Watchers (DRK)

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Release Date: 1986
Stone auction description:
618 pp. (mechanically reproduced leaves printed on rectos only). 11x8½, loose sheets, housed inside custom plexi-glass slipcase with typed paper cover and spine labels. Final Revised Version of the Typed Manuscript, only three copies produced of this version.
Inscribed and signed by Koontz on the title page: "In spite of this hopeful inducement to editorial restraint, there were a few more changes after this.* Best, Dean R. Koontz, 1/24/87, * approved changes, of course."

Uncorrected Advance Proofs

Release Date: 1986
Copyright: Copyright © 1987 by Nkui, Inc.
Format: Trade paperback w/ trade hardcover cover art
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 352
Back cover lists a March 1987 release date.

Trade Hardcover

Release Date: February 1987
Copyright: Copyright © 1987 by Nkui, Inc.
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 352
ISBN-10: 0-399-13263-5
Cover Price: $17.95
States: “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10"
100,000 copy first printing

Book Club Edition

Release Date: February 1987
Format: Reprint of the trade hardcover edition
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 406
Book Club ID: #10749

Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: April 1988
Copyright: Copyright © 1987 by Nkui, Inc.
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 483
ISBN-10: 0-425-10746-9
Cover Price: $4.95
States: “Berkley edition / April 1998” and “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”

Audio (Cassette)

Release Date: November 1988
Copyright: © 1987 by Nkui, Inc
℗ 1988 by Brilliance Corporation
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Read By: J.C. Howe
Length: Contains 5 cassettes / 15 hours of listening (Unabridged)
ISBN-10: 0-930435-43-5
Original List Price: $21.95

Large Print

Release Date: 1991
Publisher: Thorndike~Magna

Trade Hardcover

Original List Price:$18.95 (listed on cover)

Trade Paperback





An excerpt from this novel appears in the book Love of Goldens as the story “A Mind of Its Own.”

From The Truth About Handguns: Exploding the Myths, Hype, and Misinformation by Duane Thomas
Paladin Press, 1997, p112, Chapter Nine “Gun Trivia”
”163. In the first paragraph of the Dean Koontz novel Watchers, on his 36th birthday Travis Cornell gets ready to go hiking through a rural canyon in Southern California. He takes with him only three things. Name them.”
The answer is given on page 118: “He took only a package of Oreo cookies, a large canteen full of orange-flavored Kool-Aid, and a fully loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Chief’s Special.”

Watchers is book number 87 in the book Thrillers: 100 Must Reads edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner (Oceanview, 2010). [see Appendix B]

Books – September 1987
p30: “…But the book is neither racy or realistic, neither potent nor practiced, despite the face that Koontz has apparently, been guilty of at least ten previous novels…”

Playboy – March 1989
“Books” by Digby Diehl
p33: “Ghost stories and other scary tales are always best when told out loud, which is why a novel such as The Silence of the Lambs (Audio Works), by Thomas Harris, works so well on tape. So does Watchers (Brilliance), by Dean R. Koontz. But for some real spine tingling, put your earphones on, turn off the lights and see how long you last with Prime Evil: A Taste for Blood (AudioWorks), with stories by Stephen King, Paul Hazel and Thomas Tessier, read by or Ed Begley, Jr. ”

Other editions:

Headline (UK) Proof
UK trade hardcover
Spanish trade paperback
Danish Edition courtesy of Thomsen

Last updated on April 9th, 2018