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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 19, 2019

August 19, 2019

Today’s mostly reference day. One new large print cover image and three articles about Dean from the 2000s.

Updates to Appendix B:

  • “Dean Koontz 1945-” in Supernatural Fiction Writers
  • “KOONTZ, Dean R(ay) 1945-” in Contemporary Authors vol. 138
  • “Dean Koontz” in American Horror Writers

What’s New & Updated August 12, 2019

August 12, 2019

Letters, letters, letters.

What’s New & Updated August 5, 2019

August 5, 2019

I’m back from my vacation, but of course, I found some new items during the trip along with one item that arrived in the mail. That’s what I’ve got for you this week plus a few other tidbits I snuck in at the last minute.

  • Bookery’s Guide to Pulps & Related Magazines to Ephemera
  • The Funhouse (revised) “lower price” CD audiobook
  • “The Horrors of Science: The Creations of Dean R. Koontz” by Cosette Kies to Appendix B along with the beginnings of a clean-up of this page.
  • Odd Apocalypse Library Edition CD audiobook
  • Oddkins “lower price” CD audiobook
  • Saga of Seven Suns Book 3: Horizon Storms by Kevin J. Anderson image to Ephemera

The Book Riot Podcast Episode 323: Canary of Disruption

August 5, 2019

The second story they discuss is Dean’s recent deal with Amazon. It’s not the best discussion as they don’t seem to be all that familiar with Dean or his work, but it does cover the issues rather well in general.

What’s New & Updated July 28, 2019

July 28, 2019

This update’s a day early since starting tomorrow I’m going completely off-line all week for a much needed break. As a result of the prep for that there’s not much this time around and please don’t expect much in the way of an update next time either.

What’s New & Updated July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019

Well, what I wasn’t expecting to include in this week’s update was pages for two forthcoming books with Amazon as the publisher. But hey, some surprises are wonderful ones.

Dean Koontz Signs New Five-Book Deal with Amazon Publishing

July 22, 2019

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon Publishing (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced it has signed international best-selling author Dean Koontz for a five-book deal and a collection of six short thrillers. Thomas & Mercer will publish the first book, Devoted, next spring, and Nameless, the short thriller collection, will be available from Amazon Original Stories for free to Prime and Kindle Unlimited customers on November 12th.

“For many years, I have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Brilliance Audio, an Amazon company, and later with Amazon Original Stories,” says Dean Koontz. “Although there were numerous options for the future, it was most natural to sign with the team at Amazon Publishing, which presented a marketing and publicity plan smarter and more ambitious than anything I’d ever seen before. This new arrangement is so exciting, I’ve been creatively rejuvenated. The times are changing, and it’s invigorating to be where change is understood and embraced.”

“We are honored Dean has chosen Amazon Publishing to bring his newest work to readers,” says Mikyla Bruder, Publisher of Amazon Publishing. “Building on the success of Dean’s Amazon Charts best-selling short story, Ricochet Joe, our first publication together, we’re excited to expand our relationship with five new books from Thomas & Mercer and an episodic collection of short thrillers from Amazon Original Stories, delivering the kind of exhilarating and deeply resonant suspense his millions of fans expect and we know new readers will love.”

Source: BusinessWire.com

Also covered by… (I’ll add to this list as articles appear)

Songs of the Dying Earth

July 20, 2019

Just got this beauty in the mail. Not signed by Dean but still way cool.

Songs of the Dying Earth autographed PBK

From the archives: NPR reviews Dragon Tears

July 16, 2019

What’s New & Updated July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019

Finally, the Frankenstein comics!

And a few other items…

Happy 74th birthday Dean!

July 9, 2019

Image: FriskyDingo

What’s New & Updated July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

I’ve yet to force myself to sit down and get those Frankenstein comics done. I’ll just have to start chipping away at those each morning this week with a hope to get them all in for next week’s update.

In the meantime, check out the first link below for more details on that John W. Campbell letter I blogged last week.

Racism in the SF world

July 2, 2019

Found this little gem yesterday. Look for full details in the July 8 site update.

What’s New & Updated July 1, 2019

July 1, 2019

Life overtook the site again this week. ‘Nuff said.

Dean wrote a Python book?

June 28, 2019

Normally a new entry doesn’t get it’s own blog post too, but this one’s just too fun…

Recently the online article “What Occurs After Amazon’s Domination Is Entire? Its Book shop Presents Clues” by Viraj Shah (June 24, 2019) discussed the number of bootleg book being sold on Amazon.com. He says:

‘One ebook, moreover known as “Python Rupture Route,” is an thoroughly doubtful effort. On its front quilt is a distorted label appropriated from the respected publisher McGraw Hill but subtly modified to “RcGraw Hill.” The ebook sides a biography of Alexis Jordan, its purported author, on the assist quilt that became stolen from the in style suspense author Dean Koontz. (“His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers,” and many others.) Internal, there would possibly per chance be a completely a quantity of biography plagiarized from Jürgen Scheible, a German media artist.’

The book in question is titled Python Crash Course by Alexis Jordan. I was able to purchase a print copy of this book which was removed from Amazon by the time my copy arrived just two days later.

Yep, check out the author bio on the back:

Dean MF Koontz

June 27, 2019

Excerpts from A.P. Bio s02e13: Kinda Sorta

What’s New & Updated June 24, 2019

June 24, 2019

Considering I spent several days this week attending the American Library Association annual conference in Washington, DC this week, there’s way more here than I was expecting.

Dean Koontz to only sign new releases by Jon Torres

June 24, 2019

My trips to Book Carnival in Tustin, California are usually exciting. Known as a mystery and suspense bookstore, it has always had a special relationship with Dean Koontz. Part of that special relationship has included the ability for fans to drop off a limited number of books for Dean to sign while he signs his latest release.

That has now changed.

On May 29th, 2019, while picking up The Night Window and some additional books, I was told by Anne Saller, owner of Book Carnival, that Dean would no longer sign additional books. While his health “is good”, it is getting difficult for him to sign so many books. This was evident by the signature in my copy of Detours. (Above) While the news of only new releases being signed was sobering, it was tempered with better news. According to Anne, Dean has already finished three more books.

[I’d been wondering about this myself since there was not a pre-signed edition of The Night Window released as had been with all previous Jane Hawk novels. –Michael]

7,000 Books And Magazines Are Banned In Kansas Prisons. (Including Dean’s) by Nomin Ujiyediin

June 20, 2019

“A Clockwork Orange.” “Invisible Man.” “Twelve Years a Slave.”

Issues of Bloomberg Businessweek, Us Weekly, Elle.

“Excel 2016 for Dummies.” “Tarot Fundamentals.” “Electrical Theory.”

Over the past 15 years, the Kansas Department of Corrections banned those titles, and about 7,000 others, from its prisons across the state.

The department says it censors books and magazines that could threaten security. But others argue that the size of the list and the broad topics covered under censorship guidelines limit inmates’ education, make their time in prison that much less bearable and further cut them off from an outside world to which they’ll eventually return.

Interim corrections secretary Chuck Simmons said the department prioritizes safety over giving inmates an unlimited selection of books and magazines.

“We censor based on the impact, or potential impact, on the security and operations of the correctional facility,” he said. “There are other publications that the inmate has access to that can accomplish the same purpose in their education or rehabilitation goals.”

“Ultimately, it comes down to control of the population, which I think is especially reflected in the breathtaking array of books that Kansas has made a decision to ban,” she said in a phone interview. “Most of them, I think that the general population would agree are very nonsensical.”

The list includes biographies of musicians such as Kurt Cobain and Tupac, memoirs by raunchy comedians Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce and novels by bestselling authors like Nora Roberts and Dean Koontz.

Also banned are issues of comics like “Deadpool” and “The Walking Dead,” Japanese manga, and books and magazines about LGBTQ topics.

Listen to & read the full artice @ KCUR.org

Here’s the full list:

What’s New & Updated June 17, 2019

June 17, 2019

It’s been a rough week. I’ve got a bunch on deck but this is all I’ve got for you this week, a reorganization of the revised edition of Chase.