The Neighbor (Short Story) [NOOK Book]

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Every city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intentions of their new neighbor, in this eBook original short story - a prequel to The City, the gripping and moving new novel by Dean Koontz. The year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other's best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their ...
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Overview

Every city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intentions of their new neighbor, in this eBook original short story - a prequel to The City, the gripping and moving new novel by Dean Koontz. The year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other's best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their dysfunctional parents' unhappy home. But even the troubled Pomerantz household will seem to be a haven compared to the house next door, after an enigmatic and very secretive new neighbor takes up residence in the darkest hours of the night.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804180672
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,495
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    31 pages

    31 pages. $1.99. Good for being so short. I think it cost too much for the length, but I am glad I read it. I am not writing much, because other reviewers almost rewrote the entire book.

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    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: --Actua

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:

    --Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

    What a great little teaser into the world of The City (coming 7/1).

    In true Dean Koontz fashion, The Neighbor is a beautifully written glimpse into some of the characters and the world that will make up The City and will make the reader want the full length book immediately.

    Written in first person from Malcolm's point of view, it outlines a preternaturally charged event between him and his sister, and the neighborhood ghost. It was chilling, gripping, and emotionally charged. And honestly, it was chilling more for the fact of the evil that exists within human nature that was explored, than for the supernatural elements that were introduced.

    This was a quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to see what Dean has in store for us fans in The City. It seems like it'll be different than anything he's written, and I, as a diehard fan, look forward to that with each new Dean Koontz book I pick up and am amazed every single time that he can continue to do it. I always know it's going to be a unique and precious gift from the mind of a true master. :)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Great short story

    It had me in suspense the whole time, great details for a short story. Keep it coming!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    The Neighbor and The City-Two 5-Star Winners!

    Dean Koontz’s THE NEIGHBOR, is a novella, e-short story to prepare- tantalize, readers for the exiting upcoming book, THE CITY.

    PS. Just finished THE CITY, as received an ARC (it is like no other book-5 stars). Had to go back and read, the e-short story, (as did not want to miss a thing)!

    THE NEIGHBOR gives you a little background of Malcom Pomerantz, a little OCD, a musician, and saxophone child prodigy, and very inquisitive young boy of twelve.

    Malcom is white and his best friend, Jonah is black, also a musician and a piano prodigy. They met in 1967, when Jonah and his mom moved in with Jonah’s grandfather, across the street from Malcom’s family. THE CITY is more about Jonah, even though Malcom and his sister are part of the book, as well.

    Jonah is eccentric, talented, smart, intuitive and Malcom is a talented, comedian, and geek misfit. Together they make a dynamic duo of music, mischief, and dreams---you cannot even imagine. They meet when Jonah is ten and Malcom, twelve.

    They grow up friends, and at age fifty-seven and fifty-nine, Jonah tells his story into a tape recorder—his story will become THE CITY, starting back before age seven.

    Along with this incredible, suspenseful, an engaging, story and a big part of THE CITY, is Amalia, Malcom’s big sister, age seventeen. They were very close—she is smart, talented, a writer, and an old soul.

    In early June, nearly a month before Jonah moved across the street, some strange things began happening one door west of him, at the former Rupert Clockenwall place (who died of a massive heart attack the month prior). Is there a story here about this guy, and was he really Teacher of the Year material?

    The late Clockenwall’s only surviving relative was a brother who lived far away and the house is empty with ghosts and much more, as they discover a past and evidence which proves this guy was very disturbed.

    Of course, having the usual fantasy life of a twelve-year-old there was sometimes imagined dramas when none existed. Rupert seemed to have been too bland a soul to come back from the grave on a haunt? Who was Melinda Lee—a middle school girl who three months before her thirteenth birthday, went missing? What does this guy have to do with his sister and the cross she began wearing at age fifteen?

    Read both books. Mesmerizing. You will not be disappointed!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    No need to buy the book thanks to plot spoilers revealing the entire book. Bn, cant you do something to these rude people who keep ruining books by telling the entire story line in theire review? Please ban them or something.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    32 pages of exceptional entertainment !! (bw)

    Really packs a punch. Found myself holding my breath for a couple of pages near the end! Excellent writing...as usual.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Short Short

    And sweet.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    It is a good story. Please don't complain about the length which

    It is a good story. Please don't complain about the length which is clearly stated. I have eaten cheese burgers that didn't last as long and were not nearly as satisfying. Thank you Mr. Koontz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Great Story

    Typical Dean Koontz. Short story that kept one on edge the whole time. Easy read. Ending was not what I expected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Koontz's writing versus King's

    I love both Dean Koontz and Stephen King, along with several others. Koontz and King write very similiarly, altho King is "crazier". I don'think I would want to spend a dark night in a dark cellar with King, but with Koontz, it would almost soothing. Is it, maybe, because Koontz shows so much love for his dogs? He just doesn't "look" like a scary horror writer. Love their books, though, esp. Koontz's.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Very enjoyable to read!

    Many of DK's novels have bizzare and scary characters and situations. This short story is no exception. I don't know how he does it. A must-read before reading "The City" which I am well into.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Not bad

    Quick paced. Very good story. I really like these kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    with all his money, why does he need the xtra buck for the previ

    with all his money, why does he need the xtra buck for the preview to his next book a month before it comes out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    When I read I want a book. Not  any kind of  electronic.  Just w

    When I read I want a book. Not  any kind of  electronic.  Just wish you could buy it as a book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Too short

    I enjoyed this book but way to short.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Great story!

    I loved this book! It kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish!

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    Excellent story and a great lead-in to The City.

    Excellent story and a great lead-in to The City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Pretty good

    If you want a short story this was good..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    How can a short story be on a best seller list?

    Nook book recommends get odder and odder

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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