Dean Koontz Birth Details
Dean Ray Koontz was born on July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania.
- Dean Koontz is an American writer.
- Dean Koontz is best-known for writing many suspense thriller novels.
- These novels included elements of horror, science fiction, mystery, and satire.
- Many books written by Koontz have been the top names on the New York Times Bestseller List.
- Dean Koontz used to write under an different pen names, but since since many years using his own name.
Dean Koontz Early Life
- Dean Koontz father was an alcoholic.
- So to earn money Dean Koontz started writing at the young age of 25.
- Dean Koontz had to support his family. Koontz educated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
- Dean Koontz decided and converted to the Roman Catholic faith when he was in college.
- In the year 1967 Dean Koontz joined as an English teacher in Mechanicsburg High School.
- Besides teaching, Dean Koontz used to write.
- Dean Koontz wrote his first novel “Star Quest,” in 1968.
- Since Dean Koontz has been writing, he has written over a dozen science fiction novels.
Dean Koontz Career
- In the 1970s, Dean Koontz started writing, suspense and horror fiction.
- Dean Koontz began publishing these novels under his own name, sometimes pseudonyms.
- Koontz began using pen names he used to switch back and forth between different genres.
- So Dean Koontz could fell victim to "negative crossover."
- Some of the pseudonyms used by Dean Koontz in his writing include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, Richard Paige, Leonard Chris, and Anthony North.
- Now many of Dean Koontz pseudonymous novels are available under his real name.
- Dean Koontz’s most appreciated and breakthrough novel was “Whispers”. It was published in 1980.
- After the success Dean Koontz ten hardcovers and thirteen paperbacks have reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
- A psychologist, Katherine Ramsland published a detailed biography of Dean Koontz based on interviews with him and his family, in 1997.
- The biography shows many of the concepts, characters and plots were depicted from events in Dean Koontz life.
- Dean Koontz presently resides in Newport Beach in California. He lives with his wife Gerda. Koontz underwent hair transplantation surgery in 1990.
- Dean Koontz has contributed almost $15,000 to conservative Republican candidates and causes.
- Dean Koontz also contributed recently to the US Presidential primary campaigns.
- One of Koontz's pseudonyms is the name of his dog, Trixie Koontz.
- Trixie has appeared in many of Dean Koontz book-jacket photos. “Trixie” was a service dog with Canine Companions for Independence.
- It is a charitable organization that provides service dogs for people in need.
- The dog was a gift from the organization.
- It was a return gift to Dean Koontz’s heavy donations of $2,500,000.
- “Trixie” as a pen name was used by Dean Koontz in writing his book “Life Is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living” in 2004.
- The book was published and released on October 31. In 2005, Dean Koontz wrote a second book usig pen name Trixie.
- The book was entitled “Christmas Is Good”, also published by Yorkville Press.
- The royalties of the books were donated to CCI
- Dean Koontz is the lover of canines and is seen prominently in his works such as, “Fear Nothing,” “Seize the Night”, “The Taking,” “Watchers”, “Dark Rivers of the Heart,” “Dragon Tears”, “One Door Away from Heaven,” “Tick Tock” and “The Darkest Evening of the Year”.
- All of these are prime examples.
- Cat is also a part of his books but rarely.
- Some of Dean Koontz sentimental work can be read in his books:
- "One Door Away from Heaven”,
- "From the Corner of His Eye”
- "Moonlight Bay Trilogy,” “Hideaway”
- “Forever Odd”
- “The Darkest Evening of the Year”
- “By the Light of the Moon”
- “The Bad Place
- “The Face”
- “Dragon Tears”
- “Velocity” and “The Good Guy”
- The work in “Lightning”, “The Face”, and “Midnight” reflects the child in him.
- Dean Koontz Achievement story
- Many of Dean Koontz novels have been adapted as motion pictures as well as television movies.
- But Dean Koontz was not happy with most of these adaptations.
- So Dean Koontz now keeps check and control over all subsequent films based on his work.