First Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: June 1970
Copyright: Copyright © 1970 by Cameo Library
Publisher: Cameo Books
Page Count: 192
SBN: 9CA-8063
Cover Price: $1.95
States: No statement of printing

Second Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: November 1989
Copyright: Copyright © June, 1970
Publisher: American Art Enterprises
Page Count: 192
SBN: SEX-125
Cover Price: $3.95
States: “Second Printing November, 1989”


The pseudonym used for this novel name was withheld from the Ramsland biography at Dean’s request.

The First Edition includes “ Gerda…”in the dedication. The dedication does not appear in the second edition.

From the afterword to “A Mouse in the Walls of the Global Village”:
“Next came a mainstream novel titled Hung (from the catchphrase “hung-up”) set in the present in the hippie subculture of a small university. I was trying to show that our world was already being compressed and what it was meaning to us. A war in Asia, for example, something we would once have been able to sweep under the rug (considering the country is a minor one), was setting moral reverberations around the world. This is a sign that McLuhan is on the right track. When Hung was finished, however, I knew I had still not said exactly what I felt about McLuhan’s prophecy-philosophy. Yes, it would require another story. A science fiction story. Thus came the piece you have just read.”

“In 1969, Dean agreed to have a small publisher publish two of his non-fiction works (one entitled THE SICK SOCIETY and the other entitled GOING UNDERGROUND) and two of his fiction works (one entitled HUNG and the other entitled TIGER 650). All four books were presented to the publisher as finished manuscripts and Dean fully expected for them to be published in the form submitted to the publisher. Unfortunately, all four books were put into production before Dean learned that the publisher had arranged, without Dean’s knowledge or consent, for them to be so completely rewritten that none of them, as published, bore much resemblance to the original manuscripts as submitted by Dean. Although he wasn’t able to stop publication, he did get the publisher to contractually agree to publish all four books under a pseudonym. The publisher further agreed to indemnify Dean against claims arising from the material added by the publisher: “Author and Publisher acknowledge that…the Work will be published with material changes from the original manuscripts of same, that the Publisher assumes all liability for the content of those new chapters and passages.” However, only one of the four books was published under a pen name- HUNG was published under the pen name Leonard Chris. THE SICK SOCIETY manuscript was published under the title PIG SOCIETY, the GOING UNDERGROUND manuscript was published under the title THE UNDERGROUND LIFESTYLES HANDBOOK, and the TIGER 650 manuscript was published under the title BOUNCE GIRL- all with Dean and Gerda Koontz as the credited authors, and therefore in breach of Dean’s contract with the publisher. Copyright Office files on all four of these books now reflects affidavits from Gerda and Dean stating that (1) Gerda did not participate in writing any portion of these books and (2) Dean disavows any claim of authorship or responsibility for the content of these four books due to the substantial nature of the unauthorized changes to his original manuscripts.”

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