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Appendix A: Books About Dean

March 19, 2018

Appendix B: Notable Articles About, Appearances, Interviews, Parodies, and References

March 19, 2018

Notable Articles About & Interviews With Dean

  • New York Times BR                        January 12, 1975
  • New York Times BR                        February 26, 1976
  • New York Times BR                        May 22, 1977
  • New York Times BR                        September 11, 1977
  • Chicago Tribune Book World           April 12, 1981
  • Times Literary Supplement              September 11, 1981
  • Analog                                            January 1984
  • Mystery Scene                                “America’s Most Successful Least-Known-Writer” by Ed Gorman Vol. 1 No. 2, 1985, p21
  • People Weekly                                “Best-Selling Novelist Dean Koontz may be a Titan of terror but He’s a Timid Type at Heart”
    v27 April 13, 1987 p77 (2) – Andrea Chambers
  • Fantasy Review                               “Dean R. Koontz” – Charles de Lint
    Vol. 10, No. 6, Issue No. 103, July/August 1987 p14(4)
  • LA Times                                        “Rooms that Speak Volumes”
    October 1987, Style section –Dennis McLellan
  • Writer’s Digest, November 1989
    “Dean R. Koontz in the Fictional Melting Pot” by Stanley Waiter
  • The Overlook Connection “Dean Koontz News”
    Issue #10, 1989 p7
  • LA Times                                        “America’s least-known best-selling author”
    Jan 7 1990 sec MAG p17                       -Sean Michael
  • Book and Magazine Collector           “Dean R. Koontz: Horror & Science Fiction Writer”
    “Dean R. Koontz Complete US & UK Bibliography”
    February 1990, No. 71 (UK publication)
  • Locus                                             “Headline new mass market imprint”
    Dec 1990 p5
  • Newsweek                                       “The Cheery Titan of Terror”
    v118 Feb 11, 1991 p62  – Karen Springen
  • Fear                                                “Stoking the Cold Fires of Fear”
    #26, February 1991 p8
  • The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Critical and bibliographic History by Jack L. Chalker & Mark Owings, Third Edition Revised and Enlarged
    The Mirage Press Ltd., September 30, 1991
    A massive tome covering many small press genre publishers of the time. Relevant to Koontz there are entries for Charnel House, Dark Harvest, and Ultramarine Press. To note: Charnel House had just gotten started and had yet to publish Dean; the Dark Harvest bibliography includes the number of presentation copies released of Dean’s titles; and the authors take Ultramarine to task for just rebinding the trade edition pages. (Pictured is an advance copy of this title from my collection.)
  • Books Are Everything                      “Dean Koontz Rarities”
    Vol. 4 No. 2, Whole Number 18, p47 –John Congriff
    Brief article regarding the collectability of The Underground Lifestyles Handbook and The Pig Society. Includes cover images of both titles.
  • “The Horrors of Science: The Creations of Dean R. Koontz” by Cosette Kies
    Appears as Chapter 3 in Presenting Young Adult Horror Fiction by Cosette Keis, Twayne Publishers, February 1992.
  • New York Times                              “In 3-Book Deal, Koontz Changes Publishers”
    v141 Aug 6, 1992 pB3 col 2
  • Wall Street Journal                          “Advance Publications’ Knopf Lures Koontz Away From a Rival”
    Aug 6, 1992 pB3 col 5
  • Publisher’s Weekly                          “Putnam in Record Clancy Buy; Loses Koontz to Knopf”
    v239 Aug 10, 1992 p9 (2) – Paul Nathan
  • Firsts
    “Collecting Dean Koontz”
    October 1993, p28-36 – James T. Seels
    Includes photos of Star Quest -Ace, The Servants of Twilight -Dark Harvest, The Key to Midnight -Dark Harvest, Bounce Girl, Aphrodisiac Girl, Prison of Ice (2 versions), The Underground Lifestyles Handbook, Pig Society, Whispers.
    “Dean Koontz Pen Names”
    “A Checklist with Approximate Values in First Editions”
    The cover of this issue, mentioning Dean, is featured on the cover of the “Firsts: Five Year Index, Volumes One through Five”
    “Critic” illustration by Koontz
    According to Dean this issue contains “numerous errors”.
    See also: Firsts, October 2003 (below)
  • Horror: The Magazine of the Horror & Dark Fantasy Field
    “Horror Talks with Dean Koontz”
    Issue #2, March 31, 1994 p7,45-46 – Roman A. Ranieri
  • Deathrealm                                     “Koontz Watch”
    #22, Summer 1994, p23(2)              – Roman A. Ranieri
    (Issue #23 contains a letter with a reader who was definitely not a fan of this becoming a regular column.)
  • People Weekly                                “Family Secrets”
    November 28, 1994, p141(2)            – Elizabeth Gleick
  • Orange Coast                                 “Out of the Shadows”
    November 1994, p42(7)                   – Jean Hastings Ardell
  • Fangoria                                         “Horror in Print: Dean R. Koontz”
    v3 no45, 1985, p40(3)
  • 1985 World Fantasy Convention       Dean is listed as member #279 (Gerda is #280) in an undated pre-conference newsletter titled “PROGRESS REPORT THREE”
  • 1986 World Fantasy Convention       Dean is listed as a judge in the program
    He is also listed as a judge in two (undated) pre-conference update newsletter, one with a blue cover, the other with a yellow cover.
    Both newsletters and the program are illustrated by guest of honor J.K. Potter.
  • LA Times                                        “A Novelist Who Knows His Business”
    March 2, 1995 pE1 Col 5                       – Dennis McLellan
  • Publisher’s Weekly                          “Regaining Rights” Column.
    March 13, 1995, v242, n11, p18             – Paul Nathan
  • Albany Times Union                         “Author Finds Gold in his Desk Drawers”
    March 14, 1995 pC2                              – Dennis McLellan
  • Publishers Weekly                           “Long Term Plan”
    May 8, 1995 p33 – Paul Nathan
    Discusses plans for White Cap Productions to do several mini-series based on Koontz works, starting with Dark Rivers of the Heart.
  • Entertainment Weekly                      “His Truth is Stranger than Fiction”
    March 22, 1996 p46(3)                          – Dana Kennedy
  • 1996 World Horror Convention         “Grandmaster: Dean R. Koontz”             – Michael R. Collings
    3 page biography
    Held in Eugene, OR, May 9th-12th, 1996, p23(3)
  • Reason                                           “Contemplating Evil: Novelist Dean Koontz on Freud, fraud, and the Great Society”
    November 1996, v28 n6, p.44(6)
    An excerpt from this article appears in the Wall Street Journal
    Nov 5 1996 sec A p22
  • International Herald-Tribune              “People”
    Dec 11 1996
  • Newsday                                         “Dean Koontz switches to new publisher”
    Dec 11 1996
  • Publishers Weekly                           “Koontz Switches Publishers”
    V243 #51 Dec 16 1996 p51                    – Judy Quinn
  • Publishers Weekly                           “Dean of Deals”
    January 20, 1997 p33                            – Lan N. Nguyen
    Koontz to leave Knopf for Bantam
    Washington Times                           “Meeting the Dean of prolific writers: Koontz knows suspense always sells”
    Feb 18 1997 sec C p10                    -Patricia Batters
  • American Writers Review                 “Eternal Optimist, an Interview with Dean Koontz”
    March 1997
  • Sunday Star-Tribune                        “Witness to evil gives writer edge”
    Mar 16 1997                                    -Stacy Gregg
  • Insight on the News                         “Blockbuster-or-bust Approach”
    March 10, 1997 p36(2)
  • Fangoria                                         “Soul Survivor”
    April 1997, #171 p48(5)  – Jay Winchester
  • Locus                                             “Milestones” column
    v39 no6, Dec 1997, p10. (Regarding his new look and forthcoming projects”
  • USA Today                                     “Traumatic childhood propels Koontz to Fear Nothing”
    Jan 15 1998 sec D p7                      -Deirdre Donahue
    Mentions Fear Nothing and biography.
    Article mentioned on front page along with photo
  • The New York Review of Science Fiction
    “Dean Koontz: Hometown Boy Makes Good”
    June 1998. Vol. 10, No. 10, Number 118 p1(3)
    –Arthur D. Hlavaty
  • Publishers Weekly                           “The Long Journey of Dean Koontz”
    December 14, 1998, pS3(11)           -Jeff Zaleski
    Photographed by F. Stop Fitzgerald
    Includes the following sub-articles:
    “Koontz by the Numbers”
    “Koontz on Film: Getting Sharper”
    “Making the Past Perfect”
    “Koontz on Audio Unabridged Champion”
    “Collecting Koontziana”
  • Fangoria                                         “How to Make the Dean’s List”
    #182, May 1999, p12(2)                   -Frank Barron
  • Writer’s Block Magazine, Spring/Summer ’99, Volume VI No. 1
    “Exclusive! A WBM Interview with Dean Koontz” by Michael MacCarty, p23-25
    A checklist of titles incorrectly labeled “complete” is on page 25, listing Star Quest through Ride the Storm.
    “A Tribute to Dean Koontz” by Michael McCarty, p26-30
    Also includes additional “tributes from the following authors, each titled “[author name] on Koontz”: Ed Gorman, J.N. Williamson, Bentley Little, A.R. Morlan, William Nolan, Bobbi Sinha-Morey, and Charles de Lint
    My copy is autographed by William F. Nolan on page 29, with the note on the cover as shown.
  • Forbes                                            “The Celebrity 100: Dollar-Turners”
    March 20, 2000, p216
  • “Dean Koontz” by Bob Madison
    American Horror Writers by Bob Madison
    Enslow Publisher, Inc., 2003
    ISBN: 0-7660-1379-0
    States: “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”
    Essay: p57-64
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  • AudioFile                                        “Koontz on Audio: All or Nothing”            -Ruth P. Ludwig
    Vol. 10, No. 5, February/March 2002, p33
  • Pages                                             “Night Light: Dean Koontz finds brightness in life’s dark misteries.”
    January/February 2003, p56-9          -Dann Halem
    Dean is on the cover.
  • “Born to Write” (interview) by Jessica Hatchigan
    The Writer December 2003 p24-28
  • “Dean Koontz 1945-” by Greg Beatty
    Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror Volume II
    Richard Bleiler, Editor
    Thompson Gale, 2003
    ISBN: 0-684-31252-2
    States: “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”
    Essay: p551-560
    Dean is also mentioned in the articles about Bentley Little (p660) and Robert R. McCammon (p705)
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  • Firsts                                              “Ten Years Ago: Dean Koontz”
    October 2003, p50-51 -No author attribution
    An updated check-list and valuation of Dean’s books ten years after the original article in the October 1993 issue.
  • Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature by Brian Stableford
    The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2004
    Copyright © 2004 by Brian Stableford
    Dean’s entry is on pages 165-166
  • Dog Fancy                                      “By the Light of the Dog”
    July 2004, p31-33                            – Kyra Kirkwood
    An article about Dean’s use of dogs in his novels. The cover states “EXCLUSIVE! Best-selling Author Dean Koontz Talks Dogs”
  • “KOONTZ, Dean R(ay) 1945-”
    Contemporary Authors vol. 138
    Thompson Gale, 2005
    ISBN: 0-7876-7892-9
    States: “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”
    Essay: p272-278
    Also contains cross-references for David Axton, Brian Coffey, Deanna Dwyer, K.R. Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, and Owen West
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Notable Live Appearances

Notable Online Chats

Notable Television Appearances

  • The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder    October 31, 1996
  • Politically Incorrect                                Episode #029, February 10, 1997
    Guests: LeVar Burton, Edie McLurg, Dean Koontz, Larry Miller
  • The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder    February 12, 1997
  • Politically Incorrect                                May 21 1997
  • Politically Incorrect                                June 25, 1997
  • The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder    August 4, 1997
  • Politically Incorrect                                August 7, 1997
    Guests: Dean Koontz, Sandra Bernhard, Fred Williamson, Paul Harris
  • The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder    January 19, 1998
  • The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder    January 11, 1999
  • Pinnacle (CNN)                                      January 17, 1999
  • Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick      March 19, 2011
  • CBS Sunday Morning                            April 10, 2011
  • CBS This Morning                                 July 30, 2012
  • CBS This Morning                                 January 16, 2015

Notable Video Appearances

  • Barnes & Noble: Merchandising Meeting Videos
    October 8, 1997
    Five minute “Thank you” to B&N employees and a brief discussion of his forthcoming novel, Fear Nothing. Appears at 45:55 of a 1:28:00 video.
  • Wrap Up a Great Idea! Books Equal Gifts
    December 8, 2008
    “America’s book publishers are proud to debut a holiday video featuring celebrities sharing their reasons why books make great gifts” Appears at 0:28.
    Original URL:
  • G4 Presents Comic-Con ’08 Live
    24 July 2008

Notable Radio & Podcast Interviews (including promotional online videos)

Parody TV Appearances

  • Family Guy episode #2.4: Brian in Love
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2000
    Available on disc 2 of the Family Guy Volume One DVD set
  • The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XII: House of Whacks
    Original Air Date: November 6, 2001
  • A parody of Demon Seed
    Available in the DVD set The Simpsons: The Thirteenth Season
  • Robot Chicken episode #4.9: But Not in That Way
    Skit title: “An Evening Devoid of Nightmares and Dreamscapes”
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2009
    Available on disc 1 of the Robot Chicken Season 4 DVD set
  • Squidbillies episode #42: The Liar, the Bitch and the Bored Rube
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2009
    Available on the DVD Squidbillies Volume 3
  • Children’s Hospital episode 6.8: Koontz is Coming
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2105
    Available on disc 1 of the DVD set Children’s Hospital: The Complete Sixth & Seventh Seasons
    According to Dean:
    “A couple years ago, the folks doing the show CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL sent me a very funny script in which I appeared, and they asked me to play myself. I explained that, given my acting ability, if I were to do this, it would be the 7th sign of the 7 signs of the apocalypse. I had to decline because I didn’t want to be responsible for the end of the world. So they hired an actor to play me. A lot of friends have told me that the actor is a more realistic Dean Koontz than I am.” Source: Facebook

TV References

  • Smallville episode #4.14: Krypton
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2005
    Available on disc 4 of the DVD set Smallville: The Complete Fourth Season
    Via “As if Lois Lane didn’t make enough of a nuisance of herself now living at the Kent farm, she brings in Einstein, a golden retriever, who is the latest victim to be hit by her car …”
  • Fresh Off the Boat s03e06: WWJD: What Would Jessica Do?
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
    06:30: “Evan, come on, I want to get there early for the gas station fistfights! You know I love that. Why are you so dressed up? Is a guest author coming today? Is Dean Koontz coming back?”
  • Fresh Off the Boat s04e13: The Car Wash
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2018
    05:13: “Yeah, that is annoying, but Terry was telling me he’s edited a lot of successful authors. You know who else hates Terry’s notes, but takes them?
    “Koontz I thought you were gonna say more people.
    “Well, who else do I need to say? It’s Koontz.”
  • Fresh Off the Boat s04e19: King in the North
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2018
    0:50: “But first, I need to solicit praise quotes for the book cover. The publishers have already reached out to Dean Koontz and Kenny Rogers, but I have my sights set on the king Stephen King.”
    1:38: “All right, Koontz, lay it on me.
    “‘Jessica Huang’s debut book shows a lot of promise in this cover-to-cover mystery.’ “Meh.”
  • A.P. Bio s02e13: Kinda Sorta
    Original Air Date: June 13, 2019
    1:55-3:07: “If you can get Sarika into Harvard she will give your shiny new manuscript to her Aunt, who just so happens to be one of Dean Koontz’s publishers. Yes, you heard me right. Dean mother [bleep]ing Koontz.”
    5:37-5:47: “All right guys, let’s focus on getting Sarika into Harvard, and getting me the hell out of Toledo holding two sacks of that sweet sweet Koontz cash.”
    8:57-9:07: “You crush some small talk, your app goes in the priority folder, and my manuscript gasses it straight to Koontzville.”
  • Penn & Teller Fool Us
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2019
    9:40-20:11: Magician Tom Stone uses a PPBK copy of The Silent Corner as a prop in his act.
  • Saved By the Bell 2020 s01e07: House Party
    Original  streaming Date: November 25, 2020
    14:43-14:45: “And I’ll get ready to see Dane Koontz at Costco.”
    (Yes he says Dane, not Dean, but that’s part of the running joke of the episode.)

Concerning the pseudonymous authorship of Invasion

When Stephen King first acknowledged that he used the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King fans went looking for additional pseudonyms that he may have used. One of the books that was thought to have been written by King was Invasion by Aaron Wolfe. It has since been clearly revealed that this was indeed written by Dean. The following articles and book chapters are relevant to this story:

Previous to Dean acknowledging he was Aaron Wolfe:

  • “Speculations” a chapter in Stephen King as Richard Bachman by Michael R. Collings
    Starmont House, Inc. / Borgo Press, 1985, p138-153

After Dean acknowledging he was Aaron Wolfe:

  • “King Versus Koontz: Style and Invasion” by Michael R. Collings
    Bill Munster’s Footsteps #7, November 1986, p32-45
  • “Pipe-Dreams and Possibilities” a chapter in Stephen King is Richard Bachman by Michael R. Collings
    Overlook Connection Press, July 3, 2007, p183-198
    This is a reprint of “Speculations” from Stephen King is… with an additional two-paragraph introduction acknowledging Dean as Aaron Wolfe and the subsequent revision of Invasion as Winter Moon. Additionally Dean is also mentioned in endnotes 1 and 7.


  • Strange Horizons (
    “Tribute to Dean Koontz: Forty Years as a Published Novelist” by Michael McCarty
    April 28, 2008 – Original URL:
    Contains a brief introduction by the author and then short contributions from Ed Gorman, J. N. Williamson, Bentley Little, David Silva, Douglas Clegg, Richard Laymon, Charles de Lint, Jay Bonansinga, Teri Jacobs, Cristopher DeRose, The Amazing Kreskin, Sandy DeLuca, William F. Nolan, and Roman A. Ranieri.

Appendix C: Unpublished Works

March 9, 2018

Appendix D: Books that have Koontz review quotes

March 19, 2018

Each of the books here contains either on their covers or inside the book, a review quote, or ‘blurb’ from Dean Koontz. In some cases the blurb is for the book and in others for the author. I am not specifying here in this listing. Also, I have listed the year of the publication of the edition containing the relevant blurb. (For example, if the blurb appears on the paperback but did not appear on the hardcover, I have listed the year of the paperback release.) Lastly, in some cases, when the blurb is for the author, more than one title by that author may contain the same blurb.

Also, as a result of how this page is currently laid out, I can insert new titles in the correct position if they fit into the covers below the text list. If not, I can’t insert them in the correct place without breaking things. Therefore, a cover image you’re looking for may be at the bottom of the page.

Title, Author, Publication Year

  • The 2nd Coming: The Best of Pirate Writings Vol. 2, Edward J. MacFadden III, ed., 2003
  • After Midnight, Richard Laymon, 2006
  • After the Fall, Judith Kellman, 2000
  • All the Rage, F. Paul Wilson, 2001
  • Always By My Side, Edward Grinnan, 2017
  • Among the Missing, Richard Laymon, 1999
  • Angel of Darkness, Charles de Lint, 1990
  • Assassin, David Hagberg, 1997
  • The Association, Bentley Little, 2001
  • Baby Moll, John Farris, 2008
  • The Barrens and Others, F. Paul Wilson, 1998
  • Beauty, Brian D’Amato, 1992
  • The Bedlam Detective, Stephen Gallagher, 2015
  • The Best of Pirate Writings Vol. 1, “Edward J. MacFadden III, ed.”, 1998
  • Black River Falls, Ed Gorman, 1996
  • Black Wind, F. Paul Wilson, 1988
  • Blood Games, Richard Laymon, 2003
  • Blood Moon, Ed Gorman, 1996
  • Blood Child, Andrew Neiderman, 1990
  • Blood Red Moon (UK) , Ed Gorman, 1994
  • Bluebeard’s Castle, S. P. Somtow, 2003
  • Body Rides, Richard Laymon, 2004
  • Buzz Cut, James W. Hall, 1996
  • Cage of Night, Ed Gorman, 1996
  • Cages, Ed Gorman, 1995
  • Carrion Comfort, Dan Simmons, 1989
  • Cases That Haunt Us, John Douglas, 2001
  • The Chill, Scott Carson, 2020
  • Chiller, Sterling Blake, 1993
  • A Choir of Ill Children, Tom Piccirilli, 2006
  • The Coil, Gayle Lynds, 2004
  • Cold Blue Midnight, Ed Gorman, 1995
  • The Collection, Bentley Little, 2002
  • Come Out Tonight, Richard Laymon, 2005
  • Counterstrike, Sean Flannery (David Hagberg), 1990
  • The Cypress House, Michael Koryta, 2011
  • The Dark Fantastic, Ed Gorman, 2001
  • The Dark Net, Banjamin Percy, 2017
  • Dark Tide, Elizabeth Forest, 1993
  • Dark Universe, William F. Nolan, 2003
  • Darkness Tell Us, Richard Laymon, 2003
  • Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer, 2013
  • Daughter of Darkness, Ed Gorman, 1998
  • Death on the Cheap, Arthur Lyons, 2000
  • Declare, Tim Powers, 2002
  • Death Watch, Elizabeth Forest, 1995
  • Desert Fire, David Hagberg, 1993
  • Double Threat, F. Paul Wilson, 2021
  • The Dwyer Trilogy, Ed Gorman, 1996
  • Eden’s Gate, David Hagberg, 2001
  • The Empty Copper Sea, John D. MacDonald, 1996
  • Endless Night, Richard Laymon, 2004
  • Erthmun (UK), T.M. Wright, 1995
  • Every Dog Has a Gift, Rachel McPherson, 2010
  • Eyes of the Virgin, Thomas F. Monteleone, 2003
  • False Prophets, Sean Flannery, 1983
  • First Blood, David Morell, 2000
  • The First Lady, E.J. Gorman, 1995
  • Forever Dogs, Tricia Spencer, 2021
  • The Forsaken, Daniel Ransom (Ed Gorman), 1988
  • Frankenstorm, Ray Garton, 2014
  • Funland, Richard Laymon, 1990
  • Gateways, F. Paul Wilson, 2003
  • The Gathering Dark, Christopher Golden, 2003
  • Ghost: Investigating the Other Side, Katherine Ramsland, 2001,
  • Ghosts and Grisly Things, Ramsey Campbell, 1998,
  • Ghouls, Edward Lee, 2011
  • The Glory Bus, Richard Laymon, 2005
  • Grass, Sheri S. Tepper, 1989
  • Green Ripper, John D. MacDonald, 1996
  • Harbingers, F. Paul Wilson, 2006
  • Harlot’s Moon, Ed Gorman, 1997
  • The Haunted Air, F. Paul Wilson, 2002
  • Hawk Moon, Ed Gorman, 1996
  • High Flight, David Hagberg, 1995
  • Homecoming, Matthew J. Costello, 1992
  • Hosts, F. Paul Wilson, 2001
  • How It Happened, Michael Koryta, 2018
  • I Am Legend, Richard Matheson, 1995
  • I Am Legend (UK), Richard Matheson, 2010
  • If She Wakes by Michael Kroyta, 2019
  • In the Dark, Richard Laymon, 2001
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man, Richard Matheson, 2001
  • Inspector of the Dead, David Morrell, 2015
  • Into the Deep (for Replay), Ken Greenwood, 1995
  • Into the Fire, Richard Laymon, 2005
  • Island, Richard Laymon, 2002
  • The Jigsaw Man, Deanie Francis Mills, 1997
  • Journey Into Dankness, John Douglas, 1997
  • The Killer Across the Table, John Douglas & Mark Olshaker, 2019
  • Kilo Option, Sean Flannery, 1996
  • L.A. Requiem, Robert Crais, 1999
  • The Lake, Richard Laymon, 2004
  • Lamia by Tristin Travis, 1984
  • The Last Rakosh, F. Paul Wilson, 2005
  • The Last Vampire (UK), T.M. Wright, 1991
  • The Last Voice They Hear, Ramsey Campbell, 1998
  • Laughing Man, T.M. Wright, 2003
  • Legacies, F. Paul Wilson, 1998
  • Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing, David Morrell, 2002
  • The Light Shines on in the Darkness, Robert Spitzer, 2017
  • Live Girls, Ray Garton, 1987
  • The Long Lavender Look , John D. MacDonald, 1996
  • Long Lost, David Morrell, 2003
  • The Long Midnight, Daniel Ransom (Ed Gorman), 1993
  • Love Me Not, Deanie Francis Mills, 1995
  • The M.D., Thomas M. Disch, 1991
  • The Maddening, a.k.a. Playmates Andrew Neiderman, 1995
  • The Marilyn Tapes, E.J. Gorman, 1995
  • The Marriage Pact, Michelle Richmond, 2017
  • Medusa’s Web, Tim Powers, 2015
  • Midnight’s Lair, Richard Laymon, 1988
  • Moonchasers, Ed Gorman, 1996
  • More Than You Know, Judith Kellman, 1996
  • Moving Targets, Sean Flannery, 1992
  • Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell, 2013
  • The Need (for Playmates), Andrew Neiderman, 1992
  • Night in the Lonesome October, Richard Laymon, 2002
  • Night Kills, Ed Gorman, 1990
  • Night Relics, James P. Blaylock, 1994
  • Night Show, Richard Laymon, 1984
  • Nightmare, With Angel Stephen Gallagher, 1995
  • Nightmare Child, Daniel Ransom (Ed Gorman), 1990
  • The Nightmare Chronicles, Douglas Clegg, 1999
  • The Nightrunners, Joe R. Lansdale, 1995
  • No Sanctuary, Richard Laymon, 2003
  • Now You See It, Richard Matheson, 2003
  • One Rainy Night (UK), Richard Laymon, 1991
  • One Rainy Night (US), Richard Laymon, 2000
  • Ordeal, Deanie Francis Mills, 1997
  • Other Kingdom, Richard Matheson, 2011
  • Out are the Lights, Richard Laymon, 1993
  • The Panic Zone, Rick Mofina, 2010
  • The Pavilion of Frozen Women (UK), S.P. Somtow, 1997
  • Perfect Little Angels (for Playmates), Andrew Neiderman, 1989
  • Phantom Nights, John Farris, 2005
  • The Poker Club, Ed Gorman, 1999
  • The Priest (for The M.D.), Thomas M. Disch, 1995
  • Pukka’s Promise, Ted Kerasote, 2013
  • The Quake, Richard Laymon, 1995
  • Quick Fixes: Tales of Repairman Jack, F. Paul Wilson, 2011
  • Red Red Robin, Stephen Gallagher, 1995
  • Replay, Ken Grimwood, 1998
  • Rescued, Peter Zheutlin, 2017
  • Resurrection Dreams, Richard Laymon, 2005
  • The Return, Bentley Little, 2002
  • The Return of the God Hypothesis, Stephen C. Meyer, 2021
  • The Ridge, Michael Koryta, 2011
  • Rise the Dark, Michael Koryta, 2016
  • Rituals, Ed Gorman, 2002
  • The Ruler of the Night, David Morrell, 2017
  • Runner in the Dark (UK), Ed Gorman, 1996
  • Savage, Richard Laymon, 1993
  • Saving Gracie, Carol Bradley, 2010
  • The School, T.M. Wright, 1990
  • The Search for Joseph Tully, William H. Hallahan, 1974
  • Senatorial Privilege, E.J. Gorman, 1997
  • The Serpent’s Kiss, Daniel Ransom (Ed Gorman), 1992
  • Shadow Games, Ed Gorman, 1994
  • Shadow Stalker, Jorge Saralegui, 1987
  • Signalz, F. Paul Wilson, 2020
  • Soft and Others, F. Paul Wilson, 1990
  • Soldier of God, David Hagberg, 2005
  • Something Other Than God, Jennifer Fullwiler, 2014
  • Son of Endless Night, John Farris, 2013 (eBook)
  • Song of Kali, Dan Simmons, 1998
  • The Soul’s Upward Yearning, Robert Spitzer, 2015
  • The Stake, Richard Laymon, 1995
  • The Successful Novelist, David Morrell, 2008
  • Surrogate Child (for Playmates), Andrew Neiderman, 1998
  • Swan Song, Roger McCammon, 1987
  • Three Days to Never: A Novel, Tim Powers, 2006
  • Torch, Deanie Francis Mills, 1999
  • To Wake the Dead, Richard Laymon, 2003
  • Tread Softly, Richard Laymon, 1987
  • The War on Humans, Wesley J. Smith, 2014
  • Undeniable, Douglas Axe, 2016
  • Vanitas, S.P. Somtow, 1988
  • Voodoo Moon, Ed Gorman, 2000
  • Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders, Raymond Arroyo, 2018
  • William F. Noaln’s Dark Universe, William F. Nolan, 2001
  • Winner Take All, Sean Flannery, 1994
  • Witch, Donald E. McQuinn, 1995
  • What Dreams May Come, Richard Matheson, 2004
  • White House, David Hagberg, 1999
  • Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls, Raymond Arroyo, 2016
  • Woman, Richard Matheson, 2004
  • Write Tight, William Brohaugh, 2007
  • The Zebra Network, Sean Flannery, 1989









Appendix E: Plagiarism & Copyright Infringement

March 19, 2018

Dawn Pauline Dunn & Suzan Hartzwell

A reader reported to Dean that the book Demonic Color by Pauline Dunn seemed quite similar to his novel Phantoms. Upon further investigation it was found that whole passages had been plagiarized. Dean initiated legal action and the book, along with two others were withdrawn from distribution. Many copies of these books, most commonly Demonic Color were remaindered.


  • New York Times, “Their Book, His Words”, v141 June 24, 92 pB3 col 1, Esther B. Fein
  • New York Times, “They Wrote a Book With His Words”, v141 June 24, 92 pC15 col 4, Esther B. Fein
  • Publisher’s Weekly, “NOTICE”, June 15, 1992 p88
  • Science Fiction Chronicle, “Two Pauline Dunn Horror Novels Plagiarized Dean R. Koontz’s Phantoms”, July/August 1992 p4

Plagiarism, Copyright Violations and Other Thefts of Intellectual Property: An Annotated Bibliography with a Lengthy Introduction by Judy Anderson
McFarland, May 1998
p29: “A fan of Dean Koontz alerted him to copies of Phantoms brought to market under the titles of Crawling Dark and Demonic Colors both published under the pseudonym of Pauline Dunn.
p102: Entry #305 is for Esther Fein’s New York Times article “The Wrote a Book with His Words.”

The Books Involved

Flesh Stealer by Pauline Dunn, Zebra Books, March 1990
Demonic Color by Pauline Dunn, Zebra Books, October 1990
The Crawling Dark by Pauline Dunn, Zebra Books, June 1991

The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith
HarperCollins, 1996

A novel about the publishing industry, it mentions Dean Koontz in four separate passages: (Page numbers are for the trade hardcover edition but the passages also appear in the original Book Club and large print editions.)

p.62: “When Sonny Mehta had taken over that venerable firm [Knopf], he acquired Dean Koontz!”

p.128: “‘Spooks’ were all of those Stephen King/Peet Trawley/Dean Koontz scary weird monster books.”

p.150: “Dean Koontz had written under eight names. Since his first book, Star Quest in 1967, he’d churned out sixty novels from science fiction to Gothic romances. He’d called himself Leigh Nichols and Deanna Dwyer. Now he had 150 million books in print, and his three contracts with publishers since ‘89 reportedly earned him $32 million.”

p.452: “‘Did you hear about the Dean Koontz audit? He had them going over the joint with a fine-tooth comb. Backlist, current stuff, everything. Paperwork, computer data, warehouse, printing press, shipping and postage records. They owed him four million in royalties.’”

Dean was not happy with this last passage in the book says he’s never even considered auditing any of his publishers, that his royalty statements are accurate, and that he values his friendships with his editors. In Publishers Weekly (Feb. 24, 1997 p.13) Ms. Goldsmith printed a half-page apology for the passage and promising that the passage will be deleted from the paperback edition.

Related Articles

“An Editor Fills His Empty Mailbag” by David Streitfeld. Washington Post, Tuesday, March 4, 1997, page B1.  Under the sub-section “Reality Check” the author briefly discusses the Goldsmith/Koontz situation.

The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith – BCE
The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith – Cassettes
The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith – Trade Hardcover
The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith – Large Print Hardcover

The Book of Counted Sorrows
by Mark Masztal, H&M Publishing

In issue #399 of Locus Magazine (April 1994) Dean published a full-page (page 6) advertisement addressing the publication of “The Book of Counted Sorrows” by H&M Publishing containing the epigrams from Dean’s books. This was published “purportedly in a small quantity and distributed as gifts.” The advertisement goes on to state that no sale on the collector’s market will be tolerated and additional legal remedies will be sought.

No additional details on this publication have been made available regarding this book.




Haute Tension / High Tension directed by Alexandre Aja

Where to begin… I’m going to keep this short and just quote IMDB:
“Influenced by the Dean Koontz novel, Intensity, director-writer Alexandre Aja had read the novel prior to making Haute Tension. Despite the similarities Koontz later elected not to peruse a plagiarism case as Haute Tension only resembles Intensity in the first half of the film.”

Search this site for High Tension and you’ll find several blog posts linking to a number of articles on the subject.

Appendix F: Collecting Errors

March 19, 2018

After the Race
This title is mentioned in the article “King Versus Koontz: Style and Invasion” by Michael R. Collings in issue #7 of Bill Munster’s Footsteps. It is an obvious typographical error as Mr. Collins is referring to After the Last Race and does so correctly elsewhere in the article.

K.M. Dwyer
According to The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (edited by Peter Nichols, Doubleday/Dolphin, 1979) one of Dean’s pseudonyms is ”K.M. Dwyer.” This is an obvious error, which should read “K.R. Dwyer.”

Stolen Thunder and Dragon Jet by David Axton
These are not books by Dean.  The only connection made is the author’s name being the same as one previously used by Koontz. See: Letter in Locus #443. See also: Prison of Ice.

Sharkman Six by Owen West
This is not a book by Dean. It was a hardcover released in October 2001 by Simon & Schuster (ISBN 0-7432-0542-1.) There is an author bio and photo included. Since no previous DK pseudonym publication contained a false-author photo (and in some cases contained of photo of DK himself.)

Heartbeeps by John Hill
This paperback is a novelization of a movie starring Any Kaufman and Bernadette Peters written by an author with the name John Hill. This is not a book written by Koontz under that pseudonym.

The Irish poet Brian Coffey
Just a similar name. Sorry.

“The Sex Machine” by Lee Griffin in Mr., November 1968
Claimed by some to be by Dean based on factors including the existence of “Love 2005” in the November 1967 issue and the pseudonym “overlap” of Lee/Leigh and (Ann) Griffin. I have read this story and it has none of the hallmarks of Dean’s style at the time.

Magazine advertisement for Saturn Car Manufacturers
Details Magazine, January 1995, p10-11 (and many other popular magazines of the time)

Main caption: “In his travels, satellite dish salesman Dean Koontz has sold six Saturns.”  The person in the ad is not the author Dean Koontz, just has the same name. Included here based on the fact that a rumor was started on the Internet about this advertisement featuring the author Dean Koontz.

All the Lonely People by David B. Silva
According to The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 15 (2004) “while David B. Silva’s All the Lonely People was about a mysterious box that has the power to change lives and included an Introduction by Dean Koontz.”

When asked about this a representative of the publisher, Dellirium Books, responded “No such introduction ever existed or was ever even contracted.”

From A Checklist of Dean R. Koontz compiled by Christopher R. Stephens
This publication has two significant errors. The first is Aphrodite Girl, which is obviously a miss-title of Aphrodisiac Girl. The other is a listing for a forthcoming title The Shadow Sea for which Dean claims no knowledge of any such title ever being planned.

Jane Nichols
In the article “Will the Real Author Please Stand Up?” for the Web site Large Print Reviews dated March 1, 2001, Rochelle Caviness states “…and Dean Koontz has written under more than 12 pen names, including the name Jane Nichols.”
Original URL:

The film Flatliners starring Keifer Southerland & Julia Roberts
The Psychotronic Video Guide to Film
by Michael J. Weldon
St. Martin’s Press, 1996, p210
“Ticket buyers expecting a fun fantasy movie most have been surprised by this one, adapted from a novel by Dean Koontz.”

This is obviously incorrect, as the film is not based upon any Koontz novel or story.

Wings of Fire by Jonathan Strahan and Marianne S. Jablon (2010)
According to the product description (as of 2/10/2019): “Dragons: Fearsome fire-breathing foes, scaled adversaries, legendary lizards, ancient hoarders of priceless treasures, serpentine sages with the ages’ wisdom, and winged weapons of war… Wings of Fire brings you all these dragons, and more, seen clearly through the eyes of many of today’s most popular authors, including Peter Beagle, Holly Black, Orson Scott Card, Charles De Lint, Diana Wynne Jones, Mercedes Lackey, Ursula K Le Guin, Dean R Koontz, George R. R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon, Garth Nix, and many others.”
The book does not contain any story by Dean.

The Warriors: Jailbreak (graphic novel)
Various online listings had Dean listed as an author. This is a metadata error as Dean had nothing to do with this publication.

Dead. Dead again. One More Time by Dean Koontz (2010)
The title of the book Dean is signing in Squidbillies episode #42 “The Liar, the Bitch and the Bored Rube”. This is not an actual Dean Koontz title.

Bloom (eBook)
From the article “Dean Koontz tells io9 about the Odd Thomas movie… and a possible Frankenstein TV show”
Original URL:

“The e-book format, and the somewhat shorter length, gives Koontz the ability to do things he wouldn’t normally do, something he found previously when he wrote an e-book-only novella called Bloom a while back.”
No book, “e” or otherwise, has been published under this title.

Hands of Salvation (2013)
“Dean Koontz (Bantam, $21.95)

“Weston McKay is blessed with an extraordinary power and curse: His right hand can cure any sick person through touch alone, but then his left hand automatically slaps the person’s face really hard.”

This is a made-up book featured in an article titled “Top 5 Best-Selling Books — Week Of September 24, 2013” published online by The Onion, a satirical publication.
Original URL:,33969/

Dean Koontz’s Terror Tales

One time I was gonna run a post claiming that a non-existent Hulu anthology series called DEAN KOONTZ’S TERROR TALES had been canceled after 5 seasons. The point was to create confusion. My boss got wind of this and dropped the hammer, but some of our faux promo material lives on”
Scott Wampler on Twitter, November 26, 2019

A Dream Given Form: The Unofficial Guide to the Universe of Babylon 5
This is a book by Ensley F. Guffey and K. Dale Koontz. Unfortunately authors Michael M. Levy & Far­ah Mendlesohn list Dean as the author in their book Aliens in Popular Culture. Reviewer Alvaro Zinos-Amaro points this out in his review of the book published in Locus #701, June 2019, p53.

Insanity by Dean Koontz
In the August 19, 2019 episode of the Momderlust podcast titled “Travel, Books and Music” the hosts briefly discuss having read the book “Insanity” by Dean Koontz. (40:02-40:20) This is an obvious misstating of the title Intensity.

Foreword to How to Reach Eternity by Daniel Love
An unused prop book from the film Cult (2019) directed by Luke Ibbetson
According to the Mr. Ibbetson on Twitter, 12/5/2020: “In Cult the leader of Friends at the End wrote a book in the 50’s called How To Reach Eternity. It went through many editions. We made this prop for the shoot and I was gutted that the joke about the forward being from Dean Koontz never made it in the final cut. ”

Betrayed by Dean Koontz
in the March 23, 2021 episode of the Suspense Radio podcast the host says the following: “Of course, you all know him for all of his work you know The Watchers [sic], Phantoms, The Bad Place, going back, and now the newer stuff that he has put out with Betrayed and a lot of the other things he’s done with Amazon…” I’m not sure what book the host is thinking of but Dean has not published a book under this title.

When a Stranger Comes to Town edited by Michael Kroyta
In the article “20 New Novels for Spring” (AARP, March 2, 2021) the then forthcoming anthology When a Stranger Comes to Town is said contain “19 stories by the crème de la crème of mystery writers, including heavyweight scribes like Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz…” Sadly, no story by Dean was included in the published book.

The Forest
On August 26, 2021 this statement appeared on Dean’s Twitter feed: “I didn’t write THE FOREST. It’s a scam. Avoid this by subscribing to my newsletter at, which announces new books.”
I don’t know the story behind this and would love to have more details. The only thing I can think of is that this is a mangled reference to The Secret Forest which was also never published. (See Appendix C)

Various other pornographic titles

There are a number of pornographic titles that I have seen attributed to Dean which I feel can be ruled out as having been written by Dean regardless of the true authorship of the titles otherwise listed in this site. Here are those titles along with their author, publication details, and reason for listing them here.

  • Bitter Honey by Jan Cheux, Cameo 8025, 1969, Documented pseudonym of Byron Chew
  • Bottoms are Tops and other titles by Dr. Gerda Mundinger
    Dr. Mendinger is a well-documented pseudonym of Paul Hugo Little
  • Camera Chicks by Hector Lamar, Cameo 8057, 1970, Documented pseudonym of B.C. Hall
  • Camera Chicks by Hector Lamar, Ilicit Library WKG-160, $3.95, , Documented pseudonym of B.C. Hall
  • Crazy for It by Todd Kingsley, New Library 423, 1968, $0.95, See Sextet
    Deviate Generation by Russell Trainor, Mcfadden, 1972, Documented actual author,
  • Doctor Sex by Todd Kingsley, Neva Paperbacks, 1967, See Sextet
    High School Hotbed by Jan Cheux, Cameo 8017, 1969, Copyright records say pseudonym of Byron Chew
  • A Gallery of Nudes by J. Hume Parkinson, Olympia Press TC-41, 1957, 192, See Sextet.
    (Seriously if Dean was Mr. Parkinson he would have written this when he was 12.)
  • A Gallery of Nudes by J. Hume Parkinson, Brandon House 3015, 1967, $1.75, Reprint #1
  • A Gallery of Nudes by J. Hume Parkinson, Collector’s Edition CE-101, 1967, $1.75, Reprint #2
  • A Gallery of Nudes by J. Hume Parkinson, Collector’s Publication, CP 21160, 1970, $1.75, Reprint #3
  • Lay Me Down by Gordon Cervantes, Lancer 76314, 1972, $1.95, Stylistically too different. See entry for Lay Me Down, But Not to Die
  • Lay Me Down! by Jason Dobbins, Bee-Line Books / An Orpheus Original 662-K, 1970, $1.75, Stylistically too different. See entry for Lay Me Down, But Not to Die
  • Losing It by Linda Pawling. See A Willing Teacher (below)
  • The Making of Veronica by Calvin Kosiki (Oval Books, OB 529, 1973)
    A reprint of The Making of Veronica by Russ Trainer (Chveron, 114, 1967)
  • New Oral Sex Expressions by Jan Cheux, Cameo Sex Reality Series 9CD-4005, $4.95, Documented pseudonym of Byron Chew
  • Oral Sex Elucidations by Anonymous, TGS, 2015, Reprint of New Oral Sex Expressions
  • Pet by Jan Cheux, Cameo 8035, 1969, Documented pseudonym of Byron Chew
  • Private and Bizarre by C.S. Vanek, Olympia Press TC-503, 1971, $1.95, See Thrust
  • Room at the Topless by Todd Kingsley, Neva Books, 1967, See Sextet
    Sex Starlets by Ely Kazani, Spade SP-978, No evidence of any connection whatsoever
  • Sextet by Todd Kingsley, Original Research 918, 1969, $1.25, Not a reprint of Sextet by Parinson. Stylistically too different.
  • Sextet by J. Hume Parkinson, Olympia Press TC-464, 1965, $1.95, No indication in any Olympia Press resources that Koontz worked w/ them. Also too early in Dean’s writing career.
  • The Skin Book by C.S. Vanek, Olympia Press TC-449, 1969, $1.95, See Sextet
  • Thrust by Todd Kingsley, Research Classic, See Sextet
  • Thrust by C.S. Vanek, Olympia Press TC-467, 1969, $1.95, See Sextet
  • Thrust by C.S. Vanek, Olympia Press 0700413901, 1972, Reprint of 1969 release
  • The Wayward Teacher by Linda Pawling, Cameo Crown CC-182, $1.25, Stylistically too different
  • The Willing Actress, Monique, Pad Adult Library PAL 534, 1973, $1.95, Stylistically too different

Anthony Dean: This article (archived version) from the Vintage Sleeze blog asks the question “Is Anthony Dean a pseudonym for Dean Koontz? I don’t know…but it is said he collaborated on “30 erotic novels” with his wife. Anyone else?” The simple answer is no.

But then there’s these titles which others have claimed to possibly be by Dean but I have neither personally seen any copies and/or have produced any research that would imply or deny a connection therefore I can neither claim a connection nor completely deny one.

  • Love Seeker by Brian Hayes Spade
  • Picnic of Sin by Jeff Michaels (Gourmet Editions, GED-142, 1982)
    Same author name as the Jeff Michaels version of Share the Warm Flesh as published by Gourmet Editions. All research points to this being just another use of the name and not a title in any other way connected to Dean.
    Reprinted as Sex Picnic by Kinky Capri (Darque Taboo Press, 2007) [most likely an unauthorized re-publication.]
  • Rich Man’s Child by Hannah Marston (Oval Books, OB 526, 1973)

Regarding Fanzines: (From
“In the earliest couple of years of his career, Dean wrote a few letters and articles for science-fiction fanzines. He was not prolific in this area because he was too busy writing fiction to pay the bills and to learn his craft. Therefore, in 1991, Dean was shocked to learn that a person he had previously worked with professionally had, beginning in 1969 and continuing at least through the early 1970s, been writing letters in Dean’s name to individuals and had submitted letters, and even some articles, in Dean’s name to fanzines. The name “X” will do until the full story can be told in Dean’s memoirs. All of this information was first disclosed to Dean in 1991 when X provided a written admission of these activities, although he could not remember everyone to whom these forged letters and articles had been sent. Consequently, any fanzine appearances by Dean after 1968 are highly suspect unless they were submitted with a cover letter on his own letterhead of that time.”

 Regarding Letters: (From
“From time to time, people have put Dean’s letters on the market, and collectors have bought them. Some of these letters have been forgeries–or to be polite, hoaxes–and collectors’ money has been wasted. Thus far, to Dean’s knowledge, all the hoaxes have been typed on plain paper, not on Dean’s letterhead stationery. Dean began using letterheads in 1968 and he has in his personal files samples of each of the many stationeries he has used over the years. For your assistance, we considered posting all letterheads (with dates of use) on this website, but then realized we would be providing the bad guys with information and materials that would undeniably help them with future forgeries. Suffice to say that a letter on plain paper purporting to be signed by Dean, after late 1968, is all but certainly not a letter written by Dean. If you have in your collection what you believe to be genuine Koontz letters, on letterhead, you can photocopy the document, send the copy to Dean at his snail-mail address (Dean Koontz, P.O. Box 9529, Newport Beach, CA 92658), and he will confirm that it is indeed–or isn’t–his stationery and his actual signature.”

Regarding Pen Names, Secret: (From
“There are no secret pen names used by Dean. Over the years, numerous books have been incorrectly attributed to Dean–such as the novels of Shane Stevens–which he did not write. Some bibliographers have in good-faith cited “proof” of authorship, but none of the proofs stand up to scrutiny. Some book dealers have claimed that Library of Congress and/or Copyright Office records supposedly prove their contentions. While certain misinformation has previously existed in the Library of Congress and Copyright Office files, we have made every effort for Gerda or Dean to file clarifying affidavits with these governmental agencies. If you are ever told that the records of the Library of Congress or Copyright Office verify that a work of collectible pen-name fiction you are considering buying was authored by Dean but that book is not listed in this collector’s section or in the bibliography available elsewhere on this web site, you are not being told the truth. See “Writing Popular Fiction,” “Letters,” “Fanzines,” “Library of Congress/Copyright Office Verifications”, and “Unauthorized Mutilation of Dean’s Works” herein.”

Regarding Unauthorized Mutilation of Dean’s Works: (From
“In 1969, Dean agreed to have a small publisher publish two of his non-fiction works (one entitled THE SICK SOCIETY and the other entitled GOING UNDERGROUND) and two of his fiction works (one entitled HUNG and the other entitled TIGER 650). All four books were presented to the publisher as finished manuscripts and Dean fully expected for them to be published in the form submitted to the publisher. Unfortunately, all four books were put into production before Dean learned that the publisher had arranged, without Dean’s knowledge or consent, for them to be so completely rewritten that none of them, as published, bore much resemblance to the original manuscripts as submitted by Dean. Although he wasn’t able to stop publication, he did get the publisher to contractually agree to publish all four books under a pseudonym. The publisher further agreed to indemnify Dean against claims arising from the material added by the publisher: “Author and Publisher acknowledge that…the Work will be published with material changes from the original manuscripts of same, that the Publisher assumes all liability for the content of those new chapters and passages.” However, only one of the four books was published under a pen name- HUNG was published under the pen name Leonard Chris. THE SICK SOCIETY manuscript was published under the title PIG SOCIETY, the GOING UNDERGROUND manuscript was published under the title THE UNDERGROUND LIFESTYLES HANDBOOK, and the TIGER 650 manuscript was published under the title BOUNCE GIRL- all with Dean and Gerda Koontz as the credited authors, and therefore in breach of Dean’s contract with the publisher. Copyright Office files on all four of these books now reflects affidavits from Gerda and Dean stating that (1) Gerda did not participate in writing any portion of these books and (2) Dean disavows any claim of authorship or responsibility for the content of these four books due to the substantial nature of the unauthorized changes to his original manuscripts.”

Appendix G(1): Ephemera (1969-1999)

March 19, 2018

4/30/2022: I’ve found myself needing to split this appendix into two parts as it as getting too large for WordPress to handle properly. This is the first half which contains items from 1969-1999. Items from 2000 and later can be found in part 2.

(I admit that the images on this page can muck with the layout. Eventually I do intend to reformat the whole thing so that this appendix looks more like the Books About Dean page, but that’s on my list of “long term issues” to deal with later.)

  • A lizard named “Koontz”
    Artist Vaughn Bodé (1941-1975) was a friend of Dean’s in the 1960s and 70s and was known to occasionally name characters in his comics after his friends. There are a few appearances of a military lizard named “Koontz” that I am aware of. The two appearances of this character that I have found are:
    East Village Other, March 7, 1967, p10. In an advertisement for Gothic Blimp Works. The character is identified by the name “KOONTZ” appearing on his jacket.
    This ad also appears in the following EVO issues: 2/14/69, 3/1/69, 4/2/69, 4/9/69, 4/16/69, 4/30/69, 5/7/69, 5/28/69, 6/4/69, 6/23/69, 6/30/69 and in the Vaughn Bode Index edited by George W. Beham, 1976, p54
    (The March 14, 1969 issues has a full-page comic announcing the first issue of GBW on the cover. It does not feature Koontz lizard. The copy I have is so fragile that I am unable to browse through the whole issue to see if the ad also appears.)
    The same ad appears on page 24 of Gothic Blimp Works #3 but the name Koontz does not appear on the lizard jacket.
    Cavalier, June 1972, p41 in a one-page comic titled “Giant Killers.” The character is identified by the name “KOONTZ” on his helmet in two panels, though the “K” is not actually visible as drawn. (Reprinted in Vaughn Bodé’s Erotica #3, Fantagraphics, May 1, 1997, p5.)
  • Nightmare Age by Frederik Pohl
    Ballantine Books, October 1970, SBN: 345-02044-8, 95¢
    This title appears as part of the Dean Koontz collection at Shippensburg University but I am unable to find any actual connection to Dean. My best guess is that this title was part of the collection of O. Richard Forsythe of which the university’s Koontz collection was based, and was accidentally included.
  • Sandworm #14, August 1971
    “America’s Greatest Nutritional Deficiency” editorial by Bob Vardeman
    p3: “Dean Koontz wrote and related the sorry state of mutual funds and how these are just as poor an investment in some cases as Savings Bonds (or War Bonds or Liberty Bonds depending on your time track).”
    It is unclear if Mr. Vardeman is referring to something published in issues #12 or #14 (neither of which are in my collection,) or to something otherwise unpublished.
  • A Darker Heritage by Gerda Ann Cerra, 1972
    Dedication: “To Dean”
  •  Sandworm #18, January 1973
    That’s it, in the middle of a 2/3rd page-long stream of consciousness mentioning of people, places, and things. The way I read it is as a thanks to everyone that helped the editor throughout the run of this fanzine.
  • Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction by James Gunn
    A&W Library, 1975
    p212: “And then the tide ebbed: …in 1967, Jack Wodhams and Dean Koontz…” [listing, by year, authors that had their first SF stories published.]
  • Who’s Who in Science Fiction by Brian Ash
    Taplinger Publishing Company, 1976
    p128: “Dean R. Koontz
    An American arrival of the last few years. He was born in Pannsylviania some thirty years ago and taught there for a while before becoming a full-time writer in 1969. He has contributed to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Ficiton and his ‘A Mouse in the Walls of the Global Village’ appears in Ellison’s Again, Dangerous Visions. However, he concentrates on novels.
    Among them are Star Quest…”
  • Pure Images, Volume 1 Number 1, Spring 1977
    p39-40: Photos from and text about the film version of Demon Seed.
  • The Mystery Fancier, Volume 1 Number 4, July 1977
    p11-12: “The Programmed Writing of Dean R. Koontz”
    An analysis and comparison of Night Chills and At the time of this publication this zine was available as a print-on-demand title with the ISBN 9781434403759.
  • “Advice to New Writers” by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    Copyright 1980
    Original publication location unknown.
    Current URL:
    ”Read a couple of good books on technique. I recommend to my own students a good book from Dean Koontz called WRITING POPULAR FICTION.”
  • Horror Show, Summer 1986
    The whole of the editor’s column “Hellnotes” is about Dean Koontz.
  • Dark Thoughts on Writing by Stanley Waiter
    Underwood Books, 1987
    Dean is listed on the cover and on the contributor’s page. He is quoted throughout the book along with many other horror writers of the time.
    Multiple excerpts, including one from Dean, from this book appear in the Fall 1997 issue of Cemetery Dance magazine.
  • The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
    Penguin, 1987
    The lead female character, Bobbi, reads the book Watchers.
  • Night Cry magazine, Fall 1987 issue, back cover
    ”Night Cry is just what the witch doctor ordered: the perfect medicine to cure your blahs and induce a sweaty fear that will give your heart a good workout.”
    – Dean R. Koontz author of Strangers
  • Crucifax by Ray Garton, 1988
    Acknowledgments: “…Dean Koontz…”
  • Junkwaffel #3 by Vaughn Bode, 1988
    Inside front cover: “This book is for Dean Koontz and Alan LeMond.”
  • Floater by Gary Brandner
    Fawcett, April 1988
    p78-80 (excerpt): ‘It was not often that both Dean Laymon and Richard Koontz appeared together at the offices that bore their names. Koontz, a dark, tightly coiled man with darting eyes, spent more time there than his partner, working fourteen-hour days in his corner office when he wasn’t raveling among the movers and shakers of the international set. Laymon, big and open-faced, preferred to spend his time fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or hiking through the Adirondacks. The event that brought them both back at the same time was Alec McDowell’s assessment of Bo Walton’s chances of unseating Anton Scolari.
    ‘Koontz held a sheaf of papers and frowned down at it as he spoke. “Frankly, Alec, I don’t see that this Newark business will do us any good. I mean, all right, so their guy raked back a few dollars on city contracts. Who doesn’t? The voters don’t give a damn about a little graft anymore. Hell, they’re more likely to admire the guy for it than condemn him.” He looked up, pinning Alec with his dark glare. “I’m disappointed. I expected more out of you on this one.”‘
  • “The Harvest from Dark Harvest”
    Mystery Scene,
    October 1988, Number 18
    p16: “Dark Harvest has published beautifully bound and illustrated books from such writers as Dean R. Koontz, Stephen King, Clive Barker and David Morrell.”
  • Iron Man #237
    December 1988
    p6: “I’ll get right to the point. We’re here to discuss the Koontz, a deep orbit space lab abandoned last year.”
  • Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
    Dark Harvest, 1989
    Acknowledgments: “Dean R. Koontz, whose kind encouragement was as perfectly timed as it was generous.”
    Back dj flap: “COMING SOON FROM DARK HARVEST: The Eyes of Darkness, a novel by Dean R. Koontz”
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine
    Issue #2, 1989
    Inside front cover, ad for the magazine: “’…a very fine piece of work!’ –Dean Koontz”
  • Mystery Scene #20 Mar/Apr 1989
    Dean is on the cover along with several other relevant mentions.
    p5-6: “Koontz Booklist Titles: $1.8 Million”
    p56: “Horror Top Five” (Midnight is #1)
    p63: Oddkins review
    p64: Night Visions 6 review
  • Night Visions 7 edited by Stanley Waiter
    Dark Harvest, 1989
    p8: “The publishers would like to express their gratitude to the following people. Thank you: …Dean R. Koontz…”
  • Time Bomb by Jonathan Kellerman
    Random House, 1990, frontmatter
    Dean Koontz is listed in the books acknowledgements.
  • The Philosophy of Horror or Paradoxes of the Heart by Noel Carroll
    Routledge, 1990, p2
    ”This, in turn, augmented the audience looking for horror entertainments and, by the late seventies and eighties, a phalanx of authors arose to satisfy that demand, including: …Dean Koontz…”
  • “What Stephen King Does For Love”
    Seventeen Magazine, April 1990
    Reprinted in Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing by Stephen King, 2000, Book of the Month Club
    “Now I find that many high-school English teachers have to double-clutch their own gag reflexes every time that hear my name or Danielle Steel’s or Dean Koontz’s.”
  • Trade Secrets by Ray Garton
    Mark V. Ziesing, April 1990 (Available in a trade and 500 copy limited edition)
    Acknowledgements: “As always, I’m one of those people responsible for the book you hold in your hands. My thanks to the following for their help and support, whether given directly or indirectly: …Dean R. Koontz…”
  • Reborn by F. Paul Wilson, First mass-market printing,
    Jove, June 1990, back cover
    “Add Wilson to that select few (…Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub) whose work I’ll read whatever the genre!” – Fantasy Review”
  • Interzone #36, June 1990
    p45: Ad for Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons containing a blurb from Dean.
    p63: Review of The Bad Place
    p63: Mention of Dean’s blurb for, in the review of, A Manhattan Ghost Story by T.M. Wright
    p68: Received, Midnight
  • “Original Science Fiction Art Wanted”
    Advertisement on page 147 of Weird Tales #299, Winter 1990/1.
    The artwork in this ad is from the Lightning signature sheet. (See: Lightning by Dean Koontz.) This issue was released in both a standard trade format and a signed & numbered hardcover. (Not autographed by Dean.)
  • Dark Harvest catalog/preview, 1991
    Cover: Includes Dean in a list of authors they publish.
    p73: Advertisement for Shadowfires
  • One Rainy Night by Richard Laymon, 1991
    p15: “She took out the tapes and examined their titles. She had Watchers, Near Dark, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
    p119: “As he reached for a handle, however, he remembered a book he’d read a few years ago. Phantoms. The oven of an abandoned bakery had a severed head or two inside.”
  • Family Circus, daily newspaper cartoon by Bill Keane, June 4, 1991
    Small child on phone with rest of family reading in the background.
    “What are we watchin’?  Well, Mommy’s watchin’ “Homecoming,” my dad’s watchin’ “Cold Fire,” Dolly’s watchin’ “Adam Raccoon”…”
  • The M.D. by Thomas M. Disch
    Alfred A. Knopf, 1991
    Koontz review quote is on the back cover. Dean is also mentioned in the Stephen King letter in the beginning of the paperback edition
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Four, Issue One, Winter 1992
    p95-96: In the column Needful Kings & Other Things by Tyson Blue, a section is dedicated to news about Dean. In this issue topics discussed include Hideaway, the Bantam limited editions of both Hideaway and Cold Fire, the Charnel House edition of Beastchild, the Berkley re-release of The Voice of the Night, the film version of Servants of Twilight, Dean having written a screenplay of Cold Fire, Warner Brothers having the film option for Oddkins, and Dean’s Afterword for Ed Gorman’s Prisoners & Other Stories.
    See also the entry in this appendix for the Fall 1997 issue of Cemetery Dance for a similar column.
  • Books Are Everything #21 (Vol 5 No 1), March 1992
    Contains two bookseller advertisements mentioning Dean: Pandora’s Books Ltd. (p26) and Leonard Shoup (p76)
  • The Last Vampire by Kathryn Meyer Rush, Zebra Books, June 1992
    p274-5: “He shot two of them, but since his bullets weren’t silver, the wolves picked themselves up from the crushed snow and kept coming. The man reloaded. They were circling him now, drawing the noose tighter, lower jaws down and open as their long canine tongues flicked over fangs, lips drawn back in fierce grinning snarls, their eyes filled with blood lust and greed. Emma recognized them. Stephen… Ann… Chelsea… Peter… Dean, and perhaps Graham. Where were the rest of them?”
    Kathryn Meyer Rush on Twitter, March 5, 2019
    “In my 1992 The Last Vampire apocalyptic saga I had a gang of bad vampire/wolves as antagonists and their first names were of all the big horror authors of the day. Stephen (King). Dean (Koontz). Anne (Rice). Peter (Straub), etc. No one ever caught that inside joke.”
  • “Phil Parks: Illustrating Horror” by James T. Seels
    Firsts, v 2, no 10, October 1992
    Features illustrations from Oddkins, Twilight Eyes and The Key to Midnight
    Includes a to-date checklist of works Parks has illustrated
  • Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
    Warner Books, 1992, back cover
    “Impressive… combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. – The Denver Post”
  • Reprisal by F. Paul Wilson, First mass-market paperback printing
    Jove, March 1992, Back cover
    “Add Wilson to that select few (…Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub) whose work I’ll read whatever the genre!” – Fantasy Review”
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Summer 1992, Volume Four / Issue 3
    p36: A full-page ad for the book Homecoming by Matthew J. Costello featuring a review blurb from Dean R. Koontz. A similar blurb also appears on the cover of the book.
  • Spotlight on Publishing: Bob Morrish Interviews Charnel House
    Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Four, Issue Four, Fall 1992, p78-80,81
    An interview with Charnel House publisher Joe Stefko which features mentions of the Charnel House editions of Beastchild on pages 80 and 82. A full-page ad for those editions also appears on page 81.
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Five, Issue One, Winter 1993
    p12: Advertisement for the Charnel House editions of Beastchild
    p29: Advertisement for Prisoners and Other Stories by Ed Gorman
    p96: Advertisement for Definitive Best of The Horror Show
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Five, Issue Two, Spring 1993
    Inside back cover: Advertisement for the Charnel House editions of Beastchild
  • My Soul to Take by Steven Spruill, 1994
    Hard Cover edition, Front dj cover
    “A Koontz-caliber thriller!”  -F. Paul Wilson author of The Select
  • Blowout in Little Man Flats by Stuart M. Kaminsky, 1994
    “Go on. Rose Fernandez was behind the counter, reading a paperback.”
    “Dean Koontz. It was Dean Koontz.”
    “Read one by him,” said Fingerhurt. “People turned into machines in a small town. Scared shit out of me.”

    “What else?” the sheriff said.
    “Jukebox in the corner near the window was playing Patsy Cline,” Teck said hopefully.
    “She was reading Dean Koontz and listening to Patsy Cline,” the sheriff said.

    “How many times were they shot, Red?” the sheriff asked.
    “The trucker three times, Mr. Stanley Twilly twice. Then Miss Rosie twice.”
    “Why,” the sheriff asked, “did Miss Rosie sit there reading a Dean Koontz and offer you eggs and companionship if she just heard five shots?”
  • Stephen King press conference at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Transcript by Tony Russomanno, KPIX-TV. Date: Unknown
    “That’s the character speaking, I never speak in my books, I leave that to Dean Koontz.”
  • Pamphlet for “Borders” bookstore chain titled “Dark Visions” features cover and description of Strange Highways on front. Distributed April 1994.
  • Darker Passions by Edward Bryant
    Roadkill Press, 1993
    Introduction: ”This Man Will Scare You… And He Should” by Dan Simmons
    Part II: “In Which We Discover That Edward Bryant Is The Illegitimate Child of Both Dean Koontz and Stephen King”
  •  Mefisto in Onyx by Harlan Ellison
    Mark V. Zeising Books, 1993
    “This book, maybe as good as I can get, is for Dean L. [sic.] Koontz whose portrait, in the Oxford Universal Dictionary, appears contiguous with the definition of the word ‘mensch.’ (see also: Guy, Stand-up.)”
    This title was issued in three editions: A 26 copy lettered, a 1,000 copy numbered, and a trade edition. Both limited and the 1st printing of the trade edition incorrectly give his middle initial as “L.” With the second printing of the trade edition the initial was corrected to “R.”
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Six, Issue Three, Summer 1994
    p6: “Corrections” – Refers to the article by Douglas E Winter in the Winter 1994 issue that Dean was responding to in his letter in the Spring 1994 issue.
    p7: Advertisement for the Charnel House edition of Dark Rivers of the Heart
    p56-57: Letter to the editor from L. Winter-Damon in response to Dean’s letter in the Spring 1994 issue.
  • How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques for Dramatic Storytelling by James M. Frey
    St. Martin’s Press, 1994, p29
    ”Dean Koontz in How to Write Bestselling Fiction (1981) said that ‘ninety-nine out of one hundred new writers make the same mistake in the opening pages of their books and it is one of the worst errors they could possibly commit: They do not begin their novels by plunging their hero or heroine into terrible trouble.’”
  • Texas Sunrise by Fern Michaels
    ©1993, paperback edition 1994 p.99
    One of the characters of this book is a fan of Dean Koontz. In one scene she discussed Watchers with another character.
    ”’I thought I’d find you down here curled up with your book. How’s Einstein doing?’ he demanded, referring to Billie’s addiction to Dean Koontz, a writer she discovered during her ‘bad time.’”
  • Firsts: Collecting Modern First Editions
    December 1994 – Volume 4, Number 12
    In the Q&A column of this issue (p15) the first is from a reader regarding identifying a book club edition of “Dean Koontz’s Vision” [sic]. Since the copy in question states that it is a book club edition, the copy is declared as such.
  • Esquire, March 1996, “The Big Gun Theory”
    p26: “One of William Morris’s top agents may soon defect. A source says Robert Gottleib, who represents Dean Koontz and Jackie Collins, is planning to devote himself to his top client, Tom Clancy…”
  • Cage of Night by Ed Gorman, 1996
    p82: “I spent twenty minues going through the nbew paperbacks. I bought two ot them, a Koontz and a King, them pretty much being my favorite writers.”
  • Sacred Prey by Vivian Schilling, 1994
    Paperback, St. Martin’s Press, June 1996, Front cover
    “Move over, Dean Koontz.” -Jacksonville Times-Union
  • The #1 New York Times Best Seller by John Bear
    239 – “In an age when doomsayers are to be heard in every corner of the land, I find great hope in our species and in the future we will surely make for ourselves. I have no patience whatsoever for misanthropic fiction, of which there is too much these days. In fact, that is one reason why I do not wish to have the =horror novel= label applied to my books even when it is sometimes accurate; too many current horror novels are misanthropic, senselessly bleak, and I do not wish to be lumped with them… Very little if any great and long-lasting fiction has been misanthropic. I strongly believe that, in addition to entertaining, it is the function of fiction to explore the way we live, reinforce our noble traits, and suggest ways to improve the world where we can. If a writer is misanthropic… then he has a one-book message and might as well quit writing.”
    247 – “Mr. Consistency: Dean Koontz has reached #1 in fiction four times during the first week of February in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992, where he remained for two to four weeks each time; Midnight, The Bad Place, Cold Fire, and Hideaway.”
  • The First Lady by E.J. Gorman, 1995
    Dedication: “To Dean Koontz, whose talent is exceeded only by his generosity.”
  • The Elements of Storytelling: How to Write Compelling Fiction by Peter Rubie
    John Wiley & Sons, 1995, p2
    ”Fame? Andy Warhol reckoned everybody gets fifteen minutes of fame, and while I sincerely hope you get yours, few of us become household names like Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, or Louis L’Amour.”
  • The Homing by John Saul
    Fawcett, 1995, frontmatter
    ”If you are a Stephen King/Dean Koontz fan, THE HOMING is a book you will only open once… – The Dayton Voice”
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Six, Issue 4, Winter 1995
    p23: Advertisement for the Cemetery Dance editions of Strange Highways
    p71: Advertisement for Ed Gorman’s Moonchasers containing a blurb from Dean
    p73: Advertisement for a sale of a private Koontz collection
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Seven, Issue 1, Spring 1996
    p53: Advertisement for the Cemetery Dance editions of Strange Highways
    p83: Advertisement for the Gauntlet edition of Richard Matheson’s Hell House
  • Body Rides by Richard Laymon
    Headline, 1996
    p253: “Didn’t you ever see that movie Funhouse?”
  • Midnight Promises by Richard T. Chizmar
    Gauntlet Publications, 1996
    p12: “This to me is the essence of dark suspense, a type of book I prefer to either horror or straight mystery. Dean Koontz writes it. Stephen King writes it. Richard Matheson writes it. And, God rest her, Margaret Miller wrote it long before it was in vogue, and long before the critics were kind enough to acknowledge her genius.” (Introduction to the book by Ed Gorman.)
  • Betrayal by Sonja Massie
    Zebra paperback, ©1996, November 1996
    “A riveting novel of psychological suspense in the spellbinding tradition of DEAN KOONTZ” on front cover.
  • The Writer’s Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon
    Writer’s Digest Books, 1996, p30
    ”Like Dean Koontz, [Neil Simon] has mastered the art of fast, rat-a-tat-tat dialogue that bounces along…”
  • Mystery!: A Celebration: Stalking Public Television’s Greatest Sleuths by Ron Miller
    Bay Books, 1996, p268
    ”For certain kinds of strictly rational mystery fans, ghosts belong in a different department of the literary world: the one where writers like Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Dean Koontz milk a very productive cash cow.”
  • The Book in the United States Today by Gordon Graham
    Whurr Pub Ltd, 1996, p71
    ”’[Bertlesmann has] more than a dozen authors now signed up on three-, four-, five-book deals.’ He mentioned John Grisham, Danielle Steele, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Judith Krantz, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, Belva Plain.”
  • The Insider’s Guide to Getting Published: Why They Always Reject Your Manuscript and What You Can Do About It by John Boswell
    Main Street Books, 1996, p133
    ”Of course, as I noted before, you should not expect a publisher to make you an offer for your novel If you have not written it already, unless you have a track record in that genre or your name is, say, Susan Isaacs or Dean Koontz.”
  • Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg
    St. Martin’s Press, 1996, backmatter
    ”Fans of John D. MacDonald, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, J.A. Jance, Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark, and James Patterson will all find something to love about FALLEN ANGEL… – Shawn Coyne, Senior Editor”
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Seven, Issue 2, Summer 1996
    p61: Advertisement for the Cemetery Dance editions of Strange Highways
  • John Saul: A Critical Companion by Paul Bail
    Greenwood Press, June 10,1996
    p11: “Saul does not generally read in the horror genre and particularly avoids reading the work of prominent writers like Dean Koontz and Stephen King, as he does not want to subconsciously pick up one of their themes and copy it in his next book.”
    p31: “Dean Koontz, the other heavy-hitting male horror writer, is a prolific, craftsmanlike writer, who at the very start of his career authored romance novels, science fiction, and horror under various pseudonyms. His is a founder and past president of Horror Writers of America and actively promotes the genre.”
    p179: “This obsession with the ‘life force’ of the victims is reminiscent of horror writer Dean Koontz’s professional killer Vince Nacso in Watchers (1987), who gets a sensual charge out of death, while finding sex repulsive. However, Koontz’s villain imagines that he can absorb the victim’s life force, and that after accumulating enough murders, he will become immortal.”
  • “Dark Harvest”
    Firsts: The Book Collector’s Magazine, October 1996
    This three page article, along with a three page checklist of titles, is on the history of the publisher Dark Harvest which published several editions of Dean’s books. The following Koontz books are pictured: Night Visions 4, Night Visions 8, and Blood Test. The following Koontz books are mentioned in the article: Blood Test.
  • “People in the news from Oct. 9, 1996”
    Las Vegas Sun
    ”The Election as Creature Feature
    Horror novelist Dean Koontz on the election: “It’s like two of the scariest movies I can imagine. The first is a remake of ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’ with Bob Dole in the Bette Davis role. We can see him serving the rat on the silver tray. Even scarier is Bill Clinton, who vacillates between this airheaded, feel-good Bubba sort of character and a predatory, immoral sleazeball. The airheaded sort of sweet image he projects is a Tom Hanks role. The other one is like an Anthony Hopkins role. So you have ‘Hannibal Gump’ starring Bill Clinton. … Well,” Koontz concludes, “I’ll probably vote.””
  • Publicity on the Internet by Steve O’Keefe
    Wiley, 1997
    Pages 295-296 contain an excerpt from the Prodigy chat.
  • Explorations Barnes & Noble Booksellers SF/Fantasy Newsletter
    February/March 1997, page 4
  • Review for Night of Broken Souls by Thomas F. Monteleone starts “Who out there likes Dean Koontz?”
  • Shackled by Ray Garton
    Bantam Books, ©1997, May 1997, page 94
    “Stephen King, Dean Koontz, those guys?”
  • Introduction to Hungry Eyes by Barry Hoffman (William F. Nolan)
    Gauntlet books, ©1997
    ”Who are his favorites, the major talents who influenced him and helped shape Barry into the writer he is today? “…Dean Koontz…”
  • “What Cincinnati Reads”
    Cincinnati Post Feb 14 1997 sec A p16
    ”In fiction, horrormaster Stephan King tops the list, with suspense writers… Dean Koontz … also very popular.”
  • Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writer’s Association
    Edited by Mort Castle, Writer’s Digest Books, ©1997
    pii: “(Dean Koontz and Robert Bloch were among the first to respond favorably to the concept and to volunteer their aid and reputations.)”
    piii: “Later that year. Early supporter Dean Koontz was chosen as the organization’s first president. In a statement to the membership, Koontz declared his belief tha the HWA could ‘ass dignity and publicity to the field, as well as giving horror fiction a focus.’ Koontz further suggested an annual anthology to be composed of contributions from the membership ranks.” … “The initial board of trustees was also in place, which included at that time McCammon, Lansdale and Koontz.”
    piv: “Koontz furthered, fostered and promoted the idea that the HWA was a serious organization for writers, and damn well should be taken seriously by all concerned.” … “It was under Koontz’s administration that the formation of an annual award for “Superior Achievement” was initiated. At the time, Koontz was chief among those who believed the award should be named after a famous—and deceased—writer. His short list of dead-on recommendations: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly, Edgar Allan Pow, H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker.” … “Charles L. Grant ably succeeded Koontz as president…”
    p31: “When editors say they’re looking for the next Stephen King or Anne Rice or Dean Koontz…”
    p33: “This Dean Koontz and Stephen King were the first to write science-fiction novels that were also horror stories?”
    p36-37: A brief review of Watchers
    p92: “King, Koontz, Rice and Straub all have discernible styles.”
    p116: Quoting J.N. Williamson “For example, my own stories have been published in volumes that have included Stephen King, Dean Koontz…”
    p167: “As horror writers, we have to take new ground just as Michael Crichton and Dean Koontz have been doing for years.”
    p170: “Dean Koontz as a diametrically opposed exception, is a fine example of a real writer because Dean is an accomplished storyteller who has a fecundity of imagination. And he’s paid his dues. He has spent years learning to write well.”
    p180: Regarding Richard Chizmar “…not the least of which was publishing a deluxe, signed, slipcased limited edition of Dean Koontz’s Strange Highways, the only edition of its type, with the enthusiastic approval of the author.”
    p188: “I think right now the [horror] market is dominated by just three or four obvious names: King, Koontz, Barker, Anne Rice.”
    p198: “CD’s newest titles are Strage Highways, Dean Koontz…”
    p200: Regarding Charnel House “…and two novels by Dean Koontz, Beastchild and Dark Rivers of the Heart.”
  • “Critics accuse Barnes & Noble of spamming”
    San Francisco Chronicle Aug 14 1997 sec D p1                    -Julia Angwin
    ”For example, when the bookseller was promoting suspense author Dean Koontz last week…”
  • “Compelling, fiendish jigsaw”
    Review of The Hellfire Club by Peter Straub
    New Straits Times Aug 24 1997
    ”…I have never developed a taste for the likes of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice or any of the purveyors of horror, gore and fear.”
  • Fangoria #166, September 1997
    p67 – “When the Intensity Rises” a five page article about the Intensity TV mini-series.
  • “You’re a Voyeur, I’m a Voyeur” by Dwight Gardner, September 1997
    Original URL:
    ”Writers and intellectuals have rarely been targeted by paparazzi — never mind the fact that both Susan Sontag and Philip Roth made the cover of Vanity Fair in the pre-Tina Brown early ’80s — and this is probably good for all of us. So it’s a bit of shock to stumble across photographer Dino Pedriali’s three very nude, very intrusive photos of the late writer Pier Paolo Pasolini taken through a large picture window in 1975. In the first, a hunky Pasolini reclines nude on a bed reading a book — his pose resembles that of a Playgirl centerfold — his manhood quite in evidence. In the second, he’s spotted the photographer and is leaping up in alarm. In the third he stands, defiantly naked, glaring out of the window with his face pressed against the glass. I walked past shaking my head and counting my blessings; at least it wasn’t a dangling Dean Koontz.”
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Eight, Issue 2, Fall 1997
    p103-104: In the column Needful Kings & Other Things by Tyson Blue, a section is dedicated to news about Dean. In this issue topics discussed include the re-written version of Demon Seed, the Intensity TV mini-series, and the Mr. Murder TV mini-series.
    See also the entry in this appendix for the Winter 1992 issue of Cemetery Dance for a similar column.
  • “Plot unfurls devilishly, deliciously on the dark side of the street”
    Review of Furnace by Muriel Gray
    San Diego Union Tribune Oct 16 1997 sec BOOKS p4          -John Brizzolara
    ”Gray can outplot King and Koontz…”
  • “The Killer Inside”
    Washington Post Oct 19 1997 sec WBK p7                           -Martin Morse Webster
    ”…where the imitators of Thomas Harris, Dean Koontz… flood the market with second-rate work.”
  • “Stephen King Wants Your Respect”
    Boston Globe Nov 26 1997 sec E p1
    ”The self-appointed literary elite that doles out awards and book-review plaudits will never accept writers like… Dean Koontz…”
  • Hollywood vs. the Aliens: The Motion Picture Industry’s Participation in UFO Disinformation by Bruce Rux
    Frog, Ltd., December 1997
    Front Matter:
    “… as are those of other more modern horror writers whose pieces for whatever reason echo actual UFO material, such as Dean R. Koontz, Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Anne Rice. 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Abyss are reviewed in light of known …”
    Page 296:
    “… 296 HOLLYWOOD VERSUS THE ALIENS story about man’s God-complex in attempting to defeat mortality, borrows heavily on an idea from Dean R. Koontz’s Midnight, in the form of “nanobots”-microscopic robots that can be injected into the human bloodstream, programmed to assist in healing …”
    Page 342:
    “… Dean R. Koontz’s Demon Seed (Bantam, New York, 1973) concerned the robot- abduction of a woman in order to study human beings and …”
    Page 468:
    “… ancient Egyptian priest Karloff hypnotizing exotically beautiful Zita Johann and erasing her mem- ory of the event after the fact. Dean R. Koontz’s novels also frequently abound in abduction ele- ments. One of his earlier works, Winter Moon (1974), recently revised for publication, …”
    Page 470:
    “… you wouldn’t have the faintest idea why anyone else does.” The continual appearance of abduction elements in both Rice’s and Koontz’s material is at the very least indicative of a strong … are similar comments from Anne Rice. MGM’s film version of Dean Koontz’s Demon Seed, in 1977, was one of the first of several big-budgeted studio productions with UFO and abduction themes …”
    Page 508:
    “… below)-did 1981’s The Funhouse for Universal. Uncharacteristically, a novelization of the Larry Block screenplay was written by new horror novelist Dean R. Koontz (under the early pseudonym of “Owen West”) and advertised on television several months before release of the film. There are …”
    Back Matter:
    “… and Jack- son, 1987. . Alien Liaison. London: Arrow, 1991. Greenberg, Martin H., Ed Gorman, and Bill Munster (eds.). The Dean Koontz Companion. New York: Berkley, 1994. Grey, Rudolph. Nightmare o f Ecstasy: The Life and Art o f Edward D. Wood, …”
    Back Matter:
    “… 1995. . The Shining. New York: Doubleday, 1977. . The Tommyknockers. New York: Viking Press, G. P Putnam’s Sons, 1987. Koontz, Dean R. Cold Fire. New York: Putnam, 1991. . Demon Seed. New York: Bantam, 1973. . The Door to December (as …”
  • “An Interview with Peter Straub” by Darrell Schweitzer
    Worlds of Fantasy & Horror #4 — Winter 1996/97
    p42: “Q: In essence you’ve become a brand name. A: Dean Koontz is a brand name. I was sort of Dean Koontz once.”
  • I’m Losing You by Bruce Wagner
    Plume, 1997, p30
    ”Simon ached to be another Harlan Ellison – or Dean Koontz. He read in People that Koontz had a full-time staff whose sole function was to keep track of worldwide royalties.”
  • Tiger: A Biography of Tiger Woods by John Strege
    Broadway Books, 1997, p87
    ”He read Dean Koontz novels in his spare time, but there was a time for entertainment and a time for enlightenment, and he came to relish the latter.”
  • The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History by Howard K. Bloom
    Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997, back cover
    ”A philosophical look at the history of our species which alternated between fascinating and frightening. Reading it was like reading Dean Koontz or Stephen King: I couldn’t put it down… Masterful. – Mark Graham, Rocky Mountain News
  • American Pulp edited by Ed Gorman
    Carroll & Graf, 1997, p479
    From the introduction to “The Frigid Flame” by Richard Matheson
    ”Stephen King and Dean Koontz have both freely acknowledged their debt to suspense master Richard Matheson.”
  • Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman
    Picador USA, 1997, back cover
    In a blurb for the book from Entertainment Weekly
    ”Striking… Graham Greene meets Dean Koontz”
  • How to Choose a College Major by Linda Landis Andrews
    McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 1997, p225
    ”Another English major from Shippensburg, Dean Koontz, internationally known best-selling author, was a 1967 graduate of the school.”
  • Prayers to Broken Stones by Dan Simmons
    Bantam, 1997, p97
    From the Introduction to “Remembering Siri”: “Dean Koontz left SF just as he was becoming a star there – possibly because he sensed his destiny lay in becoming a supernova elsewhere.”
  • Uprising: Crips and Bloods Tell the Story of America’s Youth in the Crossfire by Yusuf Jah
    Touchstone Books, 1997, p56
    ”I think Stephen King has a very wicked, terrible mind, and Dean Koontz, because I’ve read some of their stuff, but I can’t picture it like they picture it. Some of the bizarre stuff they come up with, my imagination doesn’t even want to see stuff like that.”
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Eight, Issue 3, 1998
    p55-56: The Cemetery Dance editions of Strange Highways are briefly talked about in this Richard Chizmar interview.
    p57: Advertisement for Double Image by David Morrell featuring a blurb from Dean
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, Volume Eight, Issue 4, 1998
    Inside front cover: Advertisement for the Cemetery Dance editions of Seize the Night.
  • Review of Blue Light by Walter Mosley
    Booklist v95, no 1, Sep 1 1998 p6
    ”Mystery writer Mosley should leave this kind of writing to Dean Koontz…”
  • The Barrens and Others by F. Paul Wilson
    Tor Books, December 1998, p15
    In the introduction to “Feelings”: “Dean Koontz wrote a generous introduction to Night Visions 6, and Berkley published the paperback edition as The Bone Yard.
  • Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today by Katherine Ramsland
    HarperPrisim, ©1998
    On the front of the dj: “Bestselling author of Dean Koontz: A Writer’s Biography
  • A Writer’s Tale by Richard Laymon
    Deadline Press, © 1998
    Throughout this memoir Dean is mentioned. The following pages include Dean Koontz mentions: 26, 28, 35, 37-38, 40-41, 44, 90-91, 97-98, 101, 108, 110, 163, 198, 226-227, 235-237, 243, 254, 258, 262, 272, 316, 348.
  • The Broken Sword: The Return of King Arthur by Molly Cochran
    Tor Books, 1998, frontmatter
    ”I read The Forever King in one sitting with huge enjoyment. It is well written and is a fair old page-turner. It reads as if Dean Koontz had been hit over the head with a copy of The Once and Future King. – Interzone”
  • Stephen King: America’s Best Loved Boogeyman by George W. Beham
    Andrews McNeel Publishing, 1998, p99
    Regarding Invasion: “Who else could have written it? In truth, it was Dean Koontz, but some fans didn’t want to believe that, either.”
  • Stephen King from A to Z: An Encyclopedia of His Life and Work by George W. Beham
    Andrews McNeel Publishing, 1998, p228
    ”Like Dean Koontz’s books written under the Leigh Nichols pseudonym, which started selling a million copies in paperback, Thinner became a best-seller, but only after King admitted he had written the book as Bachman; this immediately increased its sales tenfold, from 28,000 to 280,000.”
  • Guerrilla Dating Tactics: Strategies, Tips and Secrets for Finding Romance by Sharyn Wolf
    Plume, 1998, p218
    ”Who doesn’t enjoy a laugh as you sit around a table with your own gender and tell horror stories about why the other gender is some kind of mutant Dean Koontz goon?”
  • I Know You Really Love Me: A Psychiatrist’s Account of Stalking and Obsessive Love by Doreen R. Orion
    Dell, 1998, p131
    ”Soon he was leaving her such books as Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Anne Rice’s Lasher, and Dean Koontz’s Mr. Murder.”
  • Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon: Joe Queenan’s America by Joe Queenan
    Hyperion, July 1998, p14
    “Dean Koontz’s Intensity was sadistic, depraved, and revolting, but the book could not hold a candle to The Horse Whisperer’s Mephistophelian inaneness.”
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine #33, 1998
    p92: Review of Dystopia: Collected Stories by Richard Christian Matheson.
  • Predator: Xenogenesis #1, Dark Horse Comics, August 1999
    p14-15, 2-page ad for the Science Fiction Book Club which includes an image Seize the Night. Presumably, this ad ran in other Dark Horse Comics released that month but this has not been verified.
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
    SF Masterworks edition published by The Orion Publishing Group Ltd. (UK), August 1999
    A listing of the other books in the SF Masterworks series contains a listing for I Am Legend by Richard Matheson with a review quote by Dean Koontz. I am assuming that this ad appears in other titles in this series.
  • Your Novel Proposal From Creation to Contract by Blythe Camenson and Marshall J. Cook
    Writer’s Digest Books, 1999
    Dean Koontz is quoted on page 124 regarding having to write a novel synopsis before publisher acceptance of some of his earlier works.
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantasy by John Clute
    St. Martin’s Press, 1999, p685
    Lists Dean Koontz as an author published in Night Cry.
  • How to Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them by Sol Stein
    St. Martin’s Press,1999, p147
    ”…she has to help them find their voices so that the writing sounds like them and not offshoots of Danielle Steele or Dean Koontz.”
  • Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
    Anchor Books, 1999, p379
    ”So I don’t even really believe he reads Dean Koontz, much less the Bard’s great tragedies.”
  • Nonvoters: America’s No-Shows by Jack C. Doppelt
    Sage Publications, 1999, p103
    ”She favors novels by Stephen King and Dean Koontz, though she doesn’t have the money to buy them and doesn’t get out enough to find them in the resale bins.”
  • Reading for Understanding by Ruth Schoenbach
    Jossey-Bass, 1999, p63
    Gives a sample of how to interview someone to determine what they like to read.
    ”Student: Or I would also like to try Dean Koontz.”
  • The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing by Rosemary Herbert
    Oxford University Press, 1999, p401
    ”Authors vary in their descriptions of serial killers. [Patricia] Cornwell consciously refrains from portraying the killers’ sick pleasure, while Dean Koontz and others focus on the victims’ plight and the perpetrators’ lust for murder.”
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine, #31, 1998
    p1: Advertisement for Legacies
    p39: Advertisement for The Day the Music Died by Ed Gorman, including a blurb from Dean.

Appendix G(2): Ephemera (2000-)

April 30, 2022

4/30/2022: I’ve found myself needing to split this appendix into two parts as it was getting too large for WordPress to handle properly. This is the second half which contains items from 2000 through today. Items from 1999 and earlier can be found in part 1.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Resurrecting Ravana by Ray Garton
    Pocket, 2000
    Page 104: “‘It wouldn’t surprise me. Del and I are both avid readers. He doesn’t like my spooky books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz but he’ll go through several detective novels a week.’”
  • About the Author by Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner
    Harcourt, 2000
    Pages 130-131 contain a bio, photo and brief bibliography of Dean.
  • Julie Christie: The Biography by Tim Ewbank & Stafford Hildred
    Andre Deutsch Ltd (UK), May 2, 2000
    p205: “In 1977 Christie surprised her fans by agreeing to star in Demon Seed, as a scientist’s wife who is raped by a super computer. Based on a Dean Koontz novel and directed by the off-beat Donald Cammell, who co-directed Performance, with Nicholas Roeg, this was not a success. Publicity concentrated on the ludicrous and deeply unbelievable mechanical assault on Julie Christie and the film was received like a bad joke.”
  • “Spain Teens Tell Why They Killed”
    Associated Press – May 30 2000
    ”El Pais said that at the home of the two girls, police found books of horror stories by Stephen King and Dean Koontz…”
  • “Flirting With Danger: Female Writers Take Aim at the Thriller Genre” by Vicky Uhland
    Denver Rocky Mountain News, Jul 30 2000, Books section
    ”In contrast, thriller/horror superstar Dean Koontz has sold more than 200 million copies of more than 30 books.”
  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
    Avon Trade Paperbacks, August 2000
    On the back cover:
    ”If Dean Koontz had snorted a strange drug that contained the essence of Carl Hiaasen, Neal Barrett, Jr., Daniel Pinkwater, Joe Lansdale, and William Kotzwinkle, he might have been able to write Moore’s latest Novel.” – Rocky Mountain News
  • Black Evening by David Morell
    Warner Books, 2000, p85
    In the introduction to “A Trap for the Unwary”
    ”Dennis Etchison is both a gifted fiction writer and a respected editor of short-stoy anthologies. In 1991, he asked me and a number of other contributors – Clive Barker, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Joyce Carol Oates, and more – to choose a favorite the stories we had written.”
  • Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal by Dick Lehr & Gerard O’Neil
    Public Affairs, 2000, p312
    ”Salemme also read a lot – boating magazines, Tom Clancy, and Dean Koontz.”
  • The Clustered World: How We Live, What We Buy, and What It Means About Who We Are by Michael J. Weiss
    Little Brown & Company, 2000, p170
    ”At the Clifton Library, the hottest books are popular fiction by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Danielle Steele.”
  • Death, Snow, and Missletoe: A Tori Miracle Mystery by Valerie S. Malmont
    Dell, 2000, p81
    One character says to another: ”’I like Dean Koontz better, though. He’s sort of local. Went to College at Shipp, you know.’”
  • Getting Your Book Published for Dummies by Sarah Parsons Zackheim
    Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2000, p47
    ”Other major horror writers include Mary Shelly, Roald Dahl, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Dean Koontz, and Anne Rice.”
  • The Night Stalker Comapnion: A 25th Anniversary Tribute by Mark Dawidziak
    St. Martin’s Press, 2000, p192
    ”The refurbished Star Wars trilogy set winter box office records in early 1997. Cable’s Sci-Fi channel offers a round-the-clock diet of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. King, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz regularly hit the top spot on the best-seller lists. The time seemed right for a Kolchack comeback.”
  • The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth by James M. Frey
    St. Martin’s Press, 2000, p100
    ”Even better, as Dean Koontz says in How to Write Bestselling Fiction (1981), there should be “terrible trouble” right from the start.”
  • To Die For by Kathy Braidhill
    St. Martin’s Press, 2000, p272
    ”She and Bill shared a love of horror novels and exchanged Dean Koontz books.”
  • Bliss: Writing to Find Your True Self by Kathrine Ramsland
    Walking Stick Press, September 2000
    p41-42: “Best-selling suspense author Dean Koontz spent the early part of his career writing just about anything to keep ahead of the bills…He got into flow.” (Four paragraphs on Dean’s early writing routine; specifically mentioning Wacthers.)
    p46: “A tennis player might reach an “impossible” ball or, like Koontz, a writer might suddenly break out of concentrated work to the feeling of gliding and just being the vessel through which the words express themselves.” and “The person in flow can perform for hours, as Koontz did, without noticing anything else that might be happening.”
    p48: A full paragraph quoting Dean on his writing process for Watchers.
    p142: “(It not only affected me, but inspired the best-selling writer Dean Koontz to pen a novel about synchronicity.)”
    p173: “Writing the life story of another person, as I did with Anne Rice and Dean Koontz, involves many levels of immersion.”
  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King
    Scribner, 2001, p34
    ‘”Looks crowded,” he said, meaning the fall lists, meaning specifically the fiction half of the fall lists. “And there are some surprise additions. Dean Koontz—“
    ‘”I thought he usually published in January,” I said.
    ‘”He does, but Debra hears this one may be delayed. He wants to add a section or something. Also there’s a Harold Robbins, The Predators—“’
  • The Devil’s Numbers by G.M. Hague
    Pan Macmillan Australia
    “This edition published 2001”
    © G.M. Hague 1997
    On the cover: “…a neat blend of Dean Koontz and Clive Barker’ Sydney Morning Herald
  • Mad Magazine, January 2001, p26
    ”7 Ghastly Side Effects of Stephen King’s E-Books
    3) Across the nation, computers are infected with a virus that changes their passwords to ‘Dean Koontz Blows!’”
  • “What People Earn: A Special Report” by Lynn Brenner
    Parade, February 25, 2001, p5
    Dean Koontz is pictured along with the caption “Dean Koontz, 55, Author, Newport Beach, Calif., $34 million”
  • Book Business by Jason Epstein
    Norton, 2001
    p19: “Such brand-name best-selling authors as… Dean Koontz…”
    p33: “But within roughly the same period, sixty-three of the top one hundred best-selling titles were written by a mere six writers… Dean Koontz…”
  • Raga Six by Frank Lauria
    North Atlantic Books, © 1972, 2001
    Back cover: “Lauria has cited H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and A. Merritt as influences…”
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
    Film, 2001
    Ben Afleck: “Yeah, but Ben Afleck was the bomb in Phantoms.”
    Jay: “Afleck, you were the bomb in Phantoms!”
  • “!0 Pages a Day” by Stephen King
    Writer’s Digest
    , April 2001
    p33: “Several other contemporary novelists (they include Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine, Evan Hunter/Ed McBain, Dean Koontz and Joyce Carol Oates) have written as much as I have; some have written a good deal more.”
  • “The ol’ ‘College’ try; bidders take a ‘Shot’” by Jonathan Bing
    Variety, April 3, 2001
    ”Agent Robert Gottleib, who runs Trident Media Group, says authors like Elizabeth George and Dean Koontz can count on seven figure deals for their book in territories like England and Germany.”
  • Ghost: Investigating the Other Side by Katherine Ramsland
    St. Martin’s Press, © 2001
    Includes a short Dean Koontz quote on the cover and a full paragraph on the back about the book.
    p128: “I thought about a story I had heard from author Dean Koontz about how he received a call one day warning him to be careful. His number was unlisted, and the voice sounded very much like that of his mother, who had dies years before. He did not know what to think. Nevertheless, he became a bit more vigilant, which turn out to possibly to have saved him. That day his father attempted to kill him with a knife.”
  • Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller 1900-1999 by Michael Korda
    Barnes & Noble Books, © 2001
    p196-197: “1992 brought about much the same results: a fiction list consisting almost entirely of regularly appearing megastars (…Dean R. Koontz…).
    p197: “…on a list that otherwise seems totally familiar: …Koontz…”
    This book lists the top 15 bestsellers for each of the years the book covers. Koontz is listed in the following years: 1990 (The Bad Place), 1991 (Cold Fire), 1992 (Hideaway), 1993 (Mr. Murder), and1994 (Dark Rivers of the Heart)
  • Vanished by T. J. MacGregor
    Pinnacle Books, February 2001
    Cover: “In the bestselling tradition of Dean Koontz”
  • Cable #91
    Marvel Comics, May 2001
    Cover: “Bob Weinberg is one of the greatest comic book writers of all time.” –Dean Koontz
    At least one Web site has also implied that this quote appears on Uncanny X-Men #490 (December 2007). It does not. In fact, that issue isn’t even written by Bob Wineberg.
  • How Precious Was That While by Piers Anthony
    TOR Books, July 2001
    p183: “Sometimes they escape by writing the same material, but getting the genre label removed; Dean Koontz’s sales took off when he finally prevailed on his publisher to do that.”
    p282: “These were by no means the only writers with whom I interacted; in the course of my career I brushed with most of the figures in the field, and some who are on the fringes, like Stephen King, whose daughter was a fan of mine, and Dean Koontz, with whom I used to battle in the fanzines, before we both got too successful to have time for that sort of thing.”
    p288-9: “Once Dean Koontz wrote, commenting on something I had said. He and I fought savagely in fanzines in bygone days, but had no wish to do so now.”See Dean’s Afterword for more details on fanzines.
  • The Great American Paperback by Richard A. Lupoff
    Collectors Press, July 2001
    p212: Dark of the Woods as illustration
    p215: “Between Ace Doubles, Singles, and Specials, this publisher promoted an eye-popping array of science fiction authors: Samulel R. Delany, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip K. Dick, Roger Zelazny, Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, Andre Norton, Clifford D. Dimak, Jack Williamson, Edmond Hamilton, Dean R. Koontz and many others.”
    p250: Invasion as illustration
    p254: “Neither line was especially distinguished, but both bear consideration for the occasional surprise such as Laser 9 by ‘Aaron Wolfe’ (Dean Koontz) and first novels by several authors who went on to significant careers with other publishers.”
  • The Other Extreme by T.J. MacGregor
    Pinnacle Books, October 2001
    On the cover: “In the bestselling tradition of Dean Koontz”
  • The Stephen King Universe by Stanley Waiter, Christopher Golden and Hang Wagner
    Renaissance Books, 2001
    p120: “Bag of Bones also mentions several of Mike’s companions on the bestseller lists …Dean Koontz…”
    p179: “…virtually dozens of writers – including Dean R. Koontz…”
  • Sex and Violence in Hollywood by Ray Garton
    Subterranean Press, October 2001
    p39: “Adam recognized it as the horror section because it held the works of only two authors: Stephen King and Dean Koontz.”
  • “Reviews by Edward Bryant” – Locus #490, v47 no5, November 2001, p70
    In a review of Sex and Violence in Hollywood by Ray Garton: “that would make his name a household word right up there somewhere in the alphabet just before the King, Koontz K-section in the bookstores.”
  • No Sanctuary by Richard Laymon
    Headline, December 2001
    p88: “His hardbound fiction ran toward best-sellers by… Dean Koontz…”
  • Celebrity Skin: Tattoos, Brands, and Body Adornments of the Stars by Jim Gerard
    Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2001, p36
    ”Next [Rose McGowan] played blonde bigmouth Tatum Riley in Scream, which was followed by starring roles in the remainder-binned Dean Koontz adaptation Phantoms and the indie release Going All the Way.”
  • Chinese Astrology by Sabrina Liao
    Warner Books, 2001, p214
    ”Larry King and Dean Koontz are just two famous Rooster people.”
  • 17 Lies That Are Holding You Back and the Truth That Will Set You Free by Steve Chandler
    Renaissance Books, 2001, p98
    ”And even though the leader might be outspoken and upbeat in another setting, what he was generating in his company felt as cold and evil as the darkest Dean Koontz novel.”
  • Cosmic Grooves: Cancer by Jane Hodges
    Chronicle Books, 2001, p47
    ”In the Company of Cancers / Writers / Dean Koontz”
  • Demolition Angel by Robert Crais
    Ballantine Books, 2001, p81
    ”A soft-looking man behind the research desk, reading a Dean Koontz novel.”
  • Mastering Point of View by Sherri Szeman
    Story Press, 2001, p27
    ”Other examples of unlimited point of view in commercial fiction include… Dean Koontz’s Intensity.”
  • Hell On Earth by Michael Reaves
    Del Rey, 2001, p110
    One character says to another: ”This…Theory of yours … it sure isn’t something I’m ready to take upstairs – the upper echelons at Quantico aren’t real big Stephen King fans, if you know what I’m saying, although there is one guy I know likes to read Dean Koontz…”
  • The Evil Dead Companion by Bill Warren
    Griffin, 2001, p109
    ”The Films Sam Rami Didn’t Make… Dragon Tears (based on the Dean Koontz novel, as yet unmade)”
  • The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod
    Tor Books, 2001, p32
    ”This time she had dozens of paperbacks with tasteful Modern Art covers – Harold Robbins, Stephen King, Dean Koontz and so on – which she shoved across the table to the men whose names she didn’t know.”
  • Threshold: A Novel of Deep Time by Caitlin R. Kiernan
    ROC, 2001, back cover
    ”Kiernan’s writings seem to be a successful blending of that by Poppy Z. Brite and Dean Koontz… will appeal to audiences of both authors. – Bookbrowser”
  • How to Publish and Promote Online by M.J. Rose
    Griffin, 2001, p201
    ”And I love the books [Cemetery Dance publishes], which include some of my favorite authors, including Dean Koontz, Richard Laymon and others.”
  • Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches & Proposals by Moira Anderson Allen
    Allworth Press, 2001, p189
    ”The fact that big name authors such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Grisham, have all chosen to offer titles in electronic form has helped this medium achieve a greater aura of respectability.”
  • Evil Whispers by Owl Goingback
    Signet, 2001, back cover
    ”The suspense of a Clive Barker or a Dean Koontz. – Kirkus Reviews”
  • A Love Story for Cleveland by Ron Watt
    Greenleaf Book Group, 2001, p141
    ”…many of them well known such as Mary Higgins Clark, Elmore Leonard, John Grisholm [sic], Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy and the late Robert Ludlum.”
  • Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, Book 2) by Jim Butcher
    ROC, 2001, backmatter
    Contains an advertisement for the ROC edition of The Best of Cemetery Dance volume II, which lists several contributing authors including Dean Koontz.
  • A Heartwarming Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
    Vintage, 2001, frontmatter
    ”When birthdays and Christmas would come, I would consider buying [my mother] a new [book], the latest Dean R. Koontz or Stephen King or whatever, but I couldn’t.”
  • The Next President by Joseph Flynn
    Bantam, 2001, p312
    ”There was only one attendant on duty and he had his nose buried in a Dean Koontz novel right up until the time the Toad creased his skull with the barrel of his pistol.”
  • Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
    Doubleday, 2001
    p213: “He’s reading Dean Koontz with a squinting intensity that Koontz just doesn’t call for and must be fake.” … “The agent closes his Koontz on his thumb, but not at the place he stopped reading. An Amateur.”
    p214: “Allen looks put off and opens his paperback to the first page of underlined Koontz I’ve ever seen.”
  • Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published by Robert Masello
    Owl Books, 2001, p33
    ”But by now I’ve heard every variation on this theme; I’ve had one friend or another advise me to write everything from Dean Koontz book to Danielle Steele.”
    ”And as successful as [Sidney Sheldon] is, he could no sooner write a Tom Clancy book than Tom Clancy could write a Dean Koontz – or than I could write a Sidney Sheldon.”
  • Book Wars a Flick by Rosette
    DVD, 2002 (at 0:12:50)
    In this documentary about New York City street booksellers the filmmaker follows Peter Whitney to an estate sale to find books to resell. Whitney is lamenting that most of the books in this collection are popular fiction that he won’t be able to resell.
    “If I find three or four books in here I’ll be lucky. Looks like today is going to be a wash out. Well, we’ll take a Dean Koontz. There’s a popular fictions you can sell.”
  • The H.P. Lovecraft Institute by David Bischoff
    Wildside Press, 2002
    Front dj flap: “With Stephen King to the north of him, Dean Koontz to the west, William Faulkner moldering in the south and H.P. Lovecraft close by in formaldehyde, Tony Dickens is nobody special: he’s just a teenage horror fan who lives in a dinky little town in an eldritch little state.”
  • Moon on the Water by Mort Castle
    Leisure, July 2002
    On the back cover: “’Most Castle resoundingly steps upon the podium with the likes of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.’ – Rave Reviews”
  • Clive Barker: The Dark Fantastic: The Authorized Biography by Douglas E. Winter
    Harper Collins, July 23, 2002
    p244: “Because she’s grooming me to be Jim Herbert’s replacement or Dean Koontz’s replacement, or whatever it was and I’m absolutely not up for that.”
    p245: “Dean R Koontz, who, after laboring in virtual anonymity for a number of years, found bestsellerdom in a series of novels of terror and horror, offered harsh words of his own in an introduction to the anthology Night Visions 6 (1988). He declined to name Barker, lambasting a ‘reasonably well-known writer’ who had ‘written and spoken often about what he sees as the “virtue” of pushing into new realms of perversity and repulsion.’ With its accusations of ‘intellectual McCarthyism’ and ‘moral and intellectual bankruptcy’, the introduction had, as is often the case with such essays, far more to say about its author that it did about his intended victim.”
    p480: “Decisions are based increasingly on past sales figures, a game of numbers in which few major houses might have patience with Clive barker, given the extraordinary commercial appeal of writers like Stephen King, Dean R Koontz and Anne Rice, with whom he is often compared.”
  • Under the Overtree by James A. Moore
    Leisure, October 2002
    On the back cover: “’Fans of The Shining and Phantoms…’ –Midwest Review of Books”
  • The Brian Lumley Companion edited by Brian Lumley & Stanley Waiter
    TOR, November 2002
    In an interview between Brian Lumley and Stanley Waiter on pages 167 and 168, Waiter asks Lumley about being a “croos-genre” writer and about being identified as a “horror writer” in relation to hoe Dean Koontz is a “cross-genre” writer and does not like to be identified as a “horror writer”.
  • Julie Christie by Anthony Hayward
    Robert Hale Ltd (UK), October 2002
    p134-136: Features a description of Ms. Christie’s involvement in the filming of Demon Seed.
    p138: A one paragraph quote from Ms. Christie regarding participating in American films, specifically Demon Seed.
  • The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time edited by Leslie Pockell
    Warner Books, 2002, pviii
    ”…the horror story continues to flourish in today’s world of Peter Straub, Dean Koontz, and of course Stephen King…”
  • Bestsellers: Popular Fiction Since 1900 by Clive Bloom
    Palgrave Macmillan, 2002, p258
    The World Book Day 2000 Poll to find Britain’s favorite writers places Dean Koontz at number 28.
  • Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders by Gregg Olsen
    St. Martin’s Press, 2002, p231
    ”Employees later remembered Stella Nickell as aloof, with scarcely two words for anyone she didn’t know. On her breaks, she often sat with a Dean Koontz or Stephen King paperback.”
  • The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing by Leland Ryken
    Shaw, 2002, p302
    ”How can a moral evil be more responsibly portrayed? Horror writer Dean Koontz, in describing his serial-killer novel Intensity, objects to the psychologizing of evil. Part of the thrust of his book, he argues, comes ‘out of the Freudian theory that has led us to believe the virtually anybody can be understood or rehabilitated. Bu this isn’t true. We put ourselves at risk when we accept that there is no such thing as real evil in the world, that it’s really one degree or another of dysfunction and that is can be treated.’”
  • Defying the Crowd: Simple Solutions to the Most Common Relationship Problems by Robert J. Sternberg
    Free Press, 2002, p265
    ”For example, Dean Koontz, author of best-selling thrillers, grew up in a very poor family and used fiction as an escape from his environment. He received little support from his parents, who viewed books as a waste of time.”
  • Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt
    Atria Books, 2003, p242
    ”’I will read about anything, but my favorites were Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Anne Rice.”
  • Early Reading Development and Dyslexia by Valerie Muter
    Whurr Pub Ltd, 2003, p72
    ”Table 5.1: Extracts from tests of print exposure devised for a UK sample of 15-16-year-olds. The task is to tick (a) the correct author names, (b) the correct book titles.” Dean is listed in the ‘author recognition task’.
  • The Healing Quilt by Lauraine Snelling
    Waterbrook Press, 2002, p185
    ”George didn’t lose the worry crease between his eyebrows until he buried himself in a Dean Koontz novel he’d been reading.”
  • Introduction to Executive Compensation by Steven Balsam
    Academic Press, 2002, p283
    ”Authors Dean Koontz and John Grisham were estimated to have earned $34 million and $36 million, respectively (Parade Magazine 2001).”
  • Money Management for the Creative Person: Right Brain Strategies to Build Your Bank Account and Find the Financial Freedom to Create by Lee Sibler
    Three Rivers Press, 2002, p141
    ”What They Earn / Dean Koontz / $34,000,000”
    Citing the 2001 Parade Magazine article.
  • Poems from Homeroom: A Writer’s Place to Start by Kathi Appelt
    Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 2002, p7
    From the poem “Good Job, Buddy”:
    ”All the masters of mystery are there / Mary Higgins Clark, / Clive Cussler, / Richard North Patterson, / Dean Koontz most of all.”
  • Mutant by Peter Clement
    Fawcett Books, 2002, frontmatter
    ”[Mutant] is steeped in the thriller traditions of John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King… – Doctor’s Review”
  • Yahoo: The Ultimate 2002 Reference to the Web by H.P. Newquist
    iBooks, 2002, p189
    ”For example, did you know that shockmeister Dean Koontz is romance novelist Leigh Nichols?”
  • Preternatural 3 by Margaret Wander Bonanno
    Tor Books, 2002, p21
    ”If you don’t know what a midlist writer is (and where did you park your saucer, anyway?) think of it this way: John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, Danielle Steele – NOT. Got it?”
  • The Ferryman by Christopher Golden
    Signet, 2002, frontmatter
    From a review for Strangewood by Christopher Golden: “…will lead readers to wonder if Christopher Golden is actually a pseudonym for a collaboration between Dean Koontz and Peter Straub…  – BookBrowser”
  • “Minis and popular books on same page in 2002”
    Variety, June 14, 2002
    ”[Producer Mark Wolper says that] what’s important is that the book have a profile beyond people who have read it. Whether you’ve read Stephen King or Dean Koontz, everyone knows their names.”
  • Art of Imagination: 20th Century Visions of Science Fiction, Horror, And Fantasy by Frank Robinson, Robert Weinberg, and Randy Broecker
    October 2002
    A massive, oversized, 670 page book on the history of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy publishing in the 20th century. It includes thousands of images of book covers and movie posters. Dean Koontz covers are featured on pages 49, 154, 454-455, and 483, while Dean is discussed or mentioned on pages 450-455, 482, 496, and on the back of the dust jacket.
  • “Dishing the Dirt: Valdes-Rodriguez’s debut novel takes readers past stereotypes into Latina life”
    com, May 18, 2003
    ”’I’d rather say that I prefer to be called a writer. I don’t see Dean Koontz being called a white writer. I’m a writer just like he is,’ she said.”
  • “Daffy Duck cel sells well at GMS celebrity auction” by Leon Bogdan
    Press Enterprise, June 3, 2003 (online)
    ”Author Dean Koontz, a Pennsylvania native, again sent along an autographed novel, as he has done in prior years.”
  • The Policy by Bentley Little
    Signet, September 2003, Paperback
    On the cover: “A master of horror on par with Koontz and King.” −Midwest Book Review
  • Afterword to She Wakes by Jack Ketchum
    Cemetery Dance Publications, 2003, Hardcover
    ”The bottom had just dropped out of the market for supernatural fiction as it does periodically and unless you were King or Straub or Saul or Koontz, forget it.”
  • The Hades Project by Justin Gustanis
    Brighid’s Fire Books, September 2003
    In an ad for this title in issue #45 of Cemetery Dance Magazine, p31. (September 2003)
    ”As dark, disturbing and dangerous as anything by Koontz…” – Philip Tomasso III, author of Adverse Impact and Johnny Blade
  • Goon by Edward Lee & John Phelan
    Overlook Connection Press, 2003
    In the Introduction by T. Winter-Damon
    ”No. I don’t mean Charlie Grant. I don’t mean Ray Bradbury. Nor Ray Russell. Nor William F. Nolan. An I sure don’t mean Dean Koontz.”
  • Dean was featured in Random House’s Library Bulletin, which was included in the October 1, 2003 issue of Library Journal (vol. 128, no. 16, attached to page 33). Page three featured an announcement for Odd Thomas.
  • Media Play promotional flyer
    November 2003
    This promotional flyer was handed out in Media Play stores late in November 2003. One side featured coupons for in-store promotions. The other side announced forthcoming movies, music and books. Odd Thomas was listed and pictured on this flyer.
  • The Literary Guild Insider
    Special Edition 2003 (December)
    The cover of this newsletter/catalog for The Literary Guild book club features Dean on the front cover along with the cover of Odd Thomas. Odd Thomas is also given a full page on page two. The cover of Odd Thomas was also featured on the envelope the catalog was mailed in.
  • Work It, Girl!: Productive and Fun Tips for the Hip Working Chick by Wendy Burt
    McGraw-Hill, 2003, p18
    ”Is horror your thing? Check out a Dean Koontz or Stephen King thriller and you’ll be crying for your mama!”
  • The Voice of the Butterfly by John Treadwell Nichols
    Chronicle Books, 2003, p44
    ”I exclaimed, ‘Oh my God, I’m sorry!’ and stooped to gather them up: Dean Koontz, Elmore Leonard, and James Ellroy – it figured.”
  • Stuff Happens (and Then You Fix it!): 9 Reality Rules to Steer Your Life Back in the Right Direction by John Alston
    John Wiley & Sons, 2003, p15
    Quotes Dean in a sidebar: “The only ones who get anything done by just standing around are mannequins. – Dean Koontz”
  • Hollywood’s Stephen King by Tony Magistrale
    Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003, pxv
    ”But why have Stephen King’s titles proliferated on celluloid while other famous horror authors, who have composed their own share of outstanding work – Peter Straub, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Joyce Carol Oates, and Anne Rice spring to mind immediately – have not?”
    The book’s index lists the mention of Dean as being on page xviii. This is incorrect.
  • Gateways: A Repairman Jack Novel by F. Paul Wilson
    TOR/Forge, November 2003, front dustjacket flap
    ””As Dean Koontz says, ‘Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. His adventures are hugely entertaining.’”
  • “Horror Suits Leisure” by Don Kaye
    Fangoria #229, January 2004, p34-37
    ””If Scream re-energized the horror movie genre, then Leisure books has had the same effect on horror fiction,” says Keene. “Not only have they brought dome of the great authors back to the bookstores [Laymon, Ketchum, Clegg, Lee, Piccirilli, Gerard Houarnet, etc.], but other mass-market publishers are now following in their footsteps. The days of only being able to find King, Koontz, Rice, Barker and sometimes Bentley Little are gone. There are more choices for horror fiction, and the majority are excellent ones.”
    Also, the cover of Richard Laymon’s To Wake the Dead is pictured on page 36.
  • Risen by J. Knight
    Pinnacle Books, January 2004, front & back covers
    ”J. Knight has crafted a masterful thriller, closely in step with Stephen King and Dean Koontz. – The Charlotte Austin Review”
  • The Populist Manifesto: Bestseller Stephen King Raises High The Banner of Middlebrow Fiction By Linton Weeks
    Washington Post, January 5, 2004, pC1
    ” If, however, you are hoping to hook up with the latest horror novel by Stephen King or Dean R. Koontz, if you want to pick up a copy of John Grisham’s latest work or “lost boy lost girl” by Peter Straub, you won’t find it at Chapters. You’ll have to go down the block to Barnes & Noble for your blockbuster fiction.”
  • Hustler’s Barely Legal
    February 2004
    The pictorial on pages 80-87 features a shelf of books in the background. One of these books is the UK paperback edition of False Memory. (This book is most clearly shown in the photo in the table of contents on page five.)
  • Dean was featured in Random House’s Library Bulletin, which was included in the February 15, 2004 issue of Library Journal (vol. 129, no. 3, attached to page 33). Page three featured an announcement for The Taking.
  • Midnight Mass by F. Paul Wilson
    TOR – April 2004
    On the front cover:
    ”Like the best of Dean Koontz’s work, Wilson’s work combines an action/adventure year with a touch of the fantastic.” The Denver Post
  • Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George
    HarperCollins – March 2004
    p171: “Characters working against time—usually in thrillers—are a natural source of suspense. When in Frederick Forsythe’s The Fourth Protocol, the hero is on the trail of a Soviet spy in possession of a nuclear bomb…you’ve got suspense. The same applies to Dean Koontz’s Twilight Eyes: Get out of the cave before the bomb goes off.
  • The Narrows by Michael Connelly
    Little Brown – May 3, 2004
    p355-356: “I remember she told me once that your store was like the only place around where you could get a book signed by a writer named Dean Koontz… He showed me a book called The Face. I didn’t know if Kiz had it or now but I was going to buy it. ‘I don’t know. Did he sign it?’ ‘Yeah, signed and dated.’ ‘Okay, I’ll take it.'”
  • Saga of Seven Suns Book 3: Horizon Storms by Kevin J. Anderson
    Warner Books – July 2004
    Dedication, pv.: “To DEAN KOONTZ, who has offered his advice, ideas, and encouragement since the very beginning of my career. A long time ago, he told me to “think big” with my stories; now, with The Saga of Seven Suns already longer than Tolstoy’s War and Peace, I hope this is what he meant!”
  • TV Guide – October 3-9, 2004
    An ad for The Mystery Guild book club appears after page 65 and features the covers of The TakingRobot Santa, and Odd Thomas.
  • The Horror Express #3 – Winter 2004
    p4: The Editor’s Column
    “I know many people are weary about subscribing to small pres publications but believe me The Horror Express is here for good with authors such as Dean Koontz…”
  • Shock Horror!: Astounding Artwork from the Video Nasty Era by Francis Brewer, Harvey Fenton, and Marc Morris
    FAB Press – January 2005
    p85: Funhouse UK VHS artwork
    p213-14: Funhouse UK VHS artwork, release details, and film description
  • Transformations: The Story of the Science Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970 by Mike Ashley
    University of Liverpool Press, May 30, 2005
    p263: ” Wrzos had a good track record in developing new writers, especially considering the limited conditions under which he worked. Without doubt his best known discovery was Dean R. Koontz. However, the delay in being able to use new stories, and the time spent by Wrzos in helping Koontz whip ‘A Darkness in My Soul’ into shape meant that Koontz had already appeared elsewhere before this novelette appeared in the January 1968 Fantastic (on sale in November 1967). His first appearance in an sf magazine was with “Soft Comes the Dragons’ (FOSF, August 1967). Wrzos also bought the first story from Doris Piserchia, ‘Rocket to Gehenna’ (Fantastic, September 1966), and gave first US publication to Peter Tate with “The Thinking Seat’ (Fantastic, May 1967; previously run in New Worlds, November 1966).”
    p267: “Just as with Wrzos and Koontz, Harrison was unable to get Fault’ into print earlier, by which time Tiptree had appeared in Analog with ‘Birth of a Salesman’ (March 1968) and If with ‘The Mother Ship’ (June 1968).”
    p269: “There were new discoveries, such as Dean Koontz, Greg Benford, Gary Jennings and Leonard Tushnet, alongside the more slick-style fantasies of Reginald Bretnor or Ron Goulart. There were old reliables such as Jack Vance (a new Dying Earth series featuring Cugel the Clever), Zenna Henderson (with new People stories) and Brian W. Aldiss (his award-winning novella about invisibility, ‘The Saliva Tree’, September 1965).”
    p290: “Much more important was the revival of Venture Science Fiction, the companion to FeSF. Its first issue, dated May 1969, appeared in March. It was a 128-page digest, selling for 60 cents, and looked similar to FeSF. Publisher Joseph Ferman believed that there was an upturn in the market, further encouraged by the interest in Star Trek, 2001 and the Apollo lunar programme, but to be cautious he issued it on a quarterly basis. The rivalry with paperbacks continued, even though it was a battle already lost by the magazines. Each issue ran a full-length novel supported by a few very short stories. Although this had been the plan with the original Venture, that ended up publishing longer short stories. In the revived Venture, they were mostly very short pieces. In this sense the magazine more closely resembled the original Satellite SF in its digest format. Unfortunately there was little to make Venture stand out. Few of the lead novels and hardly any of the stories were especially memorable. Harry Harrison’s ‘Plague Ship’ (November 1969) and Dean R. Koontz’s ‘Beastchild’ (August 1970) were the best of the novels, the last making that issue especially collectible these days, since Koontz became a highly popular novelist. But Venture showed that it was virtually impossible for a new magazine to make sufficient inroads into the market at that time, even when edited by Edward Ferman and tied in with FOSF’s distribution. The magazine folded after six issues in August 1970.”
  • Bookery’s Guide to Pulps & Related Magazines 1888-1969 by Tim Cottrill
    Bookery Press, June 2005
    p348: “best-selling horror novelist and nearest rival in popularity to Stephen King. His early appearances in paperbacks and dijest magazines (beginning in 1967 at Fantasy and Science Fiction) have become collector’s items.”
    It then goes on to reference the following entries (elsewhere in the book) for SF magazines that contain Koontz stories: Amazing Stories, Fantastic, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Galaxy Science Fiction, IF-Worlds of Science Fiction, Venture Science Fiction, Worlds of Tomorrow
  • Science Fiction Quotations by Gary Westfahl
    October 2005
    Features quotes from “The Night of the Storm” (p172), That Moon Plaque: Comments from Science Fiction Writers (p288), and “A Mouse in the Walls of the Global Village” (p398).
  • Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough
    Leisure Books, 29 August 2006
    From the front cover: “Fans of Bentley Little, Richard Laymon and Dean Koontz will be pleased.” –Publishers Weekly on The Reckoning
  • On Writing Horror: Revised Edition edited by Mort Castle
    Writer’s Digest Books, November 18, 2006
    p22: Watchers is listed as book number 21 in the list “What You Are Meant to Know: Twenty-One Horror Classics” by Robert Weinberg
    p133-4: Quoting Harlan Ellison, “In only a very few cases were any of them successful. Dean Koontz, as a diametrically opposed exception, is a fine example of a real writer, because Dean is an accomplished storyteller who has a fecundity of imagination. And he’s paid his dues. He has spent years learning to write well.”
    p144: “Frankenstein has been adapted and reworked as nauseam, but it is fair to say no one has applied a biotechnical upgrade to the story more successfully than Dean Koontz in his brilliant four-book series dealing with the re-animated giant and his mad creator. No one can accuse Koontz, along with Kevin J. Anderson and Ed Gorman, his collaborators on the first two of the planned four-part series, of grave-robbing (sorry) for revisiting this timeless classic.”
    p162: “…Koontz has perhaps become Mary Shelly’s true progeny with his fusion of science and fear…”
    p225: Lists Dean as one of the authors published by Cemetery Dance Publications.
  • Torchwood: Slow Decay by Andy Lane
    BBC Books, 11 January 2007
    p147: “Rhys was reading a Dean Koontz novel. He’s read all of Dean Koontz’s novels, and still kept them in the flat, even though he wasn’t likely to read them again. Gwen had tried to read one, once, just to please Rhys, but she couldn’t get past the first paragraph. At the time she’d though the horror-based plots in which innocent people were menaced by dark forces beyond their comprehension too outlandish for words.”
  • The Triumph of the Thriller by Patrick Anderson
    Random House, February 6, 2007
    p142: A review of Life Expectancy
    p263: A list of the thrillers that appear in Publishers Weekly 2005 list of bestsellers. Forever Odd is listed at number 18.
    p264: A paragraph mentioning thrillers in the next 100 books in the Publishers Weekly list, which mentions Velocity.
  • Rex Libris #7: Monster Merry-go-Round! By James Turner
    Slave Labor Graphics, February 2007
    In the introductory column titled “Barry’s Brain”: “From the monsters of ancient literature, such as Medusa (not to mention the Cyclops, Scylla, the Harpies, the Hydra, the Nemean Lion, the Minotaur, Grendel, and Cerebus), to modern day threats such as the pod people, we just can’t seem to get enough of bizarre beasties. The selection of monster tales, both novels and short stories, is virtually endless; among the best are (in no particular order): Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus (Haven’t read it but I hear it’s a classic), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Saw the movie), Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (Densely written but filled with the wild, weird, and satirical), Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Homer’s The Odyssey, H. P. Lovecraft’s highly descriptive and disturbing Call of Cthulhu, The Colour Out of Space, At the Mountains of Madness, The Dunwich Horror, and The Lurking Fear; Demon Seed and Phantoms by Dean Koontz, Relic and Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child… these are just the tip of the iceberg, of course, as pulp magazines were filled–filled, I say!–with glorious monster stories.”
    Reprinted in Rex Libris: Book of Monsters, April 2009
  • Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
    W.W. Norton, 9 October 2007
    p317: “As pop novelist Dean Koontz shot out two volumes of a modern-day Frankenstein saga in 2005, with a third promised for 2007, the books instantly leaped up onto the mass-market paperback bestseller list.”
  • Who & Me by Barry Letts
    BBC World Wide Audiobooks, 2007
    At approximately 1:43:00: “And when Don tried to find out the details he was told the information was top secret. Why? No matter how much he ferreted around he couldn’t get to the bottom of the mystery. Were they covering up some dreadful calamity? Or had they let loose upon the world a horror beyond the imagining of a Stephen King or a Dean Koontz and were desperately trying to keep it under wraps?”
  • The Target Book: A History of the Target Doctor Who Books by David J. Howe
    Telos, 2007
    p124: “At this point, W H Allen was renamed Virgin Publishing Ltd and continued as publisher of the Target list. Virgin eventually decide to retain the Doctor Who b ooks, but the paperback Star list was cancelled, along with the W H Allen hardback list, the authors going elsewhere or finding themselves  without a publisher. Ironically, one author of note, Dean R Koontz, was picked up by  Headline Books, and his first novel for them, Lightning, became an international best-seller and launched Koontz on the road to world-wide success.”
  • Bullies, Bastards & Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction by Jessica Page Morrell
    Writer’s Digest Books (July 28, 2008)
    p65: “Such is the case of the Dean Koontz series character who is boldly named Odd Thomas. Odd is a short-order cook by trade, but his particular psychic skills bring him into the company of the dead and newly murdered citizens of his town, along with the other wandering dead, such as Elvis. Besides being able to commune with the dead, Odd is also able to see other depraved spirit creatures, bodachs, so that he knows violence and carnage if forthcoming. Odd seems to signify that the world is not safe and the dead are restless.”
    p124: “In Dean Koontz’s Forever Odd, the villainess is named Datura, which reflects her kinkiness, coldness, and cruelty. However Koontz cleverly has chosen a name with layers of meaning, something fiction writers are always striving for. Datura is a flowering plant that is also called devil’s trumpet and angel’s trumpet, and there are many myths associated with it in cultures worldwide.”
    p132-6: “A terrific example of a villain who is depicted as a growing threat is Corky Laputa in Dean Koontz’s The Face…” The author goes on to quote and discuss The Face for the next three pages. Too much to quote here.
    p235: “In Forever Odd Dean Koontz gives the reader the sociopathic villain Datura. With the morals of a vampire and the soul of a starving wolf, she encompasses everything men—and women—fear in women. She’s kinky and domineering. She comes with several henchmen, who could also be classified as sex slaves, and she wants the protagonist because of his psychic ability. She’s also drawn to unexplainable phenomena, such as haunted houses, because she likes the dark evil that lurks there. She’ll do anything for kicks, and she’ll hurt anyone who gets in the way of her pleasure and twisted goals.”
    p261: “Ethan and Fric, the vulnerable protagonists in Dean Koontz’s The Face, are good examples of characters that must face down a bad guy and a supernatural threat, and it takes all their courage and wits to do so.”
    p266: “Or, if they’re [ghosts] fairly benign, like Koontz’s Odd Thomas, they simply want to be left alone most of the time.”
  • The Woods Are Dark (The Restored & Uncut Edition) by Richard Laymon
    Cemetery Dance Publications, August 2008
    Introduction by Kelly Laymon, p6: “Though the original draft was praised by friends Dean Koontz and Gary Brandner, who blurbed the original version, my father went along with the revisions.
  • Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials by Reza Negarestani, August 30, 2008
    p17: “In Dean Koontz’s novel Phantoms, Timothy Flyte, a renegade paleontologist who considers himself a professor of Ancient Epidemics, is a tabloid writer researching an unnamable Tellurian sentient being which he calls the Ancient Enemy, responsible for devouring countless civilizations (the Aztecs and the Lost Colony at Roanoke, for example). A bio-chemical combat unit invites him (in line with The Exorcist, in which neurologists invite a vicar for assistance) to investigate the mysterious disappearance of people in a village in Colorado The Ancient Enemy is a Thing-like bio-hazardous predator hunting organic entities, using bio-sorcery and mutating various organic phyla (possessing a soldier and turning his blood into a small lizard). The Ancient Enemy is trying to spread its gospel via three chosen characters. Timothy Flyte finds many parallel traits between The Ancient Enemy and The Antichrist Examining the corpses of victims, he detects traces of porphyrin, a chemical substance common to blood, plants and petroleum. The Ancient Enemy or the Tellurian Antichrist which persistently looms in the Mesopotamian dead seas (originally where Antichrist comes from) or near the oceans is Petroleum or Naft (Arabic and Farsi word for oil).”
    p19: “Or, once again, take Oil as a lubricant, something that eases narration and the whole dynamism toward the desert. The cartography of oil as an omnipresent entity narrates the dynamics of planetary events. Oil is the undercurrent of all narrations, not only the political but also that of the ethics of life on earth. Oil lubes the whole desert expedition toward Tellurian Omega (either as the Desert of God or the host of singularity, the New Earth). As a Tellurian lube, oil simply makes things move forward. Koontz’s Phantoms is key for this movement toward Tellurian Omega, through the superficial (GAS pipeline), subterranean (Oil reservoirs) and deeply Chthonic (Thomas Gold’s The Deep Hot Biosphere) Thingness of petroleum, the Blob. To grasp oil as a lube is to grasp earth as a body of different narrations being moved forward by oil. In a nutshell, oil is a lube for the divergent lines of terrestrial narration.”
    p20: “X: Koontz imagery is really helpful for grasping the ‘Thingness’ of oil, its subterranean cohesion as a singular anorganic body with its own agendas – assuming here that ‘the blob’ takes on an increasing ‘agentic’ function on the journey ‘up-river’ (from GAS-station to chthonic reservoir?). Bush and Bin Laden are obviously petropolitical puppets convulsing along the chthonic stirrings of the blob. Collapse all manifest policies and ideologies onto the Tellurian narratives of oil seepage. ‘Even if Omega-Pest runs on hydrogen nanofusion, the concrete war machines chopping up contemporaneity are indubitably very oily’ – Do you think there’s a relatively clear way to specify the Oil / Islamic Apocalypticism relation that differentiates it more or less reliably from the residue of non-Islamic oil-fueled disorder on the planet?”
  • Afterlife by Douglas Clegg
    Cemetery Dance Publications, September 2008
    Dedication: “For Dean Koontz─mentor, friend, colleague, who continues to write and inspire.”
  • Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories by Leonard Cassuto
    Columbia University press, November 5, 2008
    p240-241: Just over three paragraphs discussing Intensity starting with “Scores of serial kill stories draw on elements of [Thomas] Harris’s formula. Conside Dean Koontz’s best-selling 1995 novel Intensity…” and ends with “Dean Koontz is a best-selling storyteller in his own right, but like a blues musician, he’s working within a set of refined conventions here.”
  • Exclusive: Stephen King on J.K. Rowling, Stephanie Meyer
    USA Weekend VIP Blog
    Original URL:
    “You’ve got Dean Koontz, who can write like hell. And then sometimes he’s just awful.”
    This blog post was mentioned in the article “It’s good to be the King” published in the March 6-8, 2009 issue of USA Weekend, however, Dean is not mentioned in the article.
  • Writers Workshop of Horror Edited by Michael Knost
    Woodlands Press, July 5, 2009
    Chapter 3, J.F. Gonzalez: “It’s no surprise that many of the books you find occupying the top positions in the New York Times Bestseller’s list end happily. Even in the realms of horror fiction, those works that conclude with some kind of TAL-HEA ending can make the coveted NY Times List. Dean Koontz comes immediately to mind and, in my opinion, he uses this technique very effectively. You feel for his characters, you like them, and you want them to survive. And very often they do. Changed from whatever horrifying experience they’ve been through, made stronger by it perhaps, but they’ve survived and they definitely live Happily Ever After.
    The works of Stephen King usually wind up on the Times Bestsellers list, too. However, unlike the novels of Dean Koontz, King is more daring. King has no problem killing off well-liked, major characters you think are going to survive. Sometimes events play out in his fiction you never expect to happen.”
    Chapter 22, Gray Frank Interviews F. Paul Wilson: “GF: Do you think a series is the best way to brand an author? FPW: No. King and Koontz did it without series characters, as did Ken Follett.”
  • Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (20th Anniversary Edition)
    Thomas Dunne Books, November 24, 2009
    Acknowledgements: “Dean R. Koontz, whose kind encouragement was as perfectly timed as it was generous.”
    pxxviii-xxix: “As the years passed, I watched a strange thing happen to my early chosen field of horror. My former editor lived up to her goal of creating an ‘empire’ of horror fiction. She and other editors working for other publishers simply published so much of the stuff, under the assumption that readers couldn’t get enough of it (since them seemed not to be able to get enough of Stephen King’s work, was the reasoning, or Dean Koontz’s) that after a few years Gresham’s Law kicked. The bad drove out the good. The market was oversaturated. The readers were first satiated and then wary as they realized the low quality that was being sold in such vast quantities.”
    pxxx-xxxi: “I had a mentor after all, althgouh he  was invisible to me at the time. It turns out, I discovered later, that a certain Dean Koontz had been one of the five judges for the 1986 World Fantasy Award. (Ellen Datlow had been another.) Koontz had seen something in Song of Kali and had bent the arms of a few of the other judges to read the huge time and take it seriously, even though some were reluctant to give the prestigious award to a first-time novelist. Then, even as Carrion Comfort was appearing in its brief hardcover stint as a special edition from Dark Harvest…(one young speculator in California sold his mother’s insurance so that he could buy up one thousand copies of the book—a full one third of the print run, but I got him back for it. Besides throwing him and his lackeys out of an Orange County bookstore when he dragged in all one thousand copies for me to sign, I later learned from a friend that the fellow had fallen behind on his payments on the California storage shed where he stored the one thousand volumes, waiting for them to reach a certain high collector’s price before selling, and the storage owner seized them…and sold them at cover price. I bought as many as I could. But I digress.)…even as the Dark Harvest hardcover of Carrion Comfort was quickly appearing and disappearing, Dean Koontz, totally without my knowledge (I’d never met him), was convincing Warner Books to publish it as a nine-hundred-plus-page, small-print paperback.”
  • The Green Devotional: Active Prayers for a Healthy Planet by Karen Speerstra
    January 1, 2010
    Page 197 contains a one paragraph quotation from One Door Away From Heaven and mentions the inclusion of Dean on the back cover.
  • Horns by Joe Hill
    William Morrow, March 2010
    p6: “With her tattoos and her paste-on nails, her bookshelf full of Dean Koontz novels, her cigarettes and her rap sheet, Glenna was the un-Merrin.”
  • In Lumine Tuo (In Thy Light): Why Believe in God by Abalo Kossi
    Tate Publishing, March 9. 2010
    p77: “…then we should appreciate the things that God blesses and appreciated and defines (which is why we have trouble defining beauty).51
    Endnote 51: “As Dean Koontz (the popular novelist) says, “I can walk in the rose garden, watch the joyful capering of my dog, and see the indisputable work of God. The key is beauty,” says Koontz, who converted to the Catholic faith while in college…”  The endnote goes on to quote Dean for an additional ten lines. The source of the quote is not cited.
  • The Girl on the Glider by Brian Keene
    September 30, 2010
    Cemetery Dance Publications, 537 hardcover signed and numbered copies
    p78-79, “I’d also become distinctly aware that a number of people who I’d thought were my friends were my friends only because of who I am and not because of who I am. There is a distinction there, and I bet Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or Dick Laymon would have commiserated. But I wasn’t going to ask King and Koontz for advice on shit like that, simply because I know how overwhelming it is when people do it to me. And Dick wasn’t around to ask. I considered trying to contact him via Ouija board or a medium. Ask him for advice on how to deal with all of the users and abusers and hangers-on in my life, and “Hey, Dick, while we’re at it, what can you tell me about the afterlife? Because I’ve got to tell you, my old mentor—I’m fucking scared of dying.”
  • Orange Coast magazine, October 2010
    p12, “Raising a Glass”: “When Marilyn [Hudson, Orange Coast book critic] died, Dean Koontz lauded her ‘social grace’ and Joseph Wambaugh called her ‘irreplaceable.’”
  • Cemetery Dance #64, 2010
    “Bentley Little: A Passion for Horror” by David B. Silva
    p7, “When Little was first starting out, back in the late ‘80s. Dean Koontz helped him find an agent. He’s been with Dominick Abel ever since.”
  • Jeffrey Jones: A Life In Art
    January 4/March 15, 2011, IDW, Released in both an unsigned (978-1-60010-737-5) and signed (978-1-60010-738-2) edition
    p194: Cover of Dark of the Woods, titled “Light” and dated 1970.
  • Borders Bookstore bookmark
    February 2011
    Free bookmark offered in stores advertising their eReaders and eBooks which features the cover of What the Night Knows.
  • Deformed and Destructive Beings: The Purpose of Horror Films by George Ochoa
    McFarland – March 2011
    p166: “Occasionally a nonhuman thing produced by human hands takes on deformed- destructive life, and then it falls into the category of DDBs that are artifacts. These may take the form of a menacing computer, as in Demon Seed (1977), or of something lower- tech, such as Chucky, the doll animated by the spirit of a dead murderer in Child’s Play.”
  • Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s by Kim Newman
    April 2011
    p391, “Even Dimension’s marketing set a trend: for a while, the standard horror film poster pasted up brooding head-shots of pretty youngsters with youth-appeal TV shows or indie movies on their CVs. Joe Chappelle’s Phantoms (1998), a Dimension movie based on a Dean R. Koontz novel, has a Scream-alike poster, with Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going and Liev Schreiber staring sexily from the darkness; the biggest name in the cast (wrinkly old Peter O’Toole) is nowhere to be seen, and there’s no indication the film features tentacular cosmic horror rather than wry slashing.”
  • Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
    April 11, 2011
    p68: “Science Fiction movies such as Douglas Cammell’s Demon Seed (1977), Inseminoid (Norman J. Warren, 1981) and Breeders (Tim Kincaid, 1986) are all based around sexual violence…”
  • In Laymon’s Terms edited by Kelly Laymon, Steve Gerlach & Richard Chizmar
    June 28, 2011
    Released in both trade and Signed & Slipcased limited editions, along with an Advanced Uncorrected Proof.
    p309: Two photos captioned “Dick, Kelly & the Koontz’s at Universal Studios”
    p318: Two photos captioned “Best Man at Gary Brandner’s Wedding” in which the second photo also includes Dean.
  • The Creature From the Black Lagoon by Vargo Ststten
    December 1, 2011 – Dreamhaven Books
    pix-x: “Many well-known writers have authored movie novelizations at least once in their careers—Louis L’Amour (How the West Was Won)… Dean R. Koontz (The Funhouse), and so on.”
  • What if “Star Wars: Episode I” Was Good? (Belated Media), February 23, 2012
    Original URL:
    At 4:07 of the video there is a still image of Obi Wan Kenobi and Queen Amidala with the title “Beauty & The Beard by Dean Koontz”.
  • Rue Morgue, July 2012
    p1: Full-page ad for FEARnet featuring Jeff Goldblum from the film version of Hideaway among other films.
  • Sky Magazine (Delta Airlines), August 2012
    p49: Full page ad for Odd Apocalypse
    Also, an Insert between pages 48 & 49 is an ad for the Odd Thomas series including chapter one of Odd Apocalypse.
  • Book Page, August 2012
    Dean is pictured on the cover along with a quote about Odd Apocalypse from The New York Times. On page five there is a review of Odd Apocalypse titled “A Hero Who’s Odd-ly Appealing.”
  • Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson, February 2013
    p97: “inside the cabin was sunny, clean, and basic. There was a knotty pine floor with a farm table made out of the same wood, a small kitchenette, a queen-size bed under the dormered window. A bookshelf in the corner has a couple of games and some discarded paperbacks – Dean Koontz, Patricia Cornwell, Steig Larson. Nothing to indicate what might have actually happened here.”
  • The Right Kind of Wrong (film)
    Released February 6, 2013
    During a short scene near the beginning of the film two children are seen reading. One is reading Intensity, the other is reading Relentless. See this blog post for images & video.
  • Wondercon 2013 Program, March 2013
    p6: A photo and brief biography of Dean under the heading of “Wondercon Anaheim 2013 Special Guests”
  • Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents by Al Kresta
    Our Sunday Visitor, May 31, 2013
    p180-1 & footnote: “I wonder how many Catholics and other Christians are aware that today’s most popular writer of suspense thrillers, Dean Koontz (b. 1945), is a serious Catholic thinker. He has just recast the Frankenstein story in six best-selling volumes. In another series, he has developed a character, Odd Thomas, a twentysomething fry cook, who lives in a universe which is simultaneously natural, preternatural, and supernatural. Koontz’ novels are often preternatural thrillers in which the moral premise relates to human exceptionalism. 26
    “26. For a current example see Dean Koontz, 77 Shadow Street, New York: 2012.”
    p265 footnote 10: “10. See The Great Ape Project: Equality Beyond Humanity by Peter Singer & Paola Cavalieri; For a spirited counterpoint, see Peter Geach, Providence and Evil, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977, pp. 79-80; Also, Peter Geach, The Virtues, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977, p. 19. Christian animal welfare perspectives include Matthew Scully’s Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy, 2003 and Andrew Linzey’s, Animal Gospel, 1999. British philosopher John Gray’s Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals accuses liberal humanism’s high view of the person and faith in progress of little more than Christian heresy. “The irony of evangelical Darwinism is that it uses science to support a view of humanity that comes from religion…. A truly naturalistic view of the world leaves no room for secular hope…The idea of progress is a secular version of the Christian belief in providence. That is why among the ancient pagans it is unknown” (p. xii, xii). For an antidote to Singer and Gray both, enjoy the fiction of Dean Koontz and activist Wesley J. Smith’s, A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy, New York: Encounter Books, 2010. Smith blogs at http://www.nationalreview. com/human-exceptionalism.
  • “Rick McCammon, A True Southern Gentleman” by Joe R. Lansdale, June 2013
    Bram Stoker Awards® Weekend/World Horror Convention 2013 Souvenir Book
    “Later Dean Koontz arrived with an army to assist us, but that’s another story.”
    Reprinted @
  • Writing a Killer Thriller: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction by Jodie Renner, June 17, 2013
    p7: “My favorite thriller writers these days include bestselling authors… Dean Koontz…”
    p43: Brief quote from Darkfall
    p162: “A sampling of authors of horror thrillers: …Dean Koontz…”
    p166: “Paranormal or supernatural thrillers: …Many of Dean Koontz’s novels, like his Odd series”
    p177: “Resources for Crime Fiction Writers – Craft-of-Writing Guides… Koontz, Dean, How to Write Bestselling Fiction
    p183: “Some of Jodie’s favorite authors include… Dean Koontz…”
  • “Stephen King’s Family Business” by Susan Dominus
    New York Times Magazine, July 31, 2013
    Original URL:
    “I read you that stupid book, that Dean Koontz book,” said Owen King, who is 36 and the youngest of the three children.
    “Watch it!” interrupted his father, but Owen, seated across the table from his father, kept going: “The one where the dog is a genius, and he talks to him by pointing at Scrabble pieces with his nose.”
    “Hey, I liked that book,” Joe said.
    “I loved that book,” their father said.
  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, September 24, 2013
    p183-184: “Just as Lucy was deciding she’d have to settle for an old Dean Koontz and a slightly newer Lisa Gardner , Abra came running over to her.”
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir (eBook), October 25, 2013
    p54 (approx.): “Demon Seed (1977), based on another best-seller, this one from Dean Koontz, explored a super-computer’s attempts to mate with a human female, played by Julie Christie, and the ethics behind his capture and rape of the woman.  The computer in the film, named Proteus (and voiced by Robert Vaughn) was insightful enough to realize that man could not survive the rape of the Earth (via under-sea mining that he refused to condone), but not enough to recognize his deliberate violation of a sentient, independent being.  The film deliberately explored a woman’s right to choose how her body was to be used.”
    p773-780 (approx..): These pages all pertain to the film version of Demon Seed. Included are a photo of Julie Christie from the film, quoted from contemporaneous reviews, cast and crew details, story synopsis, and a review by the book’s author.
  • “The Casket Letters: The Gothic Year and a Half in Review” by Daniel Olson
    Weird Fiction Review #4
    , November, 2013
    p254: “If after the first chapter of the latest from Laurell K/ Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, James Patterson and Dean Koontz, you are still frightened mostly by the dull metaphors, stilted dialogue, flat scenery, and recycled characters, then take the book back.”
  • Vortex by Ray Garton
    Cemetery Dance, January 2014
    p55: “But she really wanted to get back to the new Dean Koontz thriller she was reading, which would only keep her awake.”
  • Frankenstorm by Ray Garton
    Pinnacle, May 6, 2014
    Inside back cover: “Ray Garton is best known for his work in horror fiction and suspense. He has written over sixty books, and in 2006 was presented with the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award, joining past winners Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Richard Matheson, Peter Straub, Robert Bloch, and Ray Bradbury…”
  • “Mind and Matter” by Kim Newman
    July 21, 2014
    As the liner notes to the Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition of David Cronenberg’s Scanners
    “Like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Final Program (1973), Demon Seed (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), Blade Runner (1982), and Brainstorm (1983), [Scanners] embraces the Transformative as well as the apocalyptic potential of the creation of a new stage of human life.”
  • “Whispers Press: An Interview and a Reminiscence” by Wayne Edwards
    Weird Fiction Review #5 – Fall 2014

    p111: “I asked if there were any writers [David] Schiff wished he had been able to publish in Whispers or through Whispers Press with whom he did not get a chance to work. ‘If I think of writers who were working the field when I was publishing, Dean Koontz (with whom I might have done a book project)…’”
  • The War on Humans by Wesley J. Smith
    Discovery Institute Press – November 2, 2014
    Dedication: “To Dean and Gerda Koontz, exceptional humans and cherished friends.”
  • The Revelation by Bentley Little
    Cemetery Dance Publications – November 30, 2014
    Dedication page: “Special thanks to:… Dean Koontz, an influence who became a friend and ally, for teaching me the ropes and treating me as though I was somebody—when I wasn’t.”
  • Fangoria Cover to Cover Edited by Anthony Timpone
    Cemetery Dance Publications – December 2014
    p38: “Fangoria #182 (May 1999) … Dean Koontz on film adaptations of his novels: ‘I was so sick of seeing bad movies based on my books that I told my agent I was never again selling film rights.’”
    Fangoria covers featuring mentions of Dean Koontz and/or his work are on pages 159 (#105, Servants of Twilight film), 195 (#141, Hideaway film), 236 (#182, Dean Koontz: Why my movies stink), and 248 (#194, Sole Survivor mini-series).
  • The Rats by James Herbert
    Centipede Press – March 2015
    Introduction by Stephen Jones, p14-15: “While the Guardian’s guide to ‘1989’s Top-Selling Softbacks in Britain’ shows that he was still the UK’s best-selling horror author, regularly outselling such genre rivals as Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell.”
  • Christian Horror: On the Compatibility of a Biblical Worldview and the Horror Genre by Mike Duran
    Blue Crescent Press – May 9, 2015
    p63-64 contains an excerpt of an interview with the National Catholic Register titled “Chatting with Dean Koontz about Faith” from 2007 at
  • Heroes Reborn: Brave New World/Odessa
    Television – September 24, 2015
    In the first double-episode, at approximately 1:09:55, the character Noah Bennet approaches a bookcase looking for a particular book to open a secret door. Titles on the shelves include The Funhouse, The Face, and The Darkest Evening of the Year.
  • Fangoria #343, October 2015
    “The Novelized Approach” by Michael Gingold p68-70: Contains a brief mention and the cover image of The Funhouse by Owen West.
  • Book Pages, November 2015
    p22-23: Two-page ad for Ashley Bell
  • Book Pages, December 2015
    Cover: Ashley Bell cover
    p22-23: Two-page ad for Ashley Bell
  • Texas Monthly, February 2016
    “Darkness on the Edge of Town” by Eric Benson, and article about author Joe R. Lansdale
    p143: “The only thing more certain than Lansdale’s eventual fame is tomorrow’s sunrise,” the best-selling horror writer Dean Koontz wrote in 1989. “I suspect, however, that he is going to be one of those writers who takes a long time to build, who has to find his own readership with little assistance from his publishers. Koontz’s words proved prophetic. Over the past three decades, Lansdale has battled his way through the book industry.”
  • Cemetery Dance #73, Spring 2016
    “The Rise of Modern Horror Fiction: Fear and the Occult in the 1970s” by Christopher Fulbright
    p41: “Karl Edward Wagner turned his focus from fantasy to horror, eventually becoming editor of DAW’s annual Year’s Best Horror anthology. Dean Koontz turned his eye from science fiction to suspense. Charles L. Grant did likewise, focusing not only on  writing significant novels of quiet horror, but opening the door to the mass market for great short horror stories with his Shadows series.”
  • Science Fiction Rebels by Mike Ashley
    Liverpool University Press, July 2016
    px: “Moreover, the 1970s saw a resurgence of interest in horror fiction, thanks to the success of Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, James Herbert and others. Much of what was classified as ‘horror’ was based on science-fiction ideas and plots, but with a new visceral treatment. Magazines began to appear that continued to run a fair quota of science fiction but which were marketed as horror.”
    p92: “The late 1970s and early 1980s had seen a huge upsurge in interest in horror fiction, thanks primarily to the success of Stephen King and those who soon followed, notably Dean R. Koontz, James Herbert, Robert R. McCammon. Peter Straub and Clive Barker. Quite often the basis of their horror fiction was some aspect of scientific extrapolation or alternative science (as in psi powers, the basis of King’s first successful novel Carrie), and even traditional stories of werewolves and vampires might receive a scientific rationale. So while these works were marketed as horror fiction, they were often science fiction. Science fiction that was written to evoke horror came to be called, by some, ‘dark sf’ or ‘dark fantasy’. Stories of mutants, post- apocalyptic horrors and alien abduction, just to cite three examples, would all be science fiction, but in the 1980s their marketing label shifted to horror fiction because it sold more books. The same happened with magazines, and a number that are generally grouped with horror fiction in fact ran quite a high proportion of science fiction.”
    p99: “[Night Cry] attracted contributions by many leading writers including Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Avram Davidson, Thomas M. Disch, Dean R. Koontz, William F. Nolan, Ray Russell, Robert Sheckley…”
    p105: “Twilight Zone helped cater for a new generation of writers and their work became evident in the next generation of magazines. Paramount among these was The Horror Show produced by David B. Silva. Joe R. Lansdale called it ‘the Whispers and Weirdbook of the eighties’. It had started as a hobby, with the first issue in November 1982, and almost stopped after its second issue, dated Winter 1983, but a notice in Writer’s Digest brought in a wealth of manuscripts and Silva suddenly realized the magazine had more potential. It never reached a fully professional status but sales increased dramatically. It became a paying market and achieved newsstand distribution, switching to high-quality printing and colour covers with its special Dean R. Koontz issue in Summer 1986. In addition to Koontz, it gained the support of Dennis Etchison, William F. Nolan and Robert R. McCammon. Silva managed to keep it on a quarterly schedule, with just the occasional hiccup, from Summer 1983 to Summer 1989, ending on a double issue in Spring 1990.”
  • Richard Laymon’s Night Show Definitive Special Edition by Richard Laymon
    Dark Regions Press – August 2016
    Afterword by Steve Gerlach p212: “[Hodder Headline’s] stable of horror authors read like a who’s who of Horror Royalty: Ketchum, King, Koontz, Laymon, Little… to name just a handful.”
  • Elijah by Frank Redman
    Inspire Publishing, LLC – August 12, 2016
    p271: A Note From the Author – “I started writing the suspense novel, ELIJAH, in 2012 after my mentor, Dean Koontz, instructed me to bury my first novel in an unmarked grave somewhere in Antarctica where even the penguins couldn’t read it.”
    Saint Odd is Frank Redman.
  • The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel by Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers
    St. Martin’s Press – September 20, 2016
    p29: “Almost all the writing guides we know—and we have most enjoyed the ones by blockbuster authors like Dean Koontz and Stephen King—offer wisdom on aspects of prose such as style, character, and plot.”
    p72: “Top ten books with dogs… 7. Dean Koontz, Dragon Tears“”
    p203-4: “100 novels our computer things you should read… 67. Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year
  • Peter O’Toole: The Definitive Biography by Robert Sellers
    St. martin’s Press – November 1, 2016
    p312-313: “O’Toole flew next to American to make Phantoms, a sci-fi/horror movie, a genre he’d never tackled before, which was part of the reason for taking it on. Director Joe Chappelle’s first contact with O’Toole was in a conference call that also included the producers and Dean Koontz, who’d written the script based on his own novel. ‘Over similar calls I’ve had with actors subsequently over the years, they all want to give notes and have changes made, some quite major. Not so with Peter. He did not was any changes. For him, the concept of pink pages [i.e., script revisions] was “daft”.’ For much of his career, O’Toole saw himself, the actor, as the author’s advocate.”
  • Fab 40: Noteworthy Connections, From the arts to science – people from the Johnstown [County, PA] region who made their mark by The Tribune-Democrat and Johnstown Magazine
    November 2016, ISBN: 978-1-68418-877-2, Cover Price: $9.95
    p28 features Dean.
  • Myopia Special #1 by Richard Dent, Illustrated by Cezar Razek
    November 2, 2016 – Dynamite comics
    Copyright page: “Special thanks to Dean Koontz…”
    Dean was a supporter of the original Kickstarter campaign for this Comic. Original URL:
  • A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison by Nat Segaloff
    NESFA Press – July 2017
    p279: “Quoting Dean Koontz [J. Michael[ Straczynski adds, ‘once poor, never rich.’”
  • Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix
    Quirk Books – September 19, 2017
    p107: Cover of the paperback edition of The Architecture of Fear
    p138: “Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, John Saul, Dean Koontz, and John Farris bounced up and down the best-seller lists, earning much of their profit from paperback sales.”
    p173: “Influenced by Dean Koontz and Stephen King, [Ehren M. Ehly] abandoned plans to write romance novels and sold four horror novels in quick succession to Leisure.”
    p180: Cover of paperback edition of The Shaman by Frank Coffey featuring a blurb from Dean.
    p187: Cover of paperback edition of Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons featuring a blurb from Dean.
    Rear flap: Cover of paperback edition of Shadowfires by Leigh Nichols.
  • Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
    Scribner – September 26, 2017
    p135: “She went into the Olympia. The place was nearly deserted, both waitresses sitting at a corner booth, gossiping. One of them saw Lila and started to get up, but Lila waived her back. Guss Vereen, the owner, was planted on a stool by the case register, reading a Dean Koontz paperback. Behind him was a small TV with the sound muted. Across the bottom of the screen ran a crawl reading AURORA CRISIS DEEPENS.
    “I read that one,” Lila said, tapping his book. “The dog communicates using Scrabble tiles.”
    “Now you gone and spalled it fur me,” Gus said. His accent was as thick as red-eye gravy.”
  • Julia by Peter Straub
    Centipede Press – October 2017
    Reprint of 1997 “An Interview with Peter Straub” by Darrell Schweitzer
    p298: “Q: In essence you’ve become a brand name. A: Dean Koontz is a brand name. I was sort of Dean Koontz once.”
  • Brian Keene’s History of Horror Fiction: Chapter One: Not the Man for the Job
    Cemetery Dance Online – October 31, 2017
    Original URL:
    “Growing up in the late Seventies and early Eighties, my generation was introduced to horror fiction in one of two ways: kid’s books (John Bellairs was our J. K. Rowling) or comic books (Man-Thing, Weird War, House of Mystery, Werewolf By Night, The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor, etc.). From these, we graduated to Stephen King and Dean Koontz. It was King’s masterful history of the horror genre, Danse Macabre, which introduced most of us to H. P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson, and others who’d come before him, and it was the delay between King and Koontz titles that allowed us to discover (in our late teens and as young adults) Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Joe R. Lansdale, Graham Masterton, the Splatterpunks, and many others.”
  • “Weird Erotica in the Age of Essex” by Adam Groves
    Weird Fiction Review #8 edited by S.T. Joshi
    Centipede Press – January 2018
    p29: “A more blatant depiction of sex and technology appeared in the form of Demon Seed (1973) by Dean Koontz, about an all-powerful computer’s deeply perverse relationship with its attractive woman owner (a perversity neutered entirely in the novel’s 1997 revision). Had it appeared a few years earlier, it would have also made for ideal Essex material.”
  • Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
    August 21, 2018, William Morrow, p117
    “Andy searched for Paula Koontz Austin TX.
    Nothing Austin-specific came back, but apparently, Paula Koontz was a popular name for real estate agents in the northeast.
    ‘Koontz,’ Andy whispered the word aloud. It didn’t sound right to her ears. She had been thinking more like Dean Koontz when Hoodie had said it more like ‘koontz-ah.’
    She tried koontze, koontzee, khoontzah . . .
    Google asked: do you mean koontah?”
    Thanks to Stuart Lilley for this find.
  • Cemetery Dance Magazine Index (Issues 1-75) by Michael P. Sauers
    Cemetery Dance Publications, December 31, 2019
    Dean’s main entry can be found on page 182.
  • Brave by Rose McGowan
    Harper One – January 30, 2018
    p114: “In 1997 I had started doing another movie, Phantoms, made by the
    same studio that did Scream, Miramax.”
    p115: I was currently starring with Ben Affleck, Phantoms.”
    p123-4: “I immediately get taken to a photo op with my costar for Phantoms.”
    p127: “Traumatically, I had to go back to work and finish Phantoms as I was in the middle of filming when I fatefully went to Sundance.”
    Also: Brief images from the film Phantoms also appear in episode one of Brave’s associated television show Citizen Rose.
  • The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy & Horror, Consultant Editor S.T. Joshi
    Flame Tree Publishing, 2018
    p125: “The Dean R. Koontz conveyor belt was trundling along with no less than 17 novels in the decade.” [the 1980s]
  • Amazing by Moonlight” by Joseph Wrzos
    Weird Fiction Review #9, Fall 2018
    p94: “To have been instrumental in seeing to it that both Amazing (and her companion magazine, Fantastic) reprinted not only some quality sf/fantasy stories from the past but also published quite a bit of worthy “new” fiction by luminaries like Edmond Hamilton, Will F. Jenkins (better known as “Murray Leinster”), Jack Vance and Arthur C. Clarke, as well as by newer talents (at that time) like Roger Zelazny, Dean Koontz, Frank Herbert, and “Cordwainer Smith” (pseudonym of the late Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger.).”
  • “Editor’s Note: By the Book” by Andy Olsen
    Christianity Today,
    January/February 2019
    p7: “I came to the life of books as a teen by way of Michael Crichton and a beloved English teacher reading her seventh-graders snatches of Dean Koontz—not gateways I recommend for malleable young consciences, but they were on a ladder that eventually led me to C.S. Lewis and Dallas Willard and other esteemed CT honorees.”
    Also published online under the title “Our Jan/Feb Issue: What Are Book Awards Good For?” @
  • Collected Works Volume One by Vanessa Reed
    February 3, 2019
    p7 (acknowledgements): “…Stephen King, R.L. Stine, Dean R. Koontz, John Saul, Clive Barker…”
  • Santa Clarita Diet s03e04: More of a Cat Person
    Originally broadcast March 29, 2019 (IMDB)
    Around the 3:24 mark a character has a Dean Koontz on a shelf behind him. To me it looks like a copy of Whispers but this is unconfirmed. (Click image for full resolution.)
  • Python Crash Course by Alexis Jordan (bootleg edition)
    June 2019
    From “What Occurs After Amazon’s Domination Is Entire? Its Book shop Presents Clues” by Viraj Shah (June 24, 2019) in regard to the number of bootleg book being sold on ‘One ebook, moreover known as “Python Rupture Route,” is an thoroughly doubtful effort. On its front quilt is a distorted label appropriated from the respected publisher McGraw Hill but subtly modified to “RcGraw Hill.” The ebook sides a biography of Alexis Jordan, its purported author, on the assist quilt that became stolen from the in style suspense author Dean Koontz. (“His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers,” and many others.) Internal, there would possibly per chance be a completely a quantity of biography plagiarized from Jürgen Scheible, a German media artist.’
    I was able to purchase a print copy of this book which was removed from Amazon by the time my copy arrived on June 27. (Click on the image of the back cover for a larger version.)
  • Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski
    Harper Voyager, July 23, 2019
    p273-4: “…but over the course of 360 broadcasts [OF Hour 25] we interviewed such luminaries as William Gibson, Ray Bradbury,… Dean Koontz,… and Norman Spinrad.”
  • Suspense Magazine Fall 2019
    “Author Chris Bauer Shares His Thoughts on Horror/Thriller Fiction”
    p22: “W.B.: What author(s) do you most want to emulate?
    C.B.: Steve Shilstone (“Chance,” a baseball book); Dean Koontz for his Odd Thomas series, as much or more so than Stephen King; Elmore Leonard for his minimalism; Jonathan Lethem (“Motherless Brooklyn”), Jennifer Hillier (“Jar of Hearts”). All wonderful voices. The thing is, I love using a hard-edged voice for my protagonists, and these writers have done such a great job in creating voices for their characters. Adding to this list, on the strength of one interview I saw in the International Thriller Writers The Big Thrill magazine last year, I want to add Chantelle Aimée Osman, author, and an editor at Agora Books (a Polis Books imprint), who tells it like it is every time I see her quoted somewhere.”
  • Supernatural (TV Show) Season 15, Episode 5: Proverbs 17:3
    Originally broadcast 14 November 2019
    Lilith: “God… he’s not exactly Shakespeare. He’s more of a low-rent Dean Koontz.”
  • Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow
    Little, Brown and Company (October 15, 2019)
    Chapter 7 is titled “PHANTOMS” referring to the film staring Rose McGowan and contains the following quotes:
    “She recalled the routine first hour with the man she then considered only her boss, and his praise for her performance in one film he’d produced, Scream, and in another she was still working on, Phantoms.”
    “And she remembered her costar in Phantoms, Ben Affleck, seeing her visibly distraught immediately after the incident, and hearing where she’d just come from, and replying, ‘God damn it, I told him to stop doing this.'”
  • 1973: Rock at the Crossroads by Andrew Grant Jackson
    Thomas Dunne Books (December 3, 2019)
    “Author Dean Koontz riffed off the Rosemary’s Baby premise with his bestselling novel Demon Seed, about a computer that takes a woman hostage and impregnates her, creating a cyborg. But the Dead Heads who worked in Silicon Valley found benign uses for the technology, employing proto-messaging boards to arrange rides to concerts and compile lyrics to Grateful Dead songs, a resource the band itself eventually used. Merry Prankster Stewart Brand, creator of the commune-oriented Whole Earth Catalogue, wrote in Rolling Stone, “Ready or not, computers are coming to the people. That’s good news, maybe the best since psychedelics. Half or more of computer science is heads. The rest of the counterculture is laid low and back these days, showing none of this kind of zeal.”
  • H.P. Lovecraft Against the World, Against Life by Michel Houellebecq
    Cernunnos, November 5, 2019
    From the introduction “Lovecraft’s Pillow” by Stephen King
    p21-22: “For most developing readers, there comes a dangerous “dead spot” between the ages of thirteen and seven teen. It’s that time when most young people put down the books of their childhood but before they pick up those of adulthood. As we know, many children never bridge that gap; when they become adults and we go into their homes, we will be apt to find Reader’s Digest, the National Enquirer, Jokes for the John, and not much else. Some children during that passage of years put down Nancy Drew and R. L. Stine in favor of Agatha Christie, Dean Koontz, perhaps Stoker’s Dracula. They are the ones who will stock their future homes with the current bestsellers of the moment and continue to provide Danielle Steel’s retirement portfolio with fresh stocks.”
  • The Horror Writer: A Study of Craft and Identity in the Horror Genre compiled and edited by Joe Mynhardt
    Hellbound Books, January 2020
    p39-40: “I had tried several other horror authors that I found in the UK Borders stores such as James Herbert, Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Anne Rice. I didn’t enjoy any of them near as much as I did Laymon.”
  • While He Was Sleeping by Chris Johnson, 2020
    p5: “Ella offered me a smile above her paperback, a copy of Dean Koontz’s Phantoms—a choice book, by my opinion. Although she looked equally exhausted, her youthful beauty outshone her apparent worry for her younger brother. Despite that, she remained the most beautiful girl in school to me, even if she was going out with some jerk.”
  • “The Horror in Novels” by John Coyne
    Originally published in the Books of Horror Facebook group @, February 27, 2020
    “By the 1970s traditional horror themes moved into new territory, most famously Stephen King with Carrie and The Shining, and since then more than twenty other novels. Besides King, there were other well known “horror” novelists: Peter Straub, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, and Ramsey Campbel.
    As the genre expanded, and King, Straub, and Dean Koontz published novels eagerly read by young readers, the shelf space for horror novels grew and their books were moved to the front of the stores and displayed in the store windows.
    “These novels were basically about good and evil. And, of course, guilt.
    “Horror” only works as a theme when we realize that there is something “bad” out there. It might be a supernatural “bad”; it might be a chemical y generated “bad,” but it is certainly “BAD.”
    “Dean Koontz called one of his early novels, The Bad Place.
    “A “bad” place might at one time have been Poe’s The House of Usher.
    “A “bad” place might be the immediate future as in Stephen King’s The Stand, his horrifying world of what is to come. Another classic version of the horrifying future would be Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, or Dean Koontz’s Watchers.”

    “Back in 1971, surrounded by the novels of Blatty, King, Straub, and Dean Koontz, and others—without having written a successful book—I had no idea for a horror novel.”

    “Next, I wrote The Searing, a novel about a woman who has an orgasm caused by a space ship in the outer regions. I thought the future of horror fiction was by combining science fiction and horror, as was successfully by done by Dean Koontz.”
  • Walk the Wire by David Baldacci, April 21, 2020
    p252: “It was the faded room of a teenager from years ago. Old movie and music posters. Pictures of athletes from fifteen years past. A small gunmetal desk with a dusty PlayStation console and a pair of headphones. Some dog-eared Stephen King and Dean Koontz novels along with books of a technical nature were lined up on a small bookshelf. The bed was a twin and neatly made. The carpet was old and stained.”
    Thanks to Jim Dickinson for this find.
  • Writing in the Dark by Tim Waggoner
    Raw God Screaming Press, August 2020
    p197: “Branded. Not long ago I was at a con, and I overhead two writer friends talking. One remarked to the other about how well dressed he was that day, and he replied, “A.B.B. Always Be Branding.” He meant it at least partially as a joke, poking fun at business’ gurus near obsession with branding, but there was some truth to his words as well. Years back, I read an article Dean Koontz published in Writer’s Digest in which he said the only thing writers truly have to sell is their unique vision, what makes them them. Back then, branding wasn’t something writers spoke about—at least, not like we do currently—but that’s what Koontz was talking about. And in this day, when thousands upon thousands of traditionally published and indie writers compete for readers, having a strong brand can help you stand out from the crowd and cut through all the marketing white noise that readers are constantly bombarded with.”
    p200: “Create a one-sentence tag (or a short phrase) for you and your work. John F.D. Taff labels himself “Modern Horror’s King of Pain.” In a blurb, Richard Laymon referred to Edward Lee as “The Living Legend of Literary Mayhem.” A reviewer on once referred to me as “Stephen King Meets Franz Kafka,” a description I use on my website. Sometimes your most famous (or infamous) work can become your tag, as in “Jack Ketchum, author of The Girl Next Door” or Anne (Interview with the Vampire) Rice. According to reviewers, Dean Koontz writes “edge-of-your seat thrillers.” Author Gary McMahon called Caitlin R. Kiernan “one of the great stylists of horror fiction.” Lucy Taylor has been called “The Queen of Erotic Horror.” If you’re just starting out as a writer and feel uncomfortable calling yourself Master, King, Queen, Legend, etc., I don’t blame you. I’m a midwestern boy, and where I come from, we’re taught that bragging is unseemly. And you’ll probably make yourself look ridiculous claiming your horror royalty right out of the gate. How many new horror writers have come on the scene proclaiming themselves to be “The Next Stephen King,” only to fade away after a short time? But you can start out calling yourself “Author of Erotic Horror” or “Creator of Literary Mayhem” until such time as you feel you’ve earned a loftier title—or better yet, have such a title bestowed on you by someone else.”
  • Time Served by N.E. Shawson - TPBKEli Roth’s History of Horror s03e04: Apocalyptic Horror @ 0:15:41
    As part of the episode’s discussion of the film versions of I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, the SF Masterworks edition with Dean’s blurb on the cover is shown.
  • Time Served by N E Shawson
    “TIME SERVED | Northern Ireland prison officer’s debut crime novel gets approval from Dean Koontz”
    Sunday World, 26 December 2021
    “And he revealed the book already has the seal of approval from internationally renowned suspense/thriller writer Dean Koontz.”‘I wrote to him outlining the plot and was surprised to get a reply.
    “‘He said the book could have been set in China or Mexico or anywhere and encouraged me to go for it. Who knows, if he reads it he might give Netflix a call for me!'”
    [I’ve got to admit this is a stretch as I bet anyone who writes Dean about writing their own novel is going to get encouragement back. I feel like the headline of this article is a bit misleading.”
  • Suspense Magazine, Winter 2021
    Dean gets a thanks from the editor on page 3.
  • Suspense Magazine Best of 2021 CoverAdvertisement for Observer by Robert Lanza and Nancy Kress
    Publishers Weekly, August 1, 2022
    “For fans of Neal Stephenson, Andy Weir, Robin Cook, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton and readers of real science-science fiction.”

Appendix H: Chronological Listing of Book-length Works & Novellas

March 9, 2018


1968 Star Quest
1969 The Fall of the Dream Machine, Fear That Man
1970 The Dark of the Woods/Soft Come the Dragons, Hung, The Dark Symphony, Anti-Man, Hell’s Gate, Beastchild
Always Hard!, Banger, Bounce Girl, Flesh Wager, Hung!, Incest Interlude, Protest Ball, Share the Warm Flesh, Skin Summer,
Swappers’ Convention, Thirteen and Ready! [The release dates for these are unclear so they’re listed here in alphabetical order. Reprints under new titles are not listed.]
1971 The Crimson Witch, Demon Child, Legacy of Terror
1972 Starblood, Dance With the Devil, Children of the Storm, Warlock, The Dark of Summer, The Flesh in the Furnace, A Darkness in My Soul, Time Thieves, Chase, Writing Popular Fiction
1973 The Haunted Earth, A Werewolf Among Us, Hanging On, Demon Seed, Blood Risk, Shattered
1974 Surrounded, Strike Deep, After the Last Race
1975 Nightmare Journey, The Wall of Masks, Invasion, The Long Sleep, Dragonfly
1976 Night Chills, Prison of Ice
1977 The Face of Fear, The Vision
1979 The Key to Midnight
1980 Whispers, The Voice of the Night, The Funhouse
1981 The Eyes of Darkness, How To Write Best-Selling Fiction, The Mask
1982 The House of Thunder
1983 Phantoms
1984 Darkfall/Darkness Comes, Twilight
1985 The Door To December, Twilight Eyes
1986 Strangers
1987 Shadowfires, Watchers, Twilight Eyes (expanded version)
1988 Lightning, Oddkins
1989 Midnight
1990 The Bad Place
1991 Cold Fire, Beastchild (Revised)
1992 Hideaway
1993 Dragon Tears, Mr. Murder, Winter Moon
1994 Dark Rivers of the Heart
1995 Strange Highways, Intensity, Icebound
1996 Tick Tock, Santa’s Twin
1997 Sole Survivor, Fear Nothing
1998 Seize the Night
1999 False Memory
2000 From the Corner of His Eye
2001 The Paper Doorway, One Door Away from Heaven
2002 By the Light of the Moon
2003 The Face, Every Day’s a Holiday, Odd Thomas
2004 The Taking, Life Expectancy
2005 Forever Odd, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Book One: Prodigal Son, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Book Two: City of Night, Velocity
2006 The Husband, Brother Odd, The Good Guy, The Darkest Evening of the Year
2007 Your Heart Belongs to Me
2008 Odd Hours, Bliss to You, In Odd We Trust
2009 Relentless, A Big Little Life, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Book One: Prodigal Son, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Book Two: City of Night, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Book Three: Dead and Alive, Breathless
2010 Frankenstein: Lost Souls, What the Night Knows, Darkness Under the Sun
2011 The Moonlit Mind, Frankenstein: The Dead Town, 77 Shadow Street
2012 Odd Interlude, Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd
2013 Innocence, Wilderness
2014 The City, The Neighbor
2015 Saint Odd, Ashley Bell, Last Light, Final Hour, Troubled Times
2017 The Silent Corner, The Whispering Room
2018 Ricochet Joe, The Crooked Staircase, The Forbidden Door
2019 The Night Window, Nameless 1: In the Heart of the Fire, Nameless 2: Photographing the Dead, Nameless 3: The Praying Mantis Bride, Nameless 4: The Mercy of Snakes, Nameless 5: The Mercy of Snakes, Nameless 6: Memories of Tomorrow
2020 Devoted, Elsewhere
2021 The Other Emily, Nameless Season 2 Episode 1: The Lost Soul of the City, Nameless Season 2 Episode 2: Gentle Is the Angel of Death, Nameless Season 2 Episode 3: Kaleidoscope, Nameless Season 2 Episode 4: Light Has Weight, but Darkness Does Not, Nameless Season 2 Episode 5: Corkscrew Nameless Season 2 Episode 6: Zero In
2022 Quicksilver
2023 The House at the End of the World, After Death

eBook original releases in chronological order

2001 The Book of Counted Sorrows
2009 Red Dog Bait and Me, Darkness Under the Sun
2010 Why I Shout at the Computer Screen
2011 The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense
2012 Odd Thomas 4.5a: Odd Interlude
2013 Wilderness
2014 The Neighbor, Odd Thomas 0.6: Odd Thomas: You Are Destined To Be Together Forever
2015 The Makani Trilogy 1: Last Light, The Makani Trilogy 2: Final Hour, The Makani Trilogy 3: Troubled Times
2019 Nameless Season 1 Episode 1: In the Heart of the Fire, Nameless Season 1 Episode 2: Photographing the Dead, Nameless Season 1 Episode 3: The Praying Mantis Bride, Nameless Season 1 Episode 4: The Mercy of Snakes, Nameless Season 1 Episode 5: The Mercy of Snakes, Nameless Season 1 Episode 6: Memories of Tomorrow
2021 Nameless Season 2 Episode 1: The Lost Soul of the City, Nameless Season 2 Episode 2: Gentle Is the Angel of Death, Nameless Season 2 Episode 3: Kaleidoscope, Nameless Season 2 Episode 4: Light Has Weight, but Darkness Does Not, Nameless Season 2 Episode 5: Corkscrew, Nameless Season 2 Episode 6: Zero In

Appendix I: UK First Editions

March 9, 2018


In the main bibliography I did not include every first UK appearance, only those with bibliographical significance. Upon the request of many collectors interested in other UK firsts, I’ve included the following checklist. Each entry includes the title, edition, publisher, year and cover price. This list was supplied by Noah Mitchell.

* preceded the US edition

77 Shadow Street – 1st UK HC – HarperCollins – 2012 – preceded by US edition – £18.99
The Bad Place – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1990 – £12.95
* By the Light of the Moon – 1st UK HC – Headline – 2002 – £18.99
Blood Risk – 1st UK HC – Arthur Barker – 1974 – £1.95
Breathless – 1st UK HC – HarperCollins – 2010 – preceded by US edition – £17.99
Chase – 1st UK HC – Arthur Barker – 1974 – £1.95
Cold Fire – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1991 – £13.95
* Dark Rivers of the Heart – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1994 – £14.99
A Darkness In My Soul – 1st UK HC – Dennis Dobson – 1979 – £4.25
The Darkest Evening of the Year – 1st UK HC – HarperCollins – 2008 – preceded by US edition – £17.99
*Darkness Comes – 1st UK HC – W.H. Allen – 1984 – £9.95
Demon Seed – 1st UK PBO – Corgi – 1977 – £0.70
*Demon Seed – 1st UK Revised Edition HC – Headline – 1997 – £16.99
The Door To December – by “Leigh Nichols” – 1st UK PBO – Fontana – 1987 – £3.50
The Door To December – by “Leigh Nichols” – 1st UK HC – Inner Circle – 1988 – £10.95
Dragonfly – 1st UK HC – Peter Davies – 1977 – £3.50
Dragon Tears – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1993 – £15.99
The Eyes of Darkness – 1st UK PBO – Fontana – 1982 – £1.50
The Eyes of Darkness – 1st UK HC – Judy Piatkus – 1982 – £7.50
The Face – 1st UK HC – Harper Collins – 2003 – £17.99
The Face of Fear – 1st UK HC – by “K.R. Dwyer” – Peter Davies – 1978 – £4.50
* False Memory – 1st UK HC – Headline Feature – 1999 – £16.99
* Fear Nothing – 1st UK HC – Headline Feature – 1997 – £16.99
Frankenstein: Dead and Alive – 1st UK mass market paperback original – HarperCollins – preceded by US edition – £6.99
Frankenstein: Lost Souls – 1st UK trade paperback original – HarperCollins – 2010 – preceded by US edition – £12.99
Frankenstein: The Dead Town – 1st UK trade paperback original – HarperCollins – 2011 – preceded by US edition – £12.99
* From the Corner of His Eye – 1st UK HC – Headline Feature – 2000 – £17.99
The Funhouse – 1st UK PBO – Sphere – 1981 – £1.25
The Funhouse – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1992 – £15.99
Hanging On – 1st UK HC – Barrie & Jenkins – 1974 – £2.50
Hideaway – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1992 – £14.99
The House of Thunder – 1st UK PBO – Fontana – 1983 – £1.75
The House of Thunder – 1st UK HC – Judy Piatkus – 1983 – £7.95
How To Write Best-Selling Fiction – 1st UK HC – Popular Press – 1981 – £8.95
*Icebound – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1994 – £16.99
*Intensity – 1st UK HC – Headline Feature – 1995 – £14.99
The Key To Midnight – 1st UK PBO – Magnum – 1980 – £1.35
The Key To Midnight – 1st UK HC – Judy Piatkus – 1984 – £8.95
Lightning – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1988 – £11.95
The Mask – 1st UK PBO – Coronet – 1982 – ??
The Mask – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1989 – £12.95
Midnight – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1989 – £12.95
* Mr. Murder – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1993 – £16.99
Night Chills – 1st UK HC – W.H. Allen – 1977 – £4.95
Odd Apocalypse – 1st UK HC – HarperCollins – 2012 – £14.99
Odd Hours – 1st UK HC – HarperCollins – 2008 – preceded by US edition – £17.99
Odd Thomas – 1st UK HC – Harper Collins – 2004 – £17.99
Oddkins – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1988 – no printed price
* One Door Away from Heaven – 1st UK HC – Headline Feature – 2001 – £17.99
Phantoms – 1st UK HC – W.H. Allen – 1983 – £8.95
Prison of Ice – 1st UK HC – W.H. Allen – 1977 – ??
Santa’s Twin – 1st UK HC – Harper Collins – 1996 – £9.99
Relentless – 1st UK HC – HarperCollins – 2009 – preceded by US edition – £17.99
* Seize the Night – 1st UK HC – Headline Feature – 1998 – £16.99
The Servants of Twilight – 1st UK PBO – Fontana – 1985 – £1.95
The Servants of Twilight – 1st UK HC – Judy Piatkus – 1985 – £9.50
Shattered – 1st UK HC – Arthur Barker – 1974 – £1.95
Strangers – 1st UK HC – W.H. Allen – 1986 – £10.95
* Sole Survivor – 1st UK HC – Headline Feature – 1997 – £16.99
Shadowfires – 1st UK HC – Collins – 1987 – £10.95
* Strange Highways – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1995 – £16.99
Surrounded – 1st UK HC – Arthur Barker – 1975 – £2.50
* TickTock – 1st UK HC – Headline Feature – 1995 – £16.99
Time Thieves – 1st UK HC – Dennis Dobson – 1977 – £3.75
Twilight Eyes – 1st UK HC – W.H. Allen – 1987 – £11.95
The Vision – 1st UK HC – W.H. Allen – 1988 – £12.95
The Voice of the Night – 1st UK HC – Robert Hale – 1981 – £6.50
Watchers – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1987 – £10.95
What the Night Knows – 1st UK HC – HarperCollins – 2011 – preceded by US edition – £18.99
Whispers – 1st UK HC – W.H. Allen – 1981 – £7.95
* Winter Moon – 1st UK HC – Headline – 1993 – £16.99
Your Heart Belongs to Me – 1st UK HC – HarperCollins – 2009 – preceded by US edition – £17.99
“No Dean Koontz book has been published anywhere overseas that has not been published in the U.S. first.” However, the asterisked titles in this list were actually released in the UK prior to the US edition, though in some cases as I recall by mere days.

According to Dean:
“MY British publishers, by contract, were not supposed to publish ahead of the U.S. publisher. If they did this with those books, both I and my American publishers were unaware that the true first edition wasn’t American. The only book we have given the British publisher the permission to publish days ahead of the U.S. is Odd Apocalypse because the 2012 Olympics and the many books inspired by it presented HarperCollins with difficulty finding a viable publication window later than mid-July.”
Source: Letter to the author