Twilight Eyes

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Slim MacKenzie is both hunter and hunted. Sought by police for murder, Slim also stalks the diabolical Others, genetically engineered "demons" from a prior Earth civilization. A masterpiece of terror from the bestselling author of Midnight and Lightning.

Slim MacKenzie is both hunter and hunted. Sought by police for murder, Slim also stalks the diabolical Others, genetically engineered "demons" from a prior Earth civilization. A masterpiece of terror from the ...

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Overview

Slim MacKenzie is both hunter and hunted. Sought by police for murder, Slim also stalks the diabolical Others, genetically engineered "demons" from a prior Earth civilization. A masterpiece of terror from the bestselling author of Midnight and Lightning.

Slim MacKenzie is both hunter and hunted. Sought by police for murder, Slim also stalks the diabolical Others, genetically engineered "demons" from a prior Earth civilization. A masterpiece of terror from the bestselling author of Midnight and Lightning. Reissue.

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Chilling...superbly scary! — Los Angeles Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425218648
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/4/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 209,485
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved 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 February 14, 2001

    Could not put it down.

    Slim Mackenzie is a seventeen-year-old boy, who has a special talent. He has Twilight Eyes, he can sense danger, and he can see the demons, or goblins, that walk among us in a human guise. Hunted for murdering his uncle, who was a goblin, Slim seeks santuary in a canival. Where he meets others who share his ability to see the goblins, and a special girl who will pick up the fight against them with him.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2002

    Hard to put down, a real page turner towards the end

    The first 150 pages I was lost and almost ready to put it down, but it turned out to be one of the BEST Dean Koontz books I've read in a while. It was action packed, somewhat scary, and had a very good science fictional plot. Koontz gets you to fall in love with his characters.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    Fantastic!

    I have read many of Dean Koontz novels and this is in the top five. It is a very different kind of a story and his knowledge of the carnival life is so real that I asked myself if he might have followed a carnival while writing this book. Who knows maybe he did. Great novel!!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    Not recommended

    This book is sooooo boring, I have read all of Dean Koontz' books and this is the most boring book I have ever read. I am having major trouble getting through the first 100 pages. The author spend way too much time on the little details that I am have to skip over. The book could have been condensed into around 200 pages and be a good book, rather than the 441 pages or just oon and on and on and on about irrelevant details.

    I bought this book as the reviews said it was action packed. Not true.The book is slow and tedious.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2001

    Weirdest, Creepiest, most fascinating

    I loved this book. I got so into it that I actually started wondering wether such a thing could be possible. Anybody that has a good imagination and likes good fiction read this book.. then go to the Fair... you'll love it. Dean Kootz is one of the best horror writers out there !!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Good but long, too much unneeded filler

    I thought Twilight Eyes had a good story line with good characters but I also thought it was way too long. This book would have been better if it had been 150 pages less then the 436 that it is. The first part of the book very good and kept me wanting more but the deeper into it I got the more I wanted it to end, a few times I found myself falling asleep from bordom after a few pages. Koontz wasted way too many pages with filler and in doing so decreased the overall quality of the book. However I still give this book a decent 3 stars

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    a reviewer

    I just found this book and I read it, slready a dean koontz fan, i can't belive i didn't hear about this one!!! great book!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Loved it!

    My 2nd favorite DK novel aside from The Watchers!!! Romantic and scary! We can all relate to being the outcast at some time or another!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    'Twilight Eyes' is super!

    I've been going back through Koontz' catalogue and reading the ones I've missed, and I must say that 'Twilight Eyes' is one of his best ever. The story concerns a young man named Slim, on the run from the law, who, not for the first time, joins a traveling carnival. We soon learn that Slim has the ability to see Goblins, creatures that use Human shells to hide their identity. Their only function in life is to kill Humans and Slim's only function is to kill Goblins, until he meets various carnival types who make him think about settling down. Koontz has a way of making you doubt whether Slim's obsession is real or if he is insane and therefore killing innocent people. A truly gripping, exciting tale from start to finish and full of great characters such as Rya, Joel and Jelly. Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    Highly Recommended-----A must read for any thriller fan

    I absolutely love this book. I have read it multiple times over the years. The idea of the story is very enticing and intriguing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2009

    His worst story!

    This tory really SUCKS!!!
    I am a real Dean Koontz fan, and I cannot think of another of his stories
    that I did nlot like, and I have read most, if not all his books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    You won't be able to put down this book!

    This book has all the elements of a great story. It has terror, suspense, romance, and it's just incredible! Dean Knootz is the real MASTER of storytelling!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    absolutlely amazing

    dean koontz has always been my favorite author and i have read many of his books but twilight eyes if by far the best ever. i finished it in less then 3 days. i loved it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    THE GREATEST AUTHOR KNOWN TO MAN

    I am a collector of all dean koontz books, and i have yet to find a book that i do not love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2001

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

    This book is one of the best I have ever read. It is one of those rare books that you can read over and over, and love it every time. I have read all of Mr. Koontz's books to date, and I must say that among all his works, this one stands out as perhaps his best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    Best book, you'll never find another like it!

    I started to read Dean Koontz's novels about 2 years ago, and Twilight Eyes is the best I have come to find, out of every book I have read, regardless of the author,is the best book I've read. Dean Koontz is a master at terror,action,comedy,and love. The characters are extremely well described, which makes you feel you are in the story yourself, likewise for the scenery and the character's emotions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2000

    Impressive

    The story 'Twilight Eyes' provided enough detail to make the book really come alive. I read the book cover to cover and found it to be interesting and never had a lame moment in it. The book was so interesting that I found it hard to put It down.I gurantee this book was the best nofiction story made.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Have you ever caught sa glimps of something wierd out of the corner of your eye?

    This book will make you think twice about whether it is just your imagination or not!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    An old favorite........

    The first book I fell in love with by Dean Koontz......until I fell out of love with him. But that's a story for another review.

    Great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Excellent scifi thriller!

    2nd best by Koontz ever!

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