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.
February 20, 2019
February 20, 2019
The triple-pane floor-to-ceiling windows of Hollister’s study frame the rising plain to the west, the foothills, and the distant Rocky Mountains that were long-ago born from the earth in cataclysm, now dark and majestic against a sullen sky. It is a view to match the man who stands at this wall of glass. The word cataclysm is a synonym for disaster or upheaval but also for revolution, and he is the leader of the greatest revolution in history. The greatest and the last. The end of history is near, after which his vision of a pacified world will endure forever.
Meanwhile, there are mundane tasks to perform, obligations to address. For one thing, there is someone who needs to be killed.
In a few hours, when a late-season storm descends on these high plains east of Denver, the hunt will begin, and one of two men will die at the hand of the other, a fact Wainwright Warwick Hollister finds neither exhilarating nor frightening. Of profound importance to Hollister is that he avoid the character weaknesses of his father, Orenthal Hollister, and at all times comport himself in a more formidable and responsible manner than had his old man. Among other things, this means that when someone needs to be eliminated, the killing can’t always be done by a hireling. If a man is too finicky to get blood on his hands once in a while, or if he lacks the courage to put himself at physical risk, then he can’t claim to be a leader in this world of wolves, nor even a member of the pack, but is instead only a sheep in wolf’s clothing.Read it all on Facebook
February 18, 2019
Simply put, nothing. Why? Well, last week I was on vacation, some of which I was home and sick. The rest I was relatively healthy and spending three bucket list-worthy days in The Big Apple. (Tolkien, Birdland, Louis Armstrong, Jim Henson, Jazz at Lincoln Center.) So, today is all about recovery and digging out from the six inches of snow that came down while I was gone and the larger virtual pile of emails.
See you next Monday.
February 10, 2019
Updates? You want updates? Boy have I got updates for you this week. (Especially if you like pictures!)
- The Bad Place review in Interzone #36
- Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art and
The Great American Paperback (images) to Dark of the Woods
- False Memory promotional bookmark which also promoted Seize the Night
- Fear Nothing promotional bookmark
- The Flesh in the Furnace review in Sandworm #18
- Book Carnival Hideaway release event postcard & t-shirt
- Midnight paperback release promotional flyer
- Peter O’Toole The Definitive Biography, trailers, and TV Spot to the Phantoms (film) page
- Sole Survivor UK signed bookplate
- The 1999 Book Lover’s Calendar on the Ticktock page
- Watchers 3 promotional flyer
- What the Night Knows Borders bookstore bookmark
- Your Heart Belongs to Me promotional postcard from The Netherlands
The Demon Seed (film) page received several additions…
- Donald Cammell: A Life on the Wild Side
- Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance IMDB link and embedded video from YouTube
- Julie Christie by Anthony Hayward
- Pure Images: The Magazine of Film and Television, Spring 1977
Then there’s a whole bunch of
Ephemera updates & Editions…
- 7 Ghastly Side Effects of Stephen King’s E-Books (image)
- About the Author by Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner (image)
- The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel (image)
- Betrayal by Sonja Massie (image)
- Book Business by Jason Epstein (image)
- Book Wars a Flick by Rosette (image)
- Bullies, Bastards & Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction by Jessica Page Morrell (image)
- Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (image)
- Christian Horror: On the Compatibility of a Biblical Worldview and the Horror Genre by Mike Duran (image)
- Clive Barker: The Dark Fantastic: The Authorized Biography by Douglas E. Winter (image)
- Dark Harvest catalog/preview (image)
- The Devil’s Numbers by G.M. Hague (image)
- The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin (image)
- Elijah by Frank Redman (image)
- Fab 40 by The Tribune-Democrat and Johnstown Magazine (image)
- Fangoria #343 (image)
- Frankenstorm by Ray Garton (image)
- Ghost: Investigating the Other Side by Katherine Ramsland (images)
- The Girl on the Glider by Brian Keene (image)
- The Great American Paperback by Richard A. Lupoff (image)
- The Green Devotional: Active Prayers for a Healthy Planet by Karen Speerstra (image)
- In Laymon’s Terms edited by Kelly Laymon, Steve Gerlach & Richard Chizmar (images)
- In Lumine Tuo (In Thy Light): Why Believe in God by Abalo Kossi (image)
- Interzone #36
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (image)
- John Saul: A Critical Companion by Paul Bail (image)
- Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller 1900-1999 by Michael Korda (image)
- Mefisto in Onyx by Harlan Ellison (images)
- Moon on the Water by Mort Castle (image)
- My Soul to Take by Steven Spruill (image)
- The Mystery Fancier (image)
- The Narrows by Michael Connelly (image)
- Night Cry magazine, Fall 1987 (image)
- Night Visions 7 edited by Stanley Waiter (image)
- The Other Extreme by T.J. MacGregor (image)
- Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix (image)
- Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today by Katherine Ramsland (image)
- Publicity on the Internet by Steve O’Keefe (image)
- Raga Six by Frank Lauria (image)
- Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon: Joe Queenan’s America by Joe Queenan (image)
- The Revelation by Bentley Little (image)
- Sacred Prey by Vivian Schilling (image)
- Sandworm #19
- Shackled by Ray Garton (image)
- Texas Sunrise by Fern Michaels (image)
- Time Bomb by Jonathan Kellerman (image)
- Trade Secrets by Ray Garton (image)
- Vanished by T. J. MacGregor (image)
- The War on Humans by Wesley J. Smith (image)
- “What Stephen King Does For Love” (images)
- The Woods Are Dark (The Restored & Uncut Edition) by Richard Laymon (image)
- Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George (image)
I must admit that the addition of all those images to the Ephemera page has mucked with the layout. Eventually I do intend to reformat the whole thing so that this appendix looks more like the Books About Dean page, but that’s on my list of “long term issues” to deal with later. (Same with the Errors appendix.)
And last but not least, I’ve added images for these entries on the Collecting Errors appendix…
- Magazine advertisement for Saturn Car Manufacturers
- After the Race by Dean Koontz
- All the Lonely People by David B. Silva
- Dead. Dead again. One More Time by Dean Koontz
- Heartbeeps by John Hill
- From A Checklist of Dean R. Koontz compiled by Christopher R. Stephens
- Sharkman Six by Owen West
- Wings of Fireby Jonathan Strahan and Marianne S. Jablon
February 4, 2019
A bunch of related items this week.
- Review of The Crimson Witch (novel) in Sandworm #15
- Ddded to the Demon Seed (film) page: The Cinema of Donald Cammell, The Projection Booth podcast, and a Program One-sheet.
- Science Digest, November 1969 and Human Behavior: An Inventory of Scientific Findings to the Night Chills (DRK) page
- eARC of The Night Window
- Nightmare Age by Frederik Pohl to Ephemera
February 2, 2019
This book by Bernard Berelson & Gary A. Steiner also has an obscure connection to Dean’s writings. Hint: It’s the same connection as the issue of Science Digest I posted about a few days ago. The answer will be included in this Monday’s site update but guesses are welcome.
January 31, 2019
You’re going to have to dig deep to figure out the Koontz connection on this one… Or just wait until Monday’s site update.
January 28, 2019
All the print collections are now done. Though as previously mentioned, I need to list these on the individual title pages. One other note, I don’t own copies of the two 2004 UK omnibus editions listed below. If you have copies, I’d love to hear from you.
- Dean Koontz; Three Complete Novels (1993)
- Dean Koontz: Three Complete Novels (1994)
- Dean Koontz: Three Complete Novels (1996)
- Dean Koontz: Three Complete Novels (1998)
- Dean Koontz: Three Complete Novels (2000)
- Dean Koontz Omnibus (2004a)
- Dean Koontz Omnibus (2004b)
January 24, 2019
January 22, 2019
No confirmation yet on whether the blurb will appear on/in the book at this time. (Though I assume it will.)
January 21, 2019
As mentioned last week, these omnibus editions are a bear to work with. Several more have been entered with all the relevant cross-references. But then I realized that I need to list the omnibus editions on the individual title pages. (For example, Dean Koontz: 3 Complete Novels needs to be an entry on the Intensity page.) At this point the plan is to get through creating pages for all the omnibus editions then circle back and get them listed on the individual title pages.
But also this week a package arrived with some fanzines. I’ll get to the ‘zines that have “contributions” from Dean eventually, but this week’s arrivals all things like reviews and mentions of Dean so I got those listed in the appropriate places on the site. Be sure to check them out.
- Dean Koontz: 3 Complete Novels
- Dean R. Koontz: A New Collection
- Dean R. Koontz: Three Complete Novels
- Dean R. Koontz: Thee Novels in One Volume
- Fear That Man review in Sandworm #10
- Review of “A Mouse in the Walls of the Global Village” in The Alien Critic #5
- Review of / editorial on The Pig Society in Sandworm #11
- Sandworm #14 to Ephemera
- Mention of A Werewolf Among Us in The Alien Critic #5
January 19, 2019
Welcome to Tomes & Tones, a brand new feature which explores the often uncanny pairing between books and music. Have you ever read a novel, and had a particular soundtrack in the background? And is this novel now synonymous with that music, whenever you think back to it?
For each episode, one writer will give an example of when they have experienced this pairing, and why these seemingly unrelated components worked so well together. Hopefully it will offer up some creative combinations to our readers, who can judge for themselves how the works of art are able to merge. No doubt many readers will also have some unique and interesting combos of their own.
In our first episode, I will recap on my partly unintentional but ultimately divine pairing of Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz and the industrial/electronic band Squarepusher‘s record Hello Everything. Enjoy!
Writing is an important part of my life. In fact, my lifelong dream is to publish novels. I do believe the year was 2006 when this ambition was solidified with more resolve than ever before. There was one particular book which skyrocketed my creative synapses, and whenever I think back to my initial experience with that novel, a specific soundtrack plays in my head.
We all have life-changing moments with music, novels and visual entertainment… This was mine; It resounds to this day. And I’ve read a lot. So I guess this piece is also my platform to praise and defend the works of Dean Koontz. Okay, so he is not an underrated author. He essentially lives the dream that vanity-struck aspiring authors salivate over. Every year a new Koontz novel arrives for retail, available in all outlets reputable or otherwise, and with his name embossed and shiny on the front cover. And this gives the impression that his books are nothing more than cosmopolitan pulp. If I’m discussing literature with a supernatural twist, why am I not instead covering the works of China Miéville or Haruki Murakami, to name but two?
I believe Dean Koontz is a little misrepresented in this respect. It’s true that, in the words of Primus, ‘They Can’t all be Zingers’. But Koontz is also a writer with a lot of conviction. And his pacing and mastery of suspense in writing is often remarkably adept. Look no further than his 2003 novel Odd Thomas for a prime example of this.
2006 was the year when this book set my imagination on fire.Read the full article @ Everything Is Noise
January 18, 2019
While entering the record for Dean R. Koontz: Thee Novels in One Volume (below left) I came across someone selling that book but the listing had a completely different cover. (Below right)
All of other showings of this cover I can find online insist this is a cover for the omnibus edition (not true as I have a copy of that in my collection) or for an edition of Midnight with an ISBN of 0517079127 which also leads me down some dead ends. I’ve contacted the ABE seller for additional details but I’m hoping someone here has one and can provide me with some clarification. Thanks!
January 14, 2019
I spent most of this past week at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as part of my day job. It’s fun. It’s exhausting. But I still managed to get a few of the Omnibus editions added to the site today.
January 7, 2019
I dug into the audiobook collections this week and got those finished off along with some odds and ends. As I’ve probably mentioned before, the cross references are what will kill me. (Hence the avoidance of the Odd Thomas and Frankenstein books for as long as possible.)
- Big Little Life corrections to 2nd audio edition and addition of the 3rd audio edition
- Chase – Revised Edition Library Edition CD cover
- Christianity Today January/Feburary 2019 issue to
to Appendix G
- Dean Koontz Collection Strangers & Twilight Eyes
- Dean Koontz Collection – The Bad Place & Wilderness and Other Stories
- Dean Koontz Collection – The Servants of Twilight & Shadowfires
- Dean Koontz Collection – Whispers & Phantoms
- Dean Koontz – Collection: Breathless & Relentless
- Dean Koontz – Collection: The Eyes of Darkness & The Key to Midnight
- Dean Koontz – Collection: Hideaway & The House of Thunder
- Dean Koontz – Collection: The Moonlit Mind, Darkness Under the Sun, Demon Seed
- Dean Koontz – Collection: Strange Highways & The Mask
- Dean Koontz – Collection: The Vision & The Funhouse
- Dean Koontz – Collection: The Voice of the Night & Lightning
- Dean Koontz – Collection: Watchers & Midnight
- Dean Koontz on Frankenstein: Lost Souls
- Dean Koontz Thriller Collection
- Dean Koontz Unabridged CD Collection: Watchers, Midnight
- The House of Thunder (DK) second audio edition
- Cover of Horns by Joe Hill to Appendix G
- The Servants of Twilight CD cover & notes about advertised alternate packaging
- Strangers CD and library edition CD covers
December 31, 2018
Minimal details available @ American Libraries Magazine
December 31, 2018
St. Bartholomew’s School and Abbey aren’t the same location but one can assume they’re run by the same folks.
December 28, 2018
It’s December 26th and I find myself in a local Barnes & Noble wondering what they’ve got on post-Christmas sale. I see that they have one pre-signed copy of The Forbidden Door left on a display (sadly not on sale) and, for reasons I can’t quite figure out, I decide to check the ISBN against my collection and oddly enough it doesn’t match. So of course, I immediately purchase it and bring it home with me.
Now the research begins.
It turns out that Barnes & Noble offered two versions of the pre-signed book. The first was the one for sale online on the original release date of September 11, 2018 (ISBN 978-1-984-1767-9). The second, and this one I’d just picked up, was part of their Black Friday Weekend Special (ISBN 978-1-984-1769-3) available only in stores starting on November 23, 2018 (and then online for in-store pickup on November 24, 2018.)
It pays to notice the little things. Or be a bit obsessive. I’ll let you decide.
Check out the full edition details here.
December 24, 2018
- Children of Infinity trade hardcover image
- Dean Koontz Collection: Darkfall & Winter Moon
- Secret Forest to Appendix C
- The Silent Corner alternate autographed sticker
December 24, 2018
For the record, this is not my podcast. But I will be listening.