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Hello, Kolchak, and welcome to the ISFDB Wiki! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

Note: Image uploading isn't entirely automated. You're uploading the files to the wiki which will then have to be linked to the database by editing the publication record.

Please be careful in editing publications that have been primary verified by other editors. See Help:How to verify data#Making changes to verified pubs. But if you have a copy of an unverified publication, verifying it can be quite helpful. See Help:How to verify data for detailed information.

I hope you enjoy editing here! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will insert your name and the date. If you need help, check out the community portal, or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome! Mhhutchins 15:16, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

The Ninth Configuration by Blatty

I've accepted the submission adding this new edition of the title. If you have a copy of the book, please consider doing a primary verification of the record. If not, you should record the source for your data in the record's note field. Thanks. Mhhutchins 18:08, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

Your update was accepted but a few changes were made in the contents. The title of the book was appended to the introduction and afterword, something we do to disambiguate common titles. They were also changed to the ESSAY type. NONFICTION is used for book-length works. I also noticed there are two novels in this book, which would make it an OMNIBUS type instead of a NOVEL type. I'll make the necessary changes and allow you to look over it before doing a primary verification. Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 18:28, 20 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. Killer Kane is an earlier incarnation of what became The Ninth Configuration. So, two versions of the same novel. Kolchak 18:58, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

Images for Helle on Wheels

You uploaded two identical images of this cover to the wiki server, and I'm not sure why. The first one was named with the ID number of the publication record (which is how the system automatically names files using the semi-automated upload method.) The second one was given the name of the book itself, something we try to avoid because titles will most likely have different covers when they are reprinted. The latter file should be deleted. Thanks. 18:14, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

I would delete the file if I knew how, however, this image is the correct colour (the old greyscale image is probably from a Nolan site that scanned all his covers in greyscale). I tried overwriting the existing image but it wouldn't let me. Should I come up with another name, since the autosuggest uses the name of the existing image? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kolchak (talkcontribs) . (and message moved to this subject).
Looks like you made another attempt to add it again. I believe you have the original image in your cache so it appears whenever you go to the image you uploaded. Try reloading the page and you'll see it's OK. If you go to the pub record, you'll also see it's OK. I'll delete the earlier attempts. Thanks. Mhhutchins 18:48, 20 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. Kolchak 18:54, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

Rod Serling's Night Gallery 2

The submission updating this record was accepted, but I have a few questions. You removed the statement "Assumed 1st Printing". Does the book indicate the edition or printing? Data like this should be added to the note field. Also you added "553-07203-075" to the catalog number field. When a book has more than one catalog number you should only record one in the catalog number field (prefacing it with a "#") and record the other one in the note field. If it has an ISBN or a derivable one, place that in the catalog number field and record others in the note field.

For more help on adding and updating pub records, there are links in the Welcome section at the top of this talk page. Thanks. Mhhutchins 18:59, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

Right you are: it's still assumed, I guess, as the publication page merely states:
Night Gallery 2
A Bantam Pathfinder edition / published December 1972
Usually, Bantam would insert a line/date for each edition published, but as it's not explicitly stated, I guess you would have to leave in the Assumed 1st printing. I was curious about the ISBN/Cat # field; should have double checked. The 553 number is the ISBN off the spine; the SP7203 is the Bantam catalog number. Kolchak 19:10, 20 May 2011 (UTC)
I think we can assume this is a first printing, which is how we have to record it if it's not explicitly stated. In the early days before the ten digit ISBN became the standard, each publisher was coming up with their own way of cataloging their books. In this case Bantam added the publisher number (553) to the catalog number (07203) and then attached the price (075) at the end. So 553-07203-075 is not a true ISBN, but it's OK to record it in the note field. You can derive from that number a working ISBN (0-553-07203-X), but in this case, it would be better to record the SP number in the catalog field. I'll adjust the record accordingly. Thanks.
BTW, it's best to sign your comments at the end. And you should offset your comments with a colon, adding one to the previous commenter's amount. I've adjusted your comments to the standard wiki format so you can see how it's displayed. Mhhutchins 19:58, 20 May 2011 (UTC)
OK, will do. Thanks again, learning as I go along. Kolchak 20:05, 20 May 2011 (UTC)


You made a submission to add an omnibus of three novels by Richard Matheson, but you give the author as Matthew R. Bradley, who wrote an introduction. I'm going to accept the submission, but change the author credit to Matheson. Mhhutchins 00:32, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

I added the afterword by Gorman, and disambiguated the introduction by giving the title of the book. Mhhutchins 00:37, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
The author is Matheson, but the field for omnibus is editor. While Gorman may have written an afterword and a copyright for it is on the copyright page, the afterword does not appear in my copy of the book. It may have appeared in the later reprint editions of the book. Thanks, Kolchak 13:56, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
The field of an omnibus states editor because it many instances there are novels that are written by more than one author included in an omnibus. If the omnibus (technical term) is actually a collection of works by a single author that include at least one novel than the author's name should be entered in the editor field. Otherwise, the book would not appear on that author's ISFDB summary page. A good rule of thumb: you should credit the author that appears on the book's title page. I'll remove the afterword content record from this publication record. Thanks. Mhhutchins 12:37, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
OCLC's record insists there is an afterword by Gorman. Can you please confirm that it doesn't exist in your copy of the book? Also, please take a moment to primary verify the record. Thanks. Mhhutchins 12:40, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
I don't know if it's just my copy, but there is no afterword by Ed included within the book despite the copyright assignation. Kolchak 14:25, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Gauntlet's What Dreams May Come

You want to change the price of this pub from $65.00 to $50.00. Do you have a copy of the book and is the price stated there? If so, I'll accept the submission and ask that you do a primary verification. Otherwise, you should note the source for the changes you're making in the pub. Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:39, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

The price was not in the book (no DJ on those titles), but from my invoice and from the publisher's website. Kolchak 14:19, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
When either adding new data or updating existing data in a publication record, you should always state the source of that data, especially if it doesn't exist in the book itself. I'll accept the submission if you'll then update the record giving the source of the price. Otherwise another editor will come along, look at the listing in the Locus database, and insist the price should be $65.00. I hope you'd understand the conflict such changes would cause without good documentation. Thanks. Mhhutchins 12:32, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Also, the "To the Reader" essay will have to be disambiguated, because Matheson has used that title at least twice. (I disambiguated the title of a similarly-titled work in The Path). Mhhutchins 12:42, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Matheson's The Path

I accepted the additions to this pub but made some further changes. The generic titles were disambiguated by adding the title of the book of the title (please keep that in mind for any future submissions.) Mhhutchins 00:43, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Matheson's The Prisoner

Submission for this pub was accepted, but it's incomplete. It's lacking a content record, which should added at the time of CHAPTERBOOK creation. If it's a short story, edit the record and add it to the contents. Also, you've entered it as a "pb". Is it a standard mass-market paperback size, or perhaps a stapled or stitched pamphlet? If the latter, it should be entered as "ph". Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:47, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

I was wondering about the pb designation as it's a stapled chapbook. The help section didn't mention ph that I noticed, just hc and pb, so I went with pb. I will keep in mind for the future. Thanks, Kolchak 13:58, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Approved and merged with the "Off Beat: Uncollected Stories" version. BLongley 16:07, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Bloch's Early Fears

When editing or updating an existing record that's been primary verified it is ISFDB policy, as a courtesy, to leave a message on the verifiers talk page. Editors have different levels of notification preferences which are usually noted on their talk page. Also, please give the source for any information that is not stated in the book itself. Is there a statement of 2300 copies of this trade edition in the book? Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:51, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

OK: I left a note on his page; the limitation for the trade copy is from the back page (it also mentions the limitation for the signed limited, but as I don't have a copy of the signed limited I won't bother editing that page). I have been pulling copies of my books off the shelves, scanning the covers, and updating my Collectorz Book Collector database; just thought I'd fill in missing stuff on your site while I was going through the trouble. Thanks, Kolchak 14:06, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Whispers' Psycho II"

I'm holding a submission for a book that has been primary verified by another editor with the artist being Don Punchatz. You want to change the credit to Don Ivan Punchatz. Do you have a copy of the book? If so, you can tell us in the moderator's notes of your submission and I can stop bugging you about the source of your data. Again, as a primary verified record, you should notify the editor who verified it. Some editors are more active than others and you may find some haven't been active for years. Go ahead and leave the note on their page, and the moderator can determine whether do accept the submission. We're more likely to if you let us know that you have the same pub. Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:57, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

I own a copy of the book and pulled the artist's name from the copyright page. I've only been selecting the primary verifying option on the book pages after the changes have been made. Should I mention in the moderator's comments on the edit page that I have a copy in hand from which I am adding/changing info? It might make this more streamlined. Thanks, Kolchak 14:12, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Submission accepted. And yes, either do a primary verification before the submission or add a note in the moderator's comments of the submission. This let's us know that you're working from the book itself. Thanks. Mhhutchins 12:45, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Gauntlet's Psycho

We need to know the source for the change you made to this pub. (The limitation number). Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:59, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

As I own a copy of the book, I opened it up, turned to the signature/limitation page, and noted the limitation number; of course, publishers tend to overprint and produce publisher's copies, but it's still a pretty good indication of how many copies were theoretically produced. I would have to ask Barry at Gauntlet for a more accurate number. Thanks, Kolchak 14:09, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Just add a note to the note field giving the source of your data. No need to be more accurate than what's stated in the book itself, even if the actual number is different (and from my experience with the small press, they always print more copies that is actually stated.) Mhhutchins 12:48, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Matheson's I Am Legend

I added an ISBN to this record based on a couple of dealers' listings. Is this number stated in the book? Thanks. Mhhutchins 15:53, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

Yes, the 10-digit ISBN is included on the copyright page. Kolchak 16:39, 3 June 2011 (UTC)

Kiernan's "The Crimson Alphabet"

I'm holding your submission to add this publication. Is the title "The Crimson Alphabet (Another Primer)" exactly how it's stated on the book's title page? (The SubPress website doesn't give the parenthetical title.) You gave the name of the story without the additional title. Is that how it appears on the story's title page? Once the submission is accepted I'll have to correct the author field as entered. Person credits (author, editor, artist) should be entered exactly as stated on the pub, i.e. First, Middle, Last Name. The content record for "Author's Note" will be changed to ESSAY instead of NONFICTION, a type reserved for book-length work. It will also have to be disambiguated by adding the title of the work parenthetically. This is the standard for generically titled works: Introduction, Afterword, etc, so that they have a unique name. Thanks. Mhhutchins 17:02, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Because you've not responded, I'm going to accept the submission, make the changes and ask that you make another submission to change anything about the record that I may have entered incorrectly. Mhhutchins
Sorry, I've been working on other things. The title is from the title page, even though the cover states otherwise. The actual story is broken up into "A is for...", "B is for..." When I get a chance to go through it, I will update. Thanks. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kolchak (talkcontribs) .
Thank you. Mhhutchins 19:18, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

The Early Fears

I swapped out the title record for the story "The Dream Makers" in Bloch's The Early Fears replacing it with the variant title "The Dream-Makers" as it appears in the collection. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 11:47, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

Death Stalks the Night

I expanded the notes to Cave's Death Stalks the Night. I also removed the square brackets from the Roman numbered page count. We generally use the square brackets when the pages aren't actually numbered. Lastly, I'm swapping out the two stories that were credited to Cave's pseudonym, Justin Case, since they are credited to Cave in this collection. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 12:21, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

King's Pet Sematary

The record you created and verified for the first Signet printing of this title was deleted, because there was already one in the database. When you get a chance please do a second Primary Verification of this record. Thanks. Mhhutchins 03:59, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

Murgunstrumm and Others

I deleted the overall interior art credit for Lee Brown Coye for Murgunstrumm and Others replacing it with individual items for each major illustration. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 02:46, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Murgunstrumm and Others II

I expanded the notes to Cave's Murgunstrumm and Others, including altering the note about the signed bookplate. My copy doesn't have the bookplate, so you may want to alter the note if yours does. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 15:58, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

Isle of the Whisperers

I've expanded the notes for Cave's Isle of the Whisperers indicating the first edition statement. I've also added a content item for the interior illustrations. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 02:30, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Like a Dead Man Walking

Are you certain of the list price that you changed in this publication record? Is it stated on the book? Amazon gives it as $75.00. Thanks for checking. Mhhutchins 18:40, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

According to the publisher's website, the introducer's middle initial doesn't have a period. Is it present in your copy? (I'm assuming you have a copy because you didn't give a source for your data. Please do a primary verification of the record when you get a chance.) Mhhutchins 18:44, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

One other thing: the publisher's page gives the interviewer of the piece on page 201 as Jason V Brock, not William F. Nolan, and it's an interview of Nolan and Matheson, and not just Matheson as it was entered. Mhhutchins 18:46, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Since you've not verified the record yet, I'm going to make the changes as they appear on the publisher's website, and give it as the source. If these are not correct, please update the record and give a primary verification of it. Mhhutchins 23:12, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
The publisher has confirmed $45 is the list price; I think whoever is selling on Amazon may not get the usual wholesale/retailer discount, and thus pads the price for profit.
Yes, you are correct, Jason V Brock does not use a period for his middle initial (V for Vincent). He's quite an interesting character, and apparently above conventional punctuation.
Also, the interviewer is Jason and the interviewees are Mr. Matheson and Mr. Nolan.Kolchak 18:12, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
"Whoever is selling on Amazon" is Amazon, as indicated in the listing. Is the list price actually stated in the book? Also, please do a primary verfication of the record if you have a copy of the book. Thanks. Mhhutchins 21:38, 24 August 2014 (UTC)
Aye, thus Amazon must not be getting a discount on the book and thus adds 40%. I do have my copy out and will verify when I get a chance. Thanks for bearing with me--it's been a while since I've updated anything.Kolchak 15:39, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Artwork in Cave's Death Stalks the Night

I'm going to replace the single credit for Coye's artwork in Cave's Death Stalks the Night with individual items for each illustration. I'm doing this to better capture which of the illustrations have been reprinted. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 12:27, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

The Burning & Other Stories

The copyright page in my copy of Fathoms says "The Sounds of Silence" comes from The Burning & Other Stories (which lists you as primary verifier) and that's confirmed on this page but it's not in the ISFDB listing. Also, my copyright page says "Play Like I'm Sheriff" was first published in this 1973 collection but the story has a 1968 date in the ISFDB. If you're still around, could you double check those? Thanks. --J-Sun 21:29, 17 December 2016 (UTC)

The Vampire Tapestry

I accepted your addition of The Vampire Tapestry, but made some changes to match ISFDB standards:

  • Title Type: As this contains two short stories, I have unmerged it from the novel and changed it to an OMNIBUS.
  • Price: I added the $ symbol to the price. As ISFDB deals in multiple currencies, prices should contain the symbol.
  • Introduction: I changed the introduction type to an ESSAY. NONFICTION is only used for publications. Also, for generic titles like Introduction, Preface, etc., we add a disambiguation consisting of the publication title. As such, I changed the title to "Introduction (The Vampire Tapestry)".

Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 00:37, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

The Elementals


Added a cover and a note on Amazon's ASIN to your verified (the standard ISBN link does not work for this book). Annie 00:07, 22 October 2020 (EDT)

I added FantLab ID, replaced Amazon cover with FantLab cover (looks the same), and added the interior artist (same as the cover artist). --Username (talk) 15:44, 26 September 2022 (EDT)