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Why You Should Give Phantoms Another Shot on it's 20th Anniversary

January 26, 2018

There are likely two predictable reactions to any mention of 1998’s Phantoms, a campy, Ben Affleck-led sci-fi/epidemic thriller that came out in theaters 20 years ago this month: either complete befuddlement because the movie’s been lost to the ether, or something resembling, “Hmm, I think I picked that up from Blockbuster at some point, but I don’t remember much about it.”
Both reactions are understandable. Phantoms, based on a Dean Koontz novel of the same name, barely made a splash at the box office, pulling in just north of $3 million on its opening weekend. One might point to the fact that TitanicGood Will Hunting, and As Good As It Gets were still dominating the cinemas as reasons for its paltry showing, but that’d ignore the fact that Phantomsprobably got exactly what it deserved. The formless sludge of Phantoms — both the mysterious evil creatures and the film itself — couldn’t compete with the joyous meta masterpiece that is Spice World, never mind topple a juggernaut like Titanic.
With all that said, though, there’s still plenty of reason to revisit (or introduce yourself to) Phantoms on its twentieth anniversary. Sure, the editing is a mess and the story is as flimsy as that old box filled with VHS tapes that you just can’t seem to get rid of, but it’s also a film that deserves a certain amount of reclaiming. It deserves to be enshrined as a campy classic that populates the occasional midnight screening at your local cinema right around Halloween. From the performances and the special effects, to the sheer ludicrousness of certain scenes, Phantoms boasts some serious B-movie bona fides.
If you need more convincing, here are a few reasons why Phantoms deserves your time 20 years after its disastrous box office performance.

Read the full article @ SyFy Wire.

Travis McBee: My Dean Koontz Collection

December 22, 2017


Step right into a world of books. I need more.
Originally published on Dec 18, 2017

NoOne Reviews Odd Thomas

December 22, 2017


“The dead don’t talk, I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz’s dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in these pages and will forever capture yours.
Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly tips help him prevent a crime. but his time it’s different. A stranger comes to Pico Mundo, accompanied by a horde of hyena-like shades who herald an imminent catastrophe. Aided by his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Odd will race against time to thwart the gathering evil his account of these shattering hours, in which past and present, fate and destiny, converge, is a testament by which in live – an unforgettable fable for our time destined to rank among Dean Koontz’s’ most enduring works.
Originally published on Dec 13, 2017

Buster's book reviews volume 2 (Odd Thomas)

December 16, 2017

Because.

The Silent Corner video review

December 4, 2017

Published on Jun 21, 2017

The City review

December 4, 2017

Published on Nov 27, 2017

Silence Kills

December 4, 2017

Just found some online ads & a review for the Italian edition of The Silent Corner. Sharing just for fun.

Source: @Time_Crime

The Silent Corner: My Review

March 5, 2017

I know Dean doesn’t like to be pegged to a particular genre, but in all the years that I’ve been reading his work, I’ve found that in most cases, each novel falls into one of five categories: Science Fiction (Dark Symphony, Demon Seed, Lightning), Suspense (Whispers, House of Thunder, Key to Midnight), Horror (Watchers, Shadowfires, 77 Shadow Street), Fantastics (Odd Thomas, From the Corner of His Eye), and Thrillers (The Face of Fear, Shattered, Dark Rivers of the Heart.) Sure, there are exceptions (Hanging On) and you can quibble with me on even some of my examples, but in the end, the horror is my favorite followed by the thrillers in a very close second. The Silent Corner is a thriller in the best Dean Koontz style, and one I finished in just a few sittings.
The thrillers don’t have monsters, nothing supernatural, aren’t preachy, and usually have someone chasing after the main character. The tech involved is real although some it may be stretched a bit into the future for dramatic effect. The Silent Corner is a thriller and the first in a trilogy all centered around FBI Agent Jane Hawk, currently on leave looking into a conspiracy that she believes led her husband, and many others, to commit suicide. Throw in drones, armored vehicles, and a form of mind control and you’ll be buckled in for the ride.
As a librarian I do have one additional praise and one criticism that I do want to get on the record. First, Jane uses public libraries on a regular basis to have untraceable Internet access. Kudos to Dean for getting this one right. However, another character, caught looking at porn in a library, defended his doing so with the following:
“Look, I work with various concerned groups in the city. We try to set things right where we can. It took a while to get libraries to block the nasty websites so kids couldn’t get on them. Now and then a librarian or somebody decides it’s a free-speech issue and opens the lid on the sewer. I was told that branch was backsliding. I had to see for myself. Today, the lid’s back on, kids are safe.”
The issue of porn on library computers just isn’t that simple and I hope Dean doesn’t actually think it is.
In the end, if you’re a fan of Dean’s thrillers you’re going to love The Silent Corner and I expect the sequels when they arrive.
 

Warlock review in Locus #129

March 5, 2016

Way back in 1972 Locus magazine was still a fanzine than what it is today. And, in what I believe is a December 1972 issue (“the 26th 1972 issue of a bi-weekly newspaper”) is a short less than spectacular review of Warlock written by Fred Patton.
Locus 129 (1) Locus 129 (2)

A few more Ashley Bell reviews

December 21, 2015

Ashley Bell reviews

December 14, 2015

ashley bellAshley Bell is out and the reviews are coming in quickly so please excuse the link dump.

Early Ashley Bell review

November 29, 2015

From Examiner.com

ashley bellI have been reading Dean Koontz’s book for as long as I can remember. While I still enjoy most of his work, it has been a while since he has been able to capture my imagination as he used to do. When I first say the cover and read the description for his upcoming novel, “Ashley Bell,” I thought that this book sounded like one of his older novels and was excited to see if it would once again capture that old Koontz magic.
Bibi Blair never had time for fate or the supernatural. She was a take charge type of person that focused on the things that she could see and conquer. Bibi’s world comes crashing down around her when she finds herself suddenly afflicted by a rare form of cancer that gives her less than a year to live. Bibi at first approaches the disease as just another concrete obstacle for her to overcome but she is forced to accept that there could be something more to it after a visit from a strange man and his dog that leaves her seemingly healed. She may have overcome the cancer but the struggle of her life has just begun…

5 best scary books to read right now

November 1, 2015

Phantoms#4: Dean Koontz is no stranger to scaring the pants off his readers, and Phantoms, one of his best known works, does just that with its premise alone. An abandoned town. Dead, but warm bodies filled with unmentionable things? Creepy to the max.

Read the full listicle @ Wonem24.

A Short, Fast Ride: Final Hour by Dean Koontz

November 1, 2015

Final HourDean Koontz has written more than 130 books over the course of the last five decades. Many of those books have landed at the top spot of multiple best-seller lists. His next full-length novel, called Ashley Bell, will publish in early December. Koontz has remarked that everyone in his “publishing life thinks it is the best book [he’s] ever written.” To whet the appetites of fans waiting earnestly for that novel, Koontz has written the novella Final Hour, one of two novellas leading up to Ashley Bell. Though shorter in length than his usual, Final Hour is no less than everything that Dean Koontz has come to be known for.

Read the full review @ Everyday Ebook.

Polish review of Innocence (Niewinność)

October 25, 2015

Niewinnosc - Polish Innocence“Zdałem sobie sprawę, że Gwyneth więcej wie o mieszkańcach tego miasta, niż ja się kiedykolwiek dowiem, i rozumie lepiej ode mnie, a przynajmniej tak samo dobrze, jakie zepsucie i bezlitosne okrucieństwo może się kryć za maskami przywdziewanymi przez niektórych ludzi.”
Koontz eksperymentuje. Człowiek, który napisał tyle powieści, koniec końców, chce czegoś nowego. Zmienia styl, jak my zmieniamy nasze przyzwyczajenia. „Niewinności” daleko do horroru, nie jest to również thriller. Czy to źle? Nie mi oceniać, jednak czytelnicy, którzy pokochali autora za sceny grozy i nieprzespane noce, tym razem przykryją się kołdrą jedynie wtedy, gdy w pokoju zrobi się zimno. Mroczny klimat zastąpiło zepsute miasto. Największymi potworami ponownie okazali się ludzie. A obraz stworzony przez Amerykanina  nie jest otoczony aurą strachu, a smutku.
Z reguły w recenzji znajdziecie wiele słów o głównym bohaterze. Jeśli, tak jak w tym wypadku, występuje narracja pierwszoosobowa, to mamy już niemalże gotowy materiał na dokładną charakterystykę. Nie tym razem. Addonis jest… no właśnie. Tu pojawia się zasadniczy problem. Nasz kronikarz ukrywa się pod kapturem, ujawnia się jedynie nocami, jego wygląd sprawił, że budził odradzę nawet własnej matki.

Read the full review @ Interia360.

Slovakian review of The City

October 3, 2015

 
“Dean Koontz: Mesto” via Pravda.
The City (HC Slovakia)

Two Greek reviews of The City

October 3, 2015

The Nightrunners by Joe R. Lansdale

August 15, 2015

The NightrunnersDean wrote the Introduction to this classic horror novel…

Everybody remembers their first Joe R. Lansdale story.
Mine was “Night They Missed the Horror Show,” which I read in the anthology Splatterpunks in 1991. To say I was unprepared for this black-hearted tale of racist hillbilly snuff-film purveyors and the high-school hellraisers who inadvertently stumble upon their doings is an understatement. Like a sucker punch to a soft belly or a club to the base of the skull, “Horror Show” leaves you stunned, out of breath, a hurt growing inside you that you know won’t be leaving any time soon. Hasn’t left me this quarter-century later. I know Lansdale would have it no other way.
Funny thing was, I craved that feeling. Sought it out. So within a couple months I’d finally tracked down Lansdale’s 1987 novel The Nightrunners (published in paperback by Tor, March 1989). I recall coming home one afternoon from the bookstore I worked at with my brand-new copy, going into my room, locking the door and then reading it in one white-hot unputdownable session. That had never happened to me before; I usually savored my horror fiction over several late nights. ButThe Nightrunners wouldn’t let go. Lansdale’s skill in doling out suspense and the threat/promise of the horrible things to come is unbeatable. He even tells you flat-out, after quoting a newspaper article about victims of a “Rapist Ripper,” that “no one knew there was a connection between the two savaged bodies and what was going to happen to Montgomery and Becky Jones.” You know you got to keep reading after that!

Read more @ Tor.com.

1977 Review of the Demon Seed film

August 9, 2015

Texas Monthly May 1977
Say hello to the May 1977 issue of Texas Monthly. Click the cover for a link to the Google Books version of the article titled “Bombs Bursting in Air” featuring reviews of Black Sunday and Demon Seed.

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!