Thursday, May 30, 2013
Alert! John Lange Novels to be Released as Ebooks
It was announced today that Open Road Integrated Media will publish the ten novels Michael Crichton wrote under pseudonyms as ebooks. Release date is July 23rd, 2013 (the day before my birthday). This will include the eight books Crichton wrote under the name “John Lange”, plus the one he wrote under the names of “Jeffery Hudson” and the one he co-authored with his brother Douglas Crichton under the name “Michael Douglas”. Here is a list of the titles:
The eight novels published under the pseudonym “John Lange”:
Odds On (1966)
Scratch One (1967)
Easy Go (1968) – later republished under the title The Last Tomb
Zero Cool (1969)
The Venom Business (1969)
Grave Descend (1970)
Drug of Choice (1970)
The novel Crichton published under the pseudonym “Jeffery Hudson”:
A Case of Need (1968)
And the novel Michael Crichton wrote with his brother Douglas Crichton – published under the pseudonym “Michael Douglas”:
Dealing Or The Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1970)
I've long suspected that the pseudonym novels might be released as ebooks. It’s a very cost efficient way to do it.
Two of the John Lange novels were recently republished. Hard Case Crime republished Grave Descend as a paperback in 2006, and Zero Cool in 2008. They were published under the name “John Lange” with no indication that they were written by Michael Crichton. But 2008 edition of Zero Cool had a fascinating addition. Crichton wrote a prologue and epilogue in which the main character’s grandson is interviewing him and recording it on a camcorder. It’s as though Crichton was reflecting back on his early writing.
Those sections of Zero Cool are the last publication of new material by Crichton before his death.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts about what Michael Crichton has said about these earlier works.