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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

July 10, 2016

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Yestreday Dean got a birthday shout-out from Garrison Keillor. Take a listen here. (Not sure the link will hold. But the episode can be downloaded an MP3 too.)

New Exhibit for Artist Who Created Magic of Sleeping Beauty

June 24, 2016

Eyvind Earle

“An Exhibit of a Disney Legend” was currently on view in the museum of Forest Lawn in Glendale. Many of Earle’s 65 works had never been on public display, and among his many artistic styles are three “Sleeping Beauty” background pieces on loan from Disney.
His work is found in the personal collections of filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Writer Dean Koontz also has his work. It is a style that is both medieval and midcentury. It is flat, but full of detail, creating depth.
His work was inspiration for a new generation of artists.
The Forest Lawn museum is free and open year-round and is a chance to see Earle’s unique style.

Read the full article & watch a video @ ABC7.com.

Did 'High Tension' Rip Off Dean Koontz's 'Intensity'?

June 21, 2016

High Tension blu-rayThousands of horror fans — whether lovers of New French Extremity, gore, or simply fast-paced thrillers — adore High Tension. Released in France as Haute Tension in 2003 and in the UK as Switchblade Romance in 2004, the movie combined a great cast and talented young director Alexandre Aja to create one of the most exciting, blood-spattered horror movies since 2000.
However, apart from the usual detractors and haters of movie violence — this was yet another marvelous horror movie that Roger Ebert despised — there’s always been one more interesting criticism leveled at High Tension:
IntensityIs High Tension a rip-off of Dean Koontz’s Intensity?
Eight years before Aja released High Tension, horror novelist Dean Koontz published Intensity, which has a very similar storyline. But is it a rip-off? I haven’t been able to find any official word from either Aja or Koontz regarding the matter, although the likely unreliable Wikipedia does note that ”the film is an unauthorized reinterpretation of the novel Intensity by Dean Koontz.”

Read the full article @ MoviePilot.com.

Face-Off: Phantoms vs. Hellraiser: Hellworld

March 28, 2016

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The film choices for this Face-Off were inspired by the fact that Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will be facing off on the big screen this weekend in BATMAN V. SUPERMAN. The actors playing the titular characters in that superhero clash have a small number of horror credits to their names, but they did both do some time in the Dimension trenches – Affleck played a role in the 1998 Dean Koontz adaptation PHANTOMS, while Cavill appeared in the eighth installment in the HELLRAISER franchise, 2005’s HELLRAISER: HELLWORLD. This could almost be considered a “skeletons in the closet” edition of Face-Off, but thanks to Kevin Smith PHANTOMS is a very poorly concealed skeleton in Affleck’s past. It’s not likely that BATMAN V. SUPERMAN will have a clear winner, we know they’ll be teaming up by the end, but let’s find out what the outcome is when the battle is PHANTOMS V. HELLRAISER: HELLWORLD.
Read the full article @ Joblo.com.

Exclusive Extended Preview Of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #6

March 28, 2016

FrankStormSurge06-Cov-A-PonceWe have an exclusive extended preview for the final issue of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge. The series is written by Dean Koontz and Rik Hoskin with art byAndres Ponce.
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #6
writer: Dean Koontz, Rik Hoskin artist and cover: Andres Ponce
As the risen dead rampage through New Orleans like locusts, police detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison finally track down the source of the undead uprising – Victor Frankenstein! But can two detectives really stop a city on the verge of death?

See the rest @ Bleeding Cool.

World Over: The Relic of Perilous Falls with Raymond Arroyo

March 20, 2016

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A VERY SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WORLD OVER WITH RAYMOND ARROYO: DEAN KOONTZ, New York Times best selling author and master of suspense turns the tables on Raymond…Dean INTERVIEWS Raymond about his new book, WILL WILDER: THE RELIC OF PERILOUS FALLS…book one of Raymond’s new adventure series for kids of ALL ages…which hits book stores THIS WEEK.

This episode can be listened to on the The World Over show archive page. It was the most recent episode when I posted this but won’t be for long. Just search the page for koontz and you’ll find the correct link.

How'd you like to market Dean's books?

March 7, 2016

Penguin-Random-House-interim-logo123Penguin Random House is hiring a Digital Marketing Assistant.

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The Random House Publishing Group, a leading commercial fiction and non-fiction division of Penguin Random House, is looking a Digital Marketing Assistant to join its Digital Marketing Department. This position offers the opportunity to learn about the entire process of marketing to the e-original market through assisting with blog tours, social media, advertising, and website management.
This role works across the division, marketing books for world renowned bestselling authors, such as, George R. R. Martin, Dean Koontz, Tess Gerittsen, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Danielle Steele and many more.

Full details @ Publisher’s Marketplace.

Rik Hoskin Talks Zombie Army In Frankenstein: Storm Surge #5

February 28, 2016

Frankenstein-SS-5-coverErik Mona, writer of Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #4, talks with writer Rik Hoskinabout Frankenstein: Storm Surge #5, both on sale this week from Dynamite. Art by Andres Ponce
ERIK MONA: Frankenstein: Storm Surge #5 starts with an army of zombies attacking the city during a storm. What are some of your favorite zombie influences, and how did they inspire the action in this issue?
RIK HOSKIN: My favorite zombie movie is Shivers directed by David Cronenberg, which has a nightmarish sense of mounting oppressiveness. That sense that you’re surrounded and completely on your own is a core fear, I think, and one that is carried through the best zombie fiction, extending to the fringes of the genre — stuff like Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Daniel A. Wilson’s Robopocalypse. My biggest influence for Frankenstein: Storm Surge, however, was picking up on the story and, crucially, style that outgoing writer Chuck Dixon had set in motion.

Read the full interview @ Bleeding Cool.

Dean Koontz's $10 million devotion to dogs helping disabled feel his same joy

February 28, 2016

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He needed a small favor.
Who knew it would change his life?
Best-selling author Dean Koontz is describing how he and his wife came to donate more than $10 million to a worthy cause.
In 1988, Koontz was doing research for his book “Midnight.” He wanted to include a character in a wheelchair with a service dog named Moose, so he called the team members at Canine Companions for Independence in Oceanside and asked for help.
They invited him down and explained how they trained dogs for people with disabilities.
“Midnight” went on to become Koontz’s first No. 1 best-seller, and Canine Companions went on to offer him a retired service dog.
“We’re too busy,” he replied.
He’d always loved dogs, but he was writing several books a year.
“I knew having a dog was like having a child,” he says. “You need to devote a lot of time to it.”

Read the full story @ The Orange County Register.

Phone Call From the Dead?

February 28, 2016

From Katherine Ramsland:

red phoneWhen I interviewed Dean Koontz for abiography(link is external) about his life and work, he told me a number of interesting stories. The following one is appropriate for a spooky fall season blog:
On September 20, 1988, Dean had an experience that he would not write about for nearly a decade, but he claimed it in his essay for Beautiful Death as his one possible encounter with evidence for life after death.

Read the full story @ PsychologyToday.com.

Fear Nothing in latest Humble Comic Bundle

February 21, 2016

Dynamite Humble Comic Bundle
Looking for a digital copy of the Fear Nothing graphic novel along with a whole bunch of other digital comics for a great price. Check out the latest Humble Comic Bundle from Dynamite.

Dean Koontz's $10 million devotion to dogs helping disabled feel his same joy

February 14, 2016

New OCRcom logo final 3

He needed a small favor.
Who knew it would change his life?
Best-selling author Dean Koontz is describing how he and his wife came to donate more than $10 million to a worthy cause.
In 1988, Koontz was doing research for his book “Midnight.” He wanted to include a character in a wheelchair with a service dog named Moose, so he called the team members at Canine Companions for Independence in Oceanside and asked for help.
They invited him down and explained how they trained dogs for people with disabilities.
“Midnight” went on to become Koontz’s first No. 1 best-seller, and Canine Companions went on to offer him a retired service dog.

Read the full article @ The Orange County Register.

I Get You, Dean Koontz

January 31, 2016

Bad Science Fiction Covers

January 25, 2016

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Check out the cover that made the WTF Bad Science Fiction Covers tumblr a few days ago. Bonus points if you can name the Koontz story contained within without looking it up.

Rik Hoskin Talks About Victor Frankenstein Being Morally Adrift

January 17, 2016

Rik Hoskin is working on two books for Dynamite, Cage Hero and Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge. Byron Brewer caught up with the writer to talk about the latter of the two and what it’s like working with a Horror Master. Cover art by Andres Ponce
FrankStormSurge06CovAPonceBYRON BREWER: Rik, how does it feel being able to play and create in Dean Koontz’s world?
RIK HOSKIN: Simply — wow! Dean Koontz is a colossus of the horror genre and it’s been an honor to work with him. I read his Frankenstein book series when it came out a few years ago and I was fascinated by the premise. Getting the chance to create some new material within that set up has been amazing. Sure, I came a little late to the party, but, man, what a party!

Read the full interview @ BleedingCool.com.

Recent items in the OC Register

January 17, 2016

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Goodreads Ashley Bell Giveaway

January 17, 2016

Ashley Bell UKEnter to win a UK copy of Ashley Bell on GoodReads. (Only for folks in Great Britain and Ireland.)

Frankenstein Storm Surge #6 preview

January 15, 2016

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Authors we’d love to have dinner with

December 21, 2015

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I would love to have dinner with Dean Koontz.
His wit and sarcasm based on his responses to the questions that his fans pose to him is something that I really think I’d enjoy.
He seems to be an absolutely fascinating character of a person and I’d love to learn more about his life.
It would be a night of general merriment and laughter. I know this is a short motivation but it’s exactly what I’d love to do with my favourite author, no serious talk about what motivated him to write the books and genres he wrote in.
I can only assume that he gets it so often from so many people. I’d love to just get to know him as a person.

Read the full article @ Women24.com

Greg Kihn Do It All: A Conversation with a Rock n’ Roll Lifer

December 21, 2015

Greg KihnRock Cellar Magazine: What sparked your work in the horror novel realm?
Greg Kihn: Stephen King and Dean Koontz inspired me to become a writer. Dean has been a good friend over the years. I love sitting in front of the word processor late at night banging away on a new novel. It’s a lot of fun. The first book I did was in 1996 and that was Horror Show.

Read the full interview @ Rock Cellar Magazine.