Dean Koontz

Author Dean Koontz redefined the suspense thriller genre by infusing elements of horror, science fiction, dark humor, and romance into his novels. A highly prolific writer, a steady string of his books landed on the ... Read more »
Born: 07/08/1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

Odd Thomas 2012 (Movie)

(from novel: "Odd Thomas") (Source Material)

Phantoms 1998 (Movie)

("Phantoms") (Source Material (from novel))

Phantoms 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Watchers Reborn 1998 (Movie)

("Watchers") (Source Material (from novel))

Dean R. Koontz's Servants of Twilight 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Watchers II 1989 (Movie)

("Watchers") (Source Material (from novel))

Whispers 1989 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Watchers 1988 (Movie)

("Watchers") (Source Material (from novel))

Demon Seed 1977 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Frankenstein (Movie)

(Book Author)
Producer (6)

Dean Koontz's "Mr. Murder" 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Dean Koontz's Black River 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dean Koontz's Sole Survivor 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Phantoms 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dean Koontz's Intensity 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

The Face of Fear (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Biography

Author Dean Koontz redefined the suspense thriller genre by infusing elements of horror, science fiction, dark humor, and romance into his novels. A highly prolific writer, a steady string of his books landed on the New York Times bestsellers list, including Hideaway (1992), Intensity (1996), Odd Thomas (2003), and Velocity (2005). Koontz was a master at building suspense, blending the supernatural with the commonplace, and creating dialogue that sparkled with tongue-in-cheek wit. For these reasons, it was not surprising that many of his books were adapted for film and television, including the feature films "Watchers" (1988) and "Intensity" (1997) and the television miniseries "Sole Survivor" (Fox, 2000). While Koontz's stories terrified and brought to life the horrors inflicted by society's most heinous individuals, they also celebrated the power of good over evil, and strength of the human character. In spite of the dark themes and malevolent characters he explored, Koontz always tempered his stories with themes of redemption. Over the years, he demonstrated his command of spine-tingling mysteries, and proved that he was undoubtedly one of the world's most successful and gifted wordsmiths.

EDUCATION

Shippensburg State College

Shippensburg , Pennsylvania 1967

Milestones

2009

Wrote third novel in series Dead and Alive

2009

Published A Big Little Life, a memoir of life with his golden retriever Trixie

2005

With Ed Gorman, co-authored second book in Frankenstein series City of Night

2004

Published first novel in Frankenstein series Prodigal Son, co-written with Kevin J. Anderson

1998

Sci-fi thriller "Phantoms," starring Ben Affleck and Peter O'Toole, adapted from 1983 novel

1997

Made producing debut with TV movie "Intensity" (Fox), based on 1995 novel

1995

Horror feature "Hideaway," starring Jeff Goldblum and Alicia Silverstone, adapted from 1992 novel of same name

1988

Novel Watchers (1987) adapted into sci-fi thriller starring Corey Haim

1986

Served as president of Horror Writers Association

1980

Released breakthrough thriller Whispers

1977

Novels Shattered (1973) and Demon Seed (1973) adapted into feature films

1972

Wrote suspense novel Chase under pseudonym K.R. Dwyer

1968

Published first book, science fiction novel Starquest

1967

Briefly worked as a counselor for Appalachian Poverty Program, and then as an English teacher

At age 12, won national newspaper essay contest on the subject "What being an American means to me"

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