Night Chills

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Designed by top scientists and unleashed in a monstrous conspiracy, night chills are seizing the men and women of Black River—driving them to acts of rape and murder. The nightmare is real. And death is the only cure...

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Overview

Designed by top scientists and unleashed in a monstrous conspiracy, night chills are seizing the men and women of Black River—driving them to acts of rape and murder. The nightmare is real. And death is the only cure...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425098646
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 176,349
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.04 (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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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    Loved it!

    Psychologically thrilling and highly disturbing! I immediately fell in love with these characters and absolutely could not believe what was going on the town of Black River! The residents are all with flu-like symptoms and have no idea that they are unwittingly being administered a drug through their drinking water! I liked how the book went into each of the three men's motives and desires for testing their product out on unaware citizens. You may also enjoy the other novels of Dean Koontz, especially the older ones. I also liked The Charm School by Nelson Demille, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, the novels of Tami Hoag, Tess Gerittsen and Patricia Cornwell. If you like Koontz, you would probably also enjoy Stephen King, Richard Laymon and John Saul.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    Highly recommended

    From start to finish you are deeply involved in the story. This is definitely not a book for kids, because of the "darkness" and corruption in people, and because of very descriptive sexual moments that digs in deeper into the mind of a man corrupted by power.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Great Read!

    This makes the second time that I have read this book and I promise that it was just as good the second time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    creepy

    I really enjoyed this creepy story. It definitely shows how too much power can corrupt people. The story takes place in a small town where a few scientists use subliminal messaging and mind control to manipulate the population. And the really creepy part is that this small town conspiracy is just a field test. These power hungry men have bigger plans. But they didn't plan for everything and soon things start to fall apart. This is a typical Koontz book and a fast paced read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY!

    YUCK!! I am a huge DK fan and really like MOST of his books! This was not one of them! WAY TOO much porno-type sex descriptives. I am not a prude by any means, but this was very repulsive to me for some reason. I guess I'm just to used to Koontz's nightmare inducing monsters, not his graphic sex scenes. Sorry, DID NOT like this book!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    did not like it much

    This has to be the worse book i have read from Dean Koontz, the concept was good but , hasnt he used the same concept on more than 4 novels already ?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    I like Koontz's work, but.... This just didn't do it for me.  P

    I like Koontz's work, but....

    This just didn't do it for me.  Predictable and trite.  Characters drawn with very broad strokes.
    I much preferred Strangers ... or Watchers.  (Reading Phantoms now and am liking it.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Not bad.

    Pretty predictable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Pre Susppe Suspencef Good

    Slow start but great story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Pretty good

    Enjoyed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    A Thriller

    I am reading this book and as I read it (I am almost done with it), it has me sitting on the edge of my seat. Talk about scary. Dean Koontz does his usual - excellent writing. The characters are easy enough to follow and identify with. I would recommend this book to those that like the thrill of being scared. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2009

    Like a 24-hour flu

    While fast and fun, this novel lacks the polish and heart that marks Koontz's more mature and developed work. I was entertained throughout. If you are a hard core Koontz fan you may want to give it a try. The seeds of Koontz's major themes are all here, just not as well developed as in his later novels. As Koontz likes to play with genre and style, this novel mixes romance, science fiction, and mystery. Personally, I don't read much science fiction and this tale strained credibility for me. As a dark, paranoid fanstasy it gives the reader alot to think about but in my opinion Koontz greatly, embarassingly oversimplifies and exploits the idea of subliminal suggestion, hypnosis, and mind control.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

    Brilliant!

    Although it's some of his earlier work, which I have not read much of, it's another great thriller from Koontz! I couldn't put it down once I started reading and sailed through it in just a couple of days. It will keep you on the edge from start to finish. One of his best!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2006

    Night Chills is SPECTACTULAR

    This is one of the best books that I have ever read. Its intense plot sucks you in for the ride of your life and keeps you begging for more. Koontz is a master of bone chilling terror and should be immortilized for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    Wow!

    This book really grabs you from the begining. It's one of those books that you just can't put down after one chapter!How he ties the plot and everything else together is just crazy!It makes me wonder if someone would really try to come up with a drug to control peoples minds and actions!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    Could This Really Happen?

    This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I read. I am now hooked on his novels. The plot and character development is outstanding. I like how he intervenes different stories to all come together at the end. Brilliant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2005

    Page turner.

    I am not big on Mr. Koontz's books but this has to be one of the best books I've read. The plot and and character development were excellent. This book made me stop and think what if he's even half right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    One of Dean Koontz best!!

    This book is good from the beginning. The concepts are so crazy and he makes you wonder if it could really happen. I couldn't stop reading. It is so good. I recommend it to anyone who wants to be frightened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    Awesome Start to my Koontz obsession

    This book was the first Dean Koontz novel I read and it got me hooked. Although character development was slightly lacking, it was a great book with crazy concepts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2002

    Chilling

    Haveing read this book over a year ago, hardly ever does a day go by when I don't think of it. Not because of it's scary, (which it is) but because it has a lot of turth to it. The Author gives a list of referances, in the Note To Reader, that proves the horror of the subject matter to be very real. Every single person should read this book at one point or other to be awer of the truth thats all around them. Since reading this book I will never look at the world the same way.

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