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The Dean Koontz Companion

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Here for the first time is a fascinating, comprehensive look at the life, career and work of this truly inventive talent - with more than 70,000 words of material from Dean Koontz himself...
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Berkley Trade (first published February 1992)
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Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfic-biography
Interesting at some level but really only for die hard Koontz fans and collectors. It kind of rambles.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've now read enough Koontz books to, I believe, benefit from this tome. has an interview, some early stuff including his shorter fiction, plus annotated bibliography of his work up to the publication of this book. I also plan on reading "The Stephen King Story," more of a biographical work than a "companion," but should be entertaining, both of 'em.

OK, finished! Well, not exactly totally finished, because there's an annotated bibliography in the back, with some reviews and comments by Koontz on
Eric Shaffer
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I found this collection a diverting and absorbing book to consult when I had a few minutes between tasks. The interviews with Koontz are informative, and I like his wacky sense of humor. Also, you should read his first short story, just for "yikes!" of it.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: koontz
think you have read all that koontz has written? have you read his After the Last Race? Anti-Man?

hey, whuddayahknow...maybe all those titles that seemed unattainable a few years ago...ten? 15? five? something. maybe those are coming out.

when i read this offering edited by greenberg, gorman & munster (wouldn't that make a great lawyer outfit?)...anyway, when i read it i noticed all of the titles i had no clue about...three linked above.

well..hells gate didn't link about The
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent collection of short pieces by and about Koontz. It includes a long interview conducted by Ed Gorman, short stories, articles, and introductions to various other works and writers by Koontz, and an comphrehensive bibliography. Originally published in 1994; I'd welcome an updated edition!
Steve Parcell
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Very disorganised companion and lots or short stories with excerpts thrown in and it is very out of date now.

The actual interviews with Dean Koontz were very good as were the reviews of movies adapted from his books.

Could and should have been infinitely better.
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
A nice book to have on your book stand to gain a better insight into one of the best writers on the scene.
Daniel DeGuia
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you're a Dean Koontz fan, this is a good read.
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So funny and touching. Loved it!
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This makes you appreciate Dean's dedication to write and how he survive a poor abused childhood, meeting Gerda (wife) in High School, tough life teaching English after college and difficulties to start writing. Gerda supported them for five years to start his writing. He helped the poor with his experiences, Applachian Poverty Program. Publishers did not like his variety of books (cross-genre) under one author name, hence, Leigh Nichols for Shadowfires(1987), K.R. Dwyer for Chase(1972), Brian Co ...more
Andrew Shaffer
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great interviews with Koontz from the eighties. Most everything is dated, though the three-page rant about how terrible Cedar Rapids smells still holds up as 100% accurate.
Annette Slatner
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I have read a number of Dean Koontz books and feel I am able to understand his writing without a guide. This "companion" is okay but rambles in parts. The interview part was good. I would still recommend it for fans but not essential.
Alice Fleury
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was informative and fun getting in to Mr. Koontz head. I originally borrowed it from the library to read his essay on creating suspense. But the other chapters and short stories were enjoyable too.

Its a book one can jump around and read. You don't have to read from first to last page. Fun.
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