Dean Koontz Three Complete Novels: A New Collection: Shattered/Whispers/Watchers

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Three more electrifying thrillers by the new king of the genre. The New York Times #1 bestselling author's terrifying masterpieces: Watchers (his personal favorite), Whispers and Shattered, now for the first time in one hardcover edition.
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Overview

Three more electrifying thrillers by the new king of the genre. The New York Times #1 bestselling author's terrifying masterpieces: Watchers (his personal favorite), Whispers and Shattered, now for the first time in one hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517073698
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Pages: 691
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz, author of the national bestsellers Stranger, Watchers, and Lightning, won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition in 1965 at the age of twenty and has been writing ever since. He lives in California with his wife, Gerda--and a vivid imagination.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2006

    Shattered

    One of the best Dean Koontz books I've read in a while. It was suspenseful and full of tense moments. Alex has just married Courtney and they are moving to San Francisco from Philidelphia. Courtney flies to San Francisco ahead of Alex and her little brother, Colin. Alex and Colin hit the road on a cross country trip that takes an unexpected turn. Stalked by a man who is out to kill them and anybody else who get's in his way of him being with his beloved Courtney. This was an excellent book because it was nice and short, but also high packed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    A Masterpiece!!

    Watchers is a outstanding book!! I loved every minute of it. Koontz is a wonderful writer,and keeps you guessing till the very end. Scary as hell!! and a thrill ride. One of the best books I ever read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    Watchers is a masterpiece

    I am only 13 and i read Watchers and i LOVED it! It is soo good! It made me laugh and cry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    Dean Koontz Three Complete Novels: A New Collection: (Shattered/Whispers/Watchers)

    This story(Shattered) was a short and sweet. Sweet like a nest of hornets! This little book was chock full of suspense and action. It doesn't stop! From beginning to end it's awesome! The whole story line is a man and a little kid going to see the little kids sister, who just married the man. On the way they're stalked by someone who is obsessed with the sister. My favorite character was the little kid-Colin-he's incredibly smart and he misses nothing. He was the one who realized that they were being followed, very insightful little kid. He's kind of an outsider because he's smart and the other kids resent that, so he's quiet at first with the man-Doyle-then gradually opens up as kids do. I think anyone who has time on their hands should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    Dean Koontz Three Complete Novels: A New Collection: (Shattered/Whispers/Watchers)

    This one book confused me a little (Whispers). It's about a man who is psychologically ruined because of his mother, and how she treated him when he was younger. As revenge he goes out and kills women. Nice person, huh? Well, he starts to stalk to wrong woman, one who a policeman had a crush on. Baaaad idea. I actually don't have a favorite character in this story, none of them really meant anything to me. I couldn't relate to any of them. And when you can't relate to the characters, you get bored reading that book. That's what happened to me. Someone else might like reading it, but I got bored with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 1999

    WOW!

    Koontz is a very talented writer who will make you scared of the dark.You will wish someone was in the house with you so you can go to bed.

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