Dean Koontz Books

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Dean Koontz is a prolific American writer of fictional thriller-horror novels. He has spawned dozens of books in his real name and under aliases such as Brian Coffey, Leigh Nichols, K.R Dwyer, Leonard Chris, Deanna Dwyer, David Axton, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe and Richard Paige.

From 1965, Dean started off with Sci-Fi and Short fictions before graduating to thriller-horror where his true calling was found. He is famously known for the Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series that got adapted into a movie in 2004. There were many other adaptations of Koontz books that came before and after Frankenstein, showing just how witty the author is in crafting compelling storylines.

Order of Odd Thomas Series

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1Odd Thomas 2003Description / Buy
2Forever Odd 2005Description / Buy
3Brother Odd 2006Description / Buy
4Odd Hours 2008Description / Buy
5Odd Interlude 2012Description / Buy
6Odd Apocalypse 2012Description / Buy
7Deeply Odd 2013Description / Buy
8You Are Destined To Be Together Forever (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
9Saint Odd 2015Description / Buy

Order of Odd Thomas Graphic Novels Series

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1In Odd We Trust 2008Description / Buy
2Odd Is on Our Side 2010Description / Buy
3House of Odd 2012Description / Buy

Order of Jane Hawk Series

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1The Silent Corner 2017Description / Buy
2The Whispering Room 2017Description / Buy
3The Crooked Staircase 2018Description / Buy
4The Forbidden Door 2018Description / Buy
5The Night Window 2019Description / Buy

Order of Jane Hawk Short Stories/Novellas

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1The Bone Farm 2018Description / Buy

Order of Black Bat Mystery Series

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1Blood Risk 1973Description / Buy
2Surrounded 1974Description / Buy
3The Wall of Masks 1975Description / Buy

Order of Moonlight Bay Series

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1Fear Nothing 1998Description / Buy
2Seize the Night 1998Description / Buy

Order of Santas Twin Series

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1Santa's Twin 1995Description / Buy
2Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin 2004Description / Buy

Order of Nameless Series

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1In the Heart of the Fire (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
2Photographing the Dead (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
3The Praying Mantis Bride (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
4Red Rain (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
5The Mercy of Snakes (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
6Memories of Tomorrow (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
7The Lost Soul of the City 2021Description / Buy
8Gentle Is the Angel of Death 2021Description / Buy
9Kaleidoscope 2021Description / Buy
10Light Has Weight, but Darkness Does Not 2021Description / Buy
11Corkscrew 2021Description / Buy
12Zero In 2021Description / Buy

Order of What the Night Knows Series

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1What the Night Knows 2010Description / Buy
2Darkness Under the Sun (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy

Order of Innocence Series

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1Wilderness (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
2Innocence 2013Description / Buy

Order of Ashley Bell Series

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1Last Light (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
2Final Hour (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
3Ashley Bell 2015Description / Buy

Order of The City Series

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1The City 2014Description / Buy
2The Neighbor (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy

Order of Trixie Koontz Series

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1Life Is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living 2004Description / Buy
2Christmas Is Good: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Holiday 2005Description / Buy
3Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life 2008Description / Buy
4A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog 2009Description / Buy
5I, Trixie, Who is Dog 2009Description / Buy
6Trixie and Jinx 2010Description / Buy

Order of 77 Shadow Street Series

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1The Moonlit Mind (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
277 Shadow Street 2011Description / Buy

Order of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Series

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1Prodigal Son ( With: Kevin J. Anderson) 2005Description / Buy
2City of Night ( With: Ed Gorman) 2005Description / Buy
3Dead and Alive 2009Description / Buy
4Lost Souls 2009Description / Buy
5The Dead Town 2011Description / Buy

Order of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Graphic Novels

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1Prodigal Son 2011Description / Buy
2Storm Surge 2016Description / Buy

Order of Dean Koontz Standalone Novels

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1Star Quest / Doom of the Green Planet 1968Description / Buy
2The Fall Of The Dream Machine / The Star Ventures 1969Description / Buy
3Fear That Man / Toyman 1969Description / Buy
4Dark Symphony 1970Description / Buy
5Hell's Gate 1970Description / Buy
6Dark of the Woods/Soft Come the Dragons 1970Description / Buy
7Beastchild 1970Description / Buy
8Anti-Man 1970Description / Buy
9The Crimson Witch 1971Description / Buy
10Demon Child 1971Description / Buy
11Legacy of Terror 1971Description / Buy
12Warlock 1972Description / Buy
13Starblood 1972Description / Buy
14The Flesh in the Furnace 1972Description / Buy
15Children of the Storm 1972Description / Buy
16Dance with the Devil 1972Description / Buy
17The Dark Of Summer 1972Description / Buy
18A Darker Heritage 1972Description / Buy
19Darkness in My Soul 1972Description / Buy
20Time Thieves 1972Description / Buy
21Chase 1972Description / Buy
22Demon Seed 1973Description / Buy
23Shattered 1973Description / Buy
24A Werewolf Among Us 1973Description / Buy
25The Haunted Earth 1973Description / Buy
26Hanging on 1973Description / Buy
27Strike Deep 1974Description / Buy
28After the Last Race 1974Description / Buy
29Nightmare Journey 1975Description / Buy
30The Long Sleep 1975Description / Buy
31Invasion 1975Description / Buy
32Dragonfly 1976Description / Buy
33Night Chills 1976Description / Buy
34Prison Of Ice 1976Description / Buy
35Icebound 1976Description / Buy
36The Vision 1977Description / Buy
37The Face of Fear 1977Description / Buy
38The Key to Midnight 1979Description / Buy
39Whispers 1980Description / Buy
40The Voice of the Night 1980Description / Buy
41The Funhouse 1980Description / Buy
42The Eyes of Darkness 1981Description / Buy
43The Mask 1981Description / Buy
44The House of Thunder 1982Description / Buy
45Phantoms 1983Description / Buy
46The Servants of Twilight 1984Description / Buy
47Darkfall / Darkness Comes 1984Description / Buy
48Twilight Eyes 1984Description / Buy
49The Door to December 1985Description / Buy
50Strangers 1986Description / Buy
51Watchers 1987Description / Buy
52Shadowfires 1987Description / Buy
53Lightning 1988Description / Buy
54Trapped 1989Description / Buy
55Midnight 1989Description / Buy
56The Bad Place 1990Description / Buy
57Cold Fire 1991Description / Buy
58Hideaway 1992Description / Buy
59Mr. Murder 1993Description / Buy
60Dragon Tears 1993Description / Buy
61Winter Moon 1993Description / Buy
62Dark Rivers of the Heart 1994Description / Buy
63Intensity 1995Description / Buy
64Tick Tock 1996Description / Buy
65Sole Survivor 1997Description / Buy
66False Memory 1999Description / Buy
67From the Corner of His Eye 2000Description / Buy
68One Door Away from Heaven 2001Description / Buy
69Watchers & Mr Murder 2001Description / Buy
70By the Light of the Moon 2002Description / Buy
71The Face 2003Description / Buy
72The Taking 2004Description / Buy
73Life Expectancy 2004Description / Buy
74Velocity 2005Description / Buy
75The Husband 2006Description / Buy
76The Darkest Evening of the Year 2007Description / Buy
77The Good Guy 2007Description / Buy
78Your Heart Belongs to Me 2008Description / Buy
79Relentless 2009Description / Buy
80Breathless 2009Description / Buy
81Devoted 2020Description / Buy
82Elsewhere 2020Description / Buy
83The Other Emily 2021Description / Buy

Order of Dean Koontz Anthologies

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1Strange Highways 1995Description / Buy
2The Book Of Counted Sorrows 2003Description / Buy

Order of Dean Koontz Non-Fiction Books

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1Writing Popular Fiction 1972Description / Buy
2How to Write Best Selling Fiction 1981Description / Buy
3Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery 1996Description / Buy
4Ask Anna (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy

Order of Dean Koontz Childrens Books

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1Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages 1988Description / Buy
2The Paper Doorway: Funny Verse and Nothing Worse 2001Description / Buy
3Every Day's a Holiday: Amusing Rhymes for Happy Times 2003Description / Buy

Order of The Dying Earth Series

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1The Dying Earth / Mazirian the Magician 1950Description / Buy
2Cugel's Saga / Cugel: The Skybreak Spatterlight 1966Description / Buy
3The Eyes of the Overworld / Cugel the Clever 1966Description / Buy
4A Quest for Simbilis 1974Description / Buy
5Morreion (Short Story) 1978Description / Buy
6The Seventeen Virgins 1979Description / Buy
7The Bagful of Dreams 1979Description / Buy
8Rhialto the Marvellous 1984Description / Buy
9The Laughing Magician 2006Description / Buy
10Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance 2009Description / Buy

Order of Dean Koontz Short Stories/Novellas

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1Ricochet Joe [Kindle in Motion] (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy

Dean Koontz Anthologies

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1 Final Stage: The Ultimate Science Fiction Anthology1974Description / Buy
2 Continuum 11974Description / Buy
3 Tropical Chills: Fourteen Tales of Scorching Horror to Make Your Blood Run Cold1988Description / Buy
4 Obsessions1991Description / Buy
5 October Dreams2000Description / Buy
6 Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance2009Description / Buy
7 Detours2016Description / Buy
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CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF DEAN KOONTZ BOOKS:

The Odd Thomas series has the graphic novels In Odd We Trust, Odd is On Our Side and House of Odd. These three are prequels to the very first published novel Odd Thomas, and chronogically would be read before that.

There were also Odd Thomas Webisodes(Odd Passenger 1-4) which would be read after Brother Odd and before Odd Hours.

Dean Koontz Awards

With his prolific nature and ability to captivate the reader from beginning to end, it’s no surprise that Dean was bound to scoop several accolades in his career. His 1986 book ‘Strangers’ became an instant hit and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award in 1987. 2007 saw his book ‘Brotherly Odd’ score Editor’s Choice in the Listen Up awards. In 2013, Koontz received memorable mentions for two of his books; a Young Adult nominee for the High School Book Award (Iowa) for the book Only the Night Knows and the top pick in the RT Book Review of 2013 for the book Deadly Odd.

2015 was a golden year for Koontz as well having won the Goodreads Choice Awards, in the Horror category, for his book Saint Odd. Nonetheless, the biggest achievement in Dean’s career has to be the privilege of scooping top positions on the New York Best Seller list as well as big screen adaptation of several of his books. One of his novels also managed to provide the lead storyline for a popular video game.

Dean Koontz Books into Movies

The first book adaptation for the big screen was the 1977 novel, Demon Seed. Its box-office success gave Dean instant exposure to Hollywood moviemakers, and two years later a second movie came from his book ‘The Intruder’. From 1988 through to 2000, 12 movies made it to the big screen borrowing plot concepts from his books Watchers (Watches I, Watchers II and Watchers Reborn), The Face of Fear (movie and play), Whispers, The Face of Fear, The Servants of Twilight, Hideaway, Intensity, Mr Murder and Phantoms.

The list continues with a 2000 movie release from his book Sole Survivor and the novella Black River in the year after, from his book under the same name. 2004 was the highlight with the release of Frankenstein the movie adapted from his four series books. Besides the Hollywood big screens, Dean Koontz brilliant works have also birthed concepts for video games like the 2012 video game ’77 Shadow St.’ named accurately after the book. Odd Thomas is the most recent movie adaptation released in 2013, unraveling the plot from his 2003 book.

Best Dean Koontz Books

Here are two of the best Dean Koontz books as reviewed by his fans and credible book review sites;

Watchers: This 1987 book was the biggest success in Dean’s writing career; he even confessed in an interview that it was a book he really enjoyed writing. The story unfolds in a classified government laboratory where two mutant creatures are released into the wild; a super-intelligent dog and a grotesque looking beast that wreaks total chaos wherever it goes. The main characters are a man and woman whose love story gets entwined with the two odd creations from the government facilities. Dean Koontz wittingly tosses the reader from one scene to another with a powerful blow of suspense that keeps you glued to the end. Watches is the only book in Deans collections to have earned three unique movie adaptations from the same concept.

Odd Thomas: This 2003 book carried the same unique characters as watchers, namely a unique and well-crafted plot, engaging characters and Koontz’s favorite dose of suspense and surprise. The story is centered around the protagonist, Odd Thomas, who’s ordinary life as a short-order chef isn’t as ordinary as he wants everyone to believe. Thomas has psychic powers of speaking with the dead, and he must use this ability to stop a foreboded calamity that will befall the town. His life of heroism classes with the tale of love between him and his uber hot girlfriend, Ms. Stormy. Odd Thomas became an instant New York Times bestseller, and subsequently as a box-office sensation in the 2013 movie adaptation.

When Does The Next Dean Koontz book come out?

Dean Koontz doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Zero In and was released on June, 15th 2021. It is the newest book in the Nameless Series.

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  1. Hard to pass up a Koontz book, but I had no idea he has some non-fiction books and graphic novels. Might have to check those out.
    Watchers is great of course; chilling and scary plot, and the story and characters are unforgettable. I’m glad the story has a happy ending because parts of it brought tears to my eyes.
    An unexpected Koontz book I really enjoyed was “Life Expectancy”. The premises sounds ridiculous; a dying granddad predicts his grandson will have 5 terrible days in his life – what? But trust me, it’s a good read, which is something Koontz never really fails to provide!

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