Strange Highways

Strange Highways

by Dean Koontz

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ISBN-13: 9780446603393
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 278,907
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 4.24(h) x 0.99(d)

About 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.

Hometown:

Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania

Education:

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

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Strange Highways 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Strange Highways¿ by Dean Koontz is a collection of short suspense stories. ¿The Black Pumpkin¿ is a story about a hideous creature coming from a pumpkin patch to get revenge on people. ¿The Night of the Storm¿ is a story about the world being controlled by robots, and humans are just a myth until something or someone starts to unexplainably destroy robots. ¿We Three¿ is about a race of super humans with unimaginable powers who make plans to take over the world, but are soon worried about their children becoming even more powerful then them and eventually killing them. ¿Hardshell¿ is a story about a cop who is pursuing a serial killer who later turns out to be an alien. The cop himself then reveals himself to be an alien and after a long struggle eventually defeats the criminal. ¿Strange Highways¿ is a very well written book. It is full of both wonderfully beautiful and eerie grotesque imagery. Each story also contains a lot of suspense that keeps the reader intrigued and wanting more. That is what the stories have in common but they are also completely different ranging from stories about robots to stories about a Vietnam veteran being chased by a killer. The variety of the stories keeps readers entertained. The length of the stories is also good for people who just read occasionally because they can just pick up the book and read a story. The author achieved his purpose in writing this book because it is entertaining, full of suspense, and enjoyable to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great although there are a few stories that could have been better. It kept my attention all the way through and I would recommend this book to any Dean Koontz fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you pick up this book, you wont be able to put it down. Dean's writing is genius! Strange Highways is a must read for Halloween!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Dean Koontz books for almost 4 years, I personally own 18 of them, Strange highways showed me the road of true horror and suspense fiction, it is a collection of some of Dean's best short stories. I rate this a 5 star special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of short stories is quite good. Short stories are how Koontz started out, as he explains in the 'Notes to the Reader' at the end, so this book is good background material for any writers wanting to reach Koontz's level of popularity. Some of the more memorable stories were 'Down Into the Darkness' (chilling, good moral issues raised), 'Bruno' (unusual humorous style, parody of the standard private detective novel), 'Strange Highways' (something of a male fantasy about time travel, about being given a 2nd [& 3rd & 4th...] chance), 'The Black Pumpkin' (short and obvious, but well done with a cute touch at the end), 'We Three' (short and daring, much like the film 'Village of the Damned').
Blazingice0608 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A wonderful collection of short fiction, an absolute must read for any fan of Koontz and especially a fan of short stories, do NOT overlook this book because its a collection of short fiction and not an actual novel. Strange Highways and Chase are novellas, Chase was an actual novel published back in 1972 but is out of print except here. Other stories that are worth mentioning are Down in the Darkness, Bruno, We Three, Ollie's Hands, and Kittens, the others are good as well, just not quite as phenominal as those are. The best thing about this collection is you get to see all the variety of stories Koontz has to offer in his novels, and this still doesnt cover all of it. But more importantly, anyone who knows Koontz books knows he almost always has a happy ending that is perfectly wrapped up and explained. A lot of these stories will have either a sad/unhappy ending, or it will just be ambigous and open ended, much as Stephen king book endings can be, this is a major plus for me. I still have 2 stories left to read as well as a novella(Strange Highways), and will update this review as well as give it a rating when they are complete. For now though, these are my individual, short reviews for each story:Kittens- A very short story of only 5 pages, straight to the point and awesome, while its very simple, the ending to it is absolutly twisted. A pretty unexpected turn of events for a Koontz story to say the least.Bruno- One of my favorates, a story about traveling through multiple alternate realities, worlds that are the same as our own, but different, such as Walt Disney being a gun producer and Smith&Wesson being a fast food joint. This opens the door for lots of silly humour, which Koontz is always exceptional at. Its a very neat and interesting tale with humour to put a nice spin on things that the other stories lack.Snatchers- A story with a good moral to it, its about a purse snatcher who ends up stealing a purse that will end up coming back to bite him in a big way, this was a good story but probably my least favorate so far.We Three- Another of my favorates, its a story about triplets who have a lot of supernatural powers like telepathy, telekenisis, etc. Has a great ending but i dont want to spoil it for you.Down in the Darkness- A story about a POW Vietnam veteran who buys a new house with a myserious and supernatural cellar in it. It taps into his darkside and unleashes pent up darkness from back in Vietnam, another one with somewhat of a good moral behind it. A short story that offers a lot of character depth.Chase- This is a REALLY good one, because its long it has a completley fleshed out character, a pretty good one might i add. Its a straight up psychological thriller with no supernatural and a bit of a "who done it" aspect to it. A very fun read, one of the best ive read so far.Miss Atilla the Hun- This one is my favorate so far, it is a bit of an invasion of the body snatchers type of alien story. But what i like the best about it is that it takes several points of view, a few characters as well as the alien itself.Night in the Storm- Somewhat of a sci-fi story about a world where humans are supposidly extinct and robots rule the world. Its about robots who basically need help in keeping their life interesting, and a group of them go on a trip into the woods to go hunting and end up finding more than they can bite off. Has a nice twist to it at the end, the different robots and their different personalities are fun, and overall its a neat concept. However with that said, its probably my second least favorate so far, it goes to show how good this collection is as i still liked it quite a bit, and the ones i have left to read are said to be amazing, so i dont expect this one to move up anymore than it has already.Black Pumpkin- This was basically an all out horror story with a touch of a moral value in its ending. There really isnt much else to say about it, but i would consider it right around the middle of th
ladybug74 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I have had bad luck with short stories lately. I just don't seem to enjoy them any more. For that reason, I put off reading this one for a while even though it's by one of my favorite all-time authors. I was so surprised that I really enjoyed most of the stories in this book. Of course, I liked the novellas a bit better than the short stories because there is more to them. My favorite was the title story, Strange Highways, which was probably the longest one in the book. I love time travel stories and this one did not disappoint me! There were 2 stories (Trapped & Chase) that were repeats for me from other books.
andyray on LibraryThing 11 months ago
In his novels, Dean Koontz doesn't deal with fantasy that much since his title "Watchers" was published. His words. Not mine. In this collection of two novel-length stories and 11 others, fantasy reigns supreme. We have a few mutants with powers that humanity (nor they) can handle. We have monsters found nowhere else, like the growing thing of phlem, feces, and rotting garbage that takes away a bad, bad man in "Snatcher." I particularly like the story of a man obsessed with the religion of atheism who can not stand others to have faith and who, finally, is led to faith by the spirit of his dead son.All in all, some of Koontz' finest works are here and it's an excellent read. Try to save the story "Black Pumpkin," however, for around Halloween. And if you figure out in the closing novel "Chase" how the protagonist was followed, let me know. I think it's a hole in the bread myself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of short stories by Koontz is amazing. All Koontz readers will loves each and every story while new readers will be fascinated. It's really hard to choose a favorite story among them all, although Chase and Black Pumkins stand out. The main story Strange Highways pulls no punches as it leads you into a brother's disturbing discovery and what he ends up doing about it. Another great story here is Bruno. The opening sentence catches the reader and hooks you. You simply want to know more. ALl in all, this is a great collection which will chill you. Currently, I'm listening to Chase on the Audio tapes read by actor Chris Sarandon (Although I had read Chase years ago)and have found it to be very gripping and shocking, as if it was a new story. I can't wait for the 3rd Chris Snow book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chase is excellent. This book proves Koontz's skill in many areas. Any horror fan should read this collection. It will chill you completely