The Funhouse [NOOK Book]

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Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate--and gave birth to a child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands. Twenty-five years later, she has a new life and two normal children. But her past still haunts her--and now the carnival is coming back to town...

Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. ...

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The Funhouse

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Overview

Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate--and gave birth to a child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands. Twenty-five years later, she has a new life and two normal children. But her past still haunts her--and now the carnival is coming back to town...

Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she hated and begat a child she could never love. Now Ellen has a new life, a new husband and two normal children. Memory is drowned in alcohol and prayers--neither of which will save her kids when the carnival comes back to town. A premiere release by the bestselling author of Dragon Tears.

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What People Are Saying

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“Koontz is brilliant.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting. His characters sparkle with life. And his fast-paced plots are wonderfully fiendish, taking unexpected twists and turns.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.” —The Macon Telegraph & News

“His prose mesmerizes…Koontz consistently hits the bull’s-eye.” —Arkansas Democrat

“An exceptional novelist…top-notch.” —Lincoln Journal-Star

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101634738
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 20,292
  • File size: 821 KB

Meet the Author

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 January 2, 2007

    This is an amzing book!

    This truley is one of my favorite books. I have read lots of horror books in my life but by far this is the best i have read. Koontz is now one of my favorite authors now that i have read this book. It is truly amazing!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2001

    SUPER GRUSOME

    If your a little bit on the 'creative' gory liking side, this is a must read. My favorite Dean Koontz book. The first one by him I read and its still my favorite. Like monster, gouls and devil babies? read this one. you wont be disapointed. Gory and graphic

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    My First Dean Koontz Book

    This was my first book by the author but hasn't been my last! I thought this book to be very interesting. It was very easy to follow yet it kept me interested enough to finish it in 3 days. All of the characters were very strange. Ofcourse you are dealing with carnival people. I highly recommend this book and I am now reading my third book by him. He is a very clever author. A good book for readers of all ages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2000

    A wonderful book

    I thought this book to be one of the best book's I have read. The characters were well developed and the plot gave a neverending spine-chilling scare to me after each page I read. This was one of my first Dean Koontz book's and I will be reading many more.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    WORTH YOUR MONEY

    I just got done reading the sample and i finally found my new favorite book. best ive read in years and this is coming from a 13 year old. I read about 15 pages in a min and i can already tell the next book im reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Worst ending ever

    This was a good book with an interesting plot and a TERRIBLE ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    I dont know...about this book!!!

    The book in the beginning was very interesting. Then it starts to drag and become more and more uninteresting. Then at the end it picks back up then maybe 2 or 3 pages to the end. It gets DEAD again. N to be honest the ending of this book sucked. It didn't tell no more about the mom. It didn't tell no more about how was their life after they left the fun house. I didn't like it, I thought the ending could have been better.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    The best weird book ever!!!!

    This book was the first of his books i read but now he is one of my favorite writers this was a gateway book for me. It was very strange at first but i could not put it down after a few pages. This was a great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    Horror Fan of the Year

    Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors and is books will send a chill up your spine. Read The Funhouse it is one of the best books you will ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    Great Book

    This is a good Dean Koontz book that could be enjoyed by good readers but yet is easy to follow for the slower readers. It attracted me to it right away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2000

    Thrills and chills

    The book gets a hold of you from the get go keeps you turning the page as fast as you can to see what going to happen next

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2000

    all around great book

    Think book i read in two days because it was so good i never put it down. I got in trouble for reading too much in school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    Awesome!!

    I thought this was a great book with lots of unexpected twists. Once I picked up the book, I couldn't put it down!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    Great from beginning to end!

    I must say that this book grabs you from page one! I picked it up at a friends house and I COULD NOT put it down. This was the first book I read by this author and now he is one of my favorite!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Good read

    Wasn't as good as most Koontz books, but iy was worth the read to pass some time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Nancy

    Dont bother. Its not the worst book, but i suggest u save your money.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Fun to read

    This would be a great book for a weekend pleasure read. Scary, but not too graphic in description.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Not what I expected

    I was deeply disappointed at the development of the story and the end. The characters were not well developed nor were the conclusion worth reading all night. It could have waited until a day where one is bored and needed to do something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Not one of his better books

    Must be one of his earlier books because it was a very boring read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Good Read

    Mr. Koontz gets me every time. I enjoy all of his books.

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