This Whispering Room to arrive in 2017?

The release date for The Silent Corner jumped around a few times and I’m hoping that doesn’t happen to the next book again but, I just received this from Amazon:

  Koontz, Dean “The Whispering Room: A Jane Hawk Novel”
Previous estimated arrival date: January 09, 2018
New estimated arrival date: November 21, 2017

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.

 

Black River: I’ll Be Watching Over You

Black River: I’ll Be Watching Over You, Charnel House Numbered Edition
Black River: I’ll Be Watching Over You, Charnel House Lettered Edition

Some news & a correction:

According to Charnel House:

“Both states of BLACK RIVER, I’ll Be Watching Over You by Dean Koontz have been shipped. When Dean ends this series of novellas and novelettes Charnel House will issue a slipcase to house the entire series. There are few copies remaining of this title still available for purchase. Order now to own the first book of this series, you can then retain your number for the series.”

Shown right  are my numbered edition and a friend’s lettered.

Regarding the lettered edition, my friend isn’t all that happy with it…

“Lettered Black River. . .MASSIVE disappointment. I paid $900 for this, it’s bound in 3/4 leather but otherwise identical to the numbered, no traycase, no slipcase even, no bonus material, nothing. It probably didn’t cost them much more to make and he’s charging $900 per copy.”

I only have a few Charnel House lettered edition personally, mostly due to cost, but I’ve been happy with every one of them. In this case, I might have to agree.

Lastly, the correction:

Black River: I’ll Be Watching Over You is not a sequel to the original “Black River” novella from 1999, it is “Black River” just re-titled. The future novellas in this series will be the sequels.

The Silent Corner – Barnes & Noble autographed edition (take 1)

Today I received my autographed copy of The Silent Corner from Barnes & Noble. Like previously autographed B&N copies, this one is a typical trade hardcover edition with a tipped-in autograph page and a different ISBN on the dust jacket; 9781101966198 in this case.

 

But, when I went to verify that, as with previous editions of this type, the ISBN on the copyright page is the same as the standard trade hardcover(9780345545992) I was in for a bit of a shock…

The first page after the autograph sheet is page 423, not a half title, full title, or copyright page. Continuing to flip through the book I found pages 424-452 then the “About the author” page. Next up: page 23 through the correctly placed pages 423-452 & “About the author.”

What it looks like is that the first signature has been accidentally replaced with the last signature; a total mis-binding of pages. (Please click on the link on the first “signature” in this paragraph if you’re not familiar with this term from the book binding world since what I don’t mean in this case is an autograph.)

In the end, I’ve ordered another copy and here’s hoping that this is a one-off and not something that was carried through a whole print run.

Of course, if anyone else has a copy like this, I’d love to know about it.

The Whispering Room release date & pre-order

Amazon.com has The Whispering Room, the second Jane Hawk novel & sequel to The Silent Corner, up for pre-order with a release date of 9 January 2018. Both HC and Kindle editions are available.

Jane Hawk—fiction’s most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine—continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner.

“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.”

These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun—just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide—and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals—Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But these ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue—and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive—in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.