Behind the scenes

I’ve posted various images of my collection on this blog over the years, and if you head on over to the project’s Facebook page you can find photos of pretty much everything in the collection; 2,000+ items.

However, I don’t general talk about the behind-the-scenes items; the archives & the research. Well, here’s some photos of relevant shelves, piles, and boxes in my home office just to give you some idea of what has, and will go, into this multi-decade project.

Various oversize reference items along with archival items that don’t fit in standard boxes, and a few promo items in the Random House envelope.
The narrow boxed on the left contain vinyl records and laserdiscs. The binders contain decades worth of printouts from articles, to library catalog records, to interview citations and more.
The file boxes… Top left: pulps. Top right: comics & comic-sized things. Middle right: Fanzines. The other three boxes are all magazines. (Soon I’m going to need a fourth magazine box.)
The “research & reference” shelf. This is material that needs more work or I refer to on a regular basis. Left to right: Vaughn Bode material, research, research, Reflector copies, Fanzine scans & photocopies, “adult” material research, reference books, Usleess News issues, and a binder full of items I know about but am still looking for.
Last but not least: The pile of “I need to add this to the book” items.

This obviously is just a small part of the whole, but it’s a peek behind the scenes that pretty much one one’s ever seen outside of immediate friends and family.

If you’ve got a question about any of it, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to clarify.


2014 My Year in Blogging

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. (Click the image below for the full report.)

Blogging 2014

Wilderness and Other Stories: What’s on the discs?

I think I’ve finally be able to get all of the details from both the CD and MP3-CD editions of Wilderness and Other Stories. So, at the moment, here’s the entry for this title. I sill have to go through and enter these appearances on the pages for the individual stories. (Also, the images used here are from Amazon & Brilliance and don’t represent the dimensions of the released editions.)

Wilderness and Other Stories
by Dean Koontz

September 9, 2104
Brilliance Audio
℗2014 Brilliance Audio
Performed by Dick Hill, MacLeod Andrews, Will Damron, & Tonya Eby

  • Wilderness (59:01)
  • Kittens (12:17)
  • The Black Pumpkin (50:14)
  • Down in the Darkness (1:14:47)
  • The Scariest Thing I Know (18:04)
  • We Three, Revised Edition (14:54)
  • Ollie’s Hands (45:13)
  • Bruno (1:11:41)
  • The Night of the Storm, Revised Edition (56:20)
  • Miss Attila the Hun (1:01:18)
  • Hostage Situation (16:18)
  • Hardshell (1:48:30)
  • Trapped (1:52:29)
  • Snatcher (48:31)
  • Twilight of the Dawn (36:19)

(Lengths are approximate and may vary between the CD and MP3-CD format due to title and disc introductory material.)

Wilderness and Other Stories CDCD
12 Compact Sicac / 13 Hours : 41 Minutes
ISBN: 978-1-4805-7437-3
Cover Price: $14.99

  • Wilderness (Disc 1, Tracks 1-11)
  • Kittens (Disc 1, Tracks 12-14)
  • The Black Pumpkin (Disc 1, Track 15 & Disc 2, Tracks 1-10)
  • Down in the Darkness (Disc 2, Tracks 11-15 & Disc 3, Tracks 1-9)
  • The Scaries Thing I Know (Disc 3, Tracks 10-12)
  • We Three (Disc 3, Tracks 13-14 & Disc 4, Tracks 1-7)
  • Ollie’s Hands (Disc 4, Tracks 8-15)
  • Bruno (Disc 4, Tracks 16-19 & Disc 5, Tracks 1-10)
  • The Night of the Storm (Disc 5, Tracks 11-15 & Disc 6, Tracks 1-8)
  • Miss Attila the Hun (Disc 6, Tracks 9-18 & Disc  7, Tracks 1-8)
  • Hostage Situation (Disc 7, Tracks 9-11)
  • Hardshell (Disc 7, Tracks 12-18 & Disc 8, Tracks 1-10)
  • Trapped (Disc 8, Tracks 11-17 & Disc 9, Tracks 1-19 & Disc 10, Tracks 1-3)
  • Snatcher (Disc 10, Tracks 4-11)
  • Twilight of the Dawn (Disc 10, Tracks 12-14 & Disc 11, Tracks 1-10 & Disc 12, Tracks 1-7)
  • End Credits (Disc 12, Track 8)

Wilderness and Other Stories MP3-CDMP3-CD
13 hours: 43 minutes of listening1 MP3 Disc
ISBN: 978-1-4805-7439-7
Cover Price: $9.99

  • Wilderness (Tracks 1-6)
  • Kittens (Track 7)
  • The Black Pumpkin (Tracks 8-11)
  • Down in the Darkness (Tracks 12-16)
  • The Scariest Thing I Know (Track 17)
  • We Three, Revised Edition (Tracks 18-25)
  • Ollie’s Hands (Tracks 26-27)
  • Bruno (Tracks 28-32)
  • The Night of the Storm, Revised Edition (Tracks 33-35)
  • Miss Attila the Hun (Tracks 36-51)
  • Hostage Situation (Track 52)
  • Hardshell (Tracks 53-59)
  • Trapped (Tracks 60-76)
  • Snatcher (Tracks 77-78)
  • Twilight of the Dawn (Tracks 79-83)



Manuscript update

So, some of you (ok, probably all of you) are wondering what’s up with the book this blog is representing. Well, I do have an update.

As a result of the Google Hangout I did with Dean a few weeks ago he sent me a nice note saying that “I am working on my contribution to the bibliography soon.” He also requested that I send him the latest copy of the manuscript. I just sent the manuscript to Cemetery Dance and they’ll be printing all 709 pages of it and send it to Dean this week.

As soon as we get Dean’s Foreword and his answers to some questions we will be locking the manuscript and starting the editing and publishing process.

Thanks for your continued support and patience.

My scanner is the soundtrack to my dreams

I was hoping to claim that I’d broken the 1000 items scanned mark by the end of today but I’m just over 950 and I need to give it a rest. I swear I can hear my scanner even when it’s turned off. Anyway, here’s an example of one of the more obscure items I’ve unboxed.

Fun Fact #1: The Door to December was released in the US under the name Richard Paige while in the UK it was issued as a Leigh Nichols book.

Fun Fact #2: Time Thieves was only released as an Ace Double paperback in the US. In the UK it earned a hard cover release.

Time Theives - Dobson UK HC

Door to December - Nichols - Fontana UK 1 PBK

The scanning has begun

Introduction to Screamplays - ARCOn of the best features of the book will be as many full-color cover images of book, magazine, and everything else I have been able to ever get my hands on. Years ago when this project was started I managed to scan everything I had at what was then an appropriate resolution of 75dpi. Since then we’ve discovered that with changing technology those scans are now basically useless. So, I’ve embarked on the massive task of re-scanning everything as 320dpi TIFF files. I wouldn’t say its a boring project but it is a bit tedious at times.

If you interested in a quality sample, click on the image in this post for a full-sized version. (If your browser doesn’t open TIFF files directly, save the link and open it in your graphics program of choice.)

Latest version off to Dean & what’s next

I’ve just sent off what is most likely the nearly final version of the manuscript, along with a letter containing 23 questions and clarification requests, off to Dean. According to this last letter to me the plan is that he’ll answer these questions and write his introduction to the book. At that point the manuscript will be locked and Cemetery Dance will take over to begin the editing and layout of the book.

Yes folks, we’re heading into the final stages!

In the mean time I still have plenty of work to do and holes to fill in. Here’s what is still to be done while waiting for Dean’s response and some other tidbits:

  • The title has been changed to The Collector’s Guide to Dean Koontz 1964-2012. Officially, anything published after 2012 will not be included. (It’s got to stop somewhere.) However, since the paperback edition of Odd Interlude is being released on January 1, 2013 it will be included. Depending on when we lock the manuscript, one or two other 2013 items may sneak in.
  • Wait! “His first poem wasn’t published until 1965,” you say. Yes, I have one item I’ve included from 1964. It’s seriously obscure, and isn’t poetry or prose. I’ll leave that one as a mystery for you to discover when the book’s published.
  • While we’re waiting for Dean’s response I’m going to continue to try and fill in the known holes. Want to help, check out the “Needed” entries on this site. Fill in a blank and get your name in the books acknowledgements.
  • I may have mentioned this before but when I started scanning all the book covers back over a decade ago, 75dpi was plenty. It isn’t any more. Now everything needs to be re-scanned at 320dpi. Basically, this means I’ve got a 1000+ item scanning project to look forward to which will be slow-going since scanning at that high of a resolution isn’t fast work. I’m thinking that early in 2013 I’ll be taking a week off from my day job just to sit at my desk and scan scan scan.

So, that’s the news for now. Please stay tuned since as this project proceeds I’ll keep everyone posted right here.

Filling in the holes and finding new items

For those that have been following along for a while now, you still may not understand what’s taking so long. I keep promising that I’m getting closer to being done, and then it takes longer than you would think is needed. Well, here’s a good example and a bad example.

First I want to thank Joe Stefko of Charnel House. I sent him a list of about two dozen questions about release dates, page counts, original list prices, and ISBNs, and he came through with an answer to each and every one. From this one e-mail I’ve been able to fill in more holes than ever before.

The other is this auction from 2004 in which there are about 20 items listed that I had no idea ever existed. Folks, there are screenplays listed here, both by Dean and by others, that I’ve never heard of. Just check it out. The Koontz items start at lot #92. Luckily, the auction house even found me one last printed copy of the auction’s catalog and sent me a copy for free. But, now I’ve got 20 new items to add to the manuscript and conferences that will keep me on the road for the next two weeks.

So yes, this book is late, but the end is in sight, and I can guarantee that I am not ignoring it.

Thanks for your continued patience!

Oddkins eBook

Looks like Oddkins is coming out at an eBook on September 4th. (So far I can only find a listing for the Kindle version.)

This might also be a good place to mention that the Collector’s Guide will not be including eBook editions unless they’re somehow unique. For example the recent “eBook only” originals such as Odd Interlude.