Appendix C

Unpublished Works

The Book of Counted Joys

This book does not exist at this time. One poem from this “book” was used in Odd Thomas seemingly to replace the poems usually used from The Book of Counted Sorrows, which had finally been published by the time Odd Thomas had been published. It has not been quoted from since.

Cold Terror

From Writing Popular Fiction, p157:
“Other stories and novels I’ve generated in this manner include A Werewolf Among Us, Dark of the Woods, “Island of Shadows”, Cold Terror, “To Behold the Sun,” “The Temple of Sorrow,” and “The Terrible Weapon”.”

In an early review of this content Dean crossed out Cold Terror and replaced it with Invasion. The quote above is accurate to the printed text.

Cold Terror: The Selected Writings of Dean R. Koontz

Underwood & Miller, December 1992

Book planned but never released. Library of Congress still has a listing for it as “Dean R. Koontz’s Cold Terror, 1990″.

The June 1990 issue of Afraid (which contains a guest editorial by Dean) contains a paragraph regarding the then forthcoming publication of this title on page one.

The Dreamlet of the Hawk

SF short-story, possibly part of a novel, involving a hunter with an “emoto-link” with a hawk. According to the Ramsland biography this was never published.

However, I have seen a dealer catalog that lists this as an available item on stapled pages, signed by Dean. The catalog predated the biography but the seller was unable to recall the item. Dean denies ever having signed any copies. [Letter to the author]

The Hanging Man

Listed on the back dust jacket flap of the hardcover edition of Night Chills.
“…Mr. Koontz is the author of The Hanging Man (1973)…”

This is obviously a mis-titling of Hanging On which was published in 1973.

“Island of Shadows”

From Writing Popular Fiction, p157:
“Other stories and novels I’ve generated in this manner include A Werewolf Among Us, Dark of the Woods, “Island of Shadows”, Cold Terror, “To Behold the Sun,” “The Temple of Sorrow,” and “The Terrible Weapon”.”

No story has been published under this title.

The Magic Puppy

From the “New Afterword” to Demon Seed:
“I wrote my first story, ‘The Magic Puppy,’ when I was eight years old.”

Ogleton Chronicles

 A comic book concept created by Dean, written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated by Jim Muniz. One issue was created but never published.

“Here’s a weird thing from the past I found in my email. Jim Muniz pages from a collaboration we were once supposed to do with Dean Koontz, of all people. This one never happened.”

“It was a proposed original comic book called the Ogleton Chronicles. I wrote the first issue and it sort of faded away. 2009, I think.”

“Koontz created the concept”

Source: @bclaymoore via Tiwtter (1,2,3)


On page 41 of The Many Faces of Stephen King (Michael R. Collings, Starmont Press, 1985) the Dean Koontz title “Phantasms” is listed. This is an obvious mistake and the author was writing about Phantoms.

Ride the Storm

The third, and probably never to be published, Christopher Snow/Moonlight Bay novel.

Secret Forest

Cover released online

Originally listed as to be published on July 8, 2014, instead the Jane Hawk books were released. As of December 2018, is listing a May 4, 2021 release date.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz, an edgy, gripping new stand-alone novel featuring Ivy Elgin, a character from his bestselling novel Velocity (2005) who has inspired more reader mail than any Koontz character other than Odd Thomas.

Ivy Elgin played a minor role in Dean Koontz’s New York Times bestselling novel Velocity, but this mysterious beauty captured the imagination of legions of readers, who have clamored for her return ever since. Narrated by haunted loner Tucker Padgett, Secret Forest is Ivy’s book, at once a gripping tale of suspense, a darkly magical quest centered on the deep mysteries of the natural world, and an unforgettable love story. A twisting narrative infused with beauty and complexity, this new novel from Koontz showcases his “near-Dickensian” skill (Los Angeles Times) that has earned him the distinction of “master of the psychological drama” (USA Today).

Storm Front

Circa 1999/2000

ISBNs: 0-345-38431-8 (Pbk,) 0-37570-325-X (Large Print)

According to Dean:
“This was a proposal for a book to be done by Ballantine, but by then I began to think I would move on from Knopf/Ballantine, which I did.”

Source: Letter to the author

Writing Genre Fiction

From the author description for “altarboy”: “…including s-f, masteries, gothic suspense and non-fiction … recently completed a text on WRITING GENRE FICTION, which will be published by the Writer’s Digest.”

This is most likely an early title for Writing Popular Fiction.