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 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 77 Shadow Street Series
Order of Ashley Bell Series
Order of Black Bat Mystery Series
Order of Dean Koontz Anthologies
Order of Dean Koontz Childrens Books
|1||Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages||1988|
|2||The Paper Doorway: Funny Verse and Nothing Worse||2001|
|3||Every Day's a Holiday: Amusing Rhymes for Happy Times||2003|
|4||Trixie and Jinx||2010|
Order of Dean Koontz Non-Fiction Books
|1||Writing Popular Fiction||1972|
|2||How to Write Best Selling Fiction||1981|
|3||Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery||1996|
|4||ASK ANNA: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn||2014|
Order of Dean Koontz Standalone Novels
Order of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Graphic Novels
Order of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Series
|2||City of Night||2005|
|3||Dead and Alive||2009|
|5||The Dead Town||2011|
Order of Innocence Series
Order of Moonlinght Bay Series
Order of Odd Thomas Graphic Novels Series
Order of Odd Thomas Series
|8||You Are Destined To Be Together Forever (Short Story)||2014|
Order of Santas Twin Series
|2||Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin||2004|
Order of The City Series
Order of Trixie Koontz Series
|1||Life Is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living||2004|
|2||Christmas Is Good: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Holiday||2005|
|3||Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life||2008|
|4||A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog||2009|
|5||I, Trixie, Who is Dog||2009|
Order of What the Night Knows Series
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.