The Mask

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A beautiful young girl appears out of nowhere. A teenager with no past, no family--no memories. Carol and Paul were drawn to her. She was the child they'd never had. Most mothers would die for such a darling little angel. And that's what frightened Carol most of all...

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of Thunder and Hideaway. She appeared out of nowhere. And Paul and Carol were drawn to her immediately--the child they had never had. It was a ...

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Overview

A beautiful young girl appears out of nowhere. A teenager with no past, no family--no memories. Carol and Paul were drawn to her. She was the child they'd never had. Most mothers would die for such a darling little angel. And that's what frightened Carol most of all...

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of Thunder and Hideaway. She appeared out of nowhere. And Paul and Carol were drawn to her immediately--the child they had never had. It was a dream come true--until the young girl's mask fell away to reveal the face of terrifying evil. Reissue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455855292
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,045,515
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    The Mask

    THE MASK If horror is your favorite subject, then the right book for you would be The Mask. Written by Dean Koontz, this book keeps you on your toes wondering what is going to happen next. If you are familiar with Dean Koontz and his books, then you would know that he likes to switch back and forth from scenes in his stories as if it were a movie. I don¿t read many books, but I would have to say that I loved reading this well-written novel. I will have to say that I was a bit scared in some parts of the story, but I managed from shaking in my boots. It all starts in the prologue with a girl named Laura who is forced to clean in the cellar of her house as punishment. She hates cleaning the cellar because she has arachnophobia. Besides the cellar is always dark and there is hardly any light for her to see where to clean. All of a sudden she hears something from upstairs, sort of like a shout and footsteps running everywhere. She doesn¿t know what is happening, and then all of a sudden it starts getting harder for her to breathe. A fire has started in the house. She tries to escape up the stairs of the cellar to see what¿s going on, but her dress holds her back. She can¿t get out and she starts getting dizzy. She feels like she is about to faint when she falls to the ground and realizes that it¿s easier for her to breathe. She tries to find a route of escape to the banging on the cellars double doors from her aunt Rachel. Her aunt Rachel is banging louder and louder, trying to help Laura but the doors are locked from the inside. Its getting hard for Laura to think straight for all she can think about is how her mother put her in the cellar to clean. From there the reader is introduced to different characters as it starts the true beginning of the book with a couple named Carol and Paul Tracy at an adoption agency trying to get confirmed to adopt a child. Many weird things start to happen to the couple and a psychiatrist named Grace. The reader eventually discovers that the girl in the prologue is tied to these people and others through a series of reincarnations. The book is very well written and seems as it can published into a movie. It seemed like if I was watching a scary movie at the theatre. Koontz goes from scene to scene and keeps the mystery good throughout the book. Characters are described thoroughly along with their thoughts. The characters are realistic for the most part with somewhat supernatural forces on some characters. The mystery, of course, is not revealed until the end of the book so it makes you want to finish. I think this is by far the best book I have ever read and recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery. Koontz is a good writer of mystery and horror. I like to watch movies, and the whole time I was reading the book, I kept mental notes as if I was watching one. It scared me to a certain extent though, but I loved that feeling, and it made me want to read more and find out what was going to happen next.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Disapointing!

    This book was not one of my favorite, I would not reccomend this unless you have a lot of valuble time to waste. The beginning starts of pretty good and grabs your attention but the book's middle builds you up and the ending lets you down and a lot of things un answered.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2005

    Just wasnt good

    The beginning was very interesting and the middle was ok, but the end of this book is what got me. What did the husband in the story even have to do with his wife and daughter? Plus the ending was so quick and they never even told you what happened after they solved everything. This wasn't a good book, luckily I borrowed it from a library.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Not a new Koontz

    Yes sir they have done it again. Re issued an old Koontz book with a 2012 release date and no mention that it is from1981. Give me a break 10 bucks for a digital edition of a 30 yr old book. Never again a B&N I will shop Amazon from now on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    a lover of horror/suspense novels

    The Mask was my first Dean Koontz novel. I couldn't put it down. The way the plot progresses is amazing. The only thing that left me hanging is that nothing about Jane's past is revealed. (Jane is the girl that Carol finds). Other than that, the ending is terrific, and so are the events leading up to it. The best part is that both Carol and Jane live. If either of them died, it would have not been a good book.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2000

    A 15-year-old lady handy with an axe.

    No, this is not 'The Mask' of Jim Carey fame, or 'The Mask' of Cher fame. That there are so many 'The Mask' stories around is a sign that authors need to start using longer titles after a three-decade fad. Some pretty good excitement, mystery, and chills here, but there were so many obvious signs of the supernatural happening to everybody at once that I can't believe real people would universally choose to ignore them. The climax was also too predictable for my taste; maybe the book was written before Koontz fully refined his mystery-writing skills. Enjoy spiders, little girls, a nude teen, blood, axes, severed heads, a poltergeist, a berserk house cat, a disappearing man, hypnosis, and reincarnation. The thing with the deformed mouth calling to Grace from inside her bedroom was definitely frightening!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Not my favorite

    It had good parts but also i could predict a lot of things and it kinda bored me at times but other than that it was good but still not my favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    It was alright.

    I absolutely love Dean Koontz. All his books always keep me on the edge of my seat. The Mask really wasn't that scary at all. Sure, it had its creepy moments, but not much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Terrible ending

    Ended to abrubtly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Thunk

    Excellent as always. Dean Koontz never lets me down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    WolfMask

    Dee and teddy

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Snow-Mask

    I vote for Dragonmask and Peacock mask.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Great book

    I enjoy all of Koontz's books. He is a great storyteller.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    2012?

    Why does the date published say 2012, but the most recent review is 2008?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2006

    It was okaaay

    I loved the story, the suspense, etc... But what about the ending?!?! How dissappointing was that? I feel like the character in misery, I want him to make the ending better! But no worries.. Still a big Koontz fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004

    amazed in oak,ca

    this book was amazing one thing you must remember is this was written years ago before endless movies were made about reincarnation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Poorly written and boooring

    I can't believe the reviews posted are for the same Koontz book that I read. The book is so very silly and predictable. The first HALF of the book is spooky sign after spooky sign that something SUPER-SPOOKY is going to happen. That part is definitely boring. But not as boring as the end, where all the spooky signs come together, as if you couldn't see them from a mile away. Ugh. What a waste of time. I bought this at a used book store to read on the beach .. so I was stuck with it. I kept hoping it'd get better but it didn't. So don't waste your money! Or if you want to waste it buy it used for $1 like I did.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    I couldn't put it down!

    This is my fifth time reading the book and I still find it exciting! I enjoy how the everyone comes alive and even more I enjoy the many themes in the book. I myself was allowed to picture people I know as the characters and watch the thing unfold in my head. The phychic abilities that Grace and Carol had intrigued me the most as he explores the dream realm and opens the door that some of us do see the future and past. This is my first Koontz book and I can't wait to get another one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    I've read better

    Although a big Dean Koontz fan, this one failed to grip me like his other books have. I don't regret reading it but it was very slow and the ending just seemed to end with no real intention for doing so. I just think that he could have done better with this one however it was one of his earlier works so I think he has come a long way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    Great Read!

    I have read alot of Koontz's newer books, and I have to say that they got nothin' on the old stuff! Very different from anything I have ever read, Koontz or not. There is a suprise around every corner. You won't get bored with this book. Have fun!

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