This is the first and only Dean Koontz BCE that I have ever seen with two book club ID numbers on the back.
Release Date: January & April 2004
Publisher: Charnel House
“The book is an odd 12 inches high by 6 inches wide. The narrow text block is designed to resemble a bowling alley with page numbers on bowling pins at the top and lane markers at the bottom of the page. Each chapter opening initial capital letter is on a rolling bowling ball and the endleaves are score sheets. Seven custom type fonts and five spot hand drawings printed on luxurious 80lb. archival paper are used in the production of this book.”
“We have been working with the different options that are available in manufacturing the stainless steel for the lettered edition of ODD THOMAS and the book is now in production. After a prototype was constructed we decided against the fingerprint resistant coating. It was a great idea but it takes the mirror quality away from the steel. Cleaning directions will now be enclosed and we will even include a pair of white gloves for handling.”
The books did end up coming with a polishing cloth featuring the Charnel House logo and a pair of white gloves with “Odd Thomas” on one and “A Charnel House Book” on the other all within a plastic bag advertising Charnel House. Also included was a one-sheet regarding the steel finish, the gloves, and instructions on how to clean the book if necessary.
500 signed and numbered copies
“Bound and slipcased in German Iris Linen with a hand applied label inset along the foredge of the front cover.”
Original List Price:$150.00
26 signed and lettered copies
“Handbound in fingerprint resistant Diamond Quilted Stainless Steel custom made for this edition with a red Morocco leather spine stamped in silver, and housed in a hand made felt-lined slipcase.”
Lists the same printing date as the large trade paperback but is smaller in size and is listed the 11th printing of that edition. Unfortunately, since it was releases as a new printing and not as a new edition, all online resources cross reference this edition with the large edition, and I am therefore unable to determine an accurate release date.
States: “2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3 1” & “Bantam Books Mass Market Edition: May 2012”
Pages 450-463 contain chapter one of Odd Apocalypse.
The first chapter was printed in the first paperback printing of By the Light of the Moon.
This book was featured on the cover of The Literary Guild Insider. More details can be found in the ephemera appendix.
Odd Thomas was featured in Random House’s Library Bulletin which was included in the October 1, 2003 issue of Library Journal. More details can be found in the ephemera appendix.
This book mentions Caesar Zedd, Jr., the founder of “The Church of the Whispering Comet”. One would assume that this character is the son of the Caesar Zedd, writer of self-help books mentioned heavily in From the Corner of His Eye.