May 7, 2018
Welcome to the brand new online version of The Collector’s Guide to Dean Koontz!
What makes this version different than the previous two?
- This isn’t just a blog. The blog continues as part of this site, but there is SO MUCH MORE.
- This site contains the content of what was going to be in the many-years-late print book from Cemetery Dance Publications. There still may be a book someday, not for now, it’s all available to you, for free, here on this site.
Though today is the official launch date, there’s still a lot of content that’s not on the site yet. As of today, I’ve entered everything from G-Z with some exceptions.
For those of you that like stats, at the time of this post there are 445 guide entries containing 1,044 individual editions and the site as a whole has 1,270 images. By my estimates, only about 50% of the content is in the site right now.
Feel free to comment, submit new content, I just ask that you first read Noah Mitchell’s Foreword, my Introduction, the About the Guide page, and the FAQ, before asking too many questions. There are a lot of answers already on those pages.
August 18, 2018
In 2018, we’re presenting our take on the 100 best thrillers of all time, spanning the best psychological thrillers, crime novels, and mysteries. Of course, we know that this list doesn’t cover every top-notch thriller out there, so let us know in the comments what suspense novels are your all-time favorites.
After over two decades in the trenches of sci-fi and horror fiction, Koontz earned his first hardcover bestseller with 1986’s Strangers, which revolves around a band of individuals who find themselves drawn to a motel in the Nevada desert from thousands of miles apart, united in an escalating sense of terror which manifests differently in each of them. This page-turner signifies the moment when Koontz announced himself to the mainstream as an indisputable authority on the art of building suspense.
August 17, 2018
Who doesn’t love a good scary story, something to send a chill across your skin in the middle of summer’s heat? And this year, we’re celebrating the 200th birthday of one of the most famous scary stories of all time: Frankenstein — so a few months ago, we asked you to nominate your favorite horror novels and stories, and then we assembled an expert panel of judges to take your 7000 nominations and turn them into a final, curated list of 100 spine-tingling favorites for all kinds of readers. Want to scar your children for life? We can help. Want to dig into the dark, slimy roots of horror? We’ve got you covered.SUMMER READER POLL 2018: HORRORIt’s Aliiiiiive! This Year, Our Summer Reader Poll Is All About HorrorSUMMER READER POLL 2018: HORRORSummer Horror Poll: Meet Our Expert Panelists!SUMMER READER POLL 2018: HORRORH. P. Lovecraft And The Shadow Over Horror.
As with our other reader polls, this isn’t meant to be a ranked or comprehensive list — there are a few books you won’t see on it despite their popularity — some didn’t stand the test of time, some just didn’t catch our readers’ interest, and in some cases our judges would prefer you see the movie instead. (So no Jaws, sorry.) And there are a few titles that aren’t strictly horror, but at least have a toe in the dark water, or are commenting about horrific things, so our judges felt they deserved a place on the list.
August 16, 2018
— Dean Koontz (@deankoontz) August 15, 2018
August 14, 2018
Available in both CD and MP3-CD editions Darkest Desires contains the previously published “Last Light” and “Final Hour” novellas and the new “Troubled Times” novella all featuring Makani Hisoka-O’Brien.
August 13, 2018
A bunch more updates and and odds & ends this week. I did a bunch of under-the-hood work on the site too but nothing anyone would notice.
- Christmas Is Good!: Trixie’s Guide to a Happy Holiday Trade hardcover image
- Esquire, March 1996 to Appendix G
- From the Corner of His Eye CD image & details
- The Funhouse VHS image
- Icebound Audiobook CD & MP3-CD
- Additional images for the lettered edition of Lightning along with some details from the publisher about the lightning bolts on the cover.
- Koontz Lizard images in Appendix G
- Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta to Appendix D
August 6, 2018
Due to multiple appointments this week and an overly rough week at the office, I’m back to a bunch of odds & ends this week.
- The Crooked Staircase related items & other editions
- Dark Rivers of the Heart lettered edition photo
- The Horror Express #3 to Appendix G: Ephemera
- The Night Window (first cover image)
- Lightning lettered edition photo
- Watchers audiobook mention in Playboy
Special shout outs to Noah Mitchell for the photo of his copy of the lettered Charnel House edition of Dark Rivers of the Heart and to David Teal for giving me such a wonderful deal on the lettered Lightning I posted last week.
August 6, 2018
According to The Real Book Spy, the release date for the fifth Jane Hawk novel, The Night Window is 14 March 2019. I have yet to confirm this via any other source. They’ve also posted the first image of the cover art that I’ve seen so far.
August 5, 2018
Sorry for the lack of a lot of advance notice, but on Tuesday 7 August 2018 Icebound will be release in both CD and MP3-CD audiobook formats.
August 5, 2018
All pre-signed, but this time the ISBN situation is unclear as B&N and BAM are listing their copies under the same ISBN, while Target isn’t listing an ISBN on their site. Details to follow of course.
August 2, 2018
Today I received what is my third copy of Harlan Ellison’s Mefisto in Onyx. Of which this is my second copy of the first printing of the trade edition. (Sadly, I’ve yet to add a limited edition to my collection.)
Why a second copy of this particular edition/printing you may ask? Well, it is an autographed by Mr. Ellison. So that’s cool.
But to be honest, I’ve got other signed Ellison’s in my collection so that wouldn’t have been enough to cause me to buy another copy. The real reason is what Harlan decided to do on the dedication page…
Looks like he decided to make an editorial correction. How cool is that?
August 1, 2018
One of the 26 copies of the lettered edition of Lightning from Ultramarine Publishing is now safely ensconced in my collection. Copy P to be exact.
July 30, 2018
- “Afterword to Dark Rivers of the Heart“
- Children of the Storm
- “Christmas Eve”
- “Christmas Secrets Revealed”
- “Cloistered Walls”
- “The Coming Blaylockian Age”
- “A Comedian in Hell”
- “Coonts, Not Koontz”
- “The Best Baked Corn”
- “Corny? You Bet”
- “Bruno” – Revised
- “Cosmic Sin”
- “The Crimson Witch”
- The Crimson Witch
- “A Crisis of Extraordinary Proportions”
- “The Crow Shrieker”
- Dance With the Devil
- The Dark of Summer
- Dark Rivers of the Heart
- “The Dark Side of Christmas”
- Darkfall (DRK)
- Darkfall (DK)
- Darkfall screenplay
- Darkness Comes
(Please take a look, this entry’s missing a lot of information.)
- “A Darkness in My Soul”
- A Darkness in My Soul
- The Darkest Evening of the Year (excerpt)
- “Darkness Under the Sun”
- “David Silva: Person of Mystery”
- “The Day”
- “The Day it Rained Frogs”
- The Door to December foreign editions
- Dragonfly foreign editions
With the exception of all the collections who’s titles start with “Dean” along with the Frankenstein novels who’s titles also start with “Dean,” the Ds are done. Also, all of the Deanna Dwyer novels are now listed.
July 23, 2018
No updates this week, just all new content.
- “Dean R. Koontz Comments”
- “Dean Koontz on Cultivating Story Ideas”
- “Dean Koontz on Gratitude”
- “Dean Koontz’s Five Favorite Books About Dogs”
- Demon Seed
- Demon Seed screenplay
- Demon Seed film
- Demon Seed – Revised Edition
- “Diligently Corrupting Young Minds”
- The Door to December by Richard Paige
- The Door to December by Leigh Nichols
- The Door to December – Revised Edition
- Dragon Tears
- Rescued by Peter Zheutlin in Appendix D
July 16, 2018
As promised I’m doing my best to get back to adding more complete entries from the backlog instead of just updates.
- Demon Child
- “Disappointing Vacation Destinations”
- “Dog Days”
- “The Dog Days of Summer Are June Through September”
- Dog Wisdom
- “Down in the Darkness” (Dean R. Koontz)
- “Down in the Darkness” (Dean Koontz)
- “Dragon in the Land”
- From the Corner of His Eye UK TPBK updated details & image
- One Door Away From Heaven CD
- Sole Survivor MP3-CD
July 10, 2018
August 28, 2018 and now up for pre-order on Amazon.
July 9, 2018
Looks like the next Jane Hawk book hit NetGalley today.
PS: With the old publication date…
July 9, 2018
Just a few odds & ends again as several other writing projects have taken priority recently. I will keep up adding new content and will do my best to get back to filling in the backlog just as soon as I can.
In the meantime, be sure to check out the double:bill entry linked to below. This is probably something you did not know about. Also the ad for The Pig Society is a pretty cool new find too.
- A Note to the Reader (Icebound) UK HC
- The Book of Counted Sorrows
- Lloyd Biggle, Jr.’s the double:bill SYMPOSIUM
- Ex Libris #7 in Appendix G
- Icebound UK HC (Updated image)
- Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell in Appendix D
- Ad for The Pig Society in The Berkely Barb
- The Whispering Room UK TPBK
July 9, 2018
Finally digging into The Forbidden Door and Dean is featuring another high-tech custom vehicle. This time the Rhino GX from US Specialty Vehicles.
July 9, 2018
July 1, 2018
Just got an update from Amazon:
Koontz, Dean "The Forbidden Door: A Jane Hawk Novel" Previous estimated arrival date: October 09, 2018 New estimated arrival date: September 11, 2018