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Dean Koontz

Who is Dean Koontz?

Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are billed as suspense thrillers, but frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Many of his books have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list, with fourteen hardcovers and sixteen paperbacks reaching the number-one position. Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including "David Axton", "Deanna Dwyer", "K.R. Dwyer", "Leigh Nichols" and "Brian Coffey". He has published over 105 novels and a number of novellas and collections of short stories, and has sold over 450 million copies of his work. Early life Koontz was born on July 9, 1945, in Everett, Pennsylvania, the son of Florence (née Logue) and Raymond Koontz. He has said that he was regularly beaten and abused by his alcoholic father, which influenced his later writing, as also did the courage of his physically diminutive mother in standing up to her husband. In his senior year at Shippensburg State College, he won a fiction competition sponsored by Atlantic Monthly magazine. After graduation in 1967, he went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. In the 1960s, Koontz worked for the Appalachian Poverty Program, a federally funded initiative designed to help poor children. In a 1996 interview with Reason magazine, he said that while the program sounded "very noble and wonderful, ... [i]n reality, it was a dumping ground for violent children ... and most of the funding ended up 'disappearing somewhere.'" This experience greatly shaped Koontz's political outlook. In his book, The Dean Koontz Companion, he recalled that he "... realized that most of these programs are not meant to help anyone, merely to control people and make them dependent. I was forced to reconsider everything I'd once believed. I developed a profound distrust of government regardless of the philosophy of the people in power. I remained a liberal on civil-rights issues, became a conservative on defense, and a semi-libertarian on all other matters." Career In his spare time, Koontz wrote his first novel, Star Quest, which was published in 1968. Koontz went on to write over a dozen science fiction novels. Seeing the Catholic faith as a contrast to the chaos in his family, Koontz converted in college because faith provided existential answers for life; he admired Catholicism's "intellectual rigor," saying it permitted a view of life that saw mystery and wonder in all things. He says he sees Catholicism as English writer and Catholic convert G. K. Chesterton did: that it encourages a "joy about the gift of life". Koontz says that spirituality has always been part of his books, as are grace and our struggle as fallen souls, but he "never get[s] on a soapbox".In the 1970s, Koontz began writing suspense and horror fiction, both under his own name and several pseudonyms, sometimes publishing up to eight books a year. Koontz has stated that he began using pen names after several editors convinced him that authors who switched back and forth between different genres invariably fell victim to "negative crossover" (alienating established fans and simultaneously failing to pick up any new ones). Known pseudonyms used by Koontz during his career include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, Richard Paige, and Anthony North. As Brian Coffey, he wrote the "Mike Tucker" trilogy (Blood Risk, Surrounded, Wall of Masks) in acknowledged tribute to the Parker novels of Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake). Many of Koontz's pseudonymous novels are now available under his real name. Many others remain suppressed by Koontz, who bought back the rights to ensure they could not be republished; he has, on occasion, said that he might revise some for republication, but only three have appeared — Demon Seed and Invasion were both heavily rewritten before they were republished, and Prison of Ice had certain sections bowdlerised. After writing full-time for more than 10 years, Koontz's acknowledged breakthrough novel was Whispers, published in 1980. The two books before that, The Key to Midnight and The Funhouse, also sold over a million copies, but were written under pen names. His first bestseller was Demon Seed, the sales of which picked up after the release of the film of the same name in 1977, and sold over two million copies in one year. His first hardcover bestseller, which finally promised some financial stability and lifted him out of the midlist hit-and-miss range, was his book Strangers. Since then, 12 hardcovers and 14 paperbacks written by Koontz have reached number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.Bestselling science fiction writer Brian Herbert has stated, "I even went through a phase where I read everything that Dean Koontz wrote, and in the process I learned a lot about characterization and building suspense."In 1997, psychologist Katherine Ramsland published an extensive biography of Koontz based on interviews with his family and him. This "psychobiography" (as Ramsland called it) often showed the conception of Koontz's characters and plots from events in his own life.Early author photos on the back of many of his novels show a balding Koontz with a mustache. After Koontz underwent hair transplantation surgery in the late 1990s, his subsequent books have featured a new, clean-shaven appearance with a fuller head of hair. Koontz explained the change by claiming that he was tired of looking like G. Gordon Liddy.Many of his novels are set in and around Orange County, California. As of 2006, he lives there with his wife, Gerda (Cerra), in Newport Coast, California, behind the gates of Pelican Hills. In 2008, he was the world's sixth-most highly paid author, tied with John Grisham, at $25 million annually.In 2019, Koontz began publishing with Amazon Publishing. At the time of the announcement, Koontz was one of the company's most notable signings. Pet dogs One of Koontz's pen names was inspired by his dog, Trixie Koontz, a Golden Retriever, shown in many of his book-jacket photos. Trixie originally was a service dog with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a charitable organization that provides service dogs for people with disabilities. Trixie was a gift from CCI in gratitude of Koontz's substantial donations, totaling $2.5 million between 1991 and 2004. Koontz was taken with the charity while he was researching his novel Midnight, a book which included a CCI-trained dog, a black Labrador Retriever, named Moose. In 2004, Koontz wrote and edited Life Is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living in her name, and in 2005, Koontz wrote a second book credited to Trixie, Christmas Is Good. Both books are written from a supposed canine perspective on the joys of life. The royalty payments of the books were donated to CCI. In 2007, Trixie contracted terminal cancer that created a tumor in her heart. The Koontzes had her euthanized outside their family home on June 30. After Trixie's death, Koontz has continued writing on his website under the name "TOTOS", standing for "Trixie on the Other Side". Trixie is widely thought to have been his inspiration for his November 2007 book, The Darkest Evening of the Year, about a woman who runs a Golden Retriever rescue home, and who rescues a "special" dog, named Nickie, which eventually saves her life. In August 2009, Koontz published A Big Little Life, a memoir of his life with Trixie. In October 2008, Koontz revealed that he had adopted a new dog, Anna. Eventually, he learned that Anna was the grandniece of Trixie. Anna died on May 22, 2016. Koontz then adopted a new dog, Elsa, on July 11, 2016. Disputed authorship A number of letters, articles, and novels were ostensibly written by Koontz during the 1960s and 1970s, but he has stated he did not write them. These include 30 erotic novels, allegedly written together by Koontz and his wife Gerda, including books such as Thirteen and Ready!, Swappers Convention, and Hung, the last one published under the name "Leonard Chris". They also include contributions to the fanzines Energumen and BeABohema in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including articles that mention the erotic novels, such as a movie column called "Way Station" in BeABohema. Koontz wrote in How to Write Best Selling Fiction, a much revised and updated version of 'Writing Popular Fiction' (1972), "During my first six years as a full-time novelist ... I wrote a lot of ephemeral stuff; anything that would pay some bills ... I did Gothic romance novels under a pen-name ... Like many writers, I did some pornography too, and a variety of other things, none of which required me to commit my heart or my soul to the task. (This is not to say I didn't bother to do a good job; on the contrary, I never wrote down to any market, and I always tried to give my editors and readers their money's worth.)" The Gothic novels are identifiable, but none of Koontz's acknowledged work fits into the latter category. Koontz has stated on his website that he used only the ten known pen names and "there are no secret pen names used by Dean"; he adds that his own identity was stolen by "a person he had previously worked with professionally", who submitted letters and some articles to fanzines under Koontz's name between 1969 and at least the early 1970s. Koontz has stated that he was only made aware of these bogus letters and articles in 1991 in a written admission from the identity thief. He has stated that he will reveal this person's name in his memoirs. Bibliography Screenplays 1979 – CHiPs episode 306: "Counterfeit" (as Brian Coffey) 1998 – "Phantoms" 2005 – "Dean Koontz's Frankenstein"Film adaptations Demon Seed (1977) – MGM – starring Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, and Robert Vaughn as the voice of Proteus The Passengers (1977) – MGM – starring Jean-Louis Trintignant (French film adaptation of Koontz's novel Shattered) Watchers (1988) – Universal Pictures – starring Corey Haim, Barbara Williams, and Michael Ironside Whispers (1990) – Cinepix – starring Victoria Tennant, Chris Sarandon, and Jean LeClere Watchers II (1990) – Concorde Pictures – starring Marc Singer and Tracy Scoggins The Face of Fear (1990) – CBS – starring Pam Dawber and Lee Horsley, also includes Kevin Conroy Servants of Twilight (1991) – Trimark – starring Bruce Greenwood Watchers 3 (1994) – Concorde Pictures – starring Wings Hauser Hideaway (1995) – Tristar Pictures – starring Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti, Jeremy Sisto, and Alicia Silverstone Intensity (1997) – Fox – starring John C. McGinley, Molly Parker, and Piper Laurie Mr. Murder (1998) – ABC – starring Stephen Baldwin, Thomas Haden Church, and James Coburn Phantoms (1998) – Miramax/Dimension Films – starring Peter O'Toole, Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, and Joanna Going Watchers Reborn (1998) – Concorde Pictures – starring Mark Hamill Sole Survivor (2000) – Fox – starring Billy Zane, John C. McGinley, and Gloria Reuben Black River (2001) – Fox – starring Jay Mohr and Stephen Tobolowsky Frankenstein (2004) – USA Network – starring Adam Goldberg, Parker Posey, Michael Madsen, Vincent Perez, and Thomas Kretschmann (Koontz pulled out of the project midway through production because he did not like the direction the film was headed. He ended up writing his own books with the storyline he had originally created. The project continued without him.) Odd Thomas (2013) – starring Anton YelchinReferences External links Dean Koontz – The Official Website Dean R. Koontz at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Works by or about Dean Koontz in libraries (WorldCat catalog) Dean Koontz at the Internet Book List Dean Koontz article including information on his erotic books Dean Koontz at IMDb

Final Hour (Novella)

Final Hour (Novella)

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Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy

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With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, t...

Odd Thomas: You Are Destined to Be Together Forever (Short Story)

Odd Thomas: You Are Destined to Be Together Forever (Short Story)

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Odd Hours

Odd Hours

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The Mask

The Mask

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Jane is a very good girl. But #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz shows that appearances can be deceiving—in a deadly way...She appears out of nowher...

Sole Survivor

Sole Survivor

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A catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash leaves three hundred and thirty dead -- no survivors. Among the victims are the wife and two daughters of Joe Carpenter, a Los Angeles Post crime re...

The Night Window

The Night Window

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The Crooked Staircase

The Crooked Staircase

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Innocence (with bonus short story Wilderness)

Innocence (with bonus short story Wilderness)

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From the Corner of His Eye

From the Corner of His Eye

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The Whispering Room

The Whispering Room

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Forever Odd

Forever Odd

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Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

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From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the story, you know only half the truth. Get r...

One Door Away from Heaven

One Door Away from Heaven

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The Door to December

The Door to December

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz takes readers into the darkest recesses of the human mind—and into the tempest of a father's obsession.A call in ...

Odd Interlude

Odd Interlude

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Odd Interlude, Dean Koontz’s New York Times bestselling three-part digital series—now in one volume for the first time.   THERE’S ROOM AT T...

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

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Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz’s dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in ...

Wilderness (Short Story)

Wilderness (Short Story)

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The Husband

The Husband

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   We have your wife. You get her back for two million cash. On an ordinary afternoon, an ordinary man, a gardener of modest...

Darkfall

Darkfall

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A blizzard brings a city to a standstill and ushers in an evil that defies imagination in this gripping tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.W...

Ticktock

Ticktock

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Tommy Phan is a 30-year-old Vietnamese-American detective and novelist living in Southern California, and a chaser of the American Dream. He drives home his brand-new Corvette one day to dis...

Night Chills

Night Chills

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz unleashes a contagion on a small Maine town—one that triggers the darkest desires of the soul.Designed by top sci...

Strangers

Strangers

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“The plot twists ingeniously...an engaging, often chilling book.”—The New York Times Book Review   A writer in California. A doctor in Boston. A m...

The Bad Place

The Bad Place

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers terrifying thrills in this novel about a man caught in a never-ending nightmare.Frank Pollard is afraid to...

Velocity

Velocity

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Watchers

Watchers

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A “superior thriller”(Oakland Press) about a man, a dog, and a terrifying threat that could only have come from the imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling aut...

The Moonlit Mind (Novella)

The Moonlit Mind (Novella)

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In this chilling original stand-alone novella, available exclusively as an eBook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz offers a taste of what’s to come in his new nov...

Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE • The must-read thriller of the year, for readers of dark psychological suspen...

The Darkest Evening of the Year

The Darkest Evening of the Year

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Dark Rivers of the Heart

Dark Rivers of the Heart

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77 Shadow Street (with bonus novella The Moonlit Mind)

77 Shadow Street (with bonus novella The Moonlit Mind)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   Welcome to the Pendleton. Built as a tycoon’s dream home in the 1880s and converted to luxury condominiums not quite a centur...

The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door

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Phantoms

Phantoms

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“Phantoms is gruesome and unrelenting…It’s well realized, intelligent, and humane.”—Stephen KingThey found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then the...

The Silent Corner

The Silent Corner

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THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING JANE HAWK SERIES   Meet Jane Hawk—a remarkable new heroine certain to become an icon of suspense. “Thi...

The Funhouse

The Funhouse

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Evil comes in frightening and familiar forms in this terrifying novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.Once there was a girl who ran away and j...

Darkness Under the Sun (Novella)

Darkness Under the Sun (Novella)

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The chilling account of a pivotal encounter between innocence and ultimate malice, Darkness Under the Sun is the perfect read for Halloween—or for any haunted night—and reveals a ...

Fear Nothing

Fear Nothing

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Fear, compassion, evil, courage, hope, wonder, the exquisite terror of not knowing what will happen on the next page to characters you care about deeply—these are the marvels that Dea...

Lightning

Lightning

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz’s brilliantly thrilling novel of suspense.In the midst of a raging blizzard, lightning struck on the ni...

The Face

The Face

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Acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone ) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Koontz has earned the devotion ...

Deeply Odd

Deeply Odd

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Brother Odd

Brother Odd

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   Loop me in, odd one. The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill the young man watching over her. Fo...

Cold Fire

Cold Fire

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A man on a mission must come to terms with his forgotten past in this gripping thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.In Portland, he saved ...

Saint Odd

Saint Odd

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Intensity

Intensity

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner.Past midnight, Chyna Sh...

What the Night Knows (with bonus novella Darkness Under the Sun)

What the Night Knows (with bonus novella Darkness Under the Sun)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn the late summer of a long-ago year, Alton Turner Blackwood brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ...

False Memory

False Memory

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   No fan of Dean Koontz or of psychological suspense will want to miss this extraordinary novel of the human mind’s capacity to to...

Breathless

Breathless

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure, as the lives of strangers converge around a mystery unfolding high in the Colora...

The Neighbor (Short Story)

The Neighbor (Short Story)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREvery city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intention...

The Taking

The Taking

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This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner. In one of the most dazzling books of his celebrated career, Dean Koontz delivers...

Odd Apocalypse

Odd Apocalypse

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“Koontz gives [Odd Thomas] wit, good humor, a familiarity with the dark side of humanity—and moral outrage.”—USA Today   Once presided over by a...