Does your Odd Apocalypse have a sticker?

I just got back from Barnes & Noble and now own two copies of the trade hardcover edition of Odd Apocalypse. Why? Well, their copies had stickers on the covers that the one I purchased from Amazon.com didn’t. Here’s a photo of the two followed by a zoom-in on the sticker in question.

 

Reaching out to Charnel House

Just as a small update I just sent out an e-mail to Joe Stefko @ Charnel House asking for his assistance in filling in the details I’m missing about some of his details. If anyone knows Mr. Stefko and would be willing to encourage his assistance I’d greatly appreciate it.

Exciting news and updates!

I just got Dean’s latest edits/comments and it’s only two pages long, which may sound like a lot but compared to previous versions of the manuscript this is a very small amount.

All I need to do next is keep up with the updates of newly released material (a constant project) and integrate his comments and corrections in to the manuscript. At that point Dean will be doing one last review and writing his afterword. I can’t say much on that front as I don’t exactly know what he’s going to say but I have some ideas and let’s just say it’s going to be well worth the wait.

On the Cemetery Dance front, you may not have noticed, but this book is listed as “Out of Print” and currently not available for ordering. That was done a while back when the status of this project was unclear. Once things get more locked down in the next few months or so, CD will be relaunching the project including significant promotion and advertising.

So, at this point CD is aiming for a 2013 release. As details become more clear I’ll of course post them here. As for how you can help, there’s still a handful of items that are missing information that I’d love to get filled in prior to publication. Please take a moment to head over to the Information Needed page and see if there’s anything you can help me out with. If you can provide me with verifiable information that fills in a hole, I’ll do my best to list you in the book’s thanks. (A list that is already considerable in length due to the number of folks that have assisted me over the years.)

Thanks for your continued patience!
Michael

Virgin Art

If you’re a Koontz book collector like me you know that there are different editions and covers and finding all of them (or at least all the first editions in English) can be a daunting task. But, enter the world of comics and you’ve got some learning to do as I have.

I’ve collected comics in the past (i.e. the 1980s) and still read a handful of titles these days but I was not experienced in the fine art of variant covers and “dealer incentives”. For this post let’s just use Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Volume 2 Issue #1 as an example.

Turns out this particular issue was issued with three different covers. The first was the “standard” cover. The second was the “virgin art” cover, meaning that the art was there but there was no wording including the title, issue number, etc. The third featured the same art at the standard but in “negative”. (Shown left-to-right below.)

  

The dealer incentive part of this story is what makes the non-standard covers more collectible. In this case the virgin art version was only sold to comic shops that ordered 15 copies of the standard cover version. This is known as a “1-for-15 incentive”. The negative cover in this case only had 250 printed and was released as a “Dynamic Forces exclusive”.

Well, I think I’ve explained that well enough. (If someone knows more about comics than I please feel free to fill in details in the comments.) Oh, and this is a simple example. Maybe in a future post I’ll talk about the six different versions of Dean Koontz’s Nevermore Issue #1 from Dynamite. (Which ignores the version from Dabel Brothers, a completely different publisher…)

Things are starting to fall into place

Scattered puzzle pieces next to solved fragmentI’ve been working most of the weekend cleaning off my “outstanding items” shelf and there’s just one item left on it right now. And, in the process of figuring out what known holes are in the manuscript I’ve managed to get them all posted to the site. If you’re looking to help fill in those holes, just seen what there is to see in the help category. Surprisingly there’s less there than I expected.

Also, I’m prepping the next draft to head off to CD and then to Dean for his approval. In the mean time I’ll of course keep working on filling in the holes and adding new material.

Now, as for the scanning project ahead of me… Well, I’ll save that story for another time.

Edward Lee writes like Dean Koontz?

ghouls_titlesHere’s another one for the ephemera appendix…

I’m a Dean Koontz fan obviously. I’m also a big fan of Edward Lee. Would I say these two authors are anything like each other? Most definitely not. Dean leans toward the subtle, while Ed is anything but subtle. So, much to my surprise I find the following statement on the back of the Necro Publications release of Edward Lee’s Ghouls:

“A novel of unrelenting horror in the tradition of Dean Koontz.”

Granted this book was originally published by Pinnacle in 1988 so maybe this text is being reprinted from a much less extreme time in Ed Lee’s life but I must admit this comparison, in my experience, is a bit of a stretch. When I get to reading it, I’ll see if I can post something that might explain it all.

The Girl on the Glider by Brian Keene

Just finally got around to reading Brian Keene’s The Girl on the Glider and it turns out that it had earned an entry in the ephemera section of the Collector’s Guide for the following paragraph on pages 78-79:

The Girl on the GliderI’d also become distinctly aware that a number of people who I’d thought were my friends were my friends only because of who I am and not because of who I am. There is a distinction there, and I bet Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or Dick Laymon would have commiserated . But I wasn’t going to ask King and Koontz for advice on shit like that, simply because I know how overwhelming it is when people do it to me. And Dick wasn’t around to ask. I considered trying to contact him via Ouija board or a medium. Ask him for advice on how to deal with all of the users and abusers and hangers-on in my life, and “Hey, Dick, while we’re at it, what can you tell me about the afterlife? Because I’ve got to tell you, my old mentor—I’m fucking scared of dying.”

There were only 537 copies of this title published by Cemetery Dance in 2010 and it’s long sold out, but it looks like Amazon.com has a copy or two available right now.

Screamplays is coming

Today I received a box of Advance Reader Copies form Cemetery Dance (something I purchased; they don’t give me freebies) and much to my surprise one of the books was Screamplays which includes an introduction from Dean. Yes folks, similar to my book, this one’s been a long time coming. It lists a copyright date of 1997 and a publication date of 2011. My book might just be second in delayed publication to this book. (I was contracted in 2000.) I’ll get a scan of the cover up as soon as I can but at the moment, the computer my scanner is connected to is dead and in need of new RAM.

Update 6/14:
Yeah, those words were a bit dumb as the book was first published by Del Rey back in 1997. (My Koontz collection is so large, it’s easy to forget something in particular every one in a while.)