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.
December 17, 2018
Again, other life things are taking precedence over this project hence the small number of updates this week. That being said, I do accomplish at least one thing per day, nearly every day. In many cases that may not reflect in updates listed here. Sometimes it’s just logging and filing articles. Other times it’s researching a thread I left hanging. But I’ve committed myself to at least posting an update update like this every week so here it is.
December 10, 2018
Other things in my life have taken priority this week so just these two updates.
December 6, 2018
I was looking at my Dark Harvest ARC of Stalkers the other day and noticed that one entry on the copyright page is crossed out. So the question is, what story by what author was going to be included but ended up not, and why? If you have any information on this please let me know in the comments.
Turns out I made an assumption and, aia Facebook, Yankton D. Robins didn’t. I assumed that since it was cut from the ARC of the original publisher’s version, it also didn’t show up in subsequent publications. This is incorrect. The Malzberg story was, for some reason, cut from the Dark Harvest edition, but did appear in the later ROC publication. Why it was cut was still unknown, but this seems to be the general answer to my question. Thanks Yankton!
December 5, 2018
I’m sharing this as both a cool thing and a warning. There is a well-known scam site in the quilting world that uses photos of other people’s quilts, claims they’re selling them, and then never deliver. Recently, this one was used in one of their ads.
While it is amazing, please do not try to purchase it. You will most likely lose your money.
As to whomever originally made this quilt, I have been unsuccessful tracing that down. If this is your work, please let me know and I’ll happily give you credit and extend my appreciation.
December 5, 2018
There was that time a TV network adapted a Dean Koontz novel about a lady cop (Pam Dawber) and her psychic mountaineer husband (!) being stalked by a crazed killer in an abandoned high rise.
Life was so good then. pic.twitter.com/SYRAXrW8PJ
— Amanda Reyes (@madefortvmayhem) December 1, 2018
December 3, 2018
This week, most notably, I doubled the number of entries in the reviews category. I’d put money on 99.9% of visitors to this site never having heard of these piece. That being said, they all do fall under the “Dean denies these were written by him” category and I have noted as such accordingly.
- Review of Assignment in Nowhere by Keith Laumer
- Review of The Demon Breed by James H. Schmitz
- Review of The Masks of Time by Robert Silverberg
- Review of Omnivore by Piers Anthony
- Review of Sos the Rope by Piers Anthony
- Review of The Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison
- “A Spooky Moment Around Which the Entire Story Revolves”
- A Writer’s Tale by Richard Laymon ARC cover added to Ephemera
November 26, 2018
The technical issue has been fixed. (Thanks Deena!) So, back to work on new entries…
- Icebound Australian condensed edition
- All of the main entries for all 13 Odd Thomas have been created. None of them have any content yet, that’s the next step.
November 19, 2018
Last week I discovered an issue with site on the back end and have alerted the wonderful folks who are working on a fix. It’s nothing you’ll probably notice, but I’m doing my best to stay out of their way and not add more content while they work out a solution. As a result, just the one addition this week.
- The Night Window ARC
November 13, 2018
Yep, I got one today!
November 12, 2018
The one thing that has come from turning a print manuscript into a Web site is figuring out all the not so uncommon items that are actually missing from my collection. (I should post that list.) This week I stopped by my area Half Price Books and found four, yes, four items that I was missing for no more than $25 total. The moral of this story, keep on hunting.
- The Door to December Audio CD added image & updated copyright statements
- How it Happened by Michael Kortya to Appendix D.
- Intensity Audio CD
- The Search for Joseph Tully by William H. Hallahan to Appendix D.
- Velocity Large Print Hardcover image and details
November 9, 2018
The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz will ship second week in November.
The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz is up to pre-order and ships in January 2019.
There is one copy left of the lettered state of Saint Odd by Dean Koontz. Take a look in the books section.
Dean Koontz’s five book Jane Hawk series resolves next year with The Night Window. Charnel House is offering the letter A set of all five books in the series. Click here to purchase.
November 7, 2018
The first ARC of The Night Window is up on eBay. I would have snagged it but the seller mentions “spine damage” and posted no photos of the actual item. Caveat emptor.
November 6, 2018
November 5, 2018
I was focused on some other projects this week but I was able to squeeze in a few tidbits.
- 77 Shadow Street 2012 CD re-release image
- Interesting tidbits from Richard E. Geis’ Science Fiction Review #40 (October 1970) re: The Dark Symphony and The Pig Society
October 30, 2018
All these articles say pretty much the same thing so which ones you read are up to you.
- ‘Strangers’ Drama Based On Dean Koontz Book In Works At Fox From Jeff Davis & Josh Berman
- Fox Developing TV Series Adaptation of Dean Koontz’s “Strangers”
- Dean Koontz’s ‘Strangers’ in Development as Fox Drama Series
- ‘Criminal Minds’ Creator Jeff Davis to Adapt Dean Koontz Novel ‘Strangers’ at Fox
- Adaptation of Dean Koontz’s Strangers Eyed at Fox, by Criminal Minds Creator
October 30, 2018
Originally published on Oct 22, 2018
October 29, 2018
Not much this week, but definitely an interesting item or two.
- Anti-Man / Beastchild Russian hardcover image
- Demon Seed shout-out on The Deuce
- Future City review in the December 1974 issue of Vertex
- One Door Away From Heaven UK Mass Market Paperback image
- What the Night Knows 2011 CD reissue image
October 24, 2018
A Masterpiece of Creation
This brings us to one of the most wildly successful novelists in the world: Dean Koontz. His books have sold over 450 million copies in dozens of languages, and many of his novels have been at the top of the The New York Times bestseller list. They are found in every bookstore, and several have been made into movies (with mixed results, as he is the first to note). This spring, when PBS launched its Great American Read campaign, his 1987 novel Watchers was on the campaign’s list of “America’s 100 most-loved books.” Yet he is rarely mentioned in the recent debate on the decline of Catholic literary culture. One exception is Jon Sweeney, who called him in America (7/4/16)“the best-selling writer of fiction in the world today who happens to be Catholic” (emphasis added).
Two questions arise about Dean Koontz: First, is he to be listed among serious novelists at all? Second, what makes him a Catholic novelist?
Hiding in plain sight, indeed. For decades a religious vision has suffused Koontz’s work, making him the most popular explicitly Catholic novelist in the world. But two questions arise: First, is Dean Koontz to be listed among serious novelists at all? Second, what makes him a Catholic novelist?
Some will answer the first question in the negative because they have consigned him to that lucrative but frowned-upon category called “genre fiction.” But to exclude such fiction from the purview of Christian literature would lose us the fantasies of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the ghost stories of Russell Kirk and the detective novels of P. D. James, Dorothy Sayers and G. K. Chesterton, to name just a few.
In fact, it is hard to pinpoint exactly to what genre Dean Koontz’s works belong. Bookstores may carry his works under mystery, suspense, horror, fantasy or science fiction. Because his plots often involve individuals struggling against vast conspiracies, The Newark Star-Ledger has called him a master of the “paranoid thriller.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch has said he “almost occupies a genre of his own.”
Read the full article @ AmericaMagazine.org
October 24, 2018
It’s national treasure Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum’s birthday on October 22, and thus we at SYFY FANGRRLS have dedicated the entire month to the celebration of our favorite moments, movies, outfits and noises from this absolute zaddy of a man. (And if you don’t know what “zaddy” means, Google it, because Jeff Goldblum already knows.)
In celebration of our latest favorite monthly observance, 31 Days of Jeff Goldblum, we’re taking a walk down Memory Lane into the long and storied past of his legendary acting career. Some of these films are worth revisiting. Some, as is the case for our latest Deja View, are most definitely not. Still, for Jeff Goldblum, we boldly trek into the good, the bad, and the just plain terrible.
1. Any movie that starts off with a church choir singing in the background is a cue that we’re going to get into some heavy psychological sh*t here.
2. Hideaway!Jeremy Sisto doesn’t listen to the wimpy-soft Cranberries here like he does in Clueless. Nah, you know his character (also named Jeremy, not confusing at all) is really a bad boy because it’s ALL HARD ROCK ALL THE TIME, DUDE.
Read the full article @ Syfy.com
October 21, 2018
The first pass is done! Now come the hard bits of the collections, the Frankenstein series, and the Odd Thomas series. Why did I put these off? Because the cross-references are going to be a serious pain.
- Afterword to Demon Seed – Revised
- Afterword to The Eyes of Darkness – Revised
- Afterword to The Funhouse – Revised
- From the Corner of His Eye Brazilian trade paperback photo
- The Forbidden Door Large Print Hardcover
- Hanging On: Author photo and inscription to Art Stone for regarding Dean’s long hair. Also a photo of the UK BCE.
- New Afterword to Demon Seed – Revised
- New Afterword to The Eyes of Darkness – Revised
- New Afterword to The Funhouse – Revised
- A Note from Dean Koontz (via Goodreads)