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Register Book Club Event Recording

January 17, 2016

Dean did a live event for the Orange County Register Book Club on 14 January 2016. Thankfully the event was both live-streamed and recorded so assuming you couldn’t make it you can watch it right here.

Batista's Hole in the Wall

January 11, 2016

Finally made it! Though I can’t believe the number of times I drove by this place when I lived in Vegas from 1995-1997 and didn’t know the connection at the time.

Ashley Bell editions, so far

January 1, 2016

I’ve been holding off posting this since I’m still lacking the Target signed edition, but I didn’t want to wait any longer. So, left to right: ARC, Trade HC, Barnes & Noble signed trade HC, Large Print HC, BCE, and Audio CD.
Ashley Bell editions

Frankenstein digital comics on sale for just $0.99

January 1, 2016

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All six issues of Prodigal Son and the three current issues of Storm Surge are currently on sale over at the Dark Horse web site. I don’t know how long this sale will last so if you’re interested don’t waste any time taking advantage of it.

The Register Book Club Hosts Dean Koontz

January 1, 2016

Register Book Club
Dean will be speaking to The [Orange County] Register Book Club in Santa Ana on January 14th at 3:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are available for $10 via Eventbrite, and more details can be found on the Register Book Club Facebook page.

Dean Koontz on Cultivating Story Ideas

December 21, 2015

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Did you catch this new essay form Dean?

When asked where I got my ideas, I used to say from an idea shop in Syracuse, which had been owned by the same family for six generations.
I was a smartass then. I’m much sweeter now.
In truth, story ideas come at me from all directions and at speeds ranging from snail-crawl to speeding bullet.
The premise behind Ashley Bell didn’t pop into my head full-blown, but it didn’t take days to develop, either. I have a friend, Frank Redman, who’s contending bravely with brain cancer. I wanted to know more about gliomatosis cerebri, the cancer he has, and as I was reading about it, I suddenly had the idea for a novel that begins with a 22-year-old woman, diagnosed with gliomatosis cerebri, whose doctor tells her that she has a year to live, to which she replies, “We’ll see,” and within a few days, her cancer goes into remission, though it is a type of cancer that never relents. The doctors are astonished, and with that, the story is set in motion. I realized then that the novel would be about the character’s obsession with understanding why she was spared from death.

Read it all @ Read It Forward.

Frankenstein Storm Surge #4 in December 2015 Previews

December 6, 2015

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Charnel House edition of Ashley Bell shipping soon

November 23, 2015

Charnel House LogoAccording to the Charnel House Web site:

ASHLEY BELL by Dean Koontz will be shipping the first week in December. It will be released simultaneously with the Random House trade edition. There are few copies remaining and will ship in time for Christmas.

"Post-Novel Confusion: Ashley Bell" by Dean Koontz

November 1, 2015

ashley bellEach time I finish a novel, there is a day or two of euphoria, an irrational feeling that I have beaten death rather than just a deadline. I am more than half convinced that I could stand in front of a speeding freight train and survive. I have never tested this conviction, but only out of consideration for the cost to the railroad company and the potential injuries to the crew if the train should derail on contact with my invulnerable self.

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"So Much Glamour You Want to Puke" by Dean Koontz

November 1, 2015

golden-globes-nfp029cBack in the day, when my novel Phantoms was being turned into a film by Miramax, through their Rogue division, Gerda and I were invited to the Miramax party following the Golden Globe Awards. At the time, that party was always described in the media as the one for which all the most glamorous people sought invitations. The impression was given that the stars so desired being at this soiree that Julia Roberts might have beaten the crap out of Woody Allen and stolen his invitation if she could have gotten away with it. So I put on a tux, and Gerda dressed beautifully for the occasion, and we drove less than a block, from the Peninsula Hotel, where we were staying, to the hotel where the party was being thrown, expecting to be agape for several hours, stunned by the lavish decorations and the presence of a virtual hornet’s nest of movie stars.

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FINAL HOUR by Dean Koontz On-Sale Now

November 1, 2015

Who is Ashley Bell?

November 1, 2015

"Taking Our Dog Out to Dinner" by Dean Koontz

October 25, 2015

Engstrom-DeanAnna.jpg-825x510We enjoy going out to dinner. We do not enjoy leaving our golden retriever, Anna, at home while we go out to dinner. For one thing, we miss her. There’s also the fact that we worry, should we leave her home alone too often, she’ll one day write a tell-all about us, including such humiliating details as my passion for bunny slippers. Which would be a damnable lie. Besides, we bristle at the injustice of her being denied service. She’s well-behaved, cute, and never barks. I can claim none of those three virtues, and yet I am welcome in every restaurant.

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"Opening Lines" by Dean Koontz

October 25, 2015

imgresA year ago or more, when answering letters from readers (real letters, not e-mails, as there is not enough time to answer even a fraction of reader e-mails), I started asking which opening lines in my books they thought were the most compelling. A little marketing research, if you will. And I learned a few things from their choices, including that no matter how long you have been writing, there is value in feedback from readers. These first lines received the most votes:

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"Photo Session" by Dean Koontz

October 25, 2015

ContourPhotos_16867253-PS-2-512x510My publisher recently sent a highly regarded photographer to take a few new book-jacket and publicity photos of me. No one said it was because in order to make me appear appealing, a photographer of extraordinary talent was needed, with special lighting, and sixteen image consultants. But I knew. I knew.

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Register Book Club will host Dean Koontz at its January event

October 25, 2015

ashley bellThe Register Book Club has selected Dean Koontz’s upcoming novel, “Ashley Bell,” as our next community read.
Please join us, and come hear Koontz, one of America’s top-selling authors, discuss the book at our public event in January.
The book is due in stores Dec. 8. We’ll read and discuss it, with regular chats online and on social media. Join the conversation at the Register Book Club’s Facebook Group. Follow along on Twitter with #OCRBookClub.
The novel is set in Orange County, as many Koontz novels are – mostly in Newport Beach, where he lives.

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Frankenstein: Storm Surge #1 images w/ Dialogue

October 17, 2015

Comic Book Resources has images from the first issue, this time including dialogue.

Ask Anna trade paperback

October 17, 2015

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Another Dedication to Dean

October 7, 2015

RevelationI received my Cemetery Dance limited edition of Bentley Little’s The Revelation yesterday and what do I find on the dedication page?

Special thanks to:

Dean Koontz, an influence who became a friend and ally, for teaching me the ropes and treating me as though I was somebody—when I wasn’t.

These Immigrants Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Green Cards!

October 7, 2015

For those of you that haven’t yet read this wonderful essay by Dean now have another chance in the 60th Anniversary Edition of Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, published by Touchstone yesterday.