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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 October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

I’m literally just a few entries short of completing the first past. The next update should it that completed.

Random Review Videos

October 15, 2018

I haven’t done this in a while so here you go in no particular order…

Megadeth on Godzilla

October 15, 2018

Megadeth posted this on their Twitter feed this week. I’ve reached out to see if I can get them to say any more. Check out the Godzilla vs. Megadeth entry if you’re not already aware of this obscure little gem.

Great American Read Stickers

October 15, 2018

Looks like some bookstores are putting Great American Read stickers on their copies of Watchers. I can’t seem to find one here in Lincoln. Has your bookstore done this? If so, please message me as I’d love to have you send me one. (Of course I’ll pay the related expenses.)

What’s New & Updated October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018

I’m getting close to completing the first pass as there are less than 15 entries left. (Maybe I’ll get that done this week…) Then I’ll start focusing on all the titles that start with “Dean Koontz,” The Odd Thomas series, and the Frankenstein books.

Wil Wheaton, lifelong fan of PBS and libraries, has one book he can’t recommend

October 7, 2018

So when you look at it, what does the list tell you about our thoughts on literature and the way we value literature in these times?

People choose books that matter to them for one reason or another. There’s a Dean Koontz book on the list that I loved when I was like 13. I was already a really voracious reader, but if I hadn’t been, if that was the book that got me into the library — and got me into a place where I could find other people who liked to read, and got me in the same room with a librarian who could say, ‘Oh if you’re reading that, maybe you’ll like this!’ — I think that’s great.

Read the full interview @ Salon.com

The Intensity of High Tension: A Look at Plagiarism in Horror

October 7, 2018

In a time of remakes, reboots, re-imaginings and so forth, the genre fan has a narrowed selection in terms of originality. This debatable lack of creativity divides audiences on a regular basis. Whether or not one is a fan of the remake, the idea of proper acknowledgment and credit should never be in question. Intensity is a novel written by Dean Koontz in 1995. A two-part miniseries was produced in 1997 that aired on the Fox network. High Tension is a 2003 French film directed by Alexandre Aja. The first half of all three works have virtually the same plot. Even the titles have a similar ring to them. The problem is that Aja’s film gives zero credit to Koontz’s original work.

Read the full article @ Wicked Horror

What’s New & Updates October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018

Life gets complicated when in one weekend I had a Keb’ Mo’ concert in Wichita, a Henry Rollins show in Lincoln in my personal life, and monthly statistics, and a quarterly report for me day job to compile. Then there’s a manuscript to proof for the umpteenth time, and a book chapter due too. I’m surprised I got this much done.

Don Brautigam Artist Portfolio news

September 29, 2018

It looks like Centipede Press is going to be publishing six, yes, just six, more autographed copies of their Don Brautigam Artist Portfolio. Here’s what the publisher had to say in his September 23, 2018 newsletter:

“Wow! We found six signature pages for our special Don Brautigam art book. They are numbered and signed by Don Brautigam and Dean Koontz. These would be a special run of the book. This is an extremely costly book to make, and the price will likely be well over $1,500, so let me know if you might be interested. As always, thank you for your support and have a great week!”

That’s a pretty penny for one of the six new copies which will bring the total up to 36. No word yet on whether this will be bound the same, or something more creative. Check out the details regarding the first 30 copies over on the Don Brautigam Artist Portfolio entry.

Oh, and you know I put my name on the list for a copy. Now to figure out how I’m going to pay for it.

What’s New & Updates September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018

Yep, three-day weekend, but circumstances ended up keeping me away from the site for most of it. But i do have one update for you.

Whats new & updated September 16, 2018

September 16, 2018

Due to work-related schedule needs I have just a one-day weekend this week so there’s not much to announce. However, in exchange I get a three-day weekend next week so hopefully next week’s update list will be much longer.

The Transcendent Dean Koontz

September 15, 2018

To take a wider view, Koontz is presenting in the series a large-scale defense of the ability to choose meaning and virtue. One of his recurring characters is an anxiety-prone latter-day Puritan, while another is an intellectually and physically domineering hulkstraight out of a Max Weber tract. Koontz fairly and logically shows the necessary consequences of these characters’ thoughts and actions by creating storylines of such accessibility that the general reader can see how their ideologies contradict any coherent notion of the good life. The modern Puritan, for instance, moves nervously from scene to scene, constantly seeking perfection and never finding it, unjustly critiquing others while placating his own ego. The ideologies Koontz critiques inevitably lead to disaster — not just for the characters, but for the societies built on such chimeras.

Hawk, on the other hand, embraces the natural religion to which Koontz’s wide fan base responds with awe. She finds solace in the wonder of creation while calling out evil for its supernatural maliciousness, ever uniting reason with hope against secular hedonism. Koontz does “diversity” the right way, too: He features an autistic character in this series who is a compelling hero because he faces down his particular suffering by accepting grace. And as Flannery O’Connor and Léon Bloy before her have shockingly reminded us, the reception of grace usually hurts — badly.

Read the full article online @ NationalReview.com

The Night Window now available for pre-order

September 13, 2018

Amazon.com has The Night Window (Jane Hawk #5) up for pre-order with a release date of May 14, 2019.

Groundbreaking, wholly involving, eerily prescient and terrifyingly topical, Dean Koontz’s Jane Hawk series sets a new standard for contemporary thrillers. Since her sensational debut in The Silent Corner, readers have been riveted by Jane Hawk’s resolute quest to take down the influential architects of an accelerating operation to control every level of society via an army of mind-altered citizens. At first, only Jane stood against the “Arcadian” conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the “adjusted” people are beginning to spin viciously out of control. Now, in the thrilling, climactic showdown that will decide America’s future, Jane will require all her resources–and more–as she confronts those at the malevolent, impregnable center of power.

The Forbidden Door has hit the streets

September 12, 2018

The Forbidden Door was released yesterday and it’s page is as up to date as it can be. As soon as my Books-a-Million & Barnes & Noble pre-signed editions arrive they’ll be added quickly. Otherwise, here’s a few odds & ends from round the Web.

Whats new & updated September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018

This week gets us a lot of author’s notes in various titles along with a few other odds & ends.

Whats new & updated September 4, 2018

August 31, 2018

As you can see, this past week was extremely productive. The three-day weekend definitely helped. Enjoy.

The Great American Read: Q&A with Dean Koontz

August 31, 2018

Dean Koontz, author of The Watchers, answers a few questions from The Great American Read:

When you’re in a book store, what section do you gravitate to and why?

The fiction section. As a child growing up in poverty and violence, I read fiction not merely to escape that environment, but also to learn how other people lived——and how best to live my life. I have learned more that’s true about life from reading well-crafted fiction than I’ve found in most nonfiction. Besides, writing fiction has given my life meaning!

Read the full interview @ the Great American Read.

Useless News Autumn 2018 issue out

August 30, 2018

Received my copy today.

The Crooked Staircase premium paperback out today

August 28, 2018

What’s new & updated August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018

UK Uncorrected Proof

Today yard work and cleaning out the gutters got the best of me so there’s not much to announce.