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Night of the Crabs


editions 1-4, 6
New English Library (UK)
paperback


edition 5
Erich Pabel (West Germany)
digest


edition 7
New English Library (UK)
paperback


edition 8
New English Library (UK)
paperback


edition 9
New English Library (UK)
paperback


edition 10
Dell (USA)
paperback


edition 11
Grafton (UK)
paperback


edition 12
Phantom Press (Poland)
short paperback


editions 13-14
Ghostwriter (UK)
hardback and paperback


edition 15
Black Hill Books (UK)
e-book


edition 16
Black Hill Books (UK)
trade paperback


edition 17
Poltergeist Press (Ireland)
hardback


Publishing History

Series

First in a series:

  1. Night of the Crabs
  2. Killer Crabs
  3. The Origin of the Crabs
  4. Crabs on the Rampage
  5. Crabs' Moon
  6. Crabs: The Human Sacrifice
  7. Killer Crabs: The Return
  8. Crabs Omnibus
  9. The Charnel Caves

Editions

  1. 1976 (July)
       New English Library (UK) paperback #1
       ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art by unknown artist
  2. 1976 (August)
       New English Library (UK) paperback #2
       ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  3. 1976 (November)
       New English Library (UK) paperback #3
       ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above

  4. 1977 (February)
       New English Library (UK) paperback #4
       ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  5. 1977 (August)
       Erich Pabel (West Germany) digest, as King Crabs Nachtmahl!
       ISBN | DM 1,20 | 64 pages | cover art by unknown artist
  6. 1977 (September)
       New English Library (UK) paperback #5
       ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above

  7. 1979 (March)
       New English Library (UK) paperback #6
       ISBN 0-450-04389-4 | 70p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  8. 1980 (November)
       New English Library (UK) paperback #7
       ISBN 0-450-05037-8 | 90p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  9. 1983 (unknown)
       New English Library (UK) paperback #8
       ISBN 0-450-05037-8 | 90p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  10. 1989 (May)
       Dell (USA) paperback
       ISBN 0-440-20338-4 | $3.50 | 170 pages | cover art by unknown artist
  11. 1989 (July)
       Grafton (UK) paperback
       ISBN 0-586-20493-8 | £2.99 | 192 pages | cover art by Luis Rey
  12. 1991 (unknown)
       Phantom Press (Poland) short paperback, as Noc Krabów
       ISBN unknown | price unknown | 172 pages | cover art by unknown artist
  13. 2009 (April)
       Ghostwriter Publications (UK) hardback
       ISBN unknown | price unknown | 170 pages | cover art by Monica Rondino and Andrea Pucci
  14. 2010 (April)
       Ghostwriter Publications (UK) trade paperback
       ISBN 978-1-907190-16-2 | £8.99 | 158 pages | cover art as for 12 above
  15. 2010 (August)
       Black Hill Books (UK) e-book
       ISBN 978-1-907846-03-8
  16. 2017 (unknown)
       Black Hill Books (UK) trade paperback
       ISBN 978-1911415077 | £9.99 | 145 | cover art as for 1 above
  17. 2020 (unknown)
       Poltergeist Press (Ireland) hardback, as Крабы-убийцы
       ISBN 978-1-913138-55-4 | £18.99 | 398 pages | cover art by Ben Baldwin | translation by Andrey Loktionov

Notes

The Ghostwriter Publications edition, which was issued in both trade paperback and limited edition hardback, added a "prologue, epilogue and a completely new chapter", a foreword by J. F. Gonzalez, co-author of Clickers, and a tagline by Brian Keene.

New English Library History

Night of the Crabs has been reprinted by New English Library many times with conflicting details:

  1. The original edition has 29425 at the base of the spine. It was reprinted in at least August 1976 and February 1977. The latter also mentions a November 1976 reprint, though I don't own a copy to validate. This list of reprints is what's listed in the publishing history of the 1979 new edition.
  2. I also own a September 1977 reprint of this edition, which isn't mentioned in that 1979 edition. It contains a publishing history too, but only mentions July 1976 and November 1976, omitting August 1976 and February 1977.
  3. A new edition was published in March 1979. This has 43894 at the base of the spine, loses the purple background from the NEL logo and moves the cover logo from the top right to the top left. It also has a different ISBN and price, now 70p instead of 60p. This edition erroneously lists The Crabs as a previous book in Guy's bibliography.
  4. This was reprinted in November 1980, though this seems to be a new edition in everything but name. It has 50378 at the top of the spine and the introductory pages are all reworked. Again this has a new ISBN and price, now 90p.
  5. A final new edition was published in 1983, with the tagline changed from "In the tradition of The Rats" to "Death was emerging from the sullen sea". This version was later used for the Black Hill Books e-book version.

Many thanks to Phil Ellett for providing a high quality scan of the 1983 cover with the "Death was emerging from the sullen sea" blurb.

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