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Invaders of the Body Snatchers?

July 25, 2023

From the print version of After Death, pages 338-9:
“Throughout their childhood and adolescence, TV series such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, as well as scores of movies like Invaders from Mars and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, pretty much programmed them to believe wholeheartedly in extraterrestrials.”

Here’s that sentence in the audiobook version:


After Death #BlogTour

July 17, 2023

I’ll post the links here as I find each one.

Dean on About the Authors TV

January 15, 2023

In other forthcoming news, it looks like Dean will be interviewed on About the Authors TV sometime soon.

Convicted Husband Killer Wendi Davidson: “Dean Koontz couldn’t make this up.”

May 16, 2022

Wendi Mae Davidson on ABC’s 20/20 (ABC photo)

The 20/20 episode ‘Dead Man Talking’ investigates the incredible story of former Texas veterinarian Wendi Mae Davidson who was accused of murdering her military hero husband, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Severance, in 2005. In 2006, she pleaded no contest to first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Gutman says in the clip that Wendi, who comes to the interview in a bright white prison jumpsuit and red lipstick, “doesn’t look or act like any of the killers I’ve talked to.”

In [this Facebook] video, she smiles and laughs about “how crazy” things were and says even crime writer Dean Koontz “couldn’t make this up.”

Source: 2Paragraphs

Looks like Jim Butcher is a Koontz fan

May 1, 2022

Thanks @BillyMorganIL

Phone Calls from the Dead

March 30, 2022

Bedtime Stories
We have previously explored reports concerning the spirits of those who have passed on, but this week, we will be examining a phenomenon which is even more bewildering. Instances in which friends and relatives have received what should have otherwise been an impossible phone call from the dead.
About the cahnnel: Turn off the lights, get into bed and plug in your earphones. It’s time for a creepy bedtime story. For the discerning horror fan, we cover the most chilling cases throughout history. From the paranormal to the supernatural, unsolved mysteries and strange deaths to cryptids, conspiracy theories and the most disturbing of true crimes, all told in a unique and creepy way. Join us every week for a new scary story.

Comic Book Cover Design: Unleash Your Super Designer

December 21, 2021

Interested in cover design? Check out this new online course from Chip Kidd. As for the Dean connection? He designed the cover for Intensity which is featured prominently in the background of the ads and video for this course.

Facebook ad, December 2021

Nameless Headed to Television

December 8, 2021

I’ve posted many announcements like this over the years so I’m not getting my hopes up but here’s hoping this actually happens.

Dean’s books in Fear Street part 1?

September 6, 2021

Update 1/21/22:
Found them! Thanks to Dion Maher who has better eyes than I do.

Articles from Looper and Screen Rant both claim that among the Clancy, King, and Rice books in the B. Dalton’s Bookstore in the opening scenes are titles by Dean. I’ve looked and I just can’t find any. Does anyone else care to give it a try? Click on the screenshots below for the full-sized images and let me know if you find one.

Bing Quiz

September 1, 2021

Check out this question from today’s Bing quiz…

There was another question about which author’s are younger than Stephen of which Dean was an incorrect answer but I didn’t grab a screenshot of that one.

The Book of Vaughn

August 9, 2021

There’s a Kickstarter for The Book of Vaughn, a forthcoming documentary on Vaughn Bodē. No word on whether Dean’s involved (I’d put money on not) but it should definitely be worth your support.

A new suspense thriller about a murder who only strikes at raves…

May 2, 2021

Suspense Magazine, Spring 2021

April 26, 2021

The Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine contains both a review of The Other Emily and an interview with Jonathan Kellerman. In the interview the “Koontz factor” comes up…

J.A.: Is there a place to see the Ted Danson version?

J.K.: I actually have no idea. Let me know if you guys can find it. (*) It was a good TV movie, and I thought the acting and directing was very good. It was also a lot of fun because it was shot here in L.A. Ted was a doll and it was a new experience for me because I got to go on set, etc. This is an interesting tidbit: Teddy was executive producing it and he really didn’t like the screenplay. My agent said to me, go in there and fix it. So, we sat in the office while Teddy and an actress read the script line by line out loud, and I rewrote the lines as they read them.

Like I said, I’m a social guy in my personal life, but when it comes to work, I like doing things by myself; I’m not really into collaboration. Dean Koontz is a friend of mine and is known for the fact that he does not like to leave his house. We shared the same agent for a time in Scandinavia, and I remember going to Dean’s house and always seeing him there, but nowhere else. I even remember going there and he was not happy about a trip he had to take to L.A. the next day. He hates to travel.

J.R.: My wife and I went to his home for an interview with him; I definitely remember he had no interest in travelling.

J.K.: I understand the Koontz factor when it comes to business. In fact, the things I like to do are very “loner-type” things. Professionally, being a psychologist means sitting in the room with one person, or writing by myself; and even my hobbies, like classical guitar or painting, are solitary. A lot of writers will complain about the solitude of it all, but for me it’s fantastic because Faye and I raised four kids—we had a household full at one time of animals and children—and now we finally have that peace and quiet.

Eyes of Darkness Facebook Fact Check

April 4, 2021

Now if only Twitter would do the same…

Intensity & Relentless in The Right Kind of Wrong (2013)

February 14, 2021

The Right Kind of Wrong (16:44-17:08)
The Right Kind of Wrong (16:45)
The Right Kind of Wrong (17:01)
The Right Kind of Wrong (17:08)

Film details @ IMDB

Rep. Ted Lieu is a Odd fan

January 12, 2021

Grogu’s even pointing right at a copy of Forever Odd.

Forthcoming book of critical essays on Dean’s work

January 4, 2021

According to MSU Today (December 20, 2019):

Hoppenstand’s research is focused on genre and formula studies in popular fiction, graphic novels and film. He has published twenty-four books, including nine scholarly reprint editions of classics novels for Signet Classics and Penguin Classics and over sixty scholarly articles on topics ranging from popular culture studies to literary and media studies.

His next two books to be published include an anthology of his essays on adventure literature and an edited collection of scholarly articles about thriller writer Dean Koontz.

I’m assuming it will be a book in this Critical Insights series from Salem Press as Mr. Hippenstand has already done one on Stephen King. I’ve reached out to the professor and will report back if I receive a response.

Recording of Dean on Hour 25

December 20, 2020

Looks like J. Michael Straczynski has made a copy of his Hour 25 interview with Dean available via his Patreon page.

I Love My Wife (But She Doesn’t Like Stephen King)

December 16, 2020

I don’t generally post anything that contributes to the silly King vs. Koontz idea, but this one’s clever, fun, and well done.

Poor clipart choices

December 6, 2020

Sometimes I just love the covers of foreign translated editions of Dean’s work. Others are just horrible. This Icelandic translation of The Good Guy isn’t good or bad, but Chad on Twitter has a completely legit question.