Thomas M. Disch - The M.D.
a. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. (Apr. 1991) First Edition. "First Edition" on copyright page. 401 pp. Paper over boards with cloth spine. Jacket art and design by Archie Furguson.
b. Hastings on Hudson, NY: Ultramarine Press. (1991) 412 pp. Limited edition formats: 12 lettered copies bound in full leather. 38 numbered copies bound in half leather.
c. New York: Book of the Month Club. (Jul. 1991) 401 pp. Identical to Knopf edition except for depressed stamp on back spine and price missing on dust jacket.
d. New York: Quality Paperback Book Club. (Nov. 1991) 402 pp. Trade paperback. Jacket art and design by Archie Furguson.
e. London: Harper/Collins. (Jan. 1992) First English edition. 401 pp. Paper over boards. Cover illustration by Mike Timmins.
f. New York: Berkley Books 13261. (Apr. 1992) First paperback edition. 466 pp. Seventh printing Aug. 1993. Cover art by Archie Furguson.
g. Holland: J.M. Meulenhoff. (April 1992) First Dutch edition. 454pp. Translated by Knut Azimuth. Cover illustration by Nico Keulers.
h. Spain: Ediciones B, Exito Internacional #104 tpb: (Oct. 1992) as "Doctor en Medicina". Trade paperback. translated by Gemma Moral Bartolome.
i. London: Grafton 07284. (Feb. 1993) A paperback original. 541 pp. Cover illustration by Christopher Brown.
j. Bergisch-Gladbach: Bastei-Luebbe; Allgemeine Reihe, 13459. (14 May1993) as "Der Merkurstab". 524pp. Translated by Joachim Honnef. Frontispiece: Nico Keulers.
k. Paris: Julliard. (April 1993) as "Le Caducee Malefique".Trade paperback. Translated by Natalie Zimmermann.
l. Prague: Adam. (1993). as "M.D. V osidlech pohanskeho boha". Hardback. Translated by Sylva Kajdosova. Cover illustration by Jindrich Herbrych
m. Poland: Amber. (1993) as "Lekarz". Paperback. 2 volumes.
n. Paris: Pocket, Terreur 9120 . (June 1994) as "Le Caducee Malefique". A paperback. translated by Natalie Zimmermann. cover art by P. O. Templier
o. Milan: Sperling & Kupfer, Narrativa #198. (1995) as "Il taumaturgo". Translated by Nuccia Agazzi.
p. Japan: Bunshun Bunko e-7-1,2. (10 Feb 1996) Paperback. Two volumes. Translated by Tsuyoshi Matsumoto
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"The M.D. is simply one of the best novels of horror-fantasy I've ever read. Thomas Disch has been writing wonderful tales of imagination for years now-stories that sometimes amuse, sometimes sting, sometimes horrify, and sometimes manage to do all three at the same time-but The M.D. is surely his magnum opus. Although Disch uses the Frankenstein myth (and surely it has attained mythological status by this point) as a kind of echo chamber to make his story resonate, it is Dracula the novel most closely resembles on an emotional level. Like Dracula, The M.D. is the story of a great monster, a creature so awful that we can't help rooting for him. It also has the sweep of Dracula, and if Disch's novel is not as totally involving as Stoker's vampire tale, it may be because Disch has leavened the melodrama with a generous helping of black comedy. Still, don't be fooled: The M.D. attained maintains a level of morbid, jittery intensity that is quite remarkable. Oh, and one other thing: unlike most of the horror novels being churned out these days by the King wannabes, the Koontz wannabes, the Straub wannabes, and the Barker wannabes, The M.D. is a novel with a point. Disch understands that to really succeed as horror, a story must first succeed on the level of fundamental interest where the best fairy tales live. Put another way, a good horror novel must be about morality. The M.D. succeeds brilliantly as a morality tale-which means that it entertains us instead of preaching to us-and it says some marvellously insightful things along the way about business, religion, the family in suburbia , and the America we inherited in the wake of Vietnam. A thousand bravos to Thomas Disch, who has written a brilliantly entertaining novel. I hope it's a big fat #1 best-seller. P.S. The "kite scene" is going to be as infamous as the double amputation in Harry Bellaman's King's Row, I think. S. K."
-lavish blurb by Stephen King
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