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THE CITY is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio! July 1, 2014: THE CITY is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio!

Happy pub day to Dean! THE CITY is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio!

It’s not where we live, it’s the people we live for.

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

Click here to start reading THE CITY.

Dean explains how he got the idea for THE CITY! June 19, 2014: Dean explains how he got the idea for THE CITY!

I can often tell you where the idea for a book came from, but one thing that I like most about this work is when the source of a story is entirely mysterious, when it blossoms in my head with no evident inspiration. For instance, last year I sat down to write a little piece to be released as an e-story to promote Innocence. It would have a tie of some kind to that novel, most likely just that it took place in the same city as the longer story.

For some reason, as I sat at the keyboard to noodle around, I decided that the lead character would be a piano man and that the story would open with him telling you his name, which would be Jonah, and that something astonishing had happened to him as a child. I typed instead, “My name is Jonah Ellington Basie Hines Eldridge Wilson Hampton Armstrong Kirk,” which became the first sentence of Chapter One. Why he should have so many names, I didn’t know, though being a fan of jazz and especially of big-band swing, I recognized the names that I was typing. Without hesitation, I continued: “From as young as I can remember, I loved the city. Mine is a story of love reciprocated.” And I was on my way.

Days later, the story had grown to such an extent that I knew it was in fact going to be a novel and that it would be titled The City. I found myself putting in long hours at the keyboard, but the work sessions seemed brief, ten hours passing as if they collapsed into one. The developments in the story continually delighted and astonished me. Where was this coming from?

My friend Joe Stefko, who is a rock ‘n’ roll drummer, has played with Frank Zappa and with Meatloaf and, for some years now, with the Turtles. He says that when he’s at his performance best, when other musicians say afterward, “That was amazing,” he doesn’t remember what he did. He says that on those occasions, he goes (mentally) somewhere apart from the venue where he plays and, “I just get out of my own way.” I liked that description of the experience. In writing The City and certain other books, I have sometimes gotten out of my own way, and what ends up on the page seems miraculous to me. I can’t command it to happen; the control isn’t mine. And the story idea seems to explode from nothing, like a universe being born. Weird. And wonderful.

- Dean

P.S. Thanks for making Deeply Odd New York Times bestseller in paperback! And don’t forget that Odd is coming back (for the last time!) in Saint Odd this December.

Dean on the first reader of his manuscripts: his wife, Gerda! May 22, 2014: Dean on the first reader of his manuscripts: his wife, Gerda!

Gerda, my wife and first reader of my manuscripts, is an honest critic of my work, and a good one. For years, the male ego being what it is, I listened to her thoughts on a script, generally expressed my disagreements with her suggestions—but then went into my office and quietly fixed things according to her observations before sending the book off to my editor. Eventually, I grew up and learned to acknowledge the wisdom of her suggestions at the time she made them.

When she finished reading the manuscript of THE CITY, she came into my office and said, “I think this is the first time I’ve ever said a book is perfect in every scene.” I expressed my concern that she was trying to spare my feelings. “No,” she said, “when it comes to your writing, sweetie, I don’t care about your feelings, only about the book.” Later, at dinner, when I pressed her to tell me what shereally thought, she said, “This pasta is delicious, isn’t it?” When I asked again as we were about to brush our teeth to go to bed, she said, “Have you flossed?” I almost woke her in the middle of the night to pose the question once more, but our dog, Anna, sleeping at the foot of the bed, growled softly as though with psychic awareness of what I was about to do. In the morning, when I asked again, Gerda said, “Have I ever not said what I mean?”

She is the most straight-forward and honest person I’ve ever known, so I said, “I’m an idiot.” She said, “Have you always known, or is this a new realization on your part?” I’ve always known.

- Dean

Dean on the ODD THOMAS movie April 28, 2014: Dean on the ODD THOMAS movie

Thanks to everyone who has written to me about the ODD THOMAS movie after seeing it via view-on-demand or on DVD. Two have been negative, but many hundreds have given it five stars. As you know if you read my opinion here more than a year ago, I think Stephen Sommers did a terrific job, as did the lead actors. With only a 25-million-dollar budget, in spite of an epic crisis midway through, he delivered a movie that looks like it cost three times as much, and the film is as faithful to the book as any film can be.

The biggest question I get is “Why didn’t this receive major theatrical distribution?” If I set out to fully answer that, I would probably deliver a book-length manuscript and would, toward the end, be raving incoherently in language so offensive as to burn the ears off a demon. Let me just say that Steve Sommers is a good man, honorable and smart and kind, with integrity to burn–which makes him a rare fish in the dark sea in which his art requires him to swim.

- Dean

The Odd Thomas movie is here! February 5, 2014: The Odd Thomas movie is here!

The wait is over for all you Odd Thomas fans! The Odd Thomas movie is On Demand with most cable providers now and will be available for rent on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, XBox, and Playstation NEXT WEEK, 2/11/14! It will be available on DirectTV and Dish on 2/28/14. You can pre-order the movie beginning on 2/25/14, and the DVD, BluRay, and Digital Download will release on 3/25/14. Want to see Odd on the big screen? There will also be a limited theatrical release on 2/28/14 in the following 10 markets:

Boston
Chicago
Dallas
Denver
New York
Orlando
Philadelphia
Tampa
Houston
Los Angeles

Written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), and starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek into Darkness, Fright Night) as Odd Thomas, Addison Timlin (Californication) as Stormy Llewellyn, and Willem Dafoe.

Check out the art and the official trailer!

Dean’s Frankenstein series/TV news! October 18, 2012: Dean’s Frankenstein series/TV news!

Exciting news! Lionsgate Television and 1019 Entertainment have teamed up to develop a drama series based on Dean Koontz’s bestselling Frankenstein series. Stay tuned for more details!

Recognizing Bullying Prevention Month October 11, 2012: Recognizing Bullying Prevention Month

The themes of good and evil in ODDKINS are reminiscent of schoolyard bullies harassing younger or kinder children. In this video recognizing Bullying Prevention Month, Dean discusses his encounter with a child being bullied.

Blockbuster authors Dean Koontz, Peter Lerangis, Bette Greene, Patty MacLachlan and Logan Levkoff speak out on bullying in this powerful video. From offering perspective to discussing their own experiences with bullies, these authors open up about a subject that is all too prevalent today for young people.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCnf0Z3m9SY&feature=youtu.be

Oddkins September 5, 2012: Oddkins

The First Novel for Young Readers from Dean Koontz is now available in digital format. Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages is on sale now from Open Road Media and Mel Parker Books. The book is beautifully illustrated and visually stunning; Dean Koontz introduces a dazzling world of toys and terror, exploring the fears we all face in the dark.

Dean on Odd Apocalypse, in an interview with TheDailyBasics.com July 31, 2012: Dean on Odd Apocalypse, in an interview with TheDailyBasics.com

Odd Apocalypse is probably the darkest story thus far in the series, but Odd keeps his sense of humor, as he always will. This is also in some ways the most over-the-top Odd story, stretching the element of the fantastic about as far as I could without breaking my compact with the reader. The next in the series, Deeply Odd is more down to earth, a road story with a pace like that of Odd Hours.”

Read the rest of this interview with Dean on TheDailyBasics.com

Enjoy this new interview with Dean from Publishers Weekly : Enjoy this new interview with Dean from Publishers Weekly

Odd Thomas returns in Odd Apocalypse, the fifth book of seven planned in a series with Odd’s name. Dean Koontz recently discussed Odd’s latest adventure and how Odd Thomas has evolved, with Publishers Weekly. Known for his bestselling suspense thrillers, Dean Koontz has incorporated elements of science fiction, horror, and fantasy into his books, along with spiritual grounding. When Koontz writes about the battle between good and evil, he speaks from experience.

Enjoy this new interview

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