I’m getting caught up today so here’s another post, this time pointing out some graphical recent releases:
Did you know that today’s issue of Parade (stuck inside your Sunday paper) features a three-paragraph essay from Dean along with a recipe for The Best Baked Corn? Here’s an excerpt:
Here’s a new one you might have missed: Pages 97 though 100 of On Gratitude by Todd Aaron Jensen feature new content from Dean on what he’s grateful for.
Last weekend I received an advance reading copy of What the Night Knows courtsey of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program and read it in just three days. I throughly enjoyed it and I bet you will to.
From the looks of things in Amazon.com the fifth book in the Frankenstein series, Frankenstein: Dead Town, will not be coming out in hardcover but in mass market paperback and audio CD editions only. (Though I’m guessing that the paperback will be actually in the larger premium format.)
Lastly, on a non-Dean Koontz note, my latest book Blogging and RSS: A Librarian’s Guide – Second Edition was officially released last week.
In the past week I’ve found the following two new Interviews with Dean online. One dealing with the new series of Frankenstein comics, and the other with video games.
Just announced on the Dean Koontz Mailing list:
This Halloween you can enjoy Darkness Under the Sun, an all-new eBook novella from Dean!
The chilling account of a pivotal encounter between innocence and ultimate malice, Darkness Under the Sun is the perfect read for Halloween—or for any haunted night—and reveals a secret, fateful turning point in the career of Alton Turner Blackwood, the killer at the dark heart of the forthcoming novel What the Night Knows.
Darkness Under the Sun, a Random House eBook, will be available everywhere October 25, 2010. You can also preorder it right now!
Learn more about Darkness Under the Sun [on DeanKoontz.com]
Well, it turns out that all the scans I’ve been doing over the past ten years (almost 900 of them) are all at a dpi (dots per inch, i.e. resolution) that’s too low for printing them in a book these days. So, at some point I’ll need to rescan everything at 300+ dpi. I’m thinking I might need to take a full week’s vacation from my day job just to focus on that.
In the mean time I created some new sample scans to send to CD just to make sure everything was ok. Well, yes and no. It seems that the 320dpi TIFF files I’m creating look just fine on both my Linux boxes (on which I’m doing the scanning) and several Windows Vista and 7 boxes. Once CD gets them however and opens them up on their Mac, they get a crappy image.
Here’s the original TIFF. The first screenshot below is what I see when I open it windows, the second is what CD’s seeing on a Mac. If I convert the TIFF to a JPG CD’s got no problem with it. However, I’d rather we all used the better TIFF image rather than downgrade them all to JPGs. If you’ve got any suggestions or tests we could run, please leave a comment.
For those of you that haven’t already read “The Black Pumpkin” you’ve obviously missed the December 1986 issue of Twilight Zone Magazine and Cemetery Dance’s October Dreams (either from Cemetery Dance or from ROC, all our of print) you can now find a bargain book edition from Fall River Press retitled Halloween Horrors. I found this yesterday at my local Barnes & Noble for the list price of $12.98.
Ok, I’m not exactly announcing a new pseudonym here but I’ve never seen this bit of writing by dean mentioned anywhere. The books is Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers, Second Edition from St. Martin’s Press published in 1985. This is one of those oversized reference books that are typically only held by rare bookstores and library reference collections. For each author there is a bibliography, brief biography, and a short essay about the author. (In this case the essay is by Ed Gorman.) However, this book differs from others of its type because it contains additional text described thus: “Living authors were invited to add a comment on their work.” And you guessed it, Dean wrote some “comments” on his work. Four paragraphs to be exact. For copyright reasons I won’t be presenting the complete text here but I will leave you with this quote:
“Phantoms, a long novel that attempts to stretch the horror novel to encompass a rational world-view, was published in 1983, and was something of a sidestep in my career, for at this time I do not intend to do any more straight horror novels in the future, although it, too, has sold well.”
I don’t know if the same text appears in the First Edition. I of course will be on the lookout.
UPDATE: I found a copy of the first edition in my local library and Dean is not included in that edition. So, as far as I can tell this content is unique to this book/edition.
I just realized that between recent third-party amazon purchases and the trip to Seattle and Portland, I’ve got several piles of material to get into the book including one or two things I’m not sure anyone’s ever noticed before. (Maybe more on that later.) So, just to give you an idea, here’s a photo of what I’ll be working on this weekend:
I’m back from a much needed three-day vacation in Seattle and Portland and thanks to Powell’s City of Books and Half Price Books (Seattle) I came back with some wonderful finds including an ARC of Your Heart Belongs to Me and some more recent UK trade paperback editions. Most importantly I found a reference to a review of Stephen King’s It that Dean wrote for the San Jose Mercury News many years back that I was previously unaware of. I’ve got someone tracking it down now.
Also, in financial news it looks like Dean is currently #6 of the top ten highest paid authors right now.