September 2009

BREATHLESS Will Leave You Speechless: Preorder It Now!

ake a look at the cover of Dean's upcoming novel, BREATHLESS, which is now available for pre-order.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure, as the lives of strangers converge around a mystery unfolding high in the Colorado mountains-and the balance of the world begins to tilt....

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Dean's New Novel Is BREATHLESS
n the stillness of a golden September afternoon, deep in the wilderness of the Rockies, a solitary craftsman, Grady Adams, and his magnificent Irish wolfhound Merlin step from shadow into light...and into an encounter with enchantment. That night, through the trees, under the moon, a pair of singular animals will watch Grady's isolated home, waiting to make their approach.

A few miles away, Camillia Rivers, a local veterinarian, begins to unravel the threads of a puzzle that will bring all the forces of a government in peril to her door.

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Looking for Bliss, Dog Wisdom & Fun?

See Trixie's New Website! On the heels of her bestselling book, BLISS TO YOU, Trixie (spirit dog) has launched her very own website. It's full of Trixie's news, reviews and her own opinions on important issues like sausages, joy (sometimes on the joy of sausages), friends, why dogs should drive, and the meaning of life.

Trixie reports to us from the Other Side, and what she has learned there brings meaning and humor to all. Don't miss Dean's video memoir about Trixie and his latest book - A BIG LITTLE LIFE: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog --  and Trixie's opinion of it, on the Home Page. She also has produced her own video about her new site.

There's plenty of good stuff to see -- the family scrapbook, Trixie style and fashions, her profile and more! Plus, all of her insightful (and funny) books -- including Dean's storybook series which debuts next month with I, TRIXIE WHO IS DOG.

We hope you enjoy Trixie's new site. Please visit often for updates from our favorite "golden" girl.
demonseed1DEMON SEED: From The Author
wrote my first story, "THE MAGIC PUPPY," when I was eight years old. It filled eleven pages of tablet paper, which I thought made it an immense tale. Tolstoy and I, writers of epics.

The puppy was from another planet, a twist Tolstoy would never have considered -- in part because he was psychotically obsessed with time-travel tales. I drew a cover illustration, stapled the pages along the left margin, covered the staples with electrician's tape, and sold the sole copy to my uncle Ray for two nickels. My maiden genre, therefore, was science fiction. When I sold my first novel, at 21, it was science-fiction (SF). I wrote in that genre for a few years before I began to feel cramped by it. One day I picked up a thriller by John D. MacDonald -- and read thirty-four of his books in thirty days. Exhilarated, I knew I wanted to write suspense novels in which the characters came alive, as they did in MacDonald's work. DEMON SEED, one of my last two SF novels, was written in 1972, when I was very young and stunningly, breathtakingly ignorant.

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Dabel Brothers and iVerse Ink Deal With Koontz

RANKENSTEIN: PRODIGAL SON Volume 1 is next Dabel title available for download via mobile devices.

Dabel Brothers is pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement with Dean Koontz and iVerse Media to release FRANKENSTEIN: PRODIGAL SON Volume 1 on mobile devices.       

FRANKENSTEIN: PRODIGAL SON is the first novel in the trilogy of re-imagined Frankenstein lore from master suspense writer Dean Koontz. The comic book series was originally released last year, adapted by writer Chuck Dixon with fantastic artwork by fan favorite Brett Booth.  The graphic novel shipped in February 2009 from Del Rey.

"Dean Koontz has a fascinating take on the Frankenstein mythos, and The Dabel Brothers have done an amazing job bringing it to life," said iVerse Media CEO Michael Murphey. "We can't wait to bring it to mobile readers."

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Excerpted from Trixie's latest book, BLISS TO YOU.

Bliss To You To approach bliss, you had to shed anxiety and desperation that prevent calm, had to find Quiet Heart. Very good. Sit. Stay. Enjoy. To approach bliss, you had to shed blinders on your eyes that kept you from seeing beauty everywhere in world. Am so proud of you. You have become human I could take anywhere.

Bliss To YouMaybe you are on Earth to inspire others. Like teachers and ministers do. Like a Down's syndrome child inspires by overcoming limitations with good heart, sweet smile.

Bliss To You When say "others," am not even talking friends. Friends can be good. You need good friends. But friends also can be people have bad influence, you pass out drunk with them. Can be people you rob banks with. Dracula and Frankenstein monster were friends sometimes in old movies, but was not healthy life-affirming relationship.

To read more about BLISS TO YOU, visit Trixie's web page.


1. What time of the year does ODD THOMAS take place?

2. What is the name of the chief of police in Pico Mundo?

3. Which characters are involved in a car accident in FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE?

4. Which Dean Koontz novel was Tommy Phan the lead character?

5. What year was Dean's novel VELOCITY released?

(See Answers Below)
know more about the mysteries of the universe than do those of you who cannot see the lingering dead, but I do not understand more than a tiny fraction of the truth of our existence. I have nevertheless reached at least one certain conclusion based on what I know: There are no coincidences. On the macro scale, I perceive what physicists tell us is true on the macro: Even in chaos, there is order, purpose, and strange meaning that invites -- but often thwarts -- our investigation and our understanding.
-Excerpted from ODD THOMAS

If you'd like to read more about Odd, visit the Odd Thomas website.
Dean Answers Questions
A fan asked: Why has only ODD THOMAS captured your sequel quill?  When is the next "Chris Snow" book coming out? Will you ever go back to either the worlds of DARK RIVERS OF THE HEART (please) or BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON? -Howard

Fans have said I've written many books that cry out for sequels, such as BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, and DARK RIVERS OF THE HEART. And though they like ODD THOMAS, they wonder why that one already has three sequels. They also want to know when the next Chris Snow is coming out, and if I'll write a sequel to BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON. I have a lot of requests for sequels to BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON and I didn't think I was setting it up for one. I do see though why many people feel that it might be an obvious series. I won't say I won't return to it, I don't intend to, but, I also never intended to return to certain other things and I did. As for ODD THOMAS, I loved that character from the moment the first book was written, I wanted to go on to book two but I didn't want to do it until I found out whether readers might actually like him as much as I did. When readers responded to him so strongly that allowed me to start writing a sequel to that and in fact a whole series. I did not know that it was going to be a seven book series until I was working on number four. And I now know there are seven books to complete Odd's entire journey. I know where he'll end up in the seventh book and it's pretty astounding, it gives me a real chance to fall flat on my face, which I always enjoy, because if you aren't challenged the book is never going to be any good. I don't know what's going to happen to Odd from the time he leaves Magic Beach at the end of book four until his journey ends at the end of book seven. I never know what's going to happen in a book as I'm going. So the journey is as much of an exciting one for me as I hope it will be for you. Uh, as for Chris Snow, there will be the third Chris Snow book; you can count on it, if I live long enough.
Last Call - Trixie's Original
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Trixie's Original CHRISTMAS IS GOOD!
Trixie Treats & Holiday Wisdom book was published in 2005 by Yorkville Press. Dean provided signed copies to the store for fans at the amazing price of $15/signed copy. Order two books today and receive a third book free! We will be discontinuing this item because a new hardcover reissue will be released by Hyperion later this fall. So stock up now so you can provide Trixie's special brand of holiday cheer to friends and family.

Four color photos of Trixie are combined with whimsical art.

Rediscover the Magic and Joy of Christmas with Trixie (who is dog).

"Sometimes seems people forget wonder of Christmas.

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"Dog like me could help people see wonder again."

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Learn Trixie's secrets to the merriest of seasons.

"Is not necessary to spend fortune on gift.

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"If it tastes like bacon, everyone will like it."

"Do not tie cat to tree as decoration. Is funny, but not worth losing your nose."

In keeping with the spirit of the season, all author proceeds for this book are donated to Canine Companions for Independence. CCI logo.

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You'll find all of these products and more in the Dean Koontz Store.

y title was HOUSE OF NIGHT, but the original publisher at Bantam Books felt this sounded like a gothic romance, while the editor thought it sounded like a novel about a house of prostitution. The editor, a man named Alan Ravage, had come to Bantam from Playboy, so I figured his surname alone qualified him to decide whether a title suggested a bordello or not. I can no longer remember where the title DEMON SEED came from. I think it sounds as if it's a novel about a house of prostitution for the living dead. The other novel I sold to Alan was published prior to DEMON SEED, and was THE FLESH IN THE FURNACE. No one objected to that title. But strangely, in retrospect, this also sounds to me as though it might be a novel about a house of prostitution for the living dead.

The film version--produced on a modest budget--sprouted in theaters in early 1977, when I was still young and marginally less ignorant. Director Donald Cammell and producer Herb Jaffe (a very nice man in the not-nice world of film) made excellent use of what money the studio provided. Julie Christie starred, a first-rate casting choice. The movie wasn't a triumph of cinematic art, but it was good, solid. Throughout production and editing, studio executives expressed a high degree of enthusiasm even when they were not coked out of their heads. At last, it seemed that I would get a career boost from a smart film adaptation, as had many other novelists. Wrong again. In the end, the studio released DEMON SEED with a stealth advertising budget. Before release, it changed the initially classy poster and the stylish newspaper ads into a sleazy minimalist campaign to give the impression that the marvelous Julie Christie was appearing in a film produced by Larry Flynt, written by Harold Robbins while on 24/7 intravenous testosterone, and based on a banned book by the Marquis de Sade from his nasty period (as opposed to the period when he wrote books about cuddly kittens and puffy-tailed bunnies). The studio said they needed to keep the advertising budget low because this was a science-fiction movie, and late in the game they realized science-fiction movies never made money. Consequently, they needed to sell DEMON SEED as a sexapalooza, psycho-satanic, scare-your-pants-off (with an emphasis on pants off), see-Julie-Christie-naked, wow-wow sensation. The movie did mediocre business because the ads turned off anyone who liked science fiction, all who considered themselves thinking people, anyone who had a capacity for embarrassment, and those who were smart enough to know that the promise of Julie Christie naked was a tiresome Hollywood lie. Furthermore, the audience for a wow-wow sensation proved to be considerably smaller than the marketing geniuses anticipated, somewhat larger than the number of people who think earthworm fritters are tasty, smaller than the number of people who collect Captain Kangaroo memorabilia.

Many critics were kind to the film, but some were baffled by it. A recurring theme among those who didn't get the premise--which was usually the self-appointed "intellectual" critic--was the contention that the story was too ridiculous because it supposed that Julie Christie's husband, a pioneer in artificial-intelligence research, would have a computer in his home. Yes, of course, he might have one in his laboratory, but no one would ever be able to have a computer in his home, because as everyone knows, computers are gigantic and will always be humongous, and they are fabutastically expensive and always will be. This was only 1977, not a millennium ago, but then as now, the intellectuals didn't know a damn thing.

So DEMON SEED did mediocre business, and two months later, Star Wars arrived in theaters, proving yet again that science-fiction movies make no money. No, wait. Proving again that I am cursed in my relationships with Hollywood.

Happily, the movie sold a lot of paperbacks, nearly two million copies worldwide in one year, perhaps because people were intrigued by the artificial-intelligence premise or because they thought Julie Christie was going to be naked in the movie. The Japanese translation appeared in hardcover and featured six photographs of naked women, none of them Julie Christie, none of them menaced by a computer, none particularly attractive, and none acceptable as cover art to the author of "The Magic Puppy." Unhappily, as I've acknowledged, I was very young and ignorant when I wrote the book, and not many of those who read it came rushing back for my next opus.

As Berkley Books was preparing to reissue DEMON SEED in 1997, I read the book a quarter of a century after having written it--and I realized it was more a clever idea than it was a novel. Furthermore, the technology, which had been cutting -edge in the first book, was now antique. I rewrote it from first page to last, and I had a good time doing so.

Since the new version has been in print, film producers approach me once a year or so, regarding the movie rights. They are always excited because the premise of the story is more timely now than it was in 1977, and with the advances in special effects, they see a box-office winner. I can only tell them that MGM owns the film rights, and they have to go through that studio to discuss a remake. None has had any luck with MGM--or whoever owns the assets of the entity formerly known as MGM. The studio prefers to earn nothing from these rights than to sell them. Anyway, as we all know, science-fiction movies never make any money.

When I wrote the first version of DEMON SEED, it contained no humor. Over the years, I began to layer considerable humor into my suspense novels, although my publishers long resisted this. By the time I wrote FALSE MEMORY and FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE and ONE DOOR AWAY FROM HEAVEN, humor was as important to my books as was suspense or characters of depth, or any other element. Readers and critics responded strongly to the new Laughing Koontz. When I revised DEMON SEED, I kept my tongue so firmly in my cheek that I needed the assistance of a periodontist to return it to the natural position.

The humor here is not as evident as in a book like RELENTLESS; it is decidedly dry, and arises from the fact that the computer is vastly intelligent but in a classic ivory-tower way, because it lacks common sense and intuition of things both mundane and transcendent. It is therefore unconsciously comic. Prometheus, the computer, is the ultimate intellectual: obsessed with a single Big Idea, intent upon a utopian future that it must achieve at any cost. Like so many utopian intellectuals, from Marx to Freud to Lenin to Hitler to Mao, the destruction of traditions, of cultures, and even of countless lives is an acceptable price for change. The 20th century was the first in which the course of the world was largely determined by utopian intellectuals, and it is the bloodiest century in history. So far. Now, as we watch fascism on the rise again--and virtually everywhere--the 21st century may be bloodier than the 20th. And while the darkly funny Prometheus is also fearsome, in truth he couldn't kill a tiny fraction as many people as a human being who, building a utopian movement, can kill millions with aplomb.

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