Darkness under the Sun [NOOK Book]

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The chilling account of a pivotal encounter between innocence and ultimate malice, Darkness Under the Sun is the perfect read for Halloween—or for any haunted night—and reveals a secret, fateful turning point in the career of Alton Turner Blackwood, the killer at the dark heart of What the Night Knows, the forthcoming novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
 
There once was a killer ...
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Overview

The chilling account of a pivotal encounter between innocence and ultimate malice, Darkness Under the Sun is the perfect read for Halloween—or for any haunted night—and reveals a secret, fateful turning point in the career of Alton Turner Blackwood, the killer at the dark heart of What the Night Knows, the forthcoming novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
 
There once was a killer who knew the night, its secrets and rhythms. How to hide within its shadows. When to hunt.
         He roamed from town to town, city to city, choosing his prey for their beauty and innocence. His cruelties were infinite, his humanity long since forfeit. But still . . . he had not yet discovered how to make his special mark among monsters, how to come fully alive as Death.
         This is the story of how he learned those things, and of what we might do to ensure that he does not visit us. 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440423478
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/25/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 60
  • Sales rank: 11,019
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz is the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, 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."

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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
    2. Website:

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    This is a ridiculous scam

    "A Dean Koontz novella for only $1.99? Yes please, sign me up!" I thought.

    What a stupid choice that ended up being. >.<

    This is *not* a novella, it is a few chapters out of the full book that will be published next month. My advice? DO NOT BUY IT. You'll end up paying for it twice.

    I am so angry Koontz pulled a money-making stunt like this. He already has a rabid following - why would he need to publicize the upcoming novel in such a sneaky and underhanded way?

    The story itself is suitably creepy and violent and awful, just as one would expect from Koontz, and were it a stand-alone novella (as purported,) I would not be nearly as disappointed. However, this is one reader who will not be buying the book it's taken from.

    Ugh.

    171 out of 179 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    Really?

    For those of us who read Dean Koontz and know his writing well.... Do not waste your dollars; you will be dissapointed. This is NOT a full BOOK, it is merely a prologe and exerpt of a book to come in December! The writing is terrific as expected for this author. The story has full promise, but cuts you off just as you are getting to know the characters. Shame on you Barnes and Noble for promoting this as a full book from a terrific author at a terrific price! I am incredibly let down by this, and to think, I PRE-ORDERED this in anticipation of the release date thinking how amazing it is that B & N is able to do this for us Nook lovers at such an incredible price! Tsk, Tsk, Tsk.... The sample of a book I can download for free. How sad that I wasted good dollar bills that could have been directed to another purchace for a full read. Buyer Beware! If it seems to good to be true, It is.

    108 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

    Boo Hiss on B&N for part of a book

    I am so disappointed that I paid for only 60 pages of a book. I WANT MY MONEY CREDITED TO MY ACCOUNT. Your advertising is very misleading and shame on you for taking this approach to misleading your customers!!!!

    87 out of 90 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

    Shame on you!

    Barnes and Noble I am very disappointed in you. This is misleading and not an entire book but only a small portion. Very, very misleading and I had to give a rating otherwise it would be zero!

    67 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    I learned my lesson

    Don't be fooled. How exciting to be able to get Dean Koontz for almost no money! Even a Novella would be worth it, right? WRONG! This left you with the feeling of being cheated. It felt like it was the the introduction to a full book, like there had to be another 400 pages missing. If it was, in fact, just a sample of a complete novel, call it that. If it wasn't, and really was a novella as advertised, it missed its mark.

    33 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    shame on you both b&n and Koontz

    i learned to read the reviews before purchasing with this one thats for sure!

    27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

    Whats with all the complaining

    Did you all not read the part that said (Novella) when you purchased this for $1.59? I know I did and I expected it to be short hence the word (Novella). in no way did Barnes and Nobles mislead anyone with this purchase. I thought this was a good read and well worth a buck fifity nine.

    21 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Waste of my hard earned money!!!

    I as many other readers, was very disappointed to find out that this was only a sample that should of been free. I consider myself of at least average intelligence,& an avid reader,also a huge dean koontz fan, but did not know that novella meant small part of a whole story!!! I guess I've learned something new,along with feeling like I've been cheated out of my 1.99 from barnes&noble.For those of you who got it for 1.59 you got a even better deal! I feel that this was a very sneaky underhanded thing to do to all the dean koontz fans out there!!!

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    An exceptional novella- hard to put down. Enjoyed it

    16 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Disgusting Trick

    I'll buy NO MORE Koontz "books".

    13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    It is a short story

    Though it no longer says novella

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Stop blaming Barnes and Noble and Dean Koontz for your stupidity and greed.

    This Novella (check dictionary for meaning of the word) Great! The Novella answered some questions I had after reading What The Night Knows. I did not purchase the Novella before reading the Novel but I would have known it was a short story because I looked up the meaning of the word. Also, why do folks expect something for nothing? Why do they expect a full novel for such a small amount of money? If it's too good to be true, then dig a little deeper and find out all the facts instead of blaming others for your mistake.
    Thank you Dean Koontz for another great read and looking forward to many more!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

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    Very short

    This story is similar to a real story about a father who sets his son on fire. After that is pure fiction about a serial killer. Good story way too short for me.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

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    Insight into the mind of a killer

    I found this to be a highly entertaining short story that did the job that it set out to do, which is to convince me to buy the connecting novel what the night knows. Even if there wasn't a connecting novel I would find this a fun back and forth between a young boy and a serial killer.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Where does it say 'novella'?

    Did I miss that in the description?

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Don't waste your money...

    This entire "novella" is included at the back of the ebook edition of What the Night Knows. Information like that in the description of WTNK would have saved me the two bucks of basically buying the same thing twice.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    DONT SPEND THE MONEY

    I WISH I HAD READ THE REVIEWS FIRST- I DID NOT REALIZE IT WAS A SHORT STORY. LIVE AND LEARN I GUESS. THIS WAS THE 2ND TIME I THOUGHT I WAS BUYING A BARGAIN BOOK AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE A SHORT STORY.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

    The story started out great and really held my interest but then

    The story started out great and really held my interest but then it just simply fizzled out. The ending seemed to have nothing to do with anything. The B&amp;N description says novella with 60 pages. Actually, only 41 pages are the actual story. The first 5 are copyright info, etc. Pages 46-60 are nothing but a preview of another book. Very disappointed in Dean Koontz on this one as well as how the novella was represented by Barnes &amp; Noble.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Thanks for the tip

    Thanks for the tip! I would have bought this book had I not read the reviews!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    I know this is a cheap amount to pay for one of Koontz writings

    I know this is a cheap amount to pay for one of Koontz writings but on the description it is called an e-book. So I would think it was a book also and not just a teaser of an upcomming book. I have bought prequels of up comming books knowing what they were and not upset about them, but this I will not buy because it is called an e-book and I am glad I read the reviews before buying it. Now I will not waste my money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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