Essays

Afterword to Midnight

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Release Date: Holidays 2003
Appears on page(s): 2,10

Mass Market Paperback

Release Date: February 3, 2004
Copyright: “Afterword” copyright © 2004 by Dean Koontz
Publisher: Berkley Books
Appears on page(s): 473-477
First appears in the 28th printing.

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Release Date: November 1, 2011
Copyright: “Afterword” copyright © 2004 by Dean Koontz
Publisher: Berkley Books
Appears on page(s): 417-420

Notes

In this essay Dean states: “Vampires do not appear in any of my novels. I have never written about a vampire in either modern or antique dress, not in pajamas, for that matter.”

However, many collectors have pointed out that the book The Haunted Earth (Lancer, 1973) does contain a vampire as a character. Also in the article “Situation Critical” (Writer’s Yearbook 85) he states “Now, Mr. King published Carrie in 1974, by which time I had at least 25 novels already in print, several of which dealt with vampires, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night.”

According to Dean:
“I had forgotten The Haunted Earth opens with a vampire, but it is not a vampire novel. Frankly, my work of that period was so mediocre that I can’t bear to reread it! I did write a novel titled A Werewolf Among Us, but the werewolf was in fact a robot. However, I did write science fiction that was on the spooky side of the genre rather than on the sparkly-gadget side.” [Source: Letter to the author]

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