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The Collector’s Guide to Dean Koontz is now online!

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?

  1. This isn’t just a blog. The blog continues as part of this site, but there is SO MUCH MORE.
  2. 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.

In the weeks and months to come I’ll continue to enter more content slowly but surely. Be sure to keep an eye here, or on Facebook or Twitter for continuing news and new content announcements.

What’s new & updated 6/18/2018

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.

How many book has Dean written?

June 15, 2018

Whatever the answer, don’t ask Google.

Odd, Dark & Stormy

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

German newspaper ads for the Hideaway film

June 10, 2018

Fresh off the Boat

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.

What’s New, 7 June 2018

June 7, 2018

Here’s the recent new entries and additions.

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.

Dean Koontz Tropes

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.

Dark Dreamers on Writing eBook

June 4, 2018

Stanley Waiter’s classic collecting of interviews Dark Dreamers on Writing is now available as an eBook via Smashwords.

Dean on The Dante Chamber by Matthew Pearl

June 4, 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.

Luna de Invierno de Dean Koontz – Un Ser que viene a Devenir [Reseña]

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.]

Jane Hawk News from Charnel House

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.

New and updated items 28 May 2018

May 30, 2018

No completely new entries this week but a whole bunch of new editions and small updates.

The Great American Read Launch Special

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.

 

Looks like Dean & Gerda bought (another?) home

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.

Original Demon Seed script

May 24, 2018

Look what arrived in my mail today!

New and updated items, 21 May 2018

May 21, 2018

Here’s what new…

New audio version of Watchers due out June 18, 2018

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.)

 

New and updated items, 14 May 2018

May 14, 2018

Have you sent me an e-mail in the past two weeks?

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.

8 Great Questions: Dean Koontz

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.

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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