Novels

The Dark Symphony

Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: 1970
Copyright: Copyright © 1970 by Dean R. Koontz
Publisher: Lancer Books
Page Count: 205
SBN: 441-74621
Cover Price: 75¢
States: No statement of printing

Notes

Joanna Russ’ review of The Dark Symphony in the February 1971 issue of Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (p68) was not a positive one:

“…a silly, ritualistic adventure story of a Rebellious Hero in Repressive Society.

“…It will probably be morally corrupting to adolescents who take it seriously but it a so stripped-down an example of its kind that I can’t imagine anyone taking it seriously.

“…it’s unabashed trash and will do to prop up a table leg”

This review was mentioned in The Nasty Quote Book by Colin Jarman, Gramercy, 2001, p273
”Dean Koontz (b1945)
The Dark Symphony (1970) – It’s unabashed trash and will do to prop up a table leg. Joanna Russ, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1971).”

There is a review of The Dark Symphony in Richard E. Geis’ fanzine Science Fiction Review #39. Issue #40 includes a letter from John J. Pierce regarding that review.

 

The following paragraph appears on page 176 of Sharing by Richard Young (Barbizon Books, BB-502, 1973):
“They all arrived at Gracie and Denny’s large house at seven, and by eight-thirty everyone was chattering animatedly in the romantic light about law and rock music and art and science fiction (and wasn’t The Dark Symphony a really strange science fiction novel?) and painting portraits and the problems involved. . .”

Sharing was later republished as Gracie’s Busy Week by Henry Panzer and contains the same text. Shown right is the reprint edition of that title with a blurred cover due to the adult content of the cover photograph.

Sharing has also been released under the following titles/authors:

  • Share the Warm Flesh, Gracie Amber, Cameo 8054, 1970
  • Gracie’s Busy Week, Henry Panzer, Copenhagen, D-601, 1974
  • Gracie’s Busy Week, Henry Panzer, Danish, TP-18, 1974
  • Share the Warm Flesh, Jeff Michaels, Gourmet Editions, GED-138, 1982
Share the Warm Flesh by Jeff Michaels (Gourmet Editions)
Share the Warm Flesh by Gracie Amber (Cameo)
Gracie’s Busy Week by Henry Panzer (Danish Compact)

 

Last updated on April 1st, 2018