The Moonlit Mind (Novella): A Tale of Suspense [NOOK Book]

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In this chilling original stand-alone novella, available exclusively as an eBook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz offers a taste of what’s to come in his new novel, 77 Shadow Street, with a mesmerizing tale of a homeless boy at large in a city fraught with threats . . . both human and otherwise.

Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine—with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his ...
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Overview

In this chilling original stand-alone novella, available exclusively as an eBook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz offers a taste of what’s to come in his new novel, 77 Shadow Street, with a mesmerizing tale of a homeless boy at large in a city fraught with threats . . . both human and otherwise.

Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine—with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered. Still, there are certain places he returns to. In the midst of the tumultuous city, they are havens of solitude: like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace—safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him . . . and seep into his darkest nightmares. But not only his dreams are haunted. The city he roams with Harley has secrets and mysteries, things unexplainable and maybe unimaginable. Crispin has seen ghosts in the dead of night, and sensed dimensions beyond reason in broad daylight. Hints of things disturbing and strange nibble at the edges of his existence, even as dangers wholly natural and earthbound cast their shadows across his path. Alone, drifting, and scavenging to survive is no life for a boy. But the life Crispin has left behind, and is still running scared from, is an unspeakable alternative . . . that may yet catch up with him.

There is more to this world, and its darkest corners yet to be encountered, in this eBook’s special bonus: a spine-tingling excerpt from Dean Koontz’s forthcoming novel, 77 Shadow Street.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345530134
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 115
  • Sales rank: 17,085
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

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 December 24, 2011

    Another AWESOME Book by the MASTER of Fiction!

    I just finished reading some of the nasty reviews of this book and was shocked and disheartened, so I am adding one of my own. I just finished this ibook and was ENTHRALLED. It was another Koontz Masterpiece! I was definitely on the edge of my seat and finished it in record time. I have ready every single Dean Koontz book, and contrary to what others negatively described as "not at all like the other Koontz books before" I found it just as incredible and mind consuming as all his fiction writing. Yes the subject in this particular book is disturbing in content but it is a fictional account of the reality of a very pure evil. Its what Dean Koontz does in his style of fiction and does EXCELLENTLY. This is his style of thriller fiction to a tee. Dean captures describes evil in such a way that all your senses are wide open and you're THERE in evil's very presence and likewise describes good triumphing over evil in such a way that you are undulating with celebration as though you conquered it yourself! I loved this book and it confirms once again for me there is no writer that compared to Dean Koontz. Hands down, there is NONE.

    48 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    A Return to Form

    Not the Koontz I grew up with, certainly, but a mighty leap from lackluster tales like From the Corner of His Eye, False Memory and One Door Away from Heaven (all worthy novels, just not Koontz level in my mind). While it is just a short precursor, it goes a long way to getting me help me make the determination to pick up this new novel as soon as it's released.

    Creepy and atmospheric, this tale is wonderful reading from a chilly winter's night. A novella truly deserving of the Koontz name.

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    really liked this novella. different than the other books I read by D.K., but great nonetheless.

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Dissapointed

    Had I read the synopsis first, I wouldn't have read this book. I've read almost everything by Dean Koontz and this was the worst. I DON'T like anything about Satanists'or brutilizng children and this story was all of that....don't waste your time.

    13 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    This is the Dean Koontz that I know and love

    The end of the Frankenstin series had me wonding if Dean Koontz had lost it, but this Novella just shows he still has game.
    Love it, well worth the money spent

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Deliciously creepy!

    I found the moonlit mind by Dean Koontz quite entertaining. It is a great quick read, and very curious story. It keeps your interest and has you ready to read Koontz' upcoming novel 77 Shadow Street. I highly recommend this short story.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

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    loved it

    An exceptional book.it's suspenseful and has great character development with an intricate plot.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    12-year-old Crispin lives on the streets with his dog Harley, who has an uncanny ability to guide Crispin out of danger. At 9 years of age, Crispin witnessed the disappearance of his sister and the horrific murder of his brother and now he’s running for his life from his mother and stepfather and a multitude of people who share their beliefs. But Crispin knows he cannot be free until he puts an end to the evilness that resides in his parents’ house.

    No author can meet Koontz’s skill at portraying evilness and the characters that do its deeds. As always, there is a heroic dog involved, which this reviewer appreciates, but this time the protagonist is a child instead of the usual adult(s) on the run from whatever deviltry is after them. With great skill, Koontz weaves a suspenseful story made more horrific because it could actually be reality. A tale one thinks can have no happy ending yet Koontz manages to end it on an upbeat note. This novella reminds this reviewer of Koontz’s earlier work, which was so powerful and thrilling to read.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Quick, enjoyable read!

    I enjoyed this novella, I was just sad it was so short! As is typical of Dean Koontz tales, it was an interesting storyline filled with good guys you really care for and the creepiest of bad guys. And it definitely got me primed to read the new novel, 77 Shadow Street.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    AWFUL

    Worst Dean Koontz book i've ever read, and i've read them all

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Great read...

    Loved the story and the ending to this. It's a great book with nonstop interesting turns to it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Classic Koontz

    I love Dean Koontz because he is unpredictable, makes the unbelievable believable and you never know where he is going with it. This does all of that. The wonderful thing about this author is you never know what he is going to write about until he has you hooked. He has wonderful characters and this is no exception. 77 Shadow Street here I come!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Very Good

    I enjoyed this book. Anyone who enjoys mystery with a little paranormal thrown in should at least try this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    PURE DEAN KOONTZ

    I LIKE THE WAY DEAN KOONTZ WRITES, THINKS, EXPRESSES HIMSELF. THIS AND THE NEXT "77 SHADOW STREET" ARE MORE LIKE EARLIER KOONTZ BOOKS. YOU WILL WANT TO FIND THE EXPLANATION FOR THE HAPPENINGS BEFORE YOU PUT THE BOOK DOWN. A WRITER CANNOT DO BETTER THAN THAT.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Time to retire

    Dean, you are genius however IMHO you have come to the end of your road. Your writings are now as bizare as they are repititous. Time to take the money and run away from those who tell you otherwise. I am sure you feel this. Every pitchers arms give out and evry running backs legs will tire. So does every authors freshness wane. You are a hall of famer time to take your place on the sidelines.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Too good to put down!

    I haven't read a great deal of Dean Koontz. I read WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS and enjoyed it, so I decided to take a chance on this novella and wasn't disappointed. I couldn't put it down. Crispin and his furry companion, Harley, are characters I got attached to. I did find myself reading faster so I could see how it all would end. Mr. Koontz wove together a great tale.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Excellent

    Would recommend this to anyone....just wish it was longer!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Dean Koontz at his eerie best.

    Scary stuff.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Another great novela

    A well done short story by Dean Koontz.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    typical Dean Koontz - Loved it!

    As you would expect from any Dean Koontz book, this one keeps you on the edge of your seat from the beginning. I found it thrilling,and Loved it,save one complaint.The same complaint I have with all novella's-it ends far too soon

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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