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
p18: “…plus FAWCETT, LANCER, POCKET BOOKS, DEAN KOONTZ…”
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
Original publication location unknown.
Current URL: http://mzbworks.home.att.net/advice.htm
”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
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
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
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
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
Salon.com, September 1997
Original URL: http://archive.salon.com/sept97/media/media970915.html
”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
“… 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 …”
“… 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 …”
“… Dean R. Koontz’s Demon Seed (Bantam, New York, 1973) concerned the robot- abduction of a woman in order to study human beings and …”
“… 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, …”
“… 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 …”
“… 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 …”
“… 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, …”
“… 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
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.