(aka Aaron Wolfe, Anthony North, Brian Coffey, David
Axton, Dean R. Koontz, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, K. R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols,
Owen West, and Richard Paige)
Star Quest (1968)
Fear That Man (1969)
The galaxy had forgotten war and evil-until the man without a past
The Fall of the Dream Machine (1969)
Time lines clash as Earth becomes a battleground for alien creatures and
men of the far future!
Hell's Gate (1970)
Mutant tomorrow! A startling novel of worlds in rebellion by a new
master in science fiction!
The Dark Symphony (1970)
Dark of the Woods (1970)
Crimson Witch (1971)
A Darkness in My Soul (1972)
The Flesh in the Furnace (1972)
Time Thieves (1972)
A Werewolf Among Us(1973)
Demon Seed(1973, revised 1977)
The Haunted Earth(1973)
After the Last Race(1974)
He's back--the terror that stalked Hilary Thomas as a child is back in her
life, in her house, at her bedroom door. She killed him once. But he keeps
coming back. Again. And again...
A classic thriller from Dean Koontz--and the basis for the motion
picture starring Peter O'Toole ...
They thought it was the work of a maniac or terrorists or toxic
contamination--but then they found the truth, which was worse than
anything they had imagined ...
Twilight Eyes(1985, Reissued in 1987
with a second half)
From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life
forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a
hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose...
A bolt of lightning brings a blond-haired stranger into Laura Shane's
life. But is he the guardian angel he seems? The devil in disguise? Or the
master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?
The citizens of Moonlight Cove, California, are changing. Some are losing
touch with their deepest emotions. Others are surrendering to their
wildest urges. And the few who remain unchanged are absolutely
terrified--if not brutally murdered in the dead of night...
Frank Pollard is afraid to fall asleep. Every morning when he awakes, he
discovers something strange--like blood on his hands--a bizarre mystery
that tortures his soul. Two investigators have been hired to follow the
haunted man. But only one person--a young man with Down's Syndrome--can
imagine where their journeys might end. That terrible place from which no
one ever returns.
The Bad Place(1990)
On an impulse, schoolteacher Jim Ironheart flies to Portland, Oregon
without understanding why. There he saves a boy from being killed by a
drunk driver and is observed by Holly Thorne.
She tracks Jim to California, and their lives intertwine on one of Jim's
lifesaving missions. Surviving a plane crash, terrifying monsters that
materialize from Holly's nightmares, and an uncannily powerful adversary,
they search for the source of Jim's psychic power.
Although accident victim Hatch Harrison dies en route to the hospital, a
brilliant physician miraculously resuscitates him. Given this second
chance, Hatch and his wife Lindsey approach each day with a new
appreciation for the beauty of life--until a series of mysterious and
frightening events bring them face-to-face with a deadly Presence.
One rainy afternoon, a stranger breaks into author Martin Stillwater's
house, accusing Martin of stealing his wife, his children-and his life.
Claiming to be the real Martin Stillwater, the intruder threatens to take
what is rightfully his. The police think he's a figment of Martin's
imagination. But Martin and his family have no choice but to believe the
stranger's threat. And run for their lives.
Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his
soul. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man--and a homeless
stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged
Harry Lyon's sanity:
"Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn...Dead
by dawn...Dead by dawn..."
A man and a woman meet by chance in a bar. Suddenly, they find themselves
fleeing from a powerful agency--the woman hunted for what she knows, and
the man mistaken as her comrade in a resistance movement.
Dark Rivers of the Heart(1994)
Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old woman whose deeply troubled
childhood taught her the hard rules of survival, and whose adult life has
been an unrelenting struggle for self-respect and safety. Now rare trust
has blossomed for Chyna into friendship with the woman whose family home
she is visiting for the weekend: a farm in the Napa Valley surrounded by
vineyards and hills, which Chyna can see from the guest-room window where
she sits at one o'clock in the morning, fully dressed, unable to sleep.
Suspicions she learned in childhood still make her uneasy in unfamiliar
houses--even this one, where her closest friend is sound asleep down the
hall. And in this case her most disturbing instincts prove reliable. A man
has entered the house, a man who lives for one purpose: to satisfy all
appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without
fear, remorse, or limits--to live with intensity.
His name is Edgler Foreman Vess. He likes to make words with the letters
from his name--GOD, DEMON, SAVE, RAGE, ANGER, FEAR, FOREVER, are just a
few of them--and then makes sentences with the words. One of his
favorites, GOD FEARS ME, is sometimes the last thing he whispers to his
victims. Edgler Vess is a self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer": On this
night, his adventure--murdering everyone in the house--becomes Chyna's
Trapped in Vess's deadly orbit, Chyna thinks only of getting out alive.
But when she inadvertently learns the identity of Vess's intended next
victim, waiting for him far from Napa Valley, Chyna is gripped with
concern for this other person, who is as innocent as Chyna, and as
endangered. Driven now by a sense of responsibility for another, by a
purpose and meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna rises to
unexpected heights of courage and daring--her only hope as the threat of
Edgler Foreman Vess closes in and grows more horrifying moment by moment.
Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist, living the American Dream
in southern California. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll
on his doorstep. It's a simple doll, covered entirely in white cloth, with
crossed black stitches for the eyes and mouth, and another pair forming an
X over the heart. Curious, he brings it inside. That night, Tommy hears an
odd popping sound and looks up to see the stitches breaking over the
doll's heart. And in minutes the fabric of Tommy Phan's reality will be
torn apart. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth,
something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. Something that he can't
destroy. It wants Tommy's life and he doesn't know why. He has only one
ally, a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets by chance—or by a
design far beyond his comprehension. He has too many questions, no
answers, and very little time. Because the vicious and demonically clever
doll has left this warning on Tommy's computer screen: The deadline is
A catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash leaves three hundred and thirty
dead -- no survivors. Among the victims are the wife and two daughters of
Joe Carpenter, a Los Angeles Post crime reporter.
A year after the crash, still gripped by an almost paralyzing grief, Joe
encounters a woman named Rose, who claims to have survived the crash. She
holds out the possibility of a secret that will bring Joe peace of mind.
But before he can ask any questions, she slips away.
Driven now by rage (have the authorities withheld information?) and a hope
almost as unbearable as his grief (if there is one survivor, are there
others?), Joe sets out to find the mysterious woman. His search
immediately leads him into the path of a powerful and shadowy organization
hell-bent on stopping Rose before she can reveal what she knows about the
Sole Survivor unfolds at a heart-stopping pace, as a desperate chase and a
shattering emotional odyssey lead Joe to a truth that will force him to
reassess everything he thought he knew about life and death -- a truth
that, given the chance, will rock the world and redefine the destiny of
Martie Rhodes is a young wife (happily married to Dustin for three years),
a video game designer, and a compassionate woman who takes her agoraphobic
friend Carol to therapy sessions. Carol is so afraid of leaving her
apartment that the trips are grim ordeals for both women--but bonding
experiences as well.
Then one morning Martie experiences a sudden fear of her own, a brief but
disquieting terror of...her shadow. The episode is over so quickly it
leaves her shaken, but amused. Then, as she is about to check her makeup,
she realizes she is terrified to look in the mirror and confront her own
As the episodes of this traumatic condition --autophobia-- build, the
lives of Martie and her husband change drastically. Frantic to discover
the trigger for her descent into hell, Dustin begins to look into the
background of a respected therapist. As he comes closer to the truth
about this strange and troubled "healer," Dustin finds himself afflicted
with a condition even more bizarre and terrifying than Martie's.
No fan of psychological suspense will want to miss this extraordinary
novel of the human mind's capacity to torment...and destroy.
His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy.
From the Corner of His Eye(2000)
He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams.
His story will change the way you see the world.
On the heels of his #1 bestseller False Memory, Dean Koontz brings
together his most compelling themes and an unforgettable cast of
characters to create what is perhaps the most thrilling and emotionally
powerful work of his critically acclaimed career.
Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark
his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful
they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless
man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a
relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life.
And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to
Barty and the man who stalks him.
At the age of three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons remove his
eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As he copes with his
blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all
things happen for a reason and that every person’s life has an effect on
every other person’s, in often unknowable ways.
At thirteen, Bartholomew regains his sight. How he regains it, why he
regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds and entwines with
others results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart-stopping
suspense, and high adventure.
Hailed as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone)
Dean Koontz has entered a rich new phase of his writing career that is
yielding his most imaginative, meaningful, and popular work yet.
One Door Away from Heaven(2001)
At the height of his powers as a literary craftsman, he has won the
acclaim of critics as well as the allegiance of millions of fans the world
over, transforming the greatest fears and hopes of our time into
masterworks of dazzling originality and emotional resonance.
Now, with the stunning depth and virtuosity of his storytelling, he brings
to readers one of his most gripping and richly imagined novels to date—an
intoxicating story of adventure and suspense, mystery and revelation, told
with humor, heart, and high art.
Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “America’s most
popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most
celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his
boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly
textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique.
By the Light of the Moon(2002)
Author of one #1 New York Times bestseller after another, Koontz is
at the pinnacle of his powers, spinning mysteries and miracles,
enthralling tales that speak directly to today’s readers, balm for the
heart and fire for the mind. In this stunning new novel, he delivers a
tour de force of dark suspense and brilliant revelation that has all the
Koontz trademarks: adventure, chills, riddles, humor, heartbreak, an
unforgettable cast of characters, and a climax that will leave you
clamoring for more.
Dylan O’Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing
in life. He’s on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to
get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But
in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious “doctor,”
injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of
something that will either kill him...or transform his life in the most
remarkable way. Then he is told that he must flee--before the doctor’s
enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one
can help him, the doctor says, not even the police.
Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life...and
straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into
an odyssey of terror, mystery--and wondrous discovery. It is a journey
that begins when Dylan and Shep’s path intersects with that of Jillian
Jackson. Before that evening Jilly was a beautiful comedian whose biggest
worry was whether she would ever find a decent man. Now she too is a
carrier. And even as Dylan tries to convince her that they’ll be safer
sticking together, cold-eyed men in a threatening pack of black Suburbans
approach, only seconds before Jilly’s classic Coupe DeVille explodes into
Now the three are on the run together, but with no idea whom they’re
running from--or why. Meanwhile Shep has begun exhibiting increasingly
disturbing behavior. And whatever it is that’s coursing through their
bodies seems to have plunged them into one waking nightmare after another.
Seized by sinister premonitions, they find themselves inexplicably drawn
to crime scenes--just minutes before the crimes take place.
What this unfathomable power is, how they can use it to stop the evil
erupting all around them, and why they have been chosen are only parts of
a puzzle that reaches back into the tragic past and the dark secrets they
all share: secrets of madness, pain, and untimely death. Perhaps the
answer lies in the eerie, enigmatic messages that Shep, with precious time
running out, begins to repeat, about an entity who does his work “by the
light of the moon.”
By the Light of the Moon is a novel of heart-stopping suspense and
transcendent beauty, of how evil can destroy us and love can redeem us--a
masterwork of the imagination in which the surprises come page after page
and the spell of sublime storytelling triumphs throughout.
Acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling
Stone ) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers,
Dean Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the
world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character,
mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be
human. Now he delivers the page-turner of the season, an unforgettable
journey to the heart of darkness and to the pinnacle of grace, at once
chilling and wickedly funny, a brilliantly observed chronicle of good and
evil in our time, of illusion and everlasting truth.
He’s Hollywood’s most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires
the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His
perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying,
enigmatic “messages” breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems
of his legendary Bel Air estate.
The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim’s fortified
compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems
to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim’s security chief, ex-cop Ethan
Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he
entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery
reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an
insidious killer—and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a
city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life. As a
seemingly endless and ominous rain falls over southern California, Ethan
will test the limits of perception and endurance in a world where the
truth is as thin as celluloid and answers can be found only in the
illusory intersection of shadow and light.
Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent,
populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes,
long-buried dreams and never-dying hope.
Here a magnificent mansion is presided over by a Scottish force of nature
known as Mrs. McBee, before whom all men tremble. A mad French chef
concocts feasts for the mighty and the malicious. Ming du Lac, spiritual
adviser to the stars, has a direct line to the dead. An aptly named cop
called Hazard will become Ethan’s ally, an anarchist will sow discord and
despair, and a young boy named Fric, imprisoned by celebrity and
loneliness, will hear a voice telling him of the approach of something
unimaginably evil. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will
face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition
of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the
macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.
A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation,
The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the
same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill
you with hope.
In one of the most dazzling books of his celebrated career, Dean Koontz
delivers a masterwork of page-turning suspense that surpasses even his own
inimitable reputation as a chronicler of our worst fears—and best dreams.
In The Taking he tells the story of a community cut off from a world under
siege, and the terrifying battle for survival waged by a young couple and
their neighbors as familiar streets become fog-shrouded death traps.
Gripping, heartbreaking, and triumphant in the face of mankind’s darkest
hour, here is a small-town slice-of-doomsday thriller that strikes to the
core of each of us to ask: What would you do in the midst of The Taking.
On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly
and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has
haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a
luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town.
A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot
shake the sense of something wrong.
As hours pass and the rain continues to fall, Molly and Niel listen to
disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. Before
evening, their little town loses television and radio reception. Then
telephone and the Internet are gone. With the ceaseless rain now comes an
obscuring fog that transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly
labyrinth. By nightfall the Sloans have gathered with some of their
neighbors to deal with community damage...but also because they feel the
need to band together against some unknown threat, some enemy they cannot
identify or even imagine.
In the night, strange noises arise, and at a distance, in the rain and the
mist, mysterious lights are seen drifting among the trees. The rain
diminishes with the dawn, but a moody gray-purple twilight prevails. Soon
Molly, Niel, and their small band of friends will be forced to draw on
reserves of strength, courage, and humanity they never knew they had. For
within the misty gloom they will encounter something that reveals in a
terrifying instant what is happening to their world—something that is
hunting them with ruthless efficiency. Epic in scope, searingly intimate
and immediate in perspective, The Taking is an adventure story like
no other, a relentless roller-coaster read that brings apocalypse to Main
Street and showcases the talents of one of our most original and
mesmerizing novelists at the pinnacle of his powers.
With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and
storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster
of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten
ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary
man born to an extraordinary legacy--a story that will challenge the way
you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between.
Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves
it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long
hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room
and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger
when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up
in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke.
What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the
life of his grandson--five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to
prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the
second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth
in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.
Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's
delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the
time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact
height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly--the
unexplained anomal of fused digits--on his left foot. Suddenly the old
man's predictions take on a chilling significance.
What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What
nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel
unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path
he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces,
he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy
Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns
is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous--a struggle against an evil so
dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine
Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary
life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour
bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper
of his car. If you don’t take this note to the police and get them
involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this
note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity
work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.
It seems like a sick joke, and Bill’s friend on the police force, Lanny
Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about
it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No
crime has actually been committed. But less than twenty-four hours later,
a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it’s Bill’s fault: he
didn’t convince the police
to get involved. Now he’s got another note, another deadline, another
ultimatum…and two new lives hanging in the balance.
Suddenly Bill’s average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions
and speed of an accelerating nightmare. Because the notes are coming
faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and
crueler with every communication–until Bill is isolated with the
terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a
psychopath’s innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is
intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: The
choice is yours.
With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises
the stakes—and the pulse rate—higher than any other author. Now, in what
may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the
story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will
take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to
the mystery of love itself—and to a showdown with the darkness that would
destroy it forever.
What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill?
We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash. Landscaper
Mitchell Rafferty thinks it must be some kind of joke. He was in the
middle of planting impatiens in the yard of one of his clients when his
cell phone rang. Now he’s standing in a normal suburban neighborhood on a
bright summer day, having a phone conversation out of his darkest
Whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. He has Mitch’s
wife and he’s named the price for her safe return. The caller doesn’t care
that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of
raising such a vast sum. He’s confident that Mitch will find a way.
If he loves his wife enough. . . Mitch does love her enough. He loves her
more than life itself. He’s got seventy-two hours to prove it. He has to
find the two million by then. But he’ll pay a lot more. He’ll pay
From its tense opening to its shattering climax, The Husband is a
thriller that will hold you in its relentless grip for every twist, every
shock, every revelation…until it lets you go, unmistakably changed. This
is a Dean Koontz novel, after all. And there’s no other experience quite
The Good Guy (2007)
Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend’s tavern, enjoys
drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery
man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very
different—and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash.
“Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she’s gone.”
The stranger walks out, leaving a photo of the pretty woman marked for
death, and her address. But things are about to get worse. In minutes
another stranger sits next to Tim. This one is a cold-blooded killer who
believes Tim is the man who has hired him.
Thinking fast, Tim says, “I’ve had a change of heart. You get ten
thousand—for doing nothing. Call it a no-kill fee.” He keeps the photo
and gives the money to the hired killer. And when Tim secretly follows
the man out of the tavern, he gets a further shock: the hired killer is
Suddenly, Tim Carrier, an ordinary guy, is at the center of a mystery of
extraordinary proportions, the one man who can save an innocent life and
stop a killer far more powerful than any cop…and as relentless as evil
incarnate. But first Tim must discover within himself the capacity for
selflessness, endurance, and courage that can turn even an ordinary man
into a hero, inner resources that will transform his idea of who he is
and what it takes to be The Good Guy.
Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong
Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma
pigmentosum (XP)—a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his
house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a
computer. Chris's natural element is the night, and his parents, both
academics, chose to live in Moonlight Bay because in a small town Chris
can make the nightscape his own—roaming freely through the town on his
bike, surfing in the moonlight, exploring while most people sleep.
But Chris's brilliant mother, a scientist, was killed in a car accident 2
years ago, and as the book opens his father, Steven Snow, is dying of
cancer; Chris's protected life is about to change forever. We meet Chris
as he is carefully preparing himself to go out in the late-afternoon sun
to visit the hospital. In his last moments of life his father tells Chris
he is "sorry" and that Chris should "fear nothing"—cryptic words that
Chris cannot really relate to.
Steven Snow's body is removed to the hospital basement for transport to
the funeral home/crematorium, and when Chris goes downstairs for a final
moment of farewell, he witnesses a frightening and clandestine encounter:
the funeral director and another man Chris doesn't recognize are
substituting the body of a hitchhiker for Steven Snow's body–which is
being taken not to the crematorium but to some secret destination.
For Chris, this scene is the first intimation of a conspiracy that he will
come to realize envelopes many of his townspeople. His parents knew of it
and wanted to protect Chris from it. His best friend has had hints of
something wrong because of the frightening nocturnal visitors that have
come to his beachhouse. And the first person to try to explain to Chris
what's going on—and warn him about the special danger he himself is
in—will be hideously murdered.
In the 24 hours this book encompasses, Christopher Snow will find out
that, sheltered though he's been, he has the soul of a fighter and an
adventurer. By the end of the book he will have killed a man, will have
discovered the role his own mother played in the birth of the conspiracy,
will have come to recognize the extraordinary guardians that, unknown to
him, have watched over him for years. He will realize that some people
hate him, others revere him, and neither his own life nor those of anyone
he knows will ever be the same.
Seize the Night(1999)
Moonlight Bay, California. A safe, secluded small town that is at its
most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. Now,
somewhere in the night, children are disappearing. The police cannot be
trusted since they were long ago corrupted by a greater authority, hidden
behind the supposedly shuttered walls of the adjacent military base, Fort
Christopher Snow, victim of a rare genetic disorder that leaves him
dangerously vulnerable to light, believes the lost children are still
alive and is convinced the disappearances have everything to do with the
catastrophic effects of secret research conducted deep within Fort
Wyvern. Forced to live in the shadows, he knows the night world better
than anyone, and sets out to find the missing five-year-old son
of a former sweetheart.
Never before in Dean Koontz's phenomenal writing career has he created a
character quite like Christopher Snow--a creation so complex, so
fascinating that the author has felt compelled to return to
him. Listeners of Fear Nothing already know why. Those who meet him for
the first time in Seize the Night will soon join leagues of others whose
imaginations have been touched by this unique character and the
extraordinarily eerie world of Moonlight Bay.
Ride the Storm (In progress)
Prodigal Son(2005) with
Kevin J. Anderson
Every city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is
Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality
artist who’s traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He
arrives as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully
selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Detective
Carson O’Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her
partner Michael Maddison would back her up all the way to Hell itself–and
that just may be where this case ends up. For the no-nonsense O’Connor is
suddenly talking about an ages-old conspiracy, a near immortal race of
beings, and killers that are more—and less—than human. Soon it will be
clear that as crazy as she sounds, the truth is even more ominous. For
their quarry isn’t merely a homicidal maniac—but his deranged maker.
City of Night(2005) with Ed Gorman
They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever
created—and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios—once
Frankenstein—can stop the engineered killers he’s set loose on a reign of
terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a
one-time “monster” and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson
O’Connor and Michael Maddison. Deucalion’s centuries-old history began as
Victor’s first and failed attempt to build the perfect human–and it is
fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and
his mad creator. But first Deucalion must destroy a monstrosity not even
Victor’s malignant mind could have imagined—an indestructible entity that
steps out of humankind’s collective nightmare with one purpose: to replace
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein (2007
“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. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary
guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill
and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy
Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been
sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out.
Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's
sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally
they can prevent one. But this time it's different.
A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet
stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of
hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what
he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most
ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14.
In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of
catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels
through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming
cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of
allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two
shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the
stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if
not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the
darkness must persevere.
Every so often a character so captures the hearts and imaginations of
readers that he seems to take on a life of his own long after the final
page is turned. For such a character, one book is not enough—readers must
know what happens next. Now Dean Koontz returns with the novel his fans
have been demanding. With the emotional power and sheer storytelling
artistry that are his trademarks, Koontz takes up once more the story of a
unique young hero and an eccentric little town in a tale that is equal
parts suspense and terror, adventure and mystery—and altogether
We’re all a little odd beneath the surface. He’s the most unlikely hero
you’ll ever meet—an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at
twice. But there’s so much more to any of us than meets the eye—and that
goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the
small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are
everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead—it’s
something that just happened. But as the unofficial goodwill ambassador
between our world and theirs, he’s got a duty to do the right thing.
That’s the way Odd sees it and that’s why he’s won hearts on both sides of
the divide between life and death.
A childhood friend of Odd’s has disappeared. The worst is feared. But as
Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person,
he discovers something worse than a dead body, encounters an enemy of
exceptional cunning, and spirals into a vortex of terror. Once again Odd
will stand against our worst fears. Around him will gather new allies and
old, some living and some not. For in the battle to come, there can be no
innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between
despair and hope. Whether you’re meeting Odd Thomas for the first time or
he’s already an old friend, you’ll be led on an unforgettable journey
a world of terror, wonder and delight—to a revelation that can change your
life. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas.
Loop me in, odd one. The words, spoken in the deep of night by a
sleeping child, chill
the young man watching over her. For this was a favorite phrase of Stormy
his lost love, and Stormy is dead, gone forever from this world. In the
haunted halls of
the isolated monastery where he had sought peace, Odd Thomas is stalking
spirits of an infinitely darker nature
Through two New York Times bestselling novels Odd Thomas has
established himself as one of the most beloved and unique fictional heroes
of our time. Now, wielding all the power and magic of a master storyteller
at the pinnacle of his craft, Dean Koontz follows Odd into a singular new
world where he hopes to make a fresh beginning—but where he will meet an
adversary as old and inexorable as time itself.
St. Bartholomew’s Abbey sits in majestic solitude amid the wild peaks of
California’s high Sierra, a haven for children otherwise abandoned, and a
sanctuary for those seeking insight. Odd Thomas has come here to learn to
live fully again, and among the eccentric monks, their other guests, and
the nuns and young students of the attached convent school, he has begun
to find his way. The silent spirits of the dead who visited him in his
earlier life are mercifully absent, save for the bell-ringing Brother
Constantine and Odd’s steady companion, the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
But trouble has a way of finding Odd Thomas, and it slinks back onto his
path in the form of the sinister bodachs he has met previously, the black
shades who herald death and disaster, and who come late one December night
to hover above the abbey’s most precious charges. For Odd is about to face
an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered, as he embarks on a
journey of mystery, wonder, and sheer suspense that surpasses all that has
Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages(1988)
When the death of their creator leaves them without protection, a band of
magic living toys must attempt a dangerous journey across the city to
another toyshop, while under attack from evil toys serving the Dark One.
Charlotte and Emily are determined to save Santa from his mischievous twin
-- Bob Claus -- who has not only stolen Santa's sleigh and stuffed his toy
bag full of mud pies, cat poop, and broccoli, but has also threatened to
turn Donner, Blitzen, and the others into reindeer soup!
How the brave but foolhardy sisters fly to the North Pole and rescue Santa
from his "deeply troubled" twin is an utterly charming and unforgettable
story sure to add sparkle to your holiday season.
Read it aloud, preferably to someone you love to hear
This perennial yuletide favorite was written by
bestselling novelist Dean Koontz in 1996 at the request of his fans and
has been pleasing readers every holiday season since. Winner of an
Atlantic Monthly fiction competition while he was just a senior in
college, Koontz today is a world-famous author whose books have been
published in thirty-eight different languages and have sold more than
three hundred million copies.
Lavishly illustrated with spectacular paintings by Phil
Parks, this thoroughly modern masterpiece breathes new life and warmth
into the world's most beloved legend.
Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin(2004)
Dean Koontz kicks the holidayseason into high gear with a wildly inventive
and wickedly funny sequel to his perennial Christmas bestseller Santa's
The Claus family's bad seed, Bob, is back and dishing
out a second helping of holiday havoc and headaches for his twin brother,
Santa. Exactly a year has passed since Bob kidnapped Santa and visited
Charlotte and Emily in his stead, bearing gifts of mud pies, cat poop, and
broccoli. After his defeat at the hands of the two brave sisters, Bob has
worked hard to redeem himself in Santa's eyes. Unfortunately Bob's spare
time has been spent secretly building a robot Santa Claus. Super Santa One
was designed to help Santa halve his delivery time, but Bob has left a
screw loose on his creation (several screws, actually), and this Christmas
Eve, a badly malfunctioning robot Santa Claus is coming to town.
Soft Come the Dragons(1970)
Short story collection
Strange Highways(1994, reissued in
One of the most popular and prolific writers of our
time, Dean Koontz has penned many classic New York Times bestsellers, but
nothing quite like this. STRANGE HIGHWAYS is Koontz's spellbinding
collection of tales interconnected by the strange highways of human
experience-the adventures, terrors, failures, and triumphs encountered on
the roads that are chosen, and on those detoured by fate. As profound as
it is mesmerizing, STRANGE HIGHWAYS is a remarkable achievement.
The Underground Lifestyles Handbook(1970) with Gerda Koontz
The Pig Society(1970)
with Gerda Koontz
Writing Popular Fiction(1972)
How To Write Best-Selling Fiction(1981)
Life is Good! Lessons in Joyful Living(2004) with Trixie Koontz
Many readers wonder what inspires the creative genius of bestselling
suspense writer Dean Koontz. Much of the credit must go to Trixie, the
golden retriever who has taught him things about life that no human ever
could. Trixie shows us how to be happy every moment of the day, except
those fleeting moments after a meal when the dish is (temporarily) empty.
Dogs know how to work hard and to play even harder. With words of wisdom
only a bird dog knows, and beautiful photos to warm your heart, this book
will lift your spirits and make your leg shake uncontrollably with
Trixie wrote LIFE IS GOOD to support her friends who are service dogs for
people with disabilities. She is donating her royalties to Canine
Companions for Independence (CCI), the national organization that breeds
and trains assistance dogs for adults and children with disabilities.
Christmas Is Good!: Trixie Treats And Holiday Wisdom(2005) with Trixie Koontz
CHRISTMAS IS GOOD! Is an irresistible stocking stuffer full of furry
tidbits to maximize yuletide fun â€" including caroling with cats (if
necessary!), baking tasty sausage-peanut butter Christmas biscuits, and
making yourself fluffier for all the holiday parties. Trixie has plenty of
advice for sniffing out the true spirit of Christmas, keeping the holidays
stress free, and finding the perfect gift â€" you can never go wrong with
The Paper Doorway: Funny Verse and Nothing Worse (2001)
Moose juice. A bear with one green ear. Broccoli that "stalks" its prey. A
dragon that plays the piano and kazoo. A kite-flying werewolf Trees that
It all becomes reality when you step through The Paper
New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz has
created a wickedly fun book of poems, accompanied by fanciful
black-and-white drawings, that takes readers on a wild romp through the
twists and turns of the imagination.
Every Day's a Holiday: Amusing Rhymes for Happy Times(2003)
In Every Day's a Holiday, the ever inventive Dean Koontz ponders
the origin of Valentine's Day; introduces Jinx, a guy who really gets into
Halloween; and explains that extra "a" on the end of Kwanzaa. There are
also holidays you may not have heard of -- but that you are sure to be
celebrating soon -- including Praise-the-Chicken Day, Lost-Tooth Day, and
With over 250 million copies of his books sold, Dean
Koontz is considered one of the world's premiere suspense writers. Now he
is conquering a whole new field with his flagrantly funny poetry. As he
did in two previous books for children, The Paper Doorway and
Santa's Twin, the New York Times best-selling author has
created original verse that combines fun, fantasy, and just a dollop of
the macabre. The resulting laugh-fest is truly cause for celebration.
The Book Of Counted Sorrows (2003)
Complete and unabridged collection of poems & epigraphs from Dean's many
novels. Limited edition.
Invasion(1975, revised and reissued 1994
as Winter Moon)
Deepest night, Montana. An eerie light proclaims the arrival of a
mysterious watcher in the woods. And one solitary man begins a desperate
battle against something unknown—and unknowable.
Broad daylight, Los Angeles. An ordinary morning erupts in cataclysmic
violence. A young family is shattered in a heartbeat.
Fate will lead this family to an isolated Montana ranch, but their
sanctuary will become their worst nightmare. For there they will face a
chillingly ruthless enemy, from which no one—living or dead—is safe.
The Face of Fear(1977)
To stop a brutal killer, the NYPD enlists the help of clairvoyant
Graham Harris. He sees the murders in his mind--sometimes at the moment
they are happening. Then he sees the most terrifying vision of all--his
CHiPs episode 306: Counterfeit (1979)
The Voice of the Night(1980)
The Key to Midnight(1979)
The Eyes of Darkness(1981)
The House of Thunder(1982)
Rachel Leben’s violently possessive ex-husband was killed in a freak auto
accident, but his hideously mangled body has disappeared from the morgue.
Now someone, or something, is watching her. Stalking her. And, although no
one will believe her, Rachel knows who it is. His walking corpse a
grotesque mockery of life. His brilliant, warped mind once again “alive”
and seething with jealous rage. He seeks an unspeakable revenge from
beyond her worst nightmare, stalking her with a murderous lust that will
not die . . .
The Servants of Twilight(1988)
Novelization of Tobe Hooper’s movie, The Funhouse,
A beautiful young girl appears out of nowhere. A
teenager with no past, no family--no memories. Carol and Paul were drawn
to her. She was the child they'd never had. Most mothers would die for
such a darling little angel. And that's what frightened Carol most of
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