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Crooked Staircase paperback release date

July 10, 2018

August 28, 2018 and now up for pre-order on Amazon.

The Forbidden Door eARCs now available

July 9, 2018

Looks like the next Jane Hawk book hit NetGalley today.

PS: With the old publication date…

What new and updated June 9, 2018

July 9, 2018

Just a few odds & ends again as several other writing projects have taken priority recently. I will keep up adding new content and will do my best to get back to filling in the backlog just as soon as I can.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the double:bill entry linked to below. This is probably something you did not know about. Also the ad for The Pig Society is a pretty cool new find too.

Rhino GX

July 9, 2018

Finally digging into The Forbidden Door and Dean is featuring another high-tech custom vehicle. This time the Rhino GX from US Specialty Vehicles.

Happy Birthday Dean!

July 9, 2018

Elegant happy birthday horror meme 1711 best Horror or images on Pinterest

The Forbidden Door moved up to September

July 1, 2018

Just got an update from Amazon:

  Koontz, Dean "The Forbidden Door: A Jane Hawk Novel"
    Previous estimated arrival date: October 09, 2018
    New estimated arrival date: September 11, 2018

Dean Koontz Tropes

June 7, 2018

Did you know that the TV Tropes site has a page for Dean?

Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author known for writing suspense thrillers, many of which also contain elements of horror, action, science fiction, romance and satire.

One notable aspect of Koontz writing is that almost anytime there is a supernatural occurrence, its explanation, as outlandish as it might sometimes be, is usually physically possible, at least in theory. Very rarely does his work tread into outright fantasy.

On the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, his works fall pretty far on the Idealistic side despite the disturbing content found within the stories and the fact that the villain has usually no redeeming qualities. The heroes, on the other hand are always brave, highly intelligent, compassionate and admirable human beings whose virtues vastly outweigh whatever flaws they might possess. Common themes and messages in his books usually revolve around overcoming adversity rather than feeling sorry for oneself, and living life to its absolute fullest. This sense of idealism is contrasted by having one or more characters reflect on the decline of modern society over the past twenty or thirty years due to sex, free drugs, or liberalism in general. However, despite such musings, the worlds created by Dean Koontz seem to be populated with genuinely good people who are always willing to help a friend in need. If his protagonists have any flaws, it is a specific insecurity that is holding them back. These insecurities can often be traced back to events from the character’s childhood, and through the course of the story the character must work through these insecurities in order to achieve their dream or to otherwise live full and happy lives.

Dark Dreamers on Writing eBook

June 4, 2018

Stanley Waiter’s classic collecting of interviews Dark Dreamers on Writing is now available as an eBook via Smashwords.

Jane Hawk News from Charnel House

June 4, 2018

According to

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz will ship in July.

The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz is set for October.

Looks like Dean & Gerda bought (another?) home

May 25, 2018

According to the LA Times:

Best-selling suspense author Dean Koontz and his wife, Gerda, have bought a home in a familiar setting. The longtime Orange County residents recently paid $9.4 million for a home in a gated Newport Beach community, records show.

New audio version of Watchers due out June 18, 2018

May 19, 2018

Not sure why but Brilliance is releasing a new version of Watchers with a new reader, Edoardo Ballerini, on June 18th. It is currently available for pre-order in both CD and MP3-CD format.  (Audible too.)

(The previous readers were J.C. Howe in 1988 and J. Charles in 2004.)


Winter Moon Spanish promotional bookmark

May 8, 2018

One other item that arrived in today’s mail that deserved a mention…

The Crooked Staircase release day

May 8, 2018

My trade HC and MP3-CD editions arrived today with more on the way. Reviews are coming in fast & furious and I’ll post some link soon.

ABA’s Red and White Boxes Explained

May 5, 2018

I’ve noticed on the back of recent Jane Hawk ARCs that part of the promotional efforts are participation in the ABA White Box. I had no idea what that was so I looked it up:

Each month, the American Booksellers Association sends Red and White Box mailings to member booksellers who have opted into the IndieBound movement, but who gets what depends on a bookstore’s level of participation.

The Red Box, containing Indie Next List fliers and publisher-supplied items such as shelf-talkers, posters, easelbacks, catalogs, special offers, and other time-sensitive marketing materials, typically lands at stores by the middle of the month.

However, to receive the White Box, containing ARCs, galleys, and finished books supplied by ABA publisher partners, by the end of each month, stores must participate in the IndieBound movement in at least two of the following ways:

  • Regularly report to the Indie Bestseller List (at least three out of four weeks monthly)
  • Nominate titles for the Indie Next List (at least one nomination per quarter)
  • Maintain membership in the ABC Children’s Group at ABA
  • Use the ABA IndieCommerce product
  • Create an Indie Next List store display and send a photo that ABA can both share with Publisher Partners and post on the website (at least twice yearly)

The greater the level of participation by a bookstore, the more robust their White Box mailing will be each month.

You can find more details on

Watchers Reborn VCD

May 3, 2018

Nestled somewhere between the laserdisc and the DVD, and never popular in the US, was the Video CD (VCD). And, yes, Watchers Reborn was released in this format.


UK The Crooked Staircase on NetGalley

April 30, 2018

For my friends in the UK, via @KillerReads


April 30, 2018

YouTube user Rachel Sarah arts does speed painting videos. Here’s one of Deucalion from the Frankenstein series.

The Bone Farm: A Jane Hawk Case File now available

April 27, 2018

Surprise, surprise! Two days ago on April 25, 2018 Audible released a new Jane Hawk audio novella titled The Bone Farm. You can currently purchase it as a digital download via Amazon or, more interestingly, for free listening via an Amazon Echo.

Jane Hawk and Darkest Desires news from Charnel House

April 23, 2018

The Whispering Room has been shipped and The Collected Stories of Tim Powers is next. The blast for The Crooked Staircase is going out and the fourth Jane Hawk novel, The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz, is set for October. Darkest Desires, an original novel by Dean Koontz will be pushed to next year.


Jane Hawk #5 title announced

April 16, 2018

According to the Spring 2018 issue of Useless News the title of the fifth Jane Hawk book is The Night Window.