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Night of the Crabs

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

Editions

  1. 1976 (July) - New English Library (UK) paperback #1
  2. 1976 (August) - New English Library (UK) paperback #2
  3. 1976 (November) - New English Library (UK) paperback #3
  4. 1977 (February) - New English Library (UK) paperback #4
  5. 1977 (August) - Erich Pabel (West Germany) digest, as King Crabs Nachtmahl!
  6. 1977 (September) - New English Library (UK) paperback #5
  7. 1979 (March) - New English Library (UK) paperback #6
  8. 1980 (November) - New English Library (UK) paperback #7
  9. 1989 (May) - Dell (USA) paperback
  10. 1989 (July) - Grafton (UK) paperback
  11. 1991 (unknown) - Phantom Press (Poland) short paperback, as Noc Krabów
  12. 2009 (April) - Ghostwriter (UK) hardback
  13. 2010 (April) - Ghostwriter (UK) trade paperback
  14. 2010 (August) - Black Hill Books (UK) e-book
  15. 2017 (unknown) - Black Hill Books (UK) trade paperback

Details

  1. ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art by unknown artist
  2. ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  3. ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  4. ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  5. ISBN | DM 1,20 | 64 pages | cover art by unknown artist
  6. ISBN 0-450-02942-5 | 60p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  7. ISBN 0-450-04389-4 | 70p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  8. ISBN 0-450-05037-8 | 90p | 144 pages | cover art as for 1 above
  9. ISBN 0-440-20338-4 | $3.50 | 170 pages | cover art by unknown artist
  10. ISBN 0-586-20493-8 | £2.99 | 192 pages | cover art by Luis Rey
  11. ISBN unknown | price unknown | 172 pages | cover art by unknown artist
  12. ISBN unknown | price unknown | 170 pages | cover art by Monica Rondino and Andrea Pucci
  13. ISBN 978-1-907190-16-2 | £8.99 | 158 pages | cover art as for 12 above
  14. ISBN 978-1-907846-03-8
  15. ISBN 978-1911415077 | £9.99 | page count unknown | cover art as for 1 above

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. 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.

At some point, a further edition changed the banner on the cover from 'In the tradition of The Rats' to 'Death was emerging from the sullen sea'. I have old notes suggesting 1983, which I can't validate, while the Black Hill Books e-book version uses this cover too.

Many thanks to Phil Ellett for providing a high quality scan of the cover above with the 'Death was emerging from the sullen sea' blurb. He adds that this came from a set of Neil Jackson's cover scans and was titled 'Night of the crabs - USA #1'.

This is odd because it's clearly a New English Library cover not a New American Library cover, but reading up on those imprints suggests that it actually is viable:

  • New English Library (NEL) was created by the Times Mirror Company in 1961. They had bought Ace Books and Four Square Books and folded them into New English Library as a match for New American Library (NAL) in the US, which they'd bought a year earlier.
  • For a couple of decades, they were equivalents, with NEL publishing in the UK and NAL publishing in the US.
  • However, Times Mirror sold NEL to Hodder & Stoughton in 1981, where it remains to this day, though the name hasn't been used since 2004 when Hodder & Stoughton were bought by Hachette Livre.
  • Times Mirror also sold NAL in 1983, which was sold again in 1987 to Penguin, who had 'sort of' created it in 1948.
  • So, NEL and NAL weren't owned by the same company as of 1981, when it would have been possible for NEL to publish in the US. I'm not aware that they ever did, but it would have been possible.

Maybe this Night of the Crabs was a proposed dip into that pond that never happened.

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