The Book of Counted Sorrows

Did you know that The Book of Counted Sorrows was published as an eBook by Barnes & Noble Digital in 2001? As far as I can recall it was only available in the Microsoft Reader format. Through the magic of some newer technologies I was able to rescue my old copy from the bowels of nearly dead technologies and present you here with the copyright page (below) and the “cover” (right). This of course, will be included in the Collector’s Guide but one of only a few eBook editions due to its rarity.

Introduction © 2001 by Dean Koontz

Poetry © 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 by Nkui, Inc.

Poetry © 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 by Dean Koontz

This edition published by Barnes & Noble Digital,
by arrangement with Dean Koontz
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be
used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever
without the written permission of the Publisher.

2001 Barnes & Noble Digital

ISBN 1-4014-0022-1

Frankenstein “Negative” Cover & other updates

Just got my hands of the alternate “negative” cover of Frankenstein Prodigal Son Volume 2 Issue #1. According to the included certificate of authenticity this cover was limited to just 250 copies.

Also added to the mms this week was the new Berkley premium paperback release of The Voice of the Night with a new “afterword”.

In the better late than never category, I’ve found a review of Frankenstein: Lost Souls in the July 2010 issue of Locus Magazine. (Pages 28-29)

Lastly, the 300th issue of Fangoria features a review of the film version of Demon Seed on page… Well, never mind, the pages aren’t numbered.

Blurb on a David Morrell book

David Morrell’s 2008 book The Successful Novelist contains a blurb from Dean on the back cover. FYI: The guide will contain an appendix listing books containing review blurbs form Dean. It won’t be exactly exhaustive but so far I do believe I have hundreds of titles listed. So, if you know of any please supply the title, author and year of publication in a comment.

Legacies

Legacies edited by Richard ChizmarI always had this small defense in the back of my mind when someone asked me why my book isn’t out yet. It was “Well, Cemetery Dance was supposed to publish Legacies back in 2001 also and it’s not out yet either.” That defense, although generally unspoken, disappeared yesterday as I finally received my copy of Legacies, containing Dean’s “Black River”, yesterday. (Click on the photo for more pics of this wonderful and long-awaited title.)

An odd observation about a recent book club edition

Back in the old days, book club editions didn’t list ISBNs, just the book club’s number. Then, a few years back they started listing an ISBN but usually of the equivalent trade edition. For example, the ISBN for the trade hardcover of What the Night Knows is 978-0-553-80772-1. The book club edition (BCE) of What the Night Knows lists the book club number of 1315656 but also the ISBN for the trade edition. (The appearance of the club number and the smaller size, never mind the shoddy binding, indicate that it’s a book club edition.) What this boils down to is that BCE’s don’t get their own ISBNs.

But then today I received my BCE of the large print edition of What the Night Knows. It lists a club number of 1333073 but the ISBN 978-1-61129-143-8. This is not the ISBN of the trade paperback large print edition. (978-0-7393-7797-0) Any searches for this new ISBN online all point to the large print book club edition.

So here’s my question from a bibliographer’s point of view: when did book club editions start getting their own ISBNs? Anyone?

The Green Devotional

For those completists out there, The Green Devotional: Active Prayers for a Healthy Planet By Karen Speerstra contains a small excerpt from One Door Away From Heaven on page 197 and mentions the inclusion of Dean on the back cover. I’m guessing that since just a paragraph is being quoted, it was done so under fair use and Dean was not involved. If anyone knows any different please let me know. (You can see the quote via Google Books.)

Two new magazine articles

US Airways February 2008
Saveur October 2010

In updating the manuscript last night I found two previously unknown (to me) magazine items. The first is the February 2008 issue of the US Airways in-flight magazine which contains an interview with Dean. The second is the October 2010 issue of Saveur with an article by Dean titled “Lunch Lessons”. I immediately was able to find copies of each of them on eBay for less than $5.00 each.

If you’d like to read them without buying your own copies I used the Wayback Machine to find a copy of the US Airways magazine in question (their current Web site doesn’t include content going back that far.) The Saveur article is currently on their Web site and was reprinted in the Holiday 2010 issue of Useless News.