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Friday, October 27, 2006

Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz grew up in desperate poverty under the tyranny of a violent alcoholic
father (Koontz's father served time in prison for trying to murder him). Despite
his traumatic childhood, Koontz put himself through Shippensburg University of
Pennsylvania (then known as Shippensburg State College), and in 1967 went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School. In his spare time he wrote his first novel, Star Quest, which was published in 1968. From there he went on to write over a dozen more science fiction novels.

In the 1970s, Koontz began publishing mainstream suspense and horror fiction,
under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms; Koontz has stated he
used pen names after several editors convinced him that authors who switched
genre fell victim to "negative crossover": alienating established fans, while
simultaneously not picking up any new fans. Known pseudonyms include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, and Richard Paige. Currently some of those novels are sold under Koontz's real name.

Koontz's breakthrough novel was Whispers (1980). Several of his books have
reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Koontz is renowned for his skill at writing suspenseful page-turners. His
strengths also include memorable characters, original ideas, and ability to
blend horror, fantasy and humour. Koontz has been criticized for his tendency to
include too many similes and therefore to drag out descriptions, his frequent use of similar plotting structures, and a tendency to moralize heavily.

Arguably, most of Koontz's work can still be classified as science fiction, as
he tries to create plausible, consistent explanations for the unusual, fantastic
events featured in most of his novels.

A Darkness in my Soul.lit
A Werewolf Among Us.lit
Blood Risk.lit
Dark Rivers of the Heart.lit
Demon seed.lit
False memory.lit
Fear Nothing.lit
Fear that Man.lit
Flesh in the Furnace.lit
Frankenstein - Prodigal Son.lit
Life Expectancy.lit
Mr. Murder.lit
Night chills.lit
Odd Thomas.lit
One Door Away From Heaven.lit
Santa's Twin.lit
Seize The Night.lit
Soft Come The Dragons.lit
Sole Survivor.lit
Strange Highways.lit
The Book Of Counted Sorrows.lit
The Door To December.lit
The Haunted Earth.lit
The Mask.lit
Time Thieves.lit
Winter Moon.lit


Dean Koontz part A - 24 Books

Dean Koontz part B - 15 Books
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