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Another Foreign Edition Quiz

July 1, 2015

Here’s another foreign language edition of a Koontz title. Leave your guess in the comments.
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Childrens Hospital: “Koontz Is Coming”

June 27, 2015

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But when Childrens Hospital gets it right, it really gets it right. That’s the case again for this week’s latest episode, “Koontz Is Coming.” The episode is an homage to British sitcom Fawlty Towersand also a tip of the hat to the work of “the one and only suspense thriller novelist, Dean Koontz.” It’s also another fantastic showing for Childrens Hospital.

Read the whole review @ A.V. Club.
I was previously unaware of this show and just watched this episode. Not sure I’ll watch any more, but it was fun

Artfully Odd: How a book designer captured the essence of Dean Koontz’s bestselling Odd Thomas series

June 25, 2015

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Virginia Norey, associate design director for the Random House group, has worked on the entire Odd Thomas series, in which each book features unique original art on the title page and elsewhere. As the series comes to a close with Saint Odd, she reflects on the choices behind each image. She says, “The art within the Odd Thomas series sets the reader on a journey; it illustrates nuances of mood in each book, and depicts the movement of his story.”

 
Read the full article @ Random House Books

DDSCast Book 5: Odd Thomas

June 25, 2015

DDSCast Book 5 Odd ThomasStarring James Bricknell and Walter Pavlik with Guest Becca Howes
(Duration: 47 minutes 16.3 MB)
Welcome to the Dewey Decibel System, “A social bookclub for the internet age.”
Join Walter, Becca, and James for our review of Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
This episode is the only one for Odd Thomas as the team wanted to talk about the passing of Sir Terry Pratchett and any way, we didn’t get any emails!

Horror in Vancouver: talking spider-munchin' on the set of FOX-TV's Intensity

June 25, 2015

Intensity Mini-series

Back in ’97 I got assigned by Fangoria magazine to cover the filming of a FOX-TV miniseries called Intensity. Normally I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about a FOX-TV miniseries, but this one was based on a novel I really loved by Dean Koontz, so I was in.
Here’s a shortened version of the story that ran in the September 1997 issue of Fango, the one with Spawn on the cover.
Like a master carver, Dean Koontz meticulously sliced away everything that wasn’t essential on his 1995 novel Intensity, ending up with a tidy, 300-page knockout of a horrific suspense yarn. With just two main characters, one storyline, and everything squeezed into a 24-hour time frame, his lean tale of philosophical serial killer Edgler Vess and Chyna Shepherd—the young woman who courageously steps into his blood-spattered path to save a teenage girl—was a short, sharp little switchblade of a story.
Even literary types were impressed.

Read the full article @ The Georgia Straight

Odd Thomas on Netflix

June 20, 2015

Netflix logoIt looks like Odd Thomas is making his appearance on Netflix this month. Here’s two article about and/or in review.

Random House is giving away copies of Saint Odd

June 6, 2015

SummerThriller-1200As the weather heats up, there’s nothing we like more than diving into a chilling thriller or suspenseful mystery.
FIVE Lucky winners will win this collection of four bestselling novels from blockbuster mystery and thriller authors:

  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  • Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
  • Saint Odd: an Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz
  • Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs

Enter here for your chance to win, and good luck!

A Closer Look at Best-Selling Author Dean Koontz's Charitable Giving

March 27, 2015

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For those of us at IP who consider ourselves failed Freudian psychoanalysts, it’s always fun to theorize why celebrity funders feel compelled to give. It’s doubly fun when the funders have gotten rich by writing sadistic and terrifying books. Perhaps they’re trying to make up for all the bad-vibe Karma they’ve spewed into the universe.
More often than not, however, the philanthropic urge is simply rooted in the unpredictable developments of every day life. Stephen King, for example, set up the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to help support artists who are unable to work due to health problems, like the one he suffered when he was hit by a car while out jogging one day.
Then there’s the Dean and Gerda Koontz Foundation, begun in 1994 by the best-selling suspense author Dean Koontz and his wife. The foundation supports charities that deal with people with severe disabilities and critically ill children. One of the main benefactors has been Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a charitable organization that provides service dogs for people with disabilities.

Read the full article @ Inside Philanthropy.

Dark Dreamers: Facing the Masters of Fear

March 20, 2015

Copy #92 of 250 signed by the authors. Over the years I’ve brought this with me to author signings and had individual authors sign their page.

Intensity & Sole Survivor to air on Sony Movie Channel in April

March 20, 2015

Sony Movie Channel logoSMC puts the spotlight on six more visual masterpieces this month in the “Sundays in HD” block, every weekend at 7 p.m. ET. Rancher Matt Damon falls for Penelope Cruz in ALL THE PRETTY HORSES, directed by Billy Bob Thornton, and Sean Connery mentors an aspiring writer in Gus Van Sant’s FINDING FORRESTER (April 5); a pair of biopics starring Rachel York as beloved comedienne Lucille Ball in LUCY, and Sean Hayes and Jeremy Northam as dynamic duo MARTIN AND LEWIS (April 12); then, get a double dose of Dean Koontz as two of the horror master’s greatest works come to life in DEAN KOONTZ’S INTENSITY (April 19), starring John C. McGinley, and DEAN KOONTZ’S SOLE SURVIVOR (April 26), starring Billy Zane.

Read the full press release @ PRNewswire.com.

My Top 6 Lovable Literary Liars

March 19, 2015

Odd-Thomas-34. Odd Thomas – In his beautifully written Odd Thomas series, Dean Koontz creates a protagonist unlike any ever seen in literature before — a self-deprecating reluctant hero and short order cook who sees dead people. Odd knows he’s weird, and he knows he really does see ghosts everywhere -and he has also chosen to never reveal any of this to his parents, knowing that his father would exploit his gift for profit. Sometimes, it seems, people have to lie to protect themselves from awful people.

Read the full article @ The Huffington Post.

Dean Koontz's CTHULHU

March 17, 2015

Parody alert!

Des Teufels Saat

March 13, 2015

It’s been a very good week find-wise. I’ll be posting about all of it over the next few days. To kick it off, here’s photos of the German Press Kit for the film version of Demon Seed.

Artfully Odd

March 11, 2015

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How a book designer captured the essence of Dean Koontz’s bestselling Odd Thomas series
Design notes by Virginia Norey

Virginia Norey, associate design director for the Random House group, has worked on the entire Odd Thomas series, in which each book features unique original art on the title page and elsewhere. As the series comes to a close with Saint Odd, she reflects on the choices behind each image. She says, “The art within the Odd Thomas series sets the reader on a journey; it illustrates nuances of mood in each book, and depicts the movement of his story.”

Read the full article @ RandomHouseBooks.com.

What is Horror Fiction?

March 9, 2015

An interesting 2009 article from the Horror Writer’s Association:
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That’s a difficult question. In recent years the very term has become misleading. If you tell people you write horror fiction, the image that immediately pops into their minds is one of Freddy Krueger or maybe Michael Myers, while you were hoping for Shelley’s Frankenstein or Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The popularity of the modern horror film, with its endless scenes of blood and gore, has eclipsed the reality of horror fiction. When you add to that a comprehension of how horror evolved as both a marketing category and a publishing niche during the late eighties — horror’s boom time — it’s easy to understand why answering the question of what today’s horror fiction actually is has become so difficult.
But let’s give it a try, shall we?
Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary gives the primary definition of horror as “a painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay.” It stands to reason then that “horror fiction” is fiction that elicits those emotions in the reader.

It’s a funny fact of today’s market that those writers whose works define the quintessential essence of horror are not considered horror writers. Millions of people read Stephen King, but the average King reader doesn’t read other horror writers. Dean Koontz’s books are filled with the strange and fantastic, yet he vehemently argues against being labeled a horror writer, despite being the first president of this very organization. John Saul thinks of himself as a writer of thrillers; Clive Barker a master of the fantastic. HWA founder Robert McCammon stopped publishing altogether to avoid being trapped in a box not of his own choosing when the publishing world demanded more horror instead of the historical novel he had so desperately wanted to produce.

Read the full article @ Horror.org.

Italian Frankenstein

March 6, 2015

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Dean's home: One Door Away Form Heaven

March 2, 2015

nkedhu-11a.deankoontz.0206Dean Koontz doesn’t get out much and that’s entirely by design.
The author of thrillers, such as the recent “Saint Odd” and scores of earlier best-sellers such as “Watchers” and “Intensity,” says he likes to put in at least 60 hours a week at the keyboard of his old-fashioned MS-DOS computer. When he takes a break, it’s usually for some quiet pleasure with his wife, Gerda, and their golden retriever, Anna.
“One thing we like to do is take long walks with the dog,” Koontz says during a recent walkthrough of his 27,219-square-foot Newport Coast home, the third largest in Orange County. “We put the dog in the car and go down to Corona del Mar and walk the village because the streets are so pretty. And then drive south and walk Laguna Beach. Keep on going down the coast to different towns until you can’t walk as much.”
Mostly, Koontz says, he and Gerda and Anna are happiest at home. “We’re homebodies, so most of our things we like to do are with friends. Having friends in for dinner. Spending a day together playing cards or whatever is for us as good as it gets.”
Staying in seems like a particularly appealing prospect when the house is as lovely as the one Dean and Gerda Koontz built. They’d settled in Orange County years ago, pulling up stakes in Pennsylvania to resettle in California, and lived for many years in the Harbor Ridge neighborhood of Newport Beach. But sometime in the mid-1990s, they decided to design and build their own home from the dirt up.
“We’ve worked very hard all our lives and decided to finally build sort of the dream home,” Koontz says. “And it got completely out of control.”

Read the full article @ CoastMagazine.com

Valentine's Day "Fantastic Fiction Assortment" Giveaway

February 8, 2015

Looking for some new reads this February? This “Fantastic Fiction Assortment” has a little something for everybody including books by Lee Child​, Mary Kay Andrews​, Jane Green​, Sarah Addison Allen​, Cynthia Swanson​, Krassi Zourkova​, Lisa Scottoline​, Joseph Finder​, Graeme Simsion​, Christopher Noxon​, Steve Berry​, and of course, Dean!
2015.02.04 Fantastic Fiction Assortment ValentineGiveaway - Bantam
*Enter to win by noon ET on Thursday, 2/12. One winner will be chosen at random to receive all 12 books and will be announced in time for Valentine’s Day. One entry per person. Good luck!

Source: Google+

Newport Coast author Dean Koontz says goodbye to a beloved character

February 8, 2015

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Dean Koontz will never forget the moment he was kissed by the inspiration that would possess and obsess him for a series of eight books about a goodhearted fry cook with a supernatural talent for fighting the forces of evil.
What he’s never been able to figure out, though, even after more than a dozen years of writing about the uncommonly monikered character of Odd Thomas, is why: Why did this idea blossom from his imagination; from where had it come?
“I was sitting in my office, perfectly happily working on a book called ‘The Face,’ and having a good time with it,” Koontz says, sitting in a lounge chair at his home in Newport Coast, his golden retriever Anna asleep at his feet. “And the words, ‘My name is Odd Thomas, I lead an unusual life,’ popped into my head as if somebody in the room had spoken.”
It made no sense. It had nothing to do with “The Face.” But the name and the sentence intrigued him. Koontz picked up the yellow legal pad he keeps on his desk to make notes as he’s working and wrote it down and spent the rest of the afternoon writing longhand, ignoring the manuscript in progress on his computer screen, until he finished 30 pages, a first chapter.

Read the full article @ The Orange County Register.

USA Today Chat Afterlinks

February 2, 2015

USA Today Chat AdFor the record, here’s just a few links re: the USA Today Chat that I didn’t get posted before the event:

And, it looks like you can view the recording of the chat officially on the USA Today page where the chat originally occurred.