Night Chills (DRK)


Release Date: 1975
Format: Trade paperback in plain blue wraps
Publisher: Atheneum
Page Count: 344 (last page number hand written)
States: "Unrevised proofs. Confidential." on front cover
Cover image courtesy of Paul Evans.

Trade Hardcover

Release Date: 1976
Copyright: © 1976 by Dean R. Koontz
Publisher: Atheneum
Page Count: 334
ISBN-10: 0-689-10660-2
Cover Price: $8.95
“Books by Dean R. Koontz: Night Chills (1976), After the Last Race (1974), Hanging On (1973)”

First Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: 1977
Publisher: Fawcett Publications
Page Count: 287
ISBN-10: 0-449-23087-2
Cover Price: $1.75
States: “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”

Second Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: March 1983
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 287
ISBN-10: 0-425-05852-2
Cover Price: $2.95
States: “Berkley edition /March 1983”

Large Print Hardcover

Release Date: December 1997
Publisher: Thomas T. Beeler
Page Count: 431
ISBN-10: 1-57490-107-9
Original List Price: $25.95
States: No statement of printing

The copyright page is the same in the US, UK, and Australian editions and contains the following text and ISBNs:

“Published in large print in 1997 by ISIS Publishing Ltd... and Australian Large Print Audio and Video Pty Ltd... with the permission of Headline Book Publishing Ltd... Published in the United States by arrangement with The Berkeley Publishing Group”
ISBN 1-86340-758-8 (ALPAV Pty Ltd) [Australia]
ISBN 0-7531-5576-1 (ISIS Publishing Ltd) [UK]
ISBN 1-57490-107-9 (Thomas T. Beeler, Publisher) [US]

Whether you have a US or UK/Australian edition have in hand can be identified but the publisher name and/or logo on the back cover and spine. However I have been unable to verify a method for determining the difference between the UK and Australian editions.


Book Challenges:

Listed as #25 of the 50 most banned/challenged book in the U.S. from 1990-1992.

Year                 Location                        Reason
1990:              Somerset, KY               Pornographic language and content
1991:               Fort Kent, ME                “Sexual imagery”
1992:               Bend, OR                      explicit sexual references

All three were in High School libraries and were initiated by parents.

Night Chills is unique in that it contains a bibliography at the end. While these may not be the exact editions of the titles that Dean read at the time, I made my best guess as to the edition available at the time. (I’m still missing a few.)



Other Editions:

W.H. Allen UK Hardcover
Headline UK Hardcover
Berkley Mass Market Paperback 25th printing
Berkley Mass Market Paperback 22nd printing
UK Star Mass Market Paperback 10th printing
UK 2017 small trade paperback
UK Headline mass market paperback – 18th printing
Russian hardcover
UK Large Print hardcover
Danish Edition courtesy of Thomsen


Night Chills is mentioned in Dean R. Lambe’s review of The Minotaur Factor by Stewart Stern on page 72 of Richard E. Geis’ Science Fiction Review #22 (August 1977).

Last updated on January 25th, 2021