Regarding Fanzines: (From DeanKoontz.com)
“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 DeanKoontz.com)
“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 DeanKoontz.com)
“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 DeanKoontz.com)
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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: http://ccc.largeprintreviews.com/pennames.html
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.
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.
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.”
Wings of Fire by Jonathan Strahan and Marianne S. Jablon (2010)
According to the Amazon.com product desctription: “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.
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.
From the io9.com article “Dean Koontz tells io9 about the Odd Thomas movie… and a possible Frankenstein TV show”
Original URL: http://io9.com/5916313/dean-koontz-tells-io9-about-the-odd-thomas-movie-and-a-possible-frankenstein-tv-show
“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.”
This is a mistake as 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: http://www.theonion.com/articles/top-5-bestselling-books-week-of-september-24-2013,33969/