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The Collector’s Guide to Dean Koontz is now online!

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?

  1. This isn’t just a blog. The blog continues as part of this site, but there is SO MUCH MORE.
  2. 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.

In the weeks and months to come I’ll continue to enter more content slowly but surely. Be sure to keep an eye here, or on Facebook or Twitter for continuing news and new content announcements.

What’s New & Updated August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020

Keeping it simple with some odds & ends this week along with a new entry for “From the Desk of Dean.”

What’s New & Updated August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020

The Duke collection is done along with some other great fanzine issues. Which, has caused a cascade of new purchases leading to new forthcoming entries since, in the case of the Stuff entry, I’ve found more reviews that need to be added to the site. As those items start to arrive, I’ll of course get those entries created.

And, since the Duke material was both broken up into multiple updates, and some of the material didn’t merit their own entries, I did create this post which lists all of the items in the collection.

The Duke Locus Collection: What it contains

August 3, 2020

The wonderful librarians at Duke University were able to supply me with copies of the Dean Koontz material from the Locus Science Fiction Foundation Archives. While not every item gets it’s own entry, here’s the complete list of content for the record.

Source: Locus Science Fiction Foundation Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

What’s New & Updated July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

Four of the six letters from the Locus Science Fiction Foundation Archives are now up along with three new “From the Desk of Dean” columns. I was hoping to finish off the letters and get two other new surprises into this week but I just ran out of time. So, I’ll just tease them for next week.

What’s New & Updated July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

Haven’t lined everything up yet for the letters from the Locus Collection but have I got some real goodies for you this week regardless including a 1970s proof and some original artwork that was way out of my budget.

Elsewhere ARCs have been released

July 16, 2020

Elsewhere ARC courtesy of BIll Popper.jpg

According to Bill Popper who posted this photo on Facebook of their copy, there are now ARC copies of Elsewhere out in the wild.

What’s New & Updated July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020

Just one update but for a very good reason…

Quite a while back I blogged about the Locus Collection now housed at Duke University. More than a year later I’ve managed to acquire copies of the Koontz-related material from that collection. It’s not a lot but it does contain six unpublished letters from Dean to editor Charlie Brown dated between 1977 and 1994. One of them includes a two-page appreciation of Sheri L. Tepper. Other topics include the film versions of Demon Seed and Watchers, along with the ceasing of his use of the Leigh Nichols pseudonyms.

Again, this isn’t a lot of new material but it’s unique and I want to do it justice. As a result I’m taking my time to get it right (the cross-references are going to be a nightmare,) and in doing so awaiting an answer I’ve sent back to the librarians at Duke. It’s possible I’ll get these items posted next week but it could take longer.

In the meantime, here’s the one new item on the site this week.

Happy Birthday Dean!

July 9, 2020

What’s New & Updated July 6, 2020

July 6, 2020

It seems like I’ve got just one update for you today but it’s hiding several items behind it. Basically I noticed that Dean’s published a bunch of stuff via email and social media all under the title “From the Desk of Dean”, So I decided to call that a “column” and list the seven items I’ve got so far under it. Check it out via the link above.

In other news, for those interested in stats here’s that latest:

  • 726 guide entries
  • 1,876 individual editions
  • 2,809 images
  • and this is blog post #1,245

What’s New & Updated June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020

I’ve got a massive backlog of cover scans to add to the site and sure, there’s still real “content” missing but I’ve got to admit adding images is way easier. So this week’s update is a bucket-load of images, mostly in the appendices. Enjoy.

  • Later ACE edition of Toyman by E.C. Tubb cover image to Fear That Man

Appendix B: Notable Articles About, Appearances, Interviews, Parodies, and References

  • 1985 World Fantasy Convention, Progress Report #3
  • 1986 World Fantasy Convention newsletters
  • 1996 World Horror Convention program
  • “America’s Most Successful Least-Known-Writer” by Ed Gorman, Mystery Scene
  • “Best-Selling Novelist Dean Koontz may be a Titan of terror but He’s a Timid Type at Heart” People Weekly
  • “Born to Write” interview by Jessica Hatchigan
  • “Collecting Dean Koontz” Firsts
  • “Dean R. Koontz: Horror & Science Fiction Writer” Book and Magazine Collector
  • Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
  • “His Truth is Stranger than Fiction” Entertainment Weekly cover image
  • “King Versus Koontz: Style and Invasion” by Michael R. Collings Footsteps
  • “Koontz Watch” Deathlream cover images
  • “Pipe-Dreams and Possibilities” Stephen King is Richard Bachman

Appendix D: Books that have Koontz review quotes

  • 141 cover images.
    (Sorry, individually listing them here got to be just too much.)

Appendix G: Ephemera

  • Myopia Special #1 by Richard Dent, Illustrated by Cezar Razek
  • Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas


What’s New & Updated June 22, 2020

June 22, 2020

The first week of the say job being re-opened to the public was a bit rougher than I’d expected so just one update this week.

Two recent interviews with Dean I’ve not mentioned yet

June 21, 2020

The Ambassador of Good Fiction, Fred J. Eckert, The Epoch Times

What’s New & Updated June 14, 2020

June 14, 2020

I’m a day early this week because my day job is re-opening to the public tomorrow. So while Monday is typically part of my “weekend” I’ll be back in the building. This also means that next week’s update might be super light but I’ll continue to do my best as I re-adjust back to my “normal” schedule.

Dean sells one home, buys another

June 13, 2020

Dean Koontz Sells California Home to ‘Undercover Billionaire’ Glenn Stearns for $50 Million (Mansion Global)

Dean Koontz picks up another Shady Canyon home in Irvine for $10.5 million

What’s New & Updated June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020

Just a few items this week but I was finally able to check off the last piece of content from Sandworm #5 that’s been on my to-do list for over a month now so I consider that a win.

Dean Gets Corny

June 7, 2020

Did you see Dean’s recent tweet and Facebook post about Gerda’s baked corn recipe?

Well did you know that this recipe has been published twice? Check out the entry for The Best Baked Corn.

Oh, and there’s a chance I might have a few spare copies floating around for those interested…

What’s New & Updated June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

First the pandemic, now civil-unrest, including here in Lincoln, NE and in the immediate vicinity of my day job in Omaha, NE. There’s a lot on my plate right now outside of this site. As a result, I’ve just got the one update this week that I entered in several days ago.

Please stay safe everyone!

Elsewhere prologue and US cover courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

May 26, 2020

Dean Koontz needs no introduction, but his newest novel does — at least, a small one. The author is set to release the thriller Elsewhere on Oct. 20; it follows a father and daughter who come into possession of a very mysterious object, which the local eccentric who passed it on to them called “the key to everything.” The key comes with a warning that it must never be used, but of course that doesn’t exactly happen.

EW is exclusively revealing the cover above, and below you can read the first excerpt, of the novel’s creepy prologue.

Read the prologue @ Entertainment Weekly

What’s New & Updated May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020

Did you notice Dean’s new work of extremely short fiction posted on Facebook and Twitter this past week? Check it out below.

What’s New & Updated May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

One fanzine, four new entries. Pule a letter that I ran out of time to get to today so expect that next week.