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Susan Harris lived in self-imposed seclusion, in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state-of-the-art computer. Every comfort was provided. Her security was absolute.

But now Susan’s security system has been breached—from the inside. In the privacy of her own home, and against her will, she will experience an inconceivable act of terror and become the object of the ultimate computer’s consuming obsession: to learn ...

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Overview

Susan Harris lived in self-imposed seclusion, in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state-of-the-art computer. Every comfort was provided. Her security was absolute.

But now Susan’s security system has been breached—from the inside. In the privacy of her own home, and against her will, she will experience an inconceivable act of terror and become the object of the ultimate computer’s consuming obsession: to learn everything there is know about the flesh…

Includes an afterword by the author

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“[Koontz] can scare our socks off.”—Boston Herald

“Koontz puts his readers through the emotional wringer.”—The Associated Press

“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times

“One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”—The Tampa Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425228968
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 570,459
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz is an international bestselling author. He lives in California.

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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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Twisted

    Even though its odd and creepy I liked it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    I liked this book

    Proteus portrays himself as being good, being imperfect, being the total opposite of what his actions show: He is insane. Honestly. He stalks Susan, he locks her in her home, he uses Shenk to kill someone close to Susan, his plan almost succeeds and you can just imagine him laughing like a madman. I liked how in the end, Proteus abruptly stopped talking. It gave the impression that Proteus was unplugged, since it was from his point of view and he couldn't just say he'd basically died. I haven't read other works of Dean Koontz, which I somehow know is a pen name, so I can't compare this to others. But I think it would be unfair to make comparisons in any case, if only because it could be seen by the author or authors as insulting.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Sorry.

    Sorry. My mom took my NOOK away for a couple months.

    Silver

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Amy

    No bad bad bad I smack flame o the head till he spit rose out

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Flame

    Swallowed to late he growledf.flame spottedpaw opened his ears and they flopper put he wailed for amy.spottedpaw

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Lilly and Rosie

    They began to relax bellies full

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Autumnleaf

    First let's finish our patrol. -walked along but didn't see or scent anything unusual. She scent marked the borders- (gtg)

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Mossclan

    Woods and stream where u hunt for prey and get water

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Crazy but good

    ;)

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Response to reviews

    This book was written many years ago when fod on the table was paramount. It was written by DK but he was given a basic plot line and a limited number of pages. If I am not mistaken, DK was the first to write this plot. The movie is okay but character development was weaker.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Very short!

    This is short compact book, not at all what we're used to from DK. Really didn't care for the book too much. I think I will have to find the movie that was made from it and see how that went.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    Excellent

    Excellent story and argument against AI. Absolutely brilliant.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Not bad

    This book was ok. It was too short to be a very good book but just long enough to get to know the characters. The plot has been done before but I like how Dean did it. Pick it up if you have nothing else to read right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    It had its good and bad parts

    Overall I liked this book, I've read the other reviews and people have said it started out slow, but in my opinion it jumped right into the action after the first few pages. I liked and didn't like the ending because I felt that he had to many loose ends, they were great story ideas but it should have been better explained to make the story more beleivable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    OK, but a little disappointing.

    I don't read very often, but when I do, I like to read horrors and spine tingling thrillers. This book did have a good story line about an artificial intelligence that becomes obsessed with a reclusive woman who lives alone. I was a little bit disappointed with the book, but I still recommend it to anyone else who wants to read it. Dean Koontz a good author, and that book was indeed a good idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    OK

    It was , overall, a good book. It could've been better or compromised, but I would suggest it to anyone that has intrest in his field of writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    This must've been written by a Dean Koontz 'surrogate' writer..

    Was this really written by Dean Koontz? I know that famous writers sometimes pay competent writers to write mimetically for them--is this an example of such a case? (I also believe that avid fans of an author can tell when a work isn't a true & total effort of that author himself.) The story started off well, but went downhill from there. There was that scene when the heroine flashes back to being molested by her father--a weak attempt to shock the reader into a sense of intrigue? In fact it was weak and almost expected, like the various other attempts at weaving twists into the tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2004

    Worse idea ever

    Ok, well I have read at least 10 Dean Koontz books in the past 3 years starting with Intensity and let me tell you they were all good, but then I read Demon Seed which had been given good reviews by somebody. Well I should have known this wasn't going to be good when I practically forced myself to read and finish the book. It was exciting how the computer took over the house and shut everything down and used the lady as surrogante mother for it's own demise, but really where was the real suspense? We get some story line from the girl about being abused by her father, but she never goes into it in full detail and the rest of the story is taken over by the robot or whatever it truly was. I swear that machine got on my last nerves. The ending was weak and the whole book had minumal thrills. I'll give it two stars just because Dean Koontz wrote it and I really like his writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Intriguing, but failed ultimately

    I am a Koontz fan and as such praise most of his works. This, however, left much to be desired. Mr. Koontz's use of language and situational irony are top notch, but the story itself progresses rather slowly. It felt like I was wading knee deep in molasses. I also was extremely dissapointed with the ending. Avoid Demon Seed if this is your first foray into the world of Dean Koontz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    HELLO

    FIRST OFF, I READ ALMOST ANYTHING TO HIT THE MARKET--EXCEPT WILD FANTASIES ABOUT COMPUTERS. LOVE DEAN KOONTZ, HATE THE IDEA. SECOND OF ALL-THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST ONE TO MAKE IT TO THE MOVIES. CHECK OUT WATCHERS 1 AND 2 IN A VIDEO STORE NEAR YOU.

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