a unique B&N in-store ISBN as I really don’t want to have to go hunting for copies.
If you know something I don’t about all this, please, as always, leave a comment.

Dean Koontz and the Russian on the Train

December 6, 2017

The December 2017 / January 2018 issue of Amtrak’s magazine The National contains a new essay by Dean titled “Dean Koontz and the Russian on the Train” about the inspiration behind House of Thunder.
Here’s just a sample:

On one occasion, making the journey alone, I found myself seated beside a personable Russian dressed in a sharp blue suit. I wore bellbottom jeans with decorative buttons, a psychedelic shirt and a suede jacket with fringe. The spirit of the late ’60s still inebriated the nation. A few others on the train looked as foolish as I did, and my Russian seatmate wasn’t put off by my outfit.
Leonid spoke fluent, accented English and was an excellent conversationalist. When riding a train, I usually enjoyed the scenery or read a magazine. Leonid wasn’t the first interesting traveler I’d met, but certainly the most engaging. When he learned I was a writer, he declared, “I have a wonderful story idea for you.”

Luckily, you can read the whole thing online at AmtrakTheNational.com.

The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room Charnel House Updates

December 4, 2017

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz is at the bindery and should ship at the end of December. I am sorry for the long delay on this title. Greg Campbell has bound the Charnel House editions by hand for the past couple of decades and I felt it a prudent decision to wait for him to set up shop in his new location.That said, these books don’t like to adhere to the schedules I set for them. This title fought me tooth and nail and I would like to thank my customers who have had great patience with me as well as the want of a fine hand made book. A pre-order E-blast will go out later this month for The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz which is already in production.

Source: Charnel House

Amazon Launching "Single Sitting" Imprint; Koontz to be included

December 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 — Amazon has revealed a new publishing imprint focusing on fiction and non-fiction works that can be read in a single sitting, beginning with a story by Joyce Carol Oates and the story that inspired the Amazon Studios film Crown Heights.

W. Kamau Bell, Jade Chang, Eddie Huang, Janice Y.K. Lee, Walter Kirn, Dean Koontz, Wednesday Martin, Nick McDonell, Harold Schechter, Dan Slater, Dodai Stewart and Susan Straight will be among the other authors to contribute stories to the new imprint.

Read more at Maylay Online.

A Mr. Murder film starring Bruce Willis?

December 3, 2017

Here’s an intersting excerpt from Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories edited byPeter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman

Chapter 3: The Marketplace of Ideas

“MICHAEL WOLK: I had many experiences in Hollywood of not pitching original ideas, but of going into meetings with producers who had a property already and were looking for a way to ignite it. It was either something that had lain dormant for a while, or it was a new property, or a sequel they were trying to create, and they were pumping writers for ideas.
“I had a marvelous interaction with Dean Koontz, who is somewhat more popular than, let’s say, me. He had written a book called Mr. Murder, and it was being developed as a script for Bruce Willis. I really liked the book, and I had some great ideas how to make it better for the screen.
“I got down to the finals, and I was talking to Mr. Koontz himself over the phone. I was able to impart my story-making magic to Mr. Koontz, who listened. But in the end I was nixed for the job because, basically, Dean Koontz thought he’d written a pretty good story, and he didn’t think I’d written a better one.”

This fun little thing happened yesterday…

December 3, 2017

Buy a Zune get Black River

November 19, 2017

Ok, it was back in 2008, and that still wouldn’t have gotten me to buy a Zune but it turns out Dean’s Black River audiobook was part of a Microsoft Zune promotion…

Zune also now supports audiobook content from leading distributors including Audible Inc. Zune users can now explore more than 50,000 books, magazines and newspapers from more than 600 publishers and content providers at audible.com and sync it to their Zune. To commemorate the addition of audiobooks, Audible is offering all new and existing Zune owners a free copy of “Black River” by bestselling writer Dean Koontz.

Read the full press release @ news.microsoft.com.

The Whispering Room signed editions available for pre-order

November 16, 2017

As with many of Dean’s recent books, both Barnes & Noble and Target are offering pre-signed copies yet again. Currently they’re available for $19.04 and $21 .00 respectively.

Update: Books-A-Million is also offering signed editions which have the same ISBN as the B&N edition.

Jane Hawk #3 title, draft cover art, and release date

November 5, 2017

Looks like book #3 is going to be titled The Crooked Staircase and is scheduled to be released on 8 May 2018.
From Amazon:
Jane Hawk—who dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room—faces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime in this electrifying new thriller by #1  New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.
“I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead.”
Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom—and free will—of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was.
Jane’s ruthless pursuers can’t stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

Looking for an eARC of The Whispering Room

November 5, 2017

Click the cover to request your eARC from NetGalley.

New to NetGalley? No problem! Just sign up for a reviewer or media professional account using the email that received this message. NetGalley delivers secure electronic review copies to many devices, including Kindles, Nooks, iPads, PCs and more—make sure to check out the handy FAQ before you download, but if you have any troubleshooting questions, feel free to contact me directly or email [email protected].

[Side note: The original eARC from NetGalley has the original cover. They’ve since updated it to have the new cover.]