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Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since.

His first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and Koontz was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. He wrote nights and weekends, which he continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, his wife, Gerda, made him an offer he couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of her husband's writing career. Dean and Gerda Koontz along with their dog, Trixie, live in southern California.

His books are published in 38 languages, a figure that currently increases more than 17 million copies per year.

If you like Dean Koontz you might also like to read books by Peter James, John Connolly and Stephen King.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Dean Koontz

The Funhouse by Dean Koontz
The Funhouse
Dean Koontz
The carnival is a world apart, endlessly travelling from town to town, providing thrills and magic for new kids every week. And the biggest, most popular attraction is the Funhouse - the ghoulish creepshow of ghosts and skeletons, rattling chains...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
The City by Dean Koontz
The City
Dean Koontz
A gripping read combining the thriller element and the excitement of a chase alongside social history and the popular music of the late 60s, with a good smattering of supernatural thrown in. It’s classic Koontz, a stand-alone tale of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
The City by Dean Koontz
The City
Dean Koontz
A gripping read combining the thriller element and the excitement of a chase alongside social history and the popular music of the late 60s, with a good smattering of supernatural thrown in. It’s classic Koontz, a stand-alone tale of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
Innocence by Dean Koontz
Innocence
Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz is a prolific writer of horror and thrillers but you don’t need to have read any of his former works to enjoy this one. A seemingly simple story: boy meets girl, bad guy threatens girl, elaborate escape ensues,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
Innocence by Dean Koontz
Innocence
Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz is a prolific writer of horror and thrillers but you don’t need to have read any of his former works to enjoy this one. A seemingly simple story: boy meets girl, bad guy threatens girl, elaborate escape ensues,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/01/2014
Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz
Deeply Odd
Dean Koontz
The sixth Odd Thomas adventure. He is a strange young man with paranormal powers enabling him to see the dead and those about to die. In this tale he is out to save some children. With the help of an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2013
The Husband by Dean Koontz
The Husband
Dean Koontz
A fast, easy read, simply told tale which pulls you through the action at a rate of knots. It’s dysfunctional family-based, with kidnapping-race-against-time stuff at its core, a good escapist read.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Harlan Coben,...
Format: Paperback (a Format) - Released: 03/03/2011
Velocity by Dean Koontz
Velocity
Dean Koontz
An unusual plot imposing dilemmas of life and death on a bystander which leaves you pondering how you might react in such impossible circumstances with such appalling choices. Fast paced, truly compulsive, with some slightly droll bar-room philosophy thrown in,...
Format: Paperback (a Format) - Released: 03/01/2006
Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
Life Expectancy
Dean Koontz
Once renowned for tales of the supernatural, this highly suspenseful writer has edged his way into the thriller genre and now writes terrific, fast-paced, psychological yarns that build to a tremendous climax. You should try him.Comparison: Andrew...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2005
The Taking by Dean Koontz
The Taking
Dean Koontz
In true Koontz style, this is a novel of stunning suspense and visceral terror as doomsday dawns; a night of freak weather which brings disaster to a small Californian town
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2005
Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
Life Expectancy
Dean Koontz
Emotional rollercoaster telling the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man - a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death. Utterly brilliant
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/01/2005

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