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Appendix C: Unpublished Works
Writing Genre Fiction
From the author description for “altarboy”: “…including s-f, masteries, gothic suspense and non-fiction … recently completed a text on WRITING GENRE FICTION, which will be published by the Writer’s Digest.”
This is most likely an early title for Writing Popular Fiction.
The Hanging Man
Listed on the back dust jacket flap of the hardcover edition of Night Chills.
“…Mr. Koontz is the author of The Hanging Man (1973)…”
I believe it should read Hanging On which was published in 1973.
“The Dreamlet of the Hawk”
SF short-story, possibly part of a novel, involving a hunter with an “emoto-link” with a hawk. According to the Ramsland biography this was never published.
However, I have seen a dealer catalog that lists this as an available item on stapled pages, signed by Dean. The catalog predated the biography but the seller was unable to recall the item. Dean denies ever having signed any copies.
From Writing Popular Fiction, p157:
“Other stories and novels I’ve generated in this manner include A Werewolf Among Us, Dark of the Woods, “Island of Shadows”, Cold Terror, “To Behold the Sun,” “The Temple of Sorrow,” and “The Terrible Weapon”.”
Cold Terror: The Selected Writings of Dean R. Koontz
Underwood & Miller, December 1992
Book planned but never released. Library of Congress still has a listing for it as “Dean R. Koontz’s Cold Terror, 1990″.
The June 1990 issue of Afraid (which contains a guest editorial by Dean) contains a paragraph regarding the then forthcoming publication of this title on page one.
On page 41 of The Many Faces of Stephen King (Michael R. Collings, Starmont Press, 1985) the Dean Koontz title “Phantasms” is listed. This is an obvious mistake and the author was writing about Phantoms.
“Island of Shadows”
See: Cold Terror
ISBNs: 0-345-38431-8 (Pbk,) 0-37570-325-X (Large Print)
According to Dean:
“This was a proposal for a book to be done by Ballantine, but by then I began to think I would move on from Knopf/Ballantine, which I did.”
Source: Letter to the author