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Frank Pallard is afraid to fall asleep. Every morning he awakes, he discovers something strange--like blood on his hands--a bizarre mystery that tortures his soul. Two investigators have been hired to follow the haunted man. But only one person--a young man with Down syndrome--can imagine where their journeys might end. That terrible place from which no one ever returns...the bad place.
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Overview

Frank Pallard is afraid to fall asleep. Every morning he awakes, he discovers something strange--like blood on his hands--a bizarre mystery that tortures his soul. Two investigators have been hired to follow the haunted man. But only one person--a young man with Down syndrome--can imagine where their journeys might end. That terrible place from which no one ever returns...the bad place.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A psychic child warns of danger as a murderous family stalks its amnesiac brother and the married detective team the brother has hired to help him. ``Koontz should lure even more readers to his myriad following with his terrifyingly credible fantasy,'' predicted PW. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Pencil in two more best sellers for Koontz, author of Strangers ( LJ 4/15/86), Watchers ( LJ 3/1/87), and Lightning ( LJ 1/88). Originally written under the pseudonym ``Leigh Nichols'' and published as a Pocket Books paperback in 1979, The Key to Midnight (#8 on the 11/1/89 LJ Prepub Best Sellers List) tells the story of expatriate songstress Joanna Rand, owner of a trendy Japanese night club in Kyoto. When vacationing private eye Alex Hunter recognizes Joanna as the victim of an unsolved ten-year-old kidnapping case, the tale takes an eerie turn into the all-too-real science of mind control and psychological conditioning. In Koontz's latest offering, The Bad Place (#20 on the 11/1/89 LJ Prepub Best Sellers List; Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/89), amiable Frank Pollard hires a husband-and-wife detective team to watch over him while he sleeps. Every time poor Frank nods off, he awakens covered with blood and in possession of some decidedly weird objects. Soon, our detectives discover that Frank is teleporting in his sleep, endlessly pursued by a grotesque genetic freak which threatens to destroy them all. This masterful rendition marks Koontz's full maturation--and the point at which he displaces Stephen King as America's premier weaver of horror yarns. Public libraries should expect big demand for both novels.-- Mark Annichiarico, ``Library Journal''
The New York Times
"Psychologically complex characters...fast-paced."
Boston Herald
"Koontz's skill at edge-of-the-seat writing has improved with each book. He can scare our socks off."
The Times-Picayune
"This is a grotesque world, much like that of Flannery O' Connor or Walker Percy...Scary, worthwhile reading."
-The New York Times

"Psychologically complex characters...fast-paced."
-Boston Herald
"Koontz's skill at edge-of-the-seat writing has improved with each book. He can scare our socks off."
-The Times-Picayune
"This is a grotesque world, much like that of Flannery O' Connor or Walker Percy...Scary, worthwhile reading."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425124345
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz
The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie.

Biography

He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

Good To Know

Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    My First Dean Koontz book...im hooked!!!!!!!

    So my dad got this book and he told me that Dean Koontz is a good writer, and he enjoyed some of his other books. He told me that i should read it, so i did, and i was hooked form the first page!! Dean Koontz Masterfully put this together. I love this book, i stayed up until 3 in the morning reading it, and i was done with it the next day! i could not stop reading it. it was so awesome, i was actually disappointed when it was over because i wanted it to keep going. Now im hooked on Dean Koontz books. i reccomend this book to EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    A page turner!!!

    If you enjoy horror books, which is what Koontz does best, you'll enjoy this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    My childhood memory

    This is the first novel Ive ever read on my own and as a young adult I was surprised at how easily I floated into the story and how I felt the thrill of the mystery of it all... it will always be my first and greatest horror/thriller novel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    WOW,And I thought work was The Bad Place !

    Great book! I haven't read a Dean Koontz book in a while and after reading The Bad Place, I do have to admit I missed him. The Bad Place is even a worse place than my work and believe me, THAT IS SCARY! After reading this book, the word "candy" will never mean the same for you. You won't regret reading The Bad Place.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Loved it!

    I really enjoyed reading this one. Koontz did a great job on this book. The characters caught you right off the bat. I just seemed to fall right in to this book, found myself routing for the good guys, lol. The story line was very original, was very intense too! I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Wow! a lot of action, every page was jumping!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    First Dean Koontz book I ever read

    and the last as well! This book scared me so bad that I honestly never finished it from sheer fear. The story was excellent, I just couldn't take the level of suspense. It's taken me 15 years, but I'm determined to finish it this go around!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Chilling, Life-Changing

    I've read quite a few Dean Koontz books, and this book without a doubt is my new favorite. The characters in this novel are so real and likable, Thomas being my favorite. Koontz takes you inside the mind of a person with Down Syndrome and it's truly a great experience. I found myself laughing out loud and other times feeling very sad. Candy is also an interesting, monster of a character. The plot is so hot and intense I couldn't put the book down; definitely a must-read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

    great book

    I have been a long time Koontz fan. I must say, this book has not failed to just sweep me away. The characters are unforgetable, and it really puts you in suspence. I throughly enjoyed this book. I couldnt keep flipping pages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Great book

    I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    weird

    thats all just weird.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    Fantastic all the way to the end

    First of all, I am a huge Dean Koontz fan. However, I was unsure that I would enjoy this book as it was not the usual horror/mystery that I read. This book kicked into high gear right from the start and had me going to the very end. I love the way Koontz took this story and made it like no other. Books like these are exactly why reading is a wonderful way to take you to a world you would never see in real life. And, unless I am reading a nonfictional book, that is precisely what I want. Koontz delivered. He still reigns.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    great fan

    I love dean koontz's humor and theme of love conquering all...that abound in all his novels...great read....but keep the lights on

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2005

    A Decent Read

    Once again Dean Koontz continues to amaze with his enjoyable sci-fi thrillers. However i must say that he has definety written better. The storyline is great, the characters are very well defined, but the book is about 100 pages to long. Time must be on hand to read this book, and it goes slow. I do admit that the book was incredibly fast paced at the beginning but from then on it was hard to keep up. In the end i was very pleased with the read, it just took a while to get there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Not a good place at all

    This novel was a disappointment. It did have some interesting, quirky characters (Julie, Bobby & Thomas were original and memorable), and it was fast paced. The plot, however, was too outrageous, and I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief as I can in the best horror stories. Some of the images seemed notable only for their shock value but did not evolve naturally from the story. See below for some outstanding examples of the finest contemporary horror writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    All time favorite!

    My all time favorite book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Chilling

    The scariest book I have ever read. Gave me nightmares.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    An enthralling book, I couldn't put it down. Everytime I thought

    An enthralling book, I couldn't put it down. Everytime I thought okay it's time to put it down a new twist would come. The ending is the ultimate shocker, you think you can guess it but you can't!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    Extraordinary book that dares you to ever fall asleep again

    From the moment Frank Pollard wakes up for the first time you are held captive in the steel grip of terror. You can feel it, sitting on your shoulder as you read, something you can't control, waiting....waiting for Frank to sleep again. I loved this book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    One of his best!

    Out of the 5 Dean Koontz's books that I have read, this one is my favorite. There's never a dull moment in this book and will make you never put it down. It will make you be sure that all of your doors and locked and have something to protect your neck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Hooked from word 1

    I was introduced to Koontz by my Freshman year lit. teacher. I dreaded reading, never found it interesting to me, and was failing the class due to it. My Teacher, an amazing woman I will never forget, handed me this book, The Bad Place, by this author I thought was a wack-job. I begged her to find me a smaller book. She wasn't going to budge. Told me to read it over the weekend, and if I wasn't finished with it by Monday she would find me a different book. Needless to say, I was hooked from word one. Couldn't put the book down to save my soul. This book opened up a world of terror, fantasy, thrill, and the occasional love story to me. I will never forget Mrs Williams nor her persistance to find the right book for each person in her class.

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