Dean Koontz

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in Everett, Pennsylvania, The United States



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Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray 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.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

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Dean Koontz Something’s stuck between two of my teeth, but I’ll eventually get it. As to books: I’m working on a story about a woman, 33, who is now in Santa Fe b…moreSomething’s stuck between two of my teeth, but I’ll eventually get it. As to books: I’m working on a story about a woman, 33, who is now in Santa Fe but lived on a Montana ranch until she was 9. She starts to have strange dreams about events from those days, involving a boy who was frightening to look at because of facial deformities but is in fact benign and her secret friend. She has no memories of such a boy and thinks he’s a figment of her dreams. When she discovers he was in fact real, and when she gets messages begging her to return to the ranch——“only you can help me”——she goes back to Montana to discover the truth of her past and to see if she can find the boy. She’s going to find far more than the boy, much of it terrifying. There are so many twists and turns, every time I move the story through one, I sit here and chuckle like a sinister super villain.(less)
Dean Koontz Thank you. I loved those characters. I was supposed to write the Moonlight Bay trilogy as the first three books with a new publisher. When I delivered…moreThank you. I loved those characters. I was supposed to write the Moonlight Bay trilogy as the first three books with a new publisher. When I delivered SEIZE THE NIGHT, number two, it was not received with enthusiasm. It was considered “too out there” and “too funny,” and the publishing company’s response was so adamant that it was conveyed to me not directly but through my agent in such a dire tone of voice that Darth Vader would have been intimidated. The book was well reviewed and popular with readers, but I was given to understand that I had better write a few other books before forcing the issue with the third in the trilogy, or perhaps find yet another publisher.

As that publishing house is no longer my publisher, and as the first two books are locked up there, it has seemed too difficult to publish and promote the third book elsewhere. However, as I was answering your question, I suddenly thought——Hey, maybe I can write one more Chris Snow not as the third in the trilogy, but as a nice fat standalone that reprises the background of the first two in a fresh way and carries the characters to a conclusion. It’ll be such a complex project that I’ll need a full year for it, but I’ve begun to get ahead of deadlines and might be able to manage it.

I don’t know why this never occurred to me before. I guess I had to get old enough to get smart enough. A friend who has read the three finished books awaiting publication told me I have gotten smarter, but only because, as a younger man, I was so stupid that there was nowhere to go but up. Friend or not, I’m thinking of having him knee-capped.(less)
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The new novel from Dean Koontz, ASHLEY BELL, arrives January 2016.

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes the must-read thriller of the year, perfect for readers of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in lit
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“Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life--and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.”
Dean Koontz, Fear Nothing

“Grief can destroy you --or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn't allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it's over and you're alone, you begin to see that it wasn't just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can't get off your knees for a long time, you're driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.”
Dean Koontz, Odd Hours

“Intuition is seeing with the soul.”
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