Lightning (DRK)

Originally  Lightning Road

Uncorrected Proof

Release Date: 1987
Format: Trade paperback with plain blue-gray wraps
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 351
States: “These are uncorrected advance bound proofs…”
Text from trade dj flaps printed on page two.

Trade Hardcover

Release Date: January 1988
Copyright: Copyright © 1988 by Nkui, Inc.
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 351
ISBN-10: 0-399-13319-4
Cover Price: $18.95
States: “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10"

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Release Date: c. 1988
Format: Reprint of the trade hardcover edition
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Page Count: 687
Cover Price: Not stated

Trade Hardcover


Trade Paperback

Original List Price:$12.95

Book Club Edition

Release Date: January 1988
Format: Reprint of trade hardcover
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 309
Book Club ID: #11854

Limited Edition Hardcover

Release Date: 1988
Copyright: Copyright © 1988 by Nkui, Inc.
Publisher: Ultramarine Publishing
Page Count: 351
States: "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10"
Both Ultramarine editions use the same pages as the Putnam hardcover edition making the page numbering and statement of printings the same. Therefore, only the bindings and signature pages are unique to these editions.


200 signed and numbered copies
Bound in quarter brown leather & decorated boards by Denis Gouey.
Slipcased, issued without dust jacket.
Original List Price:$150.00


26 signed and lettered copies

Bound in full leather and signed by author.

The positioning and direction of the lightning bolts on the cover vary from copy to copy. This copy is letter P. You can see the covers of other some copies below.
"[The lettered state of Lightning] were done one by one, and I am sure that Denis [the binder] was fitting the design to the leather." -Chris Stephens, Ultramarine Press

Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: May 1989
Copyright: Copyright © 1988 by Nkui, Inc.
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 355
ISBN-10: 0-425-11580-1
Cover Price: $4.95
States: “Berkley edition / May 1989” and “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”

Audio (Cassette)

Release Date: 1988
Copyright: ©1988 Nkui, Inc
℗1988 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audioworks
Read By: Peter Marinker
Length: Abridged / RUNNING TIME: 180 MINUTES / 2 CASSETTES
ISBN-10: 0-671-65237-0
Cover Price: $14.95


An illustrated signature sheet was released along with an unknown number of copies of the Putnam trade hardcover edition.

Related items:

Lightning proof inscription to Gary Elswick
Illustrated signature sheet

Other copies of the lettered edition:

Copy T – Image courtesy of Noah Mitchell

Other editions:

Mass market paperback 8th printing
UK proof
UK Headline trade hardcover
UK book club edition
German Poema mass market paperback
German Heyne mass market paperback

For those thinking that the cover art on the Heyene edition looks familiar, in the US this piece by Rowena was used on the cover of Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck. (Sadly my copy has a sticker right in the middle of it.)

Last updated on September 30th, 2018