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.
October 15, 2018
I’m literally just a few entries short of completing the first past. The next update should it that completed.
- Afterword to The Door to December – Revised Edition
- Afterword to Dragon Tears
- Afterword to The Face of Fear
- Afterword to Hideaway
- Afterword to House of Thunder – Revised
- Afterword to The Key to Midnight – Revised
- Afterword to Lightning
- Afterword to A Mouse in the Walls of the Global Village
October 15, 2018
I haven’t done this in a while so here you go in no particular order…
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.
The USA promo kit for #YOUTHANASIA included a t-shirt, stickers, advance cassette & a software computer game to coincide w/ the new Megadeth Arizona website, while the UK got the very rare Megadeth vs Godzilla press box, penned by horror/suspense novelist Dean Koontz. #MEGADETH35 pic.twitter.com/en3BcZE6lS
— Megadeth (@Megadeth) October 14, 2018
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.)
— Mike (@Mikeroverse) October 13, 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.
- Afterword to Mr. Murder
- Afterword to Phantoms
- Afterword to Shadowfires
- Afterword to Twilight Eyes (Second Edition)
- Afterword to The Vision
- Afterword to The Voice of the Night (revised edition)
- Afterword to Watchers
- Afterword to We Three
- Afterword to Whispers
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
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
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.
- Author’s Afterward to Hung!
- Author’s Foreword to The Fall of the Dream Machine
- Author’s Introduction to Night Chills (DRK)
- Author’s Introduction to Night Chills (DK)
- Don Brautigam Artist Portfolio – News regarding forthcoming new copies
- The Funhouse – Revised UK Headline mass market paperback image
- Horror Films of the 1970s Vol. 2 added to Demon Seed (Film)
- Lightning Mass Market Paperback cover image
- The Mississippi Flows Into the Tiber added to Appendix A
- Your Heart Belongs to Me UK Harper mass market paperback image
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.
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.
- The Forbidden Door Barnes & Noble /Books-A-Million Signed Edition
- Midnight updated mass market paperback image
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.
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
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.
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.
— Dean Koontz (@deankoontz) September 11, 2018
“Jane Hawk is arguably the best character Koontz has created.”—@AP
Relentless rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk returns in THE FORBIDDEN DOOR by @deankoontz! Out today: https://t.co/D1jBweOKqW pic.twitter.com/e5pPww5she
— Random House (@randomhouse) September 11, 2018
September 10, 2018
This week gets us a lot of author’s notes in various titles along with a few other odds & ends.
- Afterword to Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
- “Author’s Introduction” (Night Chills)
- “Author’s Note” (Fear Nothing)
- “Author’s Note” (The Forbidden Door)
- “Author’s Note” (From the Corner of His Eye)
- “Author’s Note” (Hung!)
- “Author’s Note” (One Door Away From Heaven)
- “Author’s Note” (Shattered)
- By the Light of the Moon CD – cover image and updated details
- The Servants of Twilight – Library Edition CD image (See FAQ for more details on library editions.)
August 31, 2018
As you can see, this past week was extremely productive. The three-day weekend definitely helped. Enjoy.
- After the Last Race (fixed publication order)
- “Anton Yelchin”
- Ashley Bell
- “Ashley Bell: The Sneaky Author’s Intentions”
- Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn
- The Bad Place by Dean R. Koontz
- The Bad Place by Dean Koontz
- The Bad Place screenplay
- “Batista’s Hole in the Wall”
- Beastchild (novella)
- Beastchild (novel)
- Beastchild – Preferred Text
- “Best books…chosen by Dean Koontz”
- “Beautiful Death”
- Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
- “Big News, Little News”
- “The Black Pumpkin” by Dean R. Koontz
- “The Black Pumpkin” by Dean Koontz
- Black River
- Black River (TV)
- Black River: I’ll Be Watching Over You
- “Blame Jane Hawk”
- Bliss to You: Trixie’s Guide to a Happy Life
- Blood Risk
- “Bob Hoskins: An Appreciation”
- “Body of Work”
- The Book of Counted Joys in Appendix C
- “The Book of Counted Sorrows: A Further Explanation from Uncle Dean”
- Bounce Girl
- A Brief History of Canine Advice
- Busy Dean
- By the Light of the Moon
- Chase as by K.R. Dwyer
- Chase by Dean R. Koontz
- UK editions of Chase – Revised Edition
- The Crooked Staircase PPBK
- “Dogs Just Want to Have Fun”
- The Edgeway Crisis – Updated author & details
- “Eight Things Elsa Wants You to Know about Dad’s New Book, THE FORBIDDEN DOOR”
- Esquire, July 2009 on the Relentless page
- “Hawk’s Way” in Useless News
- “Illusion, Truth, and the Whole Damn Thing” in Useless News (again)
- Useless News – Autumn 2018
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.
August 30, 2018
Received my copy today.
August 28, 2018
August 27, 2018
Today yard work and cleaning out the gutters got the best of me so there’s not much to announce.