May 7, 2018
Welcome to the brand new online version of The Collector’s Guide to Dean Koontz!
What makes this version different than the previous two?
- This isn’t just a blog. The blog continues as part of this site, but there is SO MUCH MORE.
- This site contains the content of what was going to be in the many-years-late print book from Cemetery Dance Publications. There still may be a book someday, not for now, it’s all available to you, for free, here on this site.
Though today is the official launch date, there’s still a lot of content that’s not on the site yet. As of today, I’ve entered everything from G-Z with some exceptions.
For those of you that like stats, at the time of this post there are 445 guide entries containing 1,044 individual editions and the site as a whole has 1,270 images. By my estimates, only about 50% of the content is in the site right now.
Feel free to comment, submit new content, I just ask that you first read Noah Mitchell’s Foreword, my Introduction, the About the Guide page, and the FAQ, before asking too many questions. There are a lot of answers already on those pages.
June 18, 2018
More odds & ends this week. Our first grandchild was born last week so I’ve had a few other things to focus on lately.
- False Memory CD
- Fresh off the Boat mentions
- Lightning (DK) CD
- Velocity UK LP HC
- Watchers (DK) CD & MP3-CD (Audiobook v3)
June 15, 2018
Whatever the answer, don’t ask Google.
June 11, 2018
There are a lot of reasons I wanted to make ice cream when I was reading this novel. The first, and most obvious reason, is because Odd’s girlfriend works at an ice cream shop. The second: the whole story takes place in a desert town, so the heat is mentioned quite a bit.
The next reason I wanted to make ice cream was because of the chill Odd experiences when he’s in the Fungus Man’s house, and the “bone-brittling cold” he experiences in the dark room there (73).
The dark room is a room that’s otherworldly and seems to lose touch with reality. It’s comfortable to a group of creatures called bodachs, creatures that Odd can see. They’re ghosts, but they’re much more animalistic, and something bad always follows them (33-34).
They’re like the thunder that tells you that lightning is about to strike.
And Odd’s girlfriend is named Stormy.
Naturally, I had to use flavors based on the dark and stormy cocktail, which is typically made with ginger beer and spiced rum.
So I decided to make ginger ice cream with a spiced rum caramel sauce.
Get the full recipe @ Bake Books Sweet
June 10, 2018
Harian Bernas memiliki dua halaman untuk iklan bioskop area Jogja dan Solo di era 1990-an. pic.twitter.com/23Kl1AhGU1
— Taufiqur Rizal (@TarizSolis) June 10, 2018
June 8, 2018
I was previously unaware of this sitcom but after a random Google search pointed me to these scenes it looks like I’m going to find myself watching all four seasons it’s really funny.
Season 3, Episode 6
Season 4, Episode 13
Season 4, Episode 19
And, from the context of the line in the first clip, it looks like Dean’s been mentioned before but not in a way I can find without watching the earlier episodes.
June 7, 2018
Here’s the recent new entries and additions.
- Every Day’s a Holiday: Amusing Rhymes for Happy Times
- The Eyes of Darkness as by Leigh Nichols
- The Eyes of Darkness – Revised Edition by Dean R. Koontz
- The Eyes of Darkness – Revised Edition by Dean Koontz
- The Eyes of Darkness screenplay
- The Face
- The Face of Fear (DRK) other edition images
- The Face of Fear (DK) other edition images
With the exception of the Frankenstein series, some of which will appear in the Ds (look at those titled closely folks!) the Es and Fs are done.
June 7, 2018
Did you know that the TV Tropes site has a page for Dean?
Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author known for writing suspense thrillers, many of which also contain elements of horror, action, science fiction, romance and satire.
One notable aspect of Koontz writing is that almost anytime there is a supernatural occurrence, its explanation, as outlandish as it might sometimes be, is usually physically possible, at least in theory. Very rarely does his work tread into outright fantasy.
On the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, his works fall pretty far on the Idealistic side despite the disturbing content found within the stories and the fact that the villain has usually no redeeming qualities. The heroes, on the other hand are always brave, highly intelligent, compassionate and admirable human beings whose virtues vastly outweigh whatever flaws they might possess. Common themes and messages in his books usually revolve around overcoming adversity rather than feeling sorry for oneself, and living life to its absolute fullest. This sense of idealism is contrasted by having one or more characters reflect on the decline of modern society over the past twenty or thirty years due to sex, free drugs, or liberalism in general. However, despite such musings, the worlds created by Dean Koontz seem to be populated with genuinely good people who are always willing to help a friend in need. If his protagonists have any flaws, it is a specific insecurity that is holding them back. These insecurities can often be traced back to events from the character’s childhood, and through the course of the story the character must work through these insecurities in order to achieve their dream or to otherwise live full and happy lives.
June 4, 2018
Stanley Waiter’s classic collecting of interviews Dark Dreamers on Writing is now available as an eBook via Smashwords.
June 4, 2018
@MatthewPear’s marvelous new historical novel, The Dante Chamber, arrives in stores today. Full of suspense and numerous twists, featuring real figures from the 19th-century literary landscape, it is something special. – Dean pic.twitter.com/tPumihDo83
— Dean Koontz (@deankoontz) May 29, 2018
I read The Dante Club back in the day and loved it and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel. No word on whether there’s a blurb from Dean on the book itself but my copy should be here in a few days and will follow up accordingly.
Update 7 June 2018:
The trade hardcover does not contain a blurb from Dean. Maybe one will appear on the paperback release.
June 4, 2018
Hola mis Criaturas Literarias, yo soy Augusto Andra. Hoy les traigo una historia aterradora con tintes paranormales.
[Hello my Literary Creatures, I am Augusto Andra. Today I bring you a terrifying story with paranormal tints.]
June 4, 2018
According to CharnelHouse.com:
The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz will ship in July.
The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz is set for October.
May 30, 2018
No completely new entries this week but a whole bunch of new editions and small updates.
- The Crooked Staircase large print HC
- The Dark Web promotional bookmark
- Introduction to Trapped, Stalkers proof
- False Memory UK TPBK
- Fear Nothing MP3-CD
- Introduction to Frankenstein TPBK
- Introduction to The Nightrunners ARC
- Shadowfires promo material
- The Silent Corner large print TPBK
- Stone auction catalog cover scan
- Trapped, Stalkers Dark Harvest proof, hardcover release date, and promo material
- Reformatted Appendix D
May 28, 2018
Here’s Dean’s bit in the launch special from The Great American Read on PBS.
You can witch the full episode on The Great American Read website.
May 25, 2018
According to the LA Times:
Best-selling suspense author Dean Koontz and his wife, Gerda, have bought a home in a familiar setting. The longtime Orange County residents recently paid $9.4 million for a home in a gated Newport Beach community, records show.
May 24, 2018
Look what arrived in my mail today!
May 21, 2018
Here’s what new…
- Afterword to The Face of Fear
- The Face In His Belly
- The Face of Fear as by Brian Coffey
- The Face of Fear as by K. R. Dwyer
- The Face of Fear by Dean R. Koontz
- The Face of Fear by Dean Koontz
- The Face of Fear screenplay
- The Face of Fear TV Movie
May 19, 2018
Not sure why but Brilliance is releasing a new version of Watchers with a new reader, Edoardo Ballerini, on June 18th. It is currently available for pre-order in both CD and MP3-CD format. (Audible too.)
(The previous readers were J.C. Howe in 1988 and J. Charles in 2004.)
May 14, 2018
- The Crooked Staircase Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition
- “Hawk’s Way”
- The Key to Midnight Dark Harvest proof
- Shadowfires Dark Harvest proof
- Relentless MP3-CD
May 14, 2018
Turns out I forgot to change some settings for the contact form on the site and it has been sending e-mails into a black hole of a non-existent address. If you’ve use the form to send me an e-mail prior to this post please resend as the form now works as it should. Sorry about that.
May 14, 2018
The latest by Dean Koontz, The Crooked Staircase, picks up with his diehard FBI agent Jane Hawk, who knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom—and free will—of millions. Propelled by her righteous fury and insistence on justice, Jane makes her way from Southern California to the snowy slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark, dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.
Recently, Dean checked in with Read It Forward about his ideal book club, a favorite word that has mystery at its core, and how he’s a little bit Mr. Toad at heart.
What word do you love and why? What word do you hate and why?
My favorite word is love, because of the infinite mystery at the core of its nature. As Dickinson wrote, “That Love is all there is / Is all we know of love.” My least favorite word is hate, because it’s an emotion that solves nothing, destroys everything, and comes disguised in countless self-righteous masks, so that the haters too often see themselves as noble.
Read the full Q&A at ReadItForward.com