Novels

Dragon Tears

Originally  Tick Tock / Split Second

Uncorrected Proof

Release Date: 1992
Format: Trade paperback in light blue wraps
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 377
States: Cover: “Uncorrected Proof for Limited Distribution”
First page: “These are uncorrected advance proofs bound for your reviewing convenience”
The cover states final book will have 384 pages and an ISBN of 0-399-13789-0 neither of which ended up being correct.

Trade Hardcover

Release Date: January 5, 1993
Copyright: Copyright © 1993 by Nkui, Inc.
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 379
ISBN-10: 0-399-13773-4
Cover Price: $22.95
States: “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10"

Lmited Hardcover

Release Date: January 5, 1993
Copyright: Copyright © 1993 by Nkui, Inc.
Slipcase, jacket, and frontspiece illustration © 1993 by Don Brautigan
Interior paintings © 1993 by Phil Parks
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 379
ISBN-10: 0-399-13789-0
Original List Price: $150.00
States: “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10"
Seven hundred copies, specially bound, have been signed by the author and numbered.
Book Design and composition by the Sarabande Press
Seven color plates (6 by Parks)
Marbled endpapers
Blue ink used for on title page and for section headings.

Book Club Edition

Release Date: January 1993
Format: Reprint of the trade hardcover edition
Page Count: 379
Book Club ID: #19418

Audio (Cassette)

Release Date: February 1993
Copyright: © 1993 Dean R. Koontz
℗ 1993 Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Read By: Jay O. Sanders
Length: RUNNING TIME: APPROX. 13 HOURS / THE COMPLETE BOOK ON EIGHT CASSETTES
ISBN-10: 0-671-86585-4
Cover Price: $29.95

Large Print

Release Date: May 1993
Copyright: Published in 1993 by arrangement with G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Page Count: 627

Hardcover

Original List Price:$22.95
ISBN:1-56054-666-2
States:No statement of printing

Trade Paperback

Original List Price:$14.95
ISBN:1-56054-881-9
States:No statement of printing

First Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: October 1993
Copyright: Copyright © 1993 by Nkui, Inc.
Publisher: Berkley
Page Count: 401
ISBN-10: 0-425-14003-2
Cover Price: $6.99
States: “Berkley edition / October 1993” and “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”

Audio (CD)

Release Date: February 2003
Copyright: © 1993 Dean R. Koontz
℗ 1993 Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Read By: Jay O. Sanders
Length: RUNNING TIME: APPROX. 12 HOURS [Eleven CDs, Unabridged]
ISBN-10: 0-7435-2904-9
Cover Price: $39.95

Second Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: January 2006
Copyright: Copyright © 1993 by Nkui, Inc.
“Afterword” copyright © 2006 by Dean Koontz
Publisher: Berkley
Page Count: 412
ISBN-10: 0-425-20843-5
Cover Price: $7.99
States: “35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25”
First printing containing an afterword by Dean.

Trade Paperback

Release Date: May 6, 2014
Copyright: Copyright © 1993 by Nkui, Inc.
“Afterword” copyright © 2006 by Dean Koontz
Publisher: Berkley
Page Count: 372
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-25377-9
Cover Price: $16.00
States: “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”

Notes

This was the first title to omit the “R.” from Dean R. Koontz. According to a letter from Dean to Jim Schendel, postmarked March 1999:
“When my publishers began to feature my name in large type on the book covers, on two lines instead of one, the “R.” dangling at the end of the first line was…well, bad design. So I asked them to drop it.”

A review and an ad for Dragon Tears appear on pages 16 and 30 respectively in The Overlook Connection #21, 1993.

“Barone heads for Channel” by Claudia Eller, Variety, 1993
”Channel [Productions] is developing a number of projects, including Mark Steven Johnson’s adaptation of Dean Koontz’s latest novel, ‘Dragon Tears.’”

Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections; Mystery Guild featured alternate. (Jan.)

Other editions

2016 Audio CD re-release
UK Headline HC
UK Headline PBK 6th Printing
UK Headline PBK 2nd Printing
UK Headline BCE
Russian HC
Brizillian TPBK
German paperback

Last updated on July 23rd, 2018