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Release Date: 1980
Publisher: Claire M. Smith, Harold Ober Assoc.

Stone auction description:

2 volumes. Vol. I: The Living and the Dead, pages 1-442; Vol. II: The Living and the Living Dead, pages 443-766 (printed on recto only). 11x8½, blue paper wrappers, each bound with "Acco" metal strip, typed paper cover labels, title and page numbers inked on the spines, custom plexi-glass slipcase with typed paper spine label. Xerox Typescript of the First Revised Draft.

Both volumes signed and inscribed by Koontz on the title page. Volume I: "To Art Stone - This is the revised submission draft including cutting of 34 pages per editorial suggestions. They insisted I cut 350 pages - but I thought that 10% of their requests was as much as deserved serious consideration! (They were not happy.) Best wishes, Dean R. Koontz, 2/5/86." Volume II: "See first volume for explanation - and for a hint of the author's rage. Best, Dean R. Koontz."

Trade Hardcover

Release Date: June 1980
Copyright: © 1980 by Dean R. Koontz
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 444
Cover Price: $12.95
States: No statement of printing
Other books list: Demon Seed, Hanging On, After the Last Race, Night Chills & The Vision

Book Club Edition

Release Date: 1980
Format: Reprint of hard cover edition
Page Count: 469
Book Club ID: #17999

Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: April 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 502
ISBN-10: 0-425-04707-5
Cover Price: $2.95
States: “Berkley edition / April 1981”
The 48th printing contains “a new afterword by the author”. This is the same text as the Foreword in the Signature Series edition.


The book is dedicated to “Rio and Battista Locatelli” owners of Battista’s Hole in the Wall restaurant of Las Vegas, Nevada. Dean wrote the liner notes for Battista’s record album. See: “Battista’s Hole In the Wall”

This was the last novel Dean wrote using a typewriter.

Other editions:

UK W.H. Allen Trade Hardcover
UK Star mass market paperback
Spanish Trade Paperback
French Mass Market Paperback
UK Headline Mass Market Paperback 4th printing
Danish Edition courtesy of Thomsen

Last updated on March 8th, 2018