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The Whispering Room – Premium Paperback out on March 27th

March 3, 2018

The Story Behind the Frankenstein Series

February 26, 2018

Source: Brilliance Publishing on Facebook

DJ ROBOTRON – (PROTEUS IV MIX)

February 26, 2018


CREATIVE L CONCEPTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Published on Dec 27, 2016
This video music mix I did is dedicated to my favorite Novel (and actors who both passed away this November 2016) The book made the best sellers list & Movie by Dean Koontz called “DEMON SEED” Story: A Computer Genius Dr. Harris played by (Fritz Weaver) developed Proteus IV. An extremely advanced and autonomous artificial intelligence program funded by the government, who built a super computer with an organic brain. And gave it 10 stores deep under ground from the facility where they worked unlimited power & resources. Sound familiar? (Cyberdyne Systems from the Movie “TERMINATOR” But this Novel & movie were years before it. What makes this story so outstanding is that his passion to build this unholy artificial brain became an obsession because of his young daughter dying of leukemia. His way of coping with her death…and making sure no one else has to endure what initially separated him and his wife. Once activated and self-aware Proteus IV came up with a cure in a few days, but then it turned on mankind..and then things took a bazaar and frightening turn. You will have to watch or read the Book, but I did include actual dialog sound clips of Proteus IV (by Robert Vaughn) from the movie (in my mix) so check it out and enjoy.
Track listing I mixed in order:
(1) Volsoc – Easy Edit
(2) “Demon Seed” / Movie (Sound Clips)

Dean Koontz, the superstar author that the French snub

February 26, 2018

This article would explain why I’m seeing so much social media love regarding the French edition of The Silent Corner.

Why ? Because this global phenomenon in terms of sales in France has always rather flopped. His previous editors ( Albin Michel , JC Lattès and Robert Laffont ), no doubt disappointed by American figures, have finally let go. 2018: radical change for Dean Koontz. The American heavyweight arrives at the Archipelago editions by pursuing a new vein. At the head of her new series, a woman: Jane Hawks. “A thriller, with a little zest of anticipation,” says Jerome Pescheux, deputy director of the house that has just acquired the rights, “although such things may already occur today,” he continues.

Read the full article @ Le Point.

Ricochet Joe MP3-CD

February 21, 2018

Despite having a listed release date of 27 March 2018, Amazon shipped my copy two days ago and it arrived this afternoon.

The Crooked Staircase ARCs

February 21, 2018

They’re out and starting to appear on eBay. Mine arrived yesterday.

Pia Lindstrom With Dean Koontz On SiriusXM Stars

February 21, 2018

Twoje serce należy do mnie

February 15, 2018

More random YouTube reviewers

February 5, 2018






Dark Web

February 1, 2018

A bunch of random YouTube reviews of Dean Koontz titles

January 29, 2018







Books in Movies: Relentless

January 29, 2018

Happy Ending @ IMDB

The Twilight Eyes Promotional Poster: Who signed how many?

January 28, 2018

In the past I’ve known that there were both numbered (quantity unknown) and unnumbered (350 copies) states of the Land of Enchantment promotional poster for their edition of Twilight Eyes. Also, for those years I’ve had one of the signed unnumbered ones on my wall.

For reference, here’s a zoom in on the signed area:


This week two more copies of this poster have come into my possession. Both of them are from the numbered set of 530. In this case copy numbers 176 and 278. Shown here:


Notice the difference? #176 is signed by just Phil, while #278 is signed by both Dean and Phil.
Color me confused.
So now, not only am I wondering how many unnumbered copies were released, but I’m also wondering how many of the numbered ones were signed by either one or both participants. Were there some numbered ones only signed by Dean?
What’s the story here? If you have any info I’d love to hear it.

Jane Hawk news

January 28, 2018

#1: The eARCs are starting to become available on various platforms. I just got mine!
#2: According to the eARC, the title of book four is The Forbidden Door.

Why You Should Give Phantoms Another Shot on it's 20th Anniversary

January 26, 2018

There are likely two predictable reactions to any mention of 1998’s Phantoms, a campy, Ben Affleck-led sci-fi/epidemic thriller that came out in theaters 20 years ago this month: either complete befuddlement because the movie’s been lost to the ether, or something resembling, “Hmm, I think I picked that up from Blockbuster at some point, but I don’t remember much about it.”
Both reactions are understandable. Phantoms, based on a Dean Koontz novel of the same name, barely made a splash at the box office, pulling in just north of $3 million on its opening weekend. One might point to the fact that TitanicGood Will Hunting, and As Good As It Gets were still dominating the cinemas as reasons for its paltry showing, but that’d ignore the fact that Phantomsprobably got exactly what it deserved. The formless sludge of Phantoms — both the mysterious evil creatures and the film itself — couldn’t compete with the joyous meta masterpiece that is Spice World, never mind topple a juggernaut like Titanic.
With all that said, though, there’s still plenty of reason to revisit (or introduce yourself to) Phantoms on its twentieth anniversary. Sure, the editing is a mess and the story is as flimsy as that old box filled with VHS tapes that you just can’t seem to get rid of, but it’s also a film that deserves a certain amount of reclaiming. It deserves to be enshrined as a campy classic that populates the occasional midnight screening at your local cinema right around Halloween. From the performances and the special effects, to the sheer ludicrousness of certain scenes, Phantoms boasts some serious B-movie bona fides.
If you need more convincing, here are a few reasons why Phantoms deserves your time 20 years after its disastrous box office performance.

Read the full article @ SyFy Wire.

Dean Koontz on the 50th Anniversary of His First Novel, Star Quest

January 22, 2018

50 years! Wow! And to get Dean speaking on the record about his early SF work, that’s a rarity these days. But SyFy Wire has done it.

How did Star Quest come about and what was the inspiration for the story?
Dean Koontz: As a kid, all I read was science fiction. I started out with probably the Heinlein juvenile, young adult novels and then just read, read, read constantly in the field. So by the time I was graduating college it was very natural for me that that would be the genre I wanted to write it. And I had sold a number of short stories first, but I can’t remember where that idea came from for that novel. All I know is that I wrote it over a summer between teaching jobs. I had no agent, you just sent things over the transom in those days. I sent it to Ace Books and they made me an offer for it.
One thing I vividly remember is that at that time, Ace paid $1,500 for one half of an Ace Double. They came back to me and said, “We can’t pay you $1,500 because your novel is short, so we’re gonna have to pay the guy on the other side of the double, $1,750, so we can only pay you $1,250.” It was the first time I had ever sold anything in book length so I jumped at that and said, alright, I’ll take the $1,250! Some years went by and I was still writing only in the science fiction genre and was somewhere where I ran into the author who was on the other side of that double. I said to him jokingly, that because of you I had to take $1,250 instead of $1,500. And he said, “What do you mean? They told me mine was shorter. I’d have to take $1,250!” I discovered we’d each been chiseled out of $250. Which explained to me why, when I looked at the book, it didn’t seem to me that his was a lot longer than mine. And it was a little warning that there were certain publishers in the world that would save the $500 at the risk of annoying the hell out of the writer down the road. That’s my biggest memory of that. I do sometimes say if I’d just thought of calling it Star Trek instead of Star Quest, maybe I would have been famous long before. (Laughs)

Read the full interview @ SyFy.com

The National, November/December 2017

December 26, 2017

Got one!

Anti-Man in Italian circa 1970

December 24, 2017

Dean's art collection

December 23, 2017

I know that Dean owns a lot of art. Looks like this one piece in his collection…

Ricochet Joe

December 22, 2017

Can an ordinary guy make extraordinary choices in a battle between humanity and unearthly evil?
Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town—a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitation. In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him.
Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town like a crazy pinball. Portia tells of another reality, a reality more thrilling—and terrifying—than Joe ever imagined. Timeless, elemental forces of good and evil have come to the quiet town of Little City: a cosmic entity capable of infecting human beings, and the seeker who has chosen Joe to find it.
To stop the malevolent invader, this average Joe must be braver than he ever thought possible…and face the hardest decisions of his life.
Pre-order now for a 28 December 2017 release.
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