Appendix B

Notable Articles About, Appearances, Interviews, Parodies, and References

Notable Articles About & Interviews With Dean

  • New York Times Book Review
    January 12, 1975
  • New York Times Book Review      February 26, 1976
  • New York Times Book Review
    May 22, 1977
  • New York Times Book Review
    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.