Koontz Project

Pseudonyms



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- For very rare proofs, images and info.
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The Acknowledged Ten

David Axton
Brian Coffey
Deanna Dwyer
K. R. Dwyer
John Hill
Leigh Nichols
Anthony North
Richard Paige
Owen West
Aaron Wolfe












David Axton

Pseudonym used for one title.

Prison Of Ice








Prison Of Ice

"The Crisis: a murderous famine caused by a worldwide drought.  The possible solution: giant chunks of Arctic ice, split from the pack by high explosives and towed to northern ports to be melted for water.

Deep in a Arctic winter icefield, eight U.N. scientists have planted sixty powerful bombs set to detonate automatically at midnight.  But before they can withdraw to the safety of their base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks the ice on which they are working away from the main mass, setting it adrift and hopelessly marooning the scientists with the bombs in place, and ticking..."


  1976  Lippincott US hardback.
ISBN 0-397-01182-2  $8.95  298 pages  ??/1976.
First Edition stated on the copyright page, no numberline.
The back jacket flap states that David Axton is a pen name of an author who lives in Las Vegas.

  1977  WH Allen UK hardback.
ISBN 0-491-01638-7  £3.95  219 pages  01/1977.


  1977  Fawcett Crest US paperback.
SBN 449-23345-6  $1.75  252 pages  ??/1977.

  1978  Star UK paperback.
ISBN 0-352-39518-4 
85p  219 pages  02/1978.

  Lippincott Prison Of Ice proof.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  1995  Headline UK reissue hardback - as ICEBOUND.
ISBN 0-7472-1195-7 
£16.99  282 pages  01/1995.

   1995  Ballantine US reissue paperback - as ICEBOUND.
ISBN 0-345-38435-0  $6.99  408 pages  02/1995.

  1995  Headline UK reissue paperback - as ICEBOUND.
ISBN 0-7472-4740-4 
£4.99  376 pages  08/1995.

  Headline Icebound proof.
Thank you, Paul Evans!











Brian Coffey

Pseudonym used for five titles.
Three of which have never been reissued.

Blood Risk
Surrounded
The Wall Of Masks
The Face Of Fear
The Voice Of The Night









Blood Risk

"Mike Tucker is a professional thief.

He is a specialist in his field: he steals only from institutions - banks, insurance companies, department stores - whose losses are fully covered by insurance.  He never hits the little guy.  His set-ups are elaborately planned and brilliantly executed.  He has carried out thirteen operations in three years.  He has never failed.

On the fourteenth heist, Tucker and his henchmen - Shirillo, Harris and Bachman - are going after very big money which belongs to a different and deadly dangerous kind of institution.  They are going to lift the biweekly take of a Mafia cell.

Because of one detail left to chance, they fail.  Rossario Baglio's lieutenants capture a wounded Bachman and retrieve the money suitcases as well.  Tucker, Shirillo and Harris escape with just their lives.  They know, though, that if Bachman is still alive, Baglio will get their identities out of him, and the three will be making time until they get hit.

They scatter until Tucker can think up a scheme to rescue Bachman.  It must be foolproof and one hundred percent successful, for they also still want that take, and there won't be a third chance..."


  1973  Bobbs-Merrill US hardback.
Library of Congress catalog card #72-89691  $5.95  160 pages  ??/1973.
BCE-sized trade edition - as are all the Bobbs-Merrill and Arthur Barker releases.
The first title of the Mike Tucker "trilogy" - Blood Risk, Surrounded and The Wall Of Masks.

  1974  Arthur Barker UK hardback.
ISBN 0-213-16468-X 
£1.95  160 pages  07/1974.

  1975  Futura UK paperback.
ISBN 0-8600-7167-7  40p  160 pages  07/1975.

NEVER REISSUED - no US paperback edition released.







Surrounded

"The second in a new suspense series featuring Mike Tucker, successful art dealer, heir to a large (and unobtainable) fortune, and professional thief.  Mike steals only from large institutions, and he has successfully carried out fourteen operations in four years.  His last heist was from the Mafia.

This time, his target is less exotic but no less lucrative: to knock over a posh California shopping mall.  The mall contains a well-heeled bank, a fabulous jewelry store, and eighteen other stores crammed with cash.  With his colleagues Meyers and Bates, it's a matter of an hour to clean the place out.

But Meyers had held back one vital piece of information when he cased the joint.  An alarm is sounded.  They are surrounded by cops, and there is no way out..."


  1974  Bobbs-Merrill US hardback.
ISBN 0-672-51859-7  $5.95  167 pages  ??/1974.
First Edition stated on the copyright page.

  1975  Arthur Barker UK hardback.
ISBN 0-213-16538-4 
£2.50  167 pages  05/1975.

  Bobbs-Merril Surrounded proof.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

NEVER REISSUED - no US or UK paperback editions released







Wall Of Masks

"Mike Tucker is a modified modern-day Robin Hood.  True, he steals only from heavily insured institutions or, in one heist, from the Mafia (which could well afford to lose a few hundred thousands).  Also true, Tucker keeps the money for himself to support his expensive taste in art.  But in the latest in a series of robberies, he rises to heights of altruism that will surprise even his staunchest admirers.

Tucker dreams up a fantastic robbery: the stealing of a Mayan wall of masks, hidden for hundreds of years in the jungles of Campeche.  There is a Texas art collector (black market) who wants the wall.  So does a corrupt Mexican general.  In order to preserve the wall for the Mexican people, Tucker works out an ingenious plan to smuggle the wall out of the jungle.  But he underestimates the cupidity of the Texan and the ruthlessness of the general.  The three factions meet on a disastrous collision course.  Getting the three-quarters-ton wall to Vera Cruz - a difficult feat in itself - proves to be only secondary to the problem of outwitting two dangerous killers."


  1975  Bobbs-Merrill US hardback.
ISBN 0-672-51905-4  $6.95  167 pages  ??/1975.

NEVER REISSUED - no UK hardback, US or UK paperback editions released.







Face Of Fear

"Nietzsche strikes again, this time through the personality of a New York 'superman' who hopes that the terror resulting from his killing of women will enable him to seize political power.  A policeman himself, 'the butcher' gets away with a number of grisly murders until he comes up against Harris, an ex-mountaineer whose fall from Everest has rendered him psychic and who actually 'sees' one of the murders during a TV talk show...

The Butcher traps Harris and his girlfriend, at night, in a Lexington Avenue office building, having shot the guards and short-circuited the elevators.  A cat-and-mouse game played up and down the inside of the building is continued outside it as Harris, with a game leg and terrified of heights, and his girlfriend, with no climbing experience, try to descend the building mountaineer-style from the fortieth floor.  There's a blizzard blowing, to boot."


  1977  Bobbs-Merrill Us hardback.
ISBN 0-672-52312-4  $8.95  244 pages  ??/1977.
First Printing stated on the copyright page.
There was also a Doubleday Book Club edition - similar cover, but smaller.

  1978  Peter Davies UK hardback.
SBN 432-03551-6 
£4.50  239 pages  03/1978.
Note: This title appeared as another of Koontz' pen names in the UK, as by K. R. Dwyer.

  1978  Ballantine US paperback.
ISBN 0-345-27117-3  $1.95  232 pages  05/1978.

  1980  Sphere UK/Canada paperback.
ISBN 0-7221-13148-8 
£1.10  232 pages  07/1980.
Also as by  K. R. Dwyer.
Note: the above info was taken from the second pictured copy, which was printed in Canada.  If you have any pertinent information about the UK printing, please email me.

  Bobbs-Merrill  The Face Of Fear proof.
Thank you, Paul Evans!

  1985  Berkley US reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-424-11984-X  $?.??  306 pages  ??/1985.

  1989  Headline reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3296-2 
£3.50  314 pages  11/1989.

  1989  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0174-9 
£12.95  314 pages  12/1989.

  Graham Potts original Headline cover art for The Face Of Fear hardback.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  1993  Putnam US hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-399-13843-9  $11.98  704 pages  05/1993.
Includes: Lightning, The Face Of Fear, and The Vision.


  1993 Headline UK hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-7472-0805-0 
£7.99  792 pages  07/1993.
Includes: Cold Fire, The Mask, and The Face Of Fear.

  1990, January 8 - both editions.  The Face Of Fear teleplay.
The first is by Alan J. Gluckman, revised by Dean Koontz.
The second is by Dean Koontz.







Voice Of The Night

"Colin Jacobs is a shy, awkward, bookish fouteen-year-old.  His parents are divorced, his mother works, and his only real friends are creatures from the horror and science fiction stories he likes to read.  But his life changes when Roy Borden, the most popular kid in town, becomes his 'blood brother'.  For the first time ever, Colin Jacobs feels like somebody.

There's only one problem.  Roy Borden has a secret - a secret so bizarre that Colin has trouble imagining it at first.  By the time Colin can face the truth of it, it's almost too late.  His own life is in danger - and no one will believe him."


  1980  Doubleday US hardback.
ISBN 0-385-15258-2  $10.95  277 pages  ??/1980.
First Edition stated on copyright page.
An intersting note - the copyright page states: Copyright
© 1980 by Dean Koontz.

  1981  Robert Hale UK hardback.
ISBN 0-7090-8991-5 
£6.50 256 pages  05/1981.
Thank you, Jim Seels!


  1981  Signet US paperback.
ISBN 0-451-09966-4  BN 451-E9966  $2.75  213 pages  08/1981.
Copyright page states: First Signet Printing, August, 1981 - and has a 1-9 numberline.
As with the Doubleday hardback, this edition also clearly shows Dean Koontz as the author.

  Doubleday The Voice Of The Night proof.
Thank you, Jim Olson.


  1985  Star UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-352-31608-X 
£2.25  277 pages  11/1985.
Thank you, Andrew Podger!

  1989  WH Allen UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-491-03169-6 
£12.95  277 pages  02/1989.

  1990  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3519-8 
£3.99  277 pages  03/1990.
With other printings that followed.

  1991  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0295-8 
£14.95  340 pages  03/1991.

  1991 Berkley US reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-424-12816-4  $5.95  339 pages  07/1991.
With other printings that followed.

  1999  Thorndike Press mystery series reissue hardback.
ISBN 
0786217650  ???  447 pages  04/1999.

  Graham Potts original Headline cover art for The Voice Of The Night hardback.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  1994  Putnam US hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-399-13927-3  $11.98  752 pages  04/1994.
Includes: Strangers, The Voice Of The Night, and The Mask.












Deanna Dwyer

Pseudonym used for five gothic paperbacks.
None of which have ever been reissued - and likely never will.
Formulaic gothic romance novels to pay the bills.
Supposedly the estranged wife of K. R. Dwyer - another Koontz pseudonym.

Demon Child
Legacy Of Terror
Dance With The Devil
Children Of The Storm
The Dark Of Summer








Demon Child

DEMON CHILD

"Freya was seven, a beautiful child.  When Jenny Brighton came to the ancestral home of her cousins to recover from the horror of the sudden death of her parents, she fell in love with the little girl.  With her brother Frank, Freya could have stepped from a portrait of idealized childhood.  But the beauty was on the surface only; the guiless blue eyes hid the secret of an inheritance of long dead evil.  For Freya was possessed by something from the dark.  The child would slip without warning into a strange trance... and Death would stalk the grounds of the Brucker Estate.  The first victims were animals but soon the taste of blood became too strong for the unseen stalker to resist, and Jenny found herself plunged into a nightmare world... where she was marked as the next victim!"


  1971  Lancer US paperback.
SBN 447-75201-095  95
¢  224 pages  ??/1971.

  1973  Lancer US paperback.
SBN 447-75498-095 
95¢  224 pages  09/1973.
Thank you, Phil Stephensen-Payne!







Legacy Of Terror

A CHRISTMAS NIGHTMARE

"It was the season to be jolly, a time made for children, and all grownups who would never grow old... but Death knows no season"

THE SEASON OF EVIL


  1971  Lancer US paperback.
SBN 447-75256-095  95
¢  207 pages  ??/1971.







Dance With The Devil

THE DEVIL'S COUNTRY

"Katherine Sellers came to Owlsden in the winter, to be the secretary-companion to Lydia Boland, one of the wealthiest women in the country.  The job was an exciting challenge for Katherine, and a needed change from events she'd sooner forget.  And her new employer was a charming and gracious lady.  If only all the people of Owlsden and the little mountain village that huddled against the estate for protection were so nice, Katherine's happiness would be assured.  However, beneath the charm stirred other emotions, other forces.  There was evil in that mountain valley, a brooding evil that worshipped at a dark altar... an altar that had been built for unspeakable sacrifice!  And Katherine was marked from the moment she arrived... marked to die!"


  1972  Lancer US paperback.
SBN 447-75309-095  95
¢  205 pages  ??/1972.

  1972  Magnum US paperback.
SBN ???-75309-150  $1.50  205 pages  ??/1972.







Children Of The Storm

DARK DISTINGUE

"It was hard for Sonya Carter to believe that she was only half an hour from civilization, for the feeling of isolation from the world on the tiny island in the Caribbean was almost complete.  The people in the two haouses on the island could have been cast adrift from reality, inhabiting a universe of their own.  Sonya had come to Distingue to escape the dark days of her recent past; the offer of a job as tutor to the Dougherty children seemed heavensent.  And for a time Distingue seemed to live up to the promise of its name - a place of elegance.  But there was a darker force on the island, an insane power that sought to bring terror to the most innocent victims of all, the children.  Someone was determined to murder them - and only Sonya stood in his way!"


  1972  Lancer US paperback.
SBN 447-75365-095  95
¢  352 pages  ??/1972.

  1972  Magnum US paperback.
SBN ???-75365-???  $?.??  352 pages  ??/1972.







The Dark Of Summer

"Death blights Gwyn Keller's season of joy, destroying her only chance for love..."


  1972  Lancer US paperback.
SBN 447-75393-095  95
¢  351 pages  ??/1972.










K. R. Dwyer

Pseudonym used for three titles, as well as the UK release of The Face Of Fear
Dean's first hardback was released using this pen name - Chase.
KRD is DRK backwards - coincidence?
As early as the mid-seventies, Dean already regretted not having used his own byline for Chase.

Chase
Shattered
Dragonfly
The Face Of Fear UK








Chase

"When Benjamin Chase was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, he accepted without ceremony - by mail.  He stunned the hometown press and nearly demolished the sports car given him as a token of the esteem by the local merchants.
He had almost managed to make the newspapers forget him when he became a hero again.  He save a girl's life.  He took a knife-wielding madman, who had already killed Lois Allenby's lover, and drove him off.  Thus buying another unwanted batch of publicity.
But that was the least he had to worry about.  Chase had also bought the hatred of a psychopathic killer.  The voice on the telephone was tense and ugly.  "You messed in where you had no right messing... I just want to tell you that it doesn't end here.  I'll deal with you, Mr. Chase, once I've researched your background and have weighed a proper judgement on you.  Then, once you've been made to pay, I'll deal with the whore, the Allenby girl."
"Deal with?"  Chase asked.
"I'm going to kill you and her, Chase."
Chase believed him.  However, once the police learned about his endless sessions with a psychiatrist and his service disability pension for having suffered a nervous breakdown, nobody believed Chase.
Slowly, painfully, Chase had to return from his penitent retreat and face reality again.  He had to find the killer before the killer got to him.  Fortunately, he had been trained in stealth and mayhem by the best school in the world - the U.S. Army.  Unfortunately, the killer - who called himself judge - had also learned a few things."


  1972  Random House US hardback.
ISBN 0-394-47990-4  $5.95  178 pages  ??/1973.
During this period Random House hardbacks had a numberline beginning with "2" for their first printings.  They also stated "First Edition" on the copyright page.  On the back of Chase's dustjacket flap, it states "Printed in the U.S.A. 1/73", so it had to have hit the shelves in early 1973, even though it was copytighted in 1972.  That should make it all as clear as mud - and the two seperate release dates are not a typo.  Dean's first hardback release.  If you have any info regarding the true release date, please email me.

  1974  Arthur Barker UK hardback.
ISBN 0-213-16469-8 
£?.??  178 pages  06/1974.

  1984  Star UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-352-31489-3 
£1.95  214 pages  10/1984.
Thank you, Alan Podger!

  1985  WH Allen UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-491-03454-7 
£11.95  224 pages  06/1985.

  1990  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3525-2 
£3.50  214 pages  05/1990.

  1991  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0301-6 
£14.95  244 pages  07/1991.

 
1995  Warner Books US hardback.
ISBN 0-446-51974-X  $23.95  561 pages  05/1995.
A revised edition of Chase was included in the Koontz anthology, Strange Highways.  My understanding is that it was included only in the US edition.

  1996  Warner Vision US paperback.
ISBN 0-446-60339-2  614 pages  08/1996.








Shattered

"Alex Doyle and his new wife's eleven-year-old brother, Colin, set out from Philadelphia on a drive across the country to their new home in San Francisco, it should have been a fine adventure.

Colin was precocious, savvy beyond his years, good company.  Alex was a successful young commercial artist on his way to a new job as well as to a new wife whom he deeply loved, and he had no worries to detract from his enjoyment of the trip.  He intended to teach Colin a few things about the old U.S.A.  And knowing Colin, Doyle expected the boy to do some teaching of his own.  It would be a learning experience for both of them.

One of the things they would learn in the next five days was the true nature of terror.

"We're being followed, Alex," Colin said when they were only four blocks into their long journey.

Doyle played along with the fantasy.  He was used to Colin's elaborate games, and he enjoyed them himself.  By chance, the small delivery van remained a steady quarter-mile behind them for the next two hours, giving Colin's grandiose imagination an opportunity to evolve all sorts of melodramatic explanations: spies, highwaymen, FBI agents...

But then it became obvious that the van's steady pursuit of them was not coincidental.  It was deliberate.  They were being followed.  And then, on the second day of their journey, on the deserted plains of Missouri, the van tried to run them off the road.  After a harrowing fifty-mile chase, they managed to escape with their-lives.

Temporarily.  Several hours later, as if the driver knew the preplanned itinerary, he showed up on the roadbehind them.  And the violence began again.

From the long night of stalk and counterstalk in the inhumanly gray corridors of a huge motel outside of Denver, to the desperate chase across the deserts of Utah and Nevada, Alex and Colin search for a clue to the identity of the madman behind them.  But he remains faceless... until the final confrontation in San Francisco, when Courtney Doyle - wife and sister of the pursued - becomes the focal point of a paranoid nightmare."


  1973  Random House US hardback.
ISBN 0-394-48529-7  $5.95  182 pages  12/1973.

  1974  Arthur Barker UK hardback.
ISBN 0-213-16470-1 
£1.95  182 pages  07/1974.

  1983  Star UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-352-31440-0 
£1.80  207 pages  ??/1983.

  1984  WH Allen UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-491-03243-9 
£8.95  208 pages  09/1984.
Thank you, Alan Grimason!


  1985  Berkley US reissue paperback.
ISBN 09933-4  $?.??  ??? pages  ??/1985.

  1990  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3523-6 
£3.99  207 pages  03/1990.

  1990  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0299-0 
£13.95  245 pages  11/1990.

  1992  Wings US hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-517-07369-2  $11.98  691 pages  07/1992.
Includes: Shattered, Whispers, and Watchers.








Dragonfly

"The Committee, a group of powerful CIA fanatics, has friends in the mafia, the Congress, in every important department of the government up to and including the President's Oval Office.  They are funded by a reclusive billionaire, and they have always gotten what they wanted.  Now they want everything

Enraged by the Chinese-American détente, the Committee conceives a sinister plot to destroy vital portions of the Chinese population.  Their weapon is a Chinese youth (code name: Dragonfly) who has been surgically implanted with a deadly virus.  He has no memory of what has been done to him, yet he walks around, a human time bomb, set to explode at the right moment and release the plague within him, killing hundreds of thousands of his countrymen.

He must be found."


  1975  Random House US hardback.
ISBN 0-394-49214-5  $7.95  244 pages  08/1975.

  1976  Ballantine US paperback.
SBN 345-25140-7-175  $1.75  261 pages  08/1976.

  1977  Peter Davies UK hardback.
ISBN 0-432-03550-8 
£3.50  256 pages  03/1977.

  1978  The Thriller Bookclub UK bce edition hardback.
???????????.

  1979  Sphere UK paperback.
ISBN 0-7221-3149-6  95p  244 pages  07/1979.

  Random House Dragonfly proof.
Never reissued







The Face Of Fear UK

"It is during a late-night television interview about his detective work as a clairvoyant that Graham Harris, whose gift has come to him after a serious climbing accident, "sees" another murder actually being committed; and he "knows" too that the murderer is the man the police have named the Butcher, the perpetrator of nine particularly horrible previous killings of young women.

The newspaper reports of the interview quickly tell the murderer of Harris's psychic identification, and as with all his other carefully planned attacks - there are others on the way - the Butcher stalks Harris and his girlfriend, Connie Davis.  He contrives to trap them both at night in the vast forty-two storey business building where Harris works.

Hunted from floor to floor by the Butcher through endless offices, with the lifts put out of action and the staircases exposed to gun attack, the pair are left with only one other line of escape - but Harris's lost climbing nerve and Connie's total ignorance of climbing techniques the risk is appalling."

  1978  Peter Davies UK hardback.
SBN 432-03551-6 
£4.50  239 pages  03/1978.
Note: This title appeared as another of Koontz' pen names in the US, as by Brian Coffey.

  1980  Sphere UK/Canada paperback.
ISBN 0-7221-13148-8 
£1.10  232 pages  07/1980.
Also as by  Brian Coffey in the US.  Note: the above info was taken from the second pictured copy, which was printed in Canada.  If you have any pertinent information about the UK printing, please email me.

To see all other releases refer to the Brian Coffey section.










John Hill

Pseudonym used for one title.
Reflects the change in direction for Koontz, as with Aaron Wolfe, he was now using pen names for the science fiction releases - just the opposite of what he'd previuosly done.

The Long Sleep








The Long Sleep

MIND-RAPED

"He woke to a dreamlike future world where every fantasy came true, and every nightmare horror was real.

He woke - and discovered that somehow, somewhere, his mind had been ravished, his memory erased, and his only clue to his identity was his name: Joel.

But he was not alone.  Around him the omnipresent computers typed out messages he could not decipher.  Embracing him was a beautiful woman.  Reassuring him was a kindly, white-haired man who told him one lie after another.  And pursuing him was a figure without a face who called himself Sandman

Was Joel the only sane human in a world gone mad?  Or was he a hopeless maniac living out his fearful fantasies?  Joel's long sleep was over - and his nightmare had just begun...."


  1975  Popular Library US paperback.
SBN 445-00325-125  $1.25  192 pages  ??/1975.
An expansion of the basic storyline of the novelette, Grayworld, from Infinity Five.

Never reissued, nor US hardback or any UK edition released.










Leigh Nichols

Pseudonym used for five US titles.
Used for six UK titles - The Door To December - aka Richard Paige in the US.
All initial US releases were in paperback only, and one BCE - Shadowfires - which was also Koontz' last release using a pen name.

The Key To Midnight
The Eyes Of Darkness
The House Of Thunder
Twilight
The Door To December UK
Shadowfires









Key To Midnight

ZURICH: 1968

"A group of scientists known as "The Clinic" has perfected Midnight a terrifying form of total mind control

JAPAN: 1978

Millionaire investigator Alex Hunter hadn't come to Kyoto to fall in love, but Joanna Rand was the most beautiful, most exciting woman he'd ever seen.  What disturbed him was the certainty he'd seen her before.  In pictures of a senator's daughter, who'd disappeared ten years ago.  Slowly, tenderly, he helped awaken her to a terrifying fact that she was not who she thought she was... that her mind, her memories, had been created for her

What could she have known that was so important?

What could they have done to bury it so completely?

The answer was hidden half a world away in a conspiracy neither of them could have suspected.  Now, with death dogging their footsteps, Alex and Joanna went out together to find... The Key To Midnight."


  1979  Pocket US paperback.
ISBN 0-671-80915-6  $2.50  392 pages  06/1979.

  1980  Magnum UK paperback.
ISBN 0-417-05700-8 
£1.35  400 pages  02/1980.

  1985  Piatkus UK hardback.
ISBN 0-861-88480-9 
£8.95  400 pages  ??/1985.

  1985  Fontana UK paperback.
ISBN 0-00-617001-3 
£2.50  383 pages  11/1985.

  1988  Fontana UK paperback.
ISBN 0-00-617001-3 
£3.50  383 pages  04/1988.

  Pocket advance Key To Midnight preview booklet, 12 pages.

  1988  Dark Harvest US reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-913165-51-4  $19.95  330 pages  01/1990.
All the Dark Harvest reissues were illustrated by Phil Parks.

  Dark Harvest signed/numbered limited edition, 550 slipcased copies.  $48.00.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  Dark Harvest signed/lettered limited edition, 52 slipcased copies.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  Dark Harvest The Key To Midnight proof.
There were only 24 proof copies made for each of the five Dark Harvest Leigh Nichols reissues.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  1992  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0398-9 
£15.99  311 pages  02/1992.

  1992  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3646-1 
£4.99  440 pages  08/1992.

  1995  Berkley US reissued & revised paperback.
ISBN 0-425-14751-7  $6.99  419 pages  06/1995.

  1995  BCE edition reissue hardback.

  1996  Thorndike Press large print Americana series reissue hardback.
ISBN 
0786205792  ???  ??? pages  03/1996.

  Pocket Key To Midnight proof.

  2000 Putnam US hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-399-14626-1  $14.98  773 pages  12/2000.
Includes: Cold Fire, The Key To Midnight, and Hideaway.








Eyes Of Darkness

"It is a year since Tina Evans lost her little boy Danny in a tragic accident... a year since she began the painful process of forgetting, of trying to go on.

But today this shocking message appeared on the blackboard in Danny's room:

NOT DEAD HELP ME

Was it someone's grim joke?  The tangible evidence of her own tormented unconscious?  Or something... more?

The search for the answer will begin now...  A search that will drive a beautiful anguished woman and her compassionate lover through the neon clamor of Las Vegas nightlife, the sun-scorched desert, the mighty shadows of Boulder Dam and the frozen towers of the High Sierras.

People will die now, coldly, brutally, while a buried truth struggles to the surface... a truth so incredible, so frightening, so dangerous that its secret must be kept at the price of any life - any man, any woman... any child."


  1981  Pocket US paperback.
ISBN 0-671-82784-7  $2.75  312 pages  02/1981.

  1981  Piatkus UK hardback.
ISBN 0-861-88201-6 
£?.??  312 pages  ??/1981.

  1982  Fontana UK paperback.
ISBN 0-00-616508-7 
£1.50  312 pages  ??/1982.

  1988  Fontana UK paperback.
ISBN 0-00-616508-7 
£3.50  312 pages  04/1988.

  1989  Dark Harvest US reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-913165-42-5  $18.95  257 pages  04/1989.

  Dark Harvest signed/numbered limited edition, 400 slipcased copies.  $45.00.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  Dark Harvest signed/lettered limited edition, 52 slipcased copies.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  Dark Harvest The Eyes Of Darkness proof.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  1991  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0435-7 
£14.95   307 pages  10/1991.

  1992  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3769-7 
£4.99  468 pages  05/1992.

  1996  Berkley US reissued & revised paperback.
ISBN 0-425-15397-5  $7.50  369 pages  07/1996.

  1996 BCE edition reissue hardback.

  Graham Potts original Headline cover art for The Eyes Of Darkness hardback.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  1998 Putnam US hardback omnibus.
ISBN  0-399-14442-0  $12.98  776 pages  11/1998.
Includes: The Bad Place, Demon Seed, and The Eyes Of Darkness.
Thank you, Jim Olson!








House Of Thunder

IN A CAVERN CALLED
THE HOUSE OF THUNDER

"Susan Thorton watched in terror as her lover died a violent death in a college hazing.

And in the next few years, the four young men who participated in that grim fraternity rite likewise died violently.

Or did they?

12 YEARS LATER

Susan awakens in the aftermath of an accident, suffering amnesia.  Her only comfort - the handsome, reassuring Dr. Jeffrey McGee.  Slowly her convalescence unfolds into a fearful nightmare.  Can the four ageless young men in the corridors possibly be the killers of her boyfriend or phantoms of her tormented memory?

Have the dead come back to life?  Are the answers locked in her haunted mind?  Or has Susan plunged into the abyss of madness?  Now the gentile doctor and a brilliant woman will watch a plot of complex and dangerous dimensions unravel.  A plot whose monstrous purpose echoes back to... THE HOUSE OF THUNDER."

  1982  Pocket US paperback.
ISBN 0-671-43266-4  $2.95  342 pages  05/1982.

  1983  Fontana UK paperback.  ISBN 0-00-616509-5  £1.75  342 pages  02/1983.

  1983  Piatkus UK hardback.
ISBN 0-861-88262-8 
£7.95  352 pages  04/1983.

  1988  Fontana UK paperback.
ISBN 0-00-616509-5 
£3.50  329 pages  04/1988.

  1988  Dark Harvest US reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-913165-34-4  $18.95  255 pages  11/1988.

  Dark Harvest signed/numbered limited edition, 550 copies.
ISBN 0-913165-33-6  $45.00.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  Dark Harvest signed/lettered limited edition, 52 copies.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  Dark Harvest The House Of Thunder proof.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  1992  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0480-2 
£15.99  311 pages  04/1992.

  1992  Berkley US reissued & revised paperback.
ISBN 0-425-13295-1  $5.99  360 pages  06/1992.

  1992  BCE edition US reissue hardback.

  1994  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3661-5 
£5.99  438 pages  04/1994.

  1996 Putnam US hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-399-14125-1  $12.98  804 pages  04/1996.
Includes: The House Of Thunder, Shadowfires, and Midnight.

  2000  Thorndike Press Famous Authors series reissue hardback.
ISBN
0786228652  ???  465 pages  12/2000.







twilight

Beyond the Reach of Day and Night...
Beyond the Realm of Life and Death...
A Child's Voice is Crying

"A parking lot in southern California.  A screaming woman, a threat - and then an act of grotesque violence.

Suddenly Christine Scavello's life is a nightmare.  Her pride and joy, her only child, has been targeted for death by a group of religious fanatics.  They've branded him the Antichrist... and they won't stop until he's dead.

Christine, her son, and the one man who's risked everything to help them, are running, running from the hounds of death, running beyond the edge of terror, into the realm of... TWILIGHT."


  1984  Pocket US paperback.
ISBN 0-671-43267-2  $3.95  440 pages  11/1984.

  1985  Piatkus UK hardback.
ISBN 0-861-88318-7 
£9.95  320 pages  06/1985.
Note: with every release from here on out, the title was The Servants Of Twilight - Koontz' preferred title.

  1985  Fonatana UK paperback.
ISBN 0-00-616923-6 
£1.95  379 pages  02/1985.

  1988  Fontana UK paperback.
ISBN 0-00-616923-6 
£3.50  379 pages  04/1988.

  1988  Dark Harvest US reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-913165-24-7  $18.95  327 pages  07/1988.

  Dark Harvest signed/numbered limited edition, 600 slipcased copies.
ISBN 0-913165-14-X  $45.00.
Thank you, Jim Olson!


  Dark Harvest signed/lettered limited edition, 52 slipcased copies.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  Dark Harvest The Servants Of Twilight proof.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

   1990  Berkley US reissued & revised paperback.
ISBN 0-425-12125-9  $5.50  418 pages  05/1990.
On a personal note: this is the book, the one that grabbed me by the throat and got me hooked; I've been devouring Koontz ever since.  Interesting, in that I discovered Dean's good friend, Robert McCammon - another fantastic author(Swan Song is in my all-time top ten), a full decade before.  Add a healthy serving of Dan Simmons to the Koontz and McCammon mix, and you have a delicious recipe for perfect dark suspense/horror.  Trivia time: on his website, Simmons credits Dean with interceding for the paperback release of Carrion Comfort, which the publisher wasn't interested in.

  1990 BCE edition reissue hardback.

  1991  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3638-0 
£4.99  499 pages  05/1991.

  1991  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0389-X 
£14.95  313 pages  08/1991.

  2001  Thorndike Press Large Print Series reissue hardback.
ISBN
0786228660  $?.??  723 pages  03/2001.

  1991 Wings US hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-517-06487-1  $10.99  752 pages  07/1991.
Includes: The Servants Of Twilight, Darkfall, and Phantoms.








Door To December UK

"What was the secret her little girl dared not whisper...?

Six years before, Laura McCaffrey's three-year-old daughter Melanie had been kidnapped by Laura's estranged husband Dylan, and had seemingly vanished from the face of the earth.

Now Melanie had been found, a nine-year-old wandering the Los Angeles streets with blank eyes and a secret in her soul she would not or could not reveal.

Dylan had been found, too - or at least his mangled remains.

Melanie was home again, safe in her mother's arms.  But would Melanie ever be safe again - as the floodgates of horror opened and the bloody torrent came pouring through...?
"

  1987  Fontana UK paperback.
ISBN 0-00-617377-2 
£3.50  432 pages  08/1987.
In essence, this title was the true final pseudonym released by Koontz, coming after Shadowfires by several months.  The US Signet release, as by Richard Paige, was in 1985 - so I'll list it here in that timeline.
Note: The Door To December most likely would have been released as a Nichols book in the US, as well, had it not been for Koontz being in the process of switching paperback publishers.  He was fed up with Pocket - just look at their "romance novel" cover for Twilight and you'll know why.

  1988  Inner Circle UK hardback.
ISBN 1-85018-067-9 
£10.95  416 pages  01/1988.

  Inner Cricle The Door To December proof.
Thank you, Paul Evans!

To see all other releases, go to the Richard Paige section.







Shadowfires

HE'S DEAD

"Rachael's violently possessive ex-husband, hideously mangled in a freak accident, has disappeared from the city morgue.

HE'S ALIVE

Now someone, or something, is watching her.  Calling her.  Stalking her.  And though no one will believe her, she knows who it is.

HE WANTS HER

His walking corpse a grotesque mockery of life.  His brilliant, warped mind once again "alive" - and seething with jealous rage.

HE'S COMING HOME

Seeking unspeakable revenge beyond her worst nightmare.  Stalking her with murderous lust that will not die.

HE'S AT THE DOOR

There's nowhere left to run, Rachael.
Don't bother to get up.
He has his own key."


  1987  Avon US paperback.
ISBN 0-380-75216-6  $3.95  436 pages  02/1987.

  1987  US bce edition hardback.  I'll dig my copy out and scan it soon.

  1987  Collins UK hardback.
0-00-223164-6 
£10.95  448 pages  12/1987.

  1987  Fontana UK paperback.
ISBN 0-00-617444-2 
£3.50  479 pages  12/1987.

  1990  Dark Harvest US reissue hardback.
ISBN
0-913165-53-0  $21.95  380 pages  12/1990.

  Dark Harvest signed/numbered limited edition, 450 slipcased copies.  $45.00.
Thank you, Jim Olson!


  Dark Harvest signed/lettered limited edition, 52 slipcased copies.
Thank you, Jim Olson!

    Dark Harvest Shadowfires proofs.
Thank you, Allen Norby!
Thank you, Jim Olson!

  1991  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3681-X 
£4.99  598 pages  08/1991.

  1991  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0427-6 
£14.95  372 pages  09/1991.

  1993  Berkley US reissued & revised paperback.
ISBN 0-425-13698-1  $6.99  509 pages  06/1993.

  1993  BCE edition reissue hardback.

  2001  Thorndike Press famous authors series reissue hardback.
ISBN
0786228644  ???  ??? pages  08/2001.

  1996 Putnam US hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-399-14125-1  $12.98  804 pages  04/1996.
Includes: The House Of Thunder, Shadowfires, and Midnight.











Anthony North

Pseudonym used for one title

Strike Deep








Strike Deep

The Proposition...

"Doug reached out and put one hand on Lee's wrist, gripped him firmly.  'We have the same motivations, you and me.  We both want money.  We both want to strike back.'

'Strike Deep...' Lee mused.

'Are you with me?'

'I don't know.'

'You've got to decide soon.  We've got to move within the next week or so, before the code words are outdated.'
'There's so much to think about.'

What was this?  What was the matter with him?  Why didn't he say no right now, this minute?  How could he even consider this insane proposition?

'I'll have to know by nine tomorrow morning.'  Powell said.  'I'm staying at the Algonquin.  Room 34.  I'm registered under the name Walters.'

'If I start leaning your way,' Lee said, 'I'll want to hear the plan all over again, in detail.'

'Sure.'  Powell got to his feet.  'You're going to come in with me, I know you.  You've already accepted it."


  1974  Dial Press US hardback.
ISBN 0-8037-8338-8  $6.95  246 pages  07-1974.
There was also a later printing.

Never Reissued, nor US paperback or any UK edition.










Richard Paige

Pseudonym used for one US paperback title, as Leigh Nichols in the UK.

The Door To December








Door To December

WHAT WAS THE SECRET HER LITTLE GIRL DARED NOT EVEN WHISPER...?

"Six years before, Laura McCaffrey's three-year-old daughter Melanie had been kidnapped by Laura's estranged husband Dylan, and had seemingly vanished from the face of the earth.

Now Melanie had been found, a nine-year-old wandering the Los Angeles streets with blank eyes and a secret in her soul she would not or could not reveal.

Dylan had been found, too - or at least his mangled remains.

Melanie was home again, safe in her mother's arms.  But would Melanie ever be safe again - as the floodgates of horror opened and the bloody torrent came pouring through...?"


  1985  Signet US paperback.
ISBN 0-451-13605-5  $3.95  405 pages  06/1985.

  1987  Fontana UK paperback.
As by
Leigh Nichols.
ISBN 0-00-617377-2  £3.50  432 pages  08/1987.

  1988  Inner Circle UK hardback.
As by Leigh Nichols.
ISBN 1-85018-067-9  £10.95  416 pages  01/1988.

  1990  Signet US paperback.
ISBN 0-451-13605-5  $4.99  405 pages  04/1990.

  1991  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0436-5 
£14.95  312 pages  11/1991.

  1993  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3705-0 
£4.99  472 pages  04/1993.

  1994  Thorndike Press large print Americana series reissue hardback.
ISBN 
0786202505  ???  ??? pages  07/1994.

  1994  Signet US reissue & revised paperback.
ISBN 0-451-18137-9  $6.99  510 pages  10/1994.

  Graham Potts original Headline cover art for The Door To December harback.
Thank you, Jim Olson!










Owen West

Pseudonym used for two releases.
Nearly used for Darkfall as well - see modern novels section.

The Funhouse
The Mask








The Funhouse

FOR 25 YEARS IT GREW IN THE SHADOWS
TONIGHT IT WAITS FOR AMY IN
THE FUNHOUSE

"The carnival has come to town, and tonight Amy and her high-school friends are spending the evening in The Funhouse, a place for enjoying gondola rides through gory delights and harmless horror.

But there is unspeakable evil waiting for unsuspecting Amy in the dark of The Funhouse, a secret evil that began 25 years ago.  It was then that a lonely young woman, who had run off and married a carnival barker, gave birth to a monstrous offspring.  One night, in a drunken stupor, she destroyed it.  Her disturbed husband divorced her, and vowed to go to any lengths to exact his terrible revenge.

Now the night he has been waiting for has finally arrived.  Amy, refusing to heed the carnival fortune teller's warnings, excitedly takes her place on The Funhouse ride... to keep her date with terror."

  1980  Jove US paperback - based on the screenplay by Larry Block.
ISBN 0-515-05726-6  $2.75  275 pages  11/1980.

  1980  SFBC US bce edition hardback, 213 pages.

  1981  Sphere UK paperback.
ISBN 0-7221-9001-8 
£1.25  275 pages  07/1981.

  Jove The Funhouse ARC.

  1992  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0560-4 
£15.99  313 pages  08/1992.

  1993  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3898-7 
£4.99  313 pages  08/1993.

  1994  Berkley US reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-425-14248-5  $6.99  333 pages  06/1994.

  1994  US bce edition reissue hardback.

  Headline The Funhouse proof.
Thank you, Paul Evans!

  US and Australian The Funhouse promotional movie posters.







The Mask

HELLO, I'M NOBODY

"She appeared out of nowhere, in the middle of traffic, on a busy day.  A teenager with no past, no family - no memories.  Carol and Paul were drawn to her - she was the child they'd never had.  It was almost too good to be true.

Then the hauntings began - ghastly sounds in the night, a bloody face in the mirror... the half-felt horror and deja vu...

Where did Jane come from?  Is she just an orphan in need of love?  Or a visitor from a dark place in Hell?  Who is the girl behind THE MASK"


  1981  Jove US paperback.
ISBN 0-515-05695-2  E5695  $2.95  305 pages  11/1981.
Contains the first ever appearance of a quote from The Book Of Counted Sorrows.

  1982  Coronet UK paperback.
ISBN 0-340-32824-X 
£1.95  320 pages  08/1992.

  1988  Berkley US reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-425-09777-3  $4.50  305 pages  12/1988.

  19??  US bce edition reissue hardback.

  1989  Headline UK reissue paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-3262-8 
£3.50  342 pages  07/1989.

  1989  Headline UK reissue hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0134-X 
£12.95  341 pages  08/1989.

  1993 Headline UK hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-7472-0805-0 
£7.99  792 pages  07/1993.
Includes: Cold Fire, The Mask, and The Face Of Fear.

  1994  Putnam US hardback omnibus.
ISBN 0-399-13927-3  $11.98  752 pages  04/1994.
Includes: Strangers, The Voice Of The Night, and The Mask.










Aaron Wolfe

Pseudonym used for one title.

Invasion








Invasion

"Having just about concluded that it was nothing more than the wind and the storm that was upsetting the horses - and now they were all leaping and snorting more furiously than ever, as if they were not three ordinary nags but a trio of high-strung thoroughbreds - I turned toward the door and quite accidentally caught sight of the light which glowed eerily just beyond the only window in the entire building.  There were two lights, actually, both a warm amber shade and of dim wattage.  They appeared to pulse and to shimmer - and then they were gone, as if they had never been: blink!

I hurried to the barn door, slid it open, and stepped into the snow-filled night.  The arctic wind struck me like a mallet swung by a blacksmith who was angry with his wife, and it almost blew me back into the stable row.  Switching on the nearly useless flashlight, I bent against the wind and pulled the door shut behind me.  Laboriously, cautiously, I inched around the side of the barn in the direction of the window, peering anxiously at the ground ahead of me.

I stopped before I reached the window, for I found
precisely what I had been afraid that I would find: those odd, eight-pointed tracks which Toby and I had seen on the slope earlier in the day.  There were a great many of them, as if the animal had been standing there, moving back and forth as it searched for better vantage points, for a long while - at least all the time that I had been inside with the horses.

It had been watching me."


  1975  Laser US paperback, #9.
ISBN 0-373-72009-095 
95¢  190 pages  ??/1975.

  1994  Headline UK hardback.
ISBN 0-7472-0910-3 
£16.99  345 pages  01/1994.
Reissued as Winter Moon.


  1994  Ballantine US paperback.
ISBN 0-345-38610-8  $6.99  472 pages  02/1994.
As Winter Moon.

  1994  Headline UK paperback.
ISBN 0-7472-4289-5 
£5.99  472 pages  12/1994.

  199?  US bce edition reissue hardback.

  Headline Winter Moon proof.
Thank you, Jim Olson!