Bantam Books has signed Dean Koontz for three new Frankenstein novels, which will be the first of the series to be published in hardcover, it was announced today by Gina Centrello, President and Publisher of the Random House Publishing Group. The first new volume, LOST SOULS, will be published in June 2010 and begins a brand new story cycle that will unfold over the two subsequent books, tentatively planned for release in successive summers.
Since the 2005 publication of the first two volumes in Dean Koontz’s original Frankenstein trilogy, the series has been a publishing phenomenon in the United States and abroad, topping bestseller lists across the country. The eagerly awaited third volume, DEAD AND ALIVE, went straight to #1 on the New York Times paperback bestseller list on its release last July and remained near the top of that list and others for weeks afterward.
LOST SOULS will pick up the action two years after the close of the previous volume, as the characters are settled into new lives, the setting moves to the American West, primarily Montana, and a new villain who makes the original Victor Frankenstein look tame arrives on the scene. “I really enjoy writing this series,” Koontz commented. “Its special conventions allow me to explore the timeless themes of the Frankenstein story—man’s story—from an entirely fresh perspective.” Bantam Publisher Nita Taublib noted that “ Dean has clearly struck a chord with this terrific series–its deadpan wit, intricate plotting, and breakneck pacing have made it a smash hit and we’re looking forward to taking it to an even wider audience.” Koontz’s longtime editor, Tracy Devine, will edit the new books.