Appendix B

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

Notable Articles About 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

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

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.

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”.

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

Forbes                                            “The Celebrity 100: Dollar-Turners”
March 20, 2000, p216

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.

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”

National Review                              “’Writing is a Spiritual Process’ The Novels—and ideas—of Dean Koontz”
June 2, 2008 p43(3)                         -John J. Miller

Brandweek                                      “The Book’s Not Out Yet,–but a Movie is”
June 1, 2009 p8-8(1)                        -Jim Edwards

Orange County Business Journal     “Horror Writer Balances Business, Simple Life”
AMaril 26-May 2, 2010 p1(2)            -Sheri Cruz

Notable Live Appearances

LA Times Festival of Books                   “Dean Koontz Speaks About Writing” – April 21, 1996

Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival    “The Ross Macdonald Award is given to a California writer whose work raises the standard of literary excellence. This year the Santa Barbara Book and Authors Festival is proud to give the award to Dean Koontz at one o’clock on Saturday September 20, 2003. All book lovers are invited to attend.”
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Sandiego Comic Con 2008                     August 6, 2008
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Laguna Beach Playhouse                      “An Evening With Dean Koontz” – April 2, 2012
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Wondercon 2013                                   “Spotlight on Dean Koontz” – March 30, 2013
Original URL:

Orange County Register Book Club        “The Register Book Club Hosts Dean Koontz” – January 14,
2016, 3:30pm & 7:00pm
Original URL:


Notable Online Chats

Prodigy Network                              March 13, 1996       12:23pm EST

America Online                                February 27, 1997

AOL/Barnes & Noble                       January 13, 1998    8:00pm EST                       January 8, 1999      7:00pm EST                       January 24, 2000    9:00pm EST                                     January 27, 2000                           October 24, 2000                       January 9, 2001      8:00pm EST                                     January 10, 2001    6:00pm EST                                May 17, 2004

“Writer’s View: Best-Selling Novelist Dean Koontz Q+A”

In this instance, questions were submitted in advance and the answers were posted on this date.

Send a question page:

The answers page:

SecondLife appearance

Audible Live (Facebook)                  December 17, 2009 6pm EST

Google Hangout (for Innocence)       January 23, 2014 7pm EST (for Ashley Bell)    December 17, 2015 2pm EST

Live Video Chat with Dean to celebrate the release of ASHLEY BELL

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 Interviews

KPFK Los Angeles, Interviewed by J. Michael Straczynski                             January 15, 1988

Ron and Ron Show, Atlanta, GA                                                                  1995

My Doggie Says…, KFNX 1100                                                                    August 26, 2009

Original URL:

Excerpts from this interview appear on the CD Dog Appreciation Lessons: Humor and Wisdom from People Who Love Dogs

The Dennis Miller Show                                                                               July 31, 2012

The Jim Engster Show, 89.3 WRKF, New Orleans                                         May 31, 2013

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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

Childrens Hospital episode 6.8: Koontz is Coming
Original Air Date: May 8, 2105
Available on disc 1 of the DVD set Childrens Hospital: The Complete Sixth & Seventh Seasons

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.”

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.