by Dean Koontz


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425253748
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 790,266
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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


Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania


B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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Stephen King

Phantoms is gruesome and unrelenting. It has atmosphere, character, and story. I couldn't put it down until I was done. It was well-realized, intelligent, and humane.

From the Publisher

Phantoms is gruesome and unrelenting…It’s well realized, intelligent, and humane.”—Stephen King

“Scary and stylish.”—Los Angeles Times

“Stunning. Phantoms is an instant classic.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Koontz has outdone himself.”—Philadelphia Daily News

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Phantoms 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 289 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read 55 pages the first time I opened the cover, and then I had to force myself to put it down. Creepy as hell!!! Koontz has an imagination that is out there. There were times when I was reading that I wondered if maybe D.K. needed a psychological evaluation! He's a master of his trade.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say that this is the only novel so far that has gave me chills. I have to say that the part where the police officer goes into the freezer realy did it for me. That image should be stuck in readers minds forever (read the book and you'll get it.) There are also many references to God, which really add to this paranormal experience. The dark tone of the story and the town being completely 'deserted' REALLY sets the mood and the characters are the best I've ever heard of in a book. Seriously, go get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the first Koontz book I've ever read, but it's also the scariest book I've ever read. It will make you afraid to enter a walk in freezer room alone. Please don't watch the movie. The characters aren't anything like the books and it is completely B rated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terrific plot that pulls together little-known incidents of mass disappearances throughout human history into a single explanation--an explanation that is typically Koontzian in that it fuses science and the supernatural. Even though it's fiction, I keep wondering if some natural phenomenon of this sort could really be at work on our earth. I thought the film was stupid, but (as usual) the book was much better. A bit of insight into the Koontz formula I got from this book is that Koontz always uses cartharsis via flirting with forbidden topics of sex and violence--a formula which seems to work extremely well for selling large quantities of books. I expected everyone (and every *thing*) in the plot to be a little bit more intelligent than they were, but I liked the mystery aspect, the dark shadows moving in the shadowy passage, and the creepy motorcycle gang.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i have been able to read a few of Dean Koontz' novels, but phantoms to me was by far the best.It is gripping and exciting after each page.Read it,i promise you wont be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was scared at the start of the book and most books don't have that affect on me. I was hooked the minute I started reading. I was kind of leary when I got a fourth of the way in but the book recovered. It made you think and that is something that keeps me reading a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very suspensful and exciting. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. My only problem was how Koontz seems to make this enemy almost omnipotent, yet the people are able to find ways to work around it anyways. . . Don't see the movie that was based off of's silly and stupid and I'm just glad I saw it AFTER I read the book so it didn't ruin my experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book starts when the main character, Jenny, and her sister find a dead body outside their house. They don't know the cause of death and can't figure out one. Even more strange is that their town, Snowfeld, seems like a ghost town, no one to help them or in sight for that matter. Immediately thinking something is wrong the girls start searching local homes to find more mysteriously dead bodies. As the horror builds they, surprisingly, can not get the phone to work. After what seems like hours of trying they get through to help. But the help is not enough. Soon more and more bodies are found dead and but then return to life as creatures that are not the least bit human. With only a few lasting survivors they are able to come up with a plan of attack to defeat their hellish enemies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I had ever read from Dean Koontz. I read it in high school, and was absolutely fascinated with the imagery that the author was able to create. I could see everything happening in my mind as I read it. It left the right amount of suspense, thrills, suprises and horror at the right time to keep the reader hooked! I would recommend this book highly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was around 11 I think when I first read this book, and it was the first book that actually gave me nightmares. It's a book you want to put down because you can't take no more or you're 'Full up', (Thomas in 'The Bad Place'.) but you feel the need to continue it. I'm 14 now and I think I've read it over 100 times. I loved it.
andyray on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Law enforcement finds they have more than they can handle as flying "things" raid the town at night.
Omrythea on LibraryThing 3 months ago
One of the first Dean R. Koontz books I ever read, this book kept me up late at night paranoidly looking at any pools of water... This is Dean Koontz at his best. A very fine novel. Intriguing and intense. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I read this as a child- maybe 12. 10 years later, it has held up as one of my all-time favorites. It keeps you enthralled throughout; there's never a dull moment. It isn't like other novels of its genre. It isn't supernatural. There's scientific reasoning behind it, with a plausible, chilling explanation. Between the writing style, the story, and everything, Dean Koontz amazed me. 10/10 would recommend. Maybe not for children, however.
Adam_Gentry More than 1 year ago
It could be anything. The story starts off with a quick taste of fear and danger, then slows things down with a car ride conversation between two sisters. This is the pattern the author adopts for much of the story; a brief moment of true terror, followed by a long cool down. Characters spend large portions of the story sharing anecdotal stories about themselves as they try to cope with the stress of what’s happening. These backstories help to lull the reader, preparing them for the next fresh scare. The scares themselves are vivid and well done, with careful attention to graphic details that bring the horror to life. Unfortunately that’s all the story ever amounts to. At first the rationed scares help to populate every shadow with an unseen threat, but over time it becomes clear that a true attack will only come once an allotted span of time has passed, and some characters cannot die. To his credit the author makes a valiant effort to make every character feel real, and it is in the characters that this story shines, but the central plot of the novel runs a bit thin. Large portions of the book are spent waiting. The story masterfully manages information, providing just enough o spark new questions, but once the mystery is solved the answer turns out to be simple and rather crude. The resolution feels less like a climax and more like an obligatory cleanup afterwards. Phantoms is a good demonstration of suspense, but suspense also builds up expectations. The greater the hype around a question, the stronger the answer must be. +Strong Suspense +Strong Description *Complex Characters *Slow Pacing -Weak Plot 2/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A favorite author, that I put aside for awhile. So glad I decided to pick him up again and look at some of his older stories. I didn't know that Phantoms put him in the catagory of a horror writer. It was a horror story and well done. Thank goodness for his well developed heros. And thank you for a clear defined ending. JDL
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Fairly well written...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving. Great story.
November-Owl More than 1 year ago
It is a good read! I really enjoyed it. The suspense builds slowly but steadily. How you might think the ending will be keeps you guessing until the actual ending. It's like a horror story in ways, but not in other ways. In my opinion, the book is well worth the time to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in high school and honestly this was my very first horror book I read and this was freaky. I loved the book so much that when I found out they were making the movie on it I got so excited. The movie was actually kind of lame though. I think it could have been made better. BUT. It still doesnt change the way I feel about the book. The book is way better with what your imagination comes up with is more freakier than the movie.