Facts on … Dean Koontz


Dean_Koontz

 

As you perhaps already know: 

I love reading books written by Dean Koontz.

Dean Koontz – Facts:

American author, born July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania.

Married to Gerda Ann Cerra Koontz since 1966.

Studied in Shippensburg State College, graduated.

Worked as a teacher for an anti-poverty campaign in the 60s.

Started his writing career in the 70s – supported by his wife, Gerda.

His early works comprised genres like romance and thriller, published under pseudonyms.

He wrote several novels in which dogs play leading roles and even more in which they are supporting players. He wrote five books from the point of view of his golden retriever, Trixie. And wrote a memoir of Trixie after her death. Some people might say he is dog-obsessed. (please also refer to quote 5 below)

Website:

http://www.deankoontz.com/

Awards:
  • Ross Macdonald Literary Award
  • World Horror Convention Grand Master Award
Quotes:
  1. I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.
  2. Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.
  3. I think it’s perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion.
  4. Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love.
  5. I happen to feel that if people were always as humble, dutiful, giving, and straightforward as dogs, the world would be a better place.
Books:
Title Year Pen Name
Star Quest 1968  
The Dark Symphony 1969  
The Fall of the Dream Machine 1969  
Fear That Man 1969  
Anti-Man 1970  
Beastchild 1970  
Dark of the Woods 1970  
Soft Come the Dragons 1970  
Hell’s Gate 1970  
Legacy of Terror 1971 Deana Dwyer
The Crimson Witch 1971  
Demon Child 1971 Deana Dwyer
The Dark of Summer 1972 Deana Dwyer
Dance With the Devil 1972 Deana Dwyer
Children of the Storm 1972 Deana Dwyer
Chase (Original Version) 1972 K.R. Dwyer*
A Darkness in My Soul 1972  
The Flesh in the Furnace 1972  
Starblood 1972  
Time Thieves 1972  
Warlock 1972  
Hanging On 1973  
Shattered 1973 K.R. Dwyer*
A Werewolf Among Us 1973  
Blood Risk 1973 Brian Coffey
Demon Seed (Original Version) 1973  
The Haunted Earth 1973  
After the Last Race 1974  
Strike Deep 1974 Anthony North
Surrounded 1974 Brian Coffey
Invasion (inspiration for Winter Moon 1994) 1975 Aaron Wolfe
Dragonfly 1975 K.R. Dwyer
The Long Sleep 1975 John Hill
Nightmare Journey 1975  
The Wall of Masks 1975 Brian Coffey
Night Chills 1976  
Prison of Ice (later Icebound) 1976 David Axton*
The Vision 1977  
Face of Fear 1977 Brian Coffey*
The Key to Midnight 1979 Leigh Nichols*
Whispers 1980  
The Funhouse 1980 Owen West*
The Voice of the Night 1980 Brian Coffey*
The Mask 1981 Owen West*
The House of Thunder 1982 Leigh Nichols*
Phantoms 1983  
Twilight (Later: The Servants of Twilight) 1984 Leigh Nichols*
Darkfall 1984  
The Door to December 1985 Richard Paige*
Twilight Eyes (Original Version) 1985  
Strangers 1986  
Watchers 1987  
Twilight Eyes (Expanded Version) 1987  
Oddkins 1988  
Lightning 1988  
Midnight 1989  
Shadowfires 1990 Leigh Nichols*
The Servants of Twilight 1990 Leigh Nichols*
The Bad Place 1990  
Cold Fire 1991  
Hideaway 1992  
Mr. Murder 1993  
Dragon Tears 1993  
Dark Rivers of the Heart 1994  
Winter Moon 1994  
Intensity 1995  
Strange Highways 1995  
Chase (Revised Version) 1995 K.R. Dwyer
Icebound 1995 David Axton*
Santa’s Twin 1996  
The Eyes of Darkness 1996 Leigh Nichols*
Tick Tock 1996  
Sole Survivor 1997  
Demon Seed (Revised Version) 1997  
Fear Nothing 1998  
Seize the Night 1999  
False Memory 1999  
From the Corner of His Eye 2000  
One Door Away From Heaven 2001  
The Paper Doorway 2001  
By the Light of the Moon 2002  
Odd Thomas 2003  
The Face 2003  
Every Day’s a Holiday 2003  
Life Expectancy 2004  
Robot Santa 2004  
The Taking 2004  
Life is Good (with Trixie Koontz) 2004  
Forever Odd 2005  
Frankenstein Book 1: Prodigal Son 2005  
Frankenstein Book 2: City of Night 2005  
Velocity 2005  
Christmas is Good 2005  
Brother Odd 2006  
The Husband 2006  
The Darkest Evening of the Year 2007  
The Good Guy 2007  
Your Heart Belongs to Me 2008  
Bliss to You 2008  
In Odd We Trust 2008  
Odd Hours 2008  
A Big Little Life 2009  
Breathless 2009  
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son (Graphic Novel) 2009  
Frankenstein Book 3: Dead and Alive 2009  
Relentless 2009  
I Trixie, Who Is Dog 2009  
Fear Nothing, Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) 2010  
What the Night Knows 2010  
Trixie & Jinx 2010  
Odd is On Our Side (Graphic Novel) 2010  
Frankenstein: Lost Souls 2010  
Darkness Under the Sun (Novella) 2010  
Nevermore 2011  
Dean Koontz’s Nevermore (comic book) 2011  
77 Shadow Street 2011  
The Moonlit Mind (Novella) 2011  
I, Trixie who is dog (iPad App) with artwork by Janet Cleland 2011  
Frankenstein: The Dead Town 2011  
Trixie and Jinx (iPad App) with artwork by Janet Cleland 2012  
Odd Interlude 2012  
Odd Apocalypse 2012  
Oddkins 2012  
House of Odd (Graphic Novel) 2012  
Innocence 2013  
Wilderness 2013  
Deeply Odd 2013  
The City 2014  

Some of the books initially written under a pen name have been republished under his own name over the years. Some of these books were the basis for movies.

If you ask me about my five favourite authors, the answers may differ. Dean Koontz will normally be among the five authors that come to my mind first. If you’d ask me to name all the authors I like – the list would be endless as I am still detecting more and more awesome authors – also among you, dear readers.  🙂

If you ask me about my favourite book by Dean Koontz – my answer will be Odd Thomas (the complete series as well). The movie is worth watching as well!

Odd Thomas – related articles:

https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/2013-my-highlights/

https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/dublin-impressions-2013/

https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/fantasy-film-festival-2013-nuremberg/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1767354/?ref_=nv_sr_1&licb=0.3464857406419929

Is there a very special author you like best? Thrill me!  🙂

20 thoughts on “Facts on … Dean Koontz

  1. I enjoy reading Dean Koontz as well, my favourite novel was Lightning. Loved the time travel plot and the ‘knight in shining armour’ twist 😀

  2. Hi Karen! I like Dean Koontz. His writing style is actually similar to one of my favorite writers Stephen King. I only wish I can get to the point where I’ll be writing a book a year. Wow! Great article. Thanks for sharing. 😀

    • Hi Vashti! Dean Koontz and Stephen King are incredible, I agree. One book per year seems tough. I assume that they both have helpers (éminences grises) assisting them to keep to their schedule. We ‘normal’ writers often have to do all the work alone. 😀

  3. I agree with your fellow commenters above: such a prolific author. And yet I haven´t read any of his books yet. Will have to add him to my “to read- list”… Best wishes, dear Karen,
    Aquileana 😉

    • You will certainly consider many of his books rather appealing. This is quite an enhancement for everybody’s TBR list. Please let me know what you think after having read the first book by DK. 🙂

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