April 11, 2012
Looks like Random House is re-issuing some Odd Thomas novels in large print. Oddly, enough (pun anyone?) I see books one and three, but no book two. (Click either cover for Amazon pages.)
April 9, 2012
If you’re in or near Bountiful, Utah this week, you might want to take a moment and stop in to the South Davis branch of the Davis County library this Thursday to hear a talk by audiobook narrator George Guidall Narrator of The Door to December and several other Dean Koontz titles.
George Guidall jokes that he talks out loud for a living — and people listen as he transports them into another world.
“They hear a voice doing something for them and it takes their cares away,” Guidall said in his richly timbred everyman voice. “They don’t care about traffic jams. They don’t care about the frozen food melting in the back seat or coming late into work.”
Audiobook aficionados will likely recognize Guidall’s voice from one of the more than 900 unabridged books he has narrated. Top of Utah residents will have a chance to see the man behind that voice as Guidall speaks Thursday at the Davis County Library’s South branch in Bountiful.
Read the full article and get more event details on the Standard-Examiner Web site.
April 5, 2012
I found a review of Dean’s recent Laguna Playhouse event on the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot Web site:
“Koontz had the sold-out audience in stitches as he described his childhood, which looked at another way could have been called dreary at best. He lost his mother at an early age and described his father as a drunkard, womanizer and ne’er-do-well, who had 44 jobs in 25 years.
“Ah, but his dad had a sense of the absurdity of life, which he passed onto Koontz, who explores the darker realms in his books, leavened with some laugh-out-loud passages tucked in among the shivers.”
Read the full article here.
March 28, 2012
What did you most enjoy about this project?
Drawing Odd Thomas the character. I have a lot of affection for Odd (and also his girlfriend Stormy), and it makes me smile to draw him, because he’s such a great guy. His situation is unfortunate, but despite being hounded constantly by the silent dead to solve their problems, he takes it in very good stride. He could have turned out a very different person due to his circumstances, but he actively chooses to be a good person, and to use his powers for the benefit of other people. He’s also a very expressive character, and that makes him fun to draw (him and all of his Pico Mundo friends too).
Read the whole interview on Suvudu.com.
March 26, 2012
Cemetery Dance, publisher of amazing horror fiction, and (full disclosure) publisher of this forthcoming book is running a contest to win $200 worth of books just for following them on the social medias. Just head on over to http://bit.ly/CDFreeBooks and follow the instructions. Ten people will win and there are eight ways to earn an entry.
February 26, 2012
How’s this for an ultra-obscure Dean Koontz reference? Check out the following screenshot from the video What if “Star Wars: Episode I” was Good by Belated Media.
Watch the whole video for yourself to get the context.
January 26, 2012
January 10, 2012
If you’re interested in just how the interactive www.77ShadowStreet.com was created, check out this article titled “The Other House’s 360-Degree Visual Effects Elicit Screams at 77 Shadow Street Interactive Website” from digitalmedianet.com.
Here’s a sample:
To achieve the size, scope and luxury described in the book, The Other House filmed inside 27 different interiors across seven locations in the greater Los Angeles area using a state-of-the-art 360o degree video camera. The camera, with its unique spherical design and 11 lenses, captures video simultaneously in all directions at once. When viewed in the proper web player online, the video format allows users to manually “look” in any direction with their mouse or touch pad during playback.
January 10, 2012
Random House’s Suvudu has posted the first 25 pages of 77 Shadow Street online via Scribd.com which you can also read right here…
January 3, 2012
The Daily Mail has published an article titled “eBook pirates cash in on Kindle sales boom as thousands turn to rogue sites for cheap downloads” in which it uses 77 Shadow Street as an example of a recently published book that’s been pirated online. I’ll leave my comments on the article itself out of this blog. If you’re interested in my thoughts on the topic, check out my Travelin’ Librarian blog.
January 3, 2012
Turns out there’s a QR code on the back of the 77 Shadow Street audiobook box. (Shown right.) That leads you here, which leads you here, which includes the YouTube video below which contains the first five-ish minutes of disc one.
December 7, 2011
According to PR Newswire:
[Richard] MacDonald’s art has been showcased in numerous one-man exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia and is featured in private collections including those of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Dean Koontz, Leann Rimes and opera legend Luciano Pavarotti.
So, I did a bit of Google image searching and found some examples of Mr. MacDonald’s work. (One shown right) What do you think of his work?
November 28, 2011
From Bloody Disgusting:
Willem Dafoe has spoken out about his part in the movie version of Dean Koontz’ best-selling novel Odd Thomas. Anton Yelchin stars in the supernatural thriller as a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces. Fifteen minutes of behind the scenes footage and finished scenes were showed at the Australian International Movie Convention earlier in the year and demonstrated director Stephen Sommers’ quirky horror film approach.
Although Dafoe said he hasn’t seen any of the footage himself, he has high hopes. The two-time Oscar-nominated star talks exclusively to Australian stringer Maria Lewis (@moviemazz). Story inside.
“You know, I haven’t seen any of it but I’m glad you’ve seen it and it looks good,” he said.
“There are many interesting things about that but what I’m really struck by is how good this young actor Anton Yelchin is.
“He’s fantastic, very bright, and he’s a really talented guy.“
October 25, 2011
There’s Small Beer in Easthampton, Mass., and Subterranean in Burton, Mich.; Centipede in Lakewood, Colo., and Cemetery Dance in Forest Hill, Md.; Tachyon in San Francisco andChiZine in Toronto — and many more. They’re all devoted to the weird, to the strange and — most important — to good writing. (Some also stretch their editorial tentacles into traditional fantasy and science fiction.)
October 25, 2011
August 23, 2011
Here’s an excerpt form an interview with Movieline.com
You’re filming Odd Thomas right now?
Yes, I’m still shooting that. I flew in this morning from Santa Fe. I’ve shot in New Mexico before, but I’ve never shot in Santa Fe.
What drew you in about that project to begin with?
I think it’s a great character. There’s a lot going on there, because he’s given this spiritual ability that makes his world so complex. I mean, face to face with death every day, and the universe he lives in, the moral universe, is so intense. You just see him try to live a very quiet material existence, but the moral struggle of this character, of trying to constructively deal with death every day and still bring something to the world, was very interesting to me. He’s a great character. He’s of both realms; he’s a human being but he’s also within the spiritual realm at all times. So it gives you the room to sort of put him… I mean, he’s Odd Thomas. His name is ‘Odd,’ so he’s weird. It allows you to experiment with that, and at the same time, kick some ass. It’s a fun combination of a lot of things.
What kind of action scenes do you get to do in Odd Thomas?
There’s not a huge deal, but basically what happens is the movie opens with Odd beating the shit out of this guy who’s taken advantage of this little girl, so right away you know he’s not just this weird guy. Then what happens is it culminates in this huge, brutal massacre at this mall. But it’s great, Willem Dafoe’s in it…
What’s he like to work with?
Oh, he’s a pleasure. A wonderful man. The nicest man. I think he’s extraordinary; I was mesmerized by him and so pleased to find what a great man he is.