Author:Dean R. Koontz

Jump to navigation Jump to search
This is an ISFDB Bibliographic Comments page for the author (or artist or editor) Dean R. Koontz. This page may be used for bibliographic comments or extended notes about the author, or discussion on how to the author's works are to be recorded . The link above leads to the ISFDB summary record for Dean R. Koontz. Please use Bio:Dean R. Koontz for a biographical sketch of this person. To discuss what should go on this page, use the talk page. For more on this and other header templates, see Header templates.

Dean Koontz apparently wrote 30 or so erotic books for Cameo books and others early in his career under various pen names. Books that have been attributed to him by others include Skin Summer by "Ann Griffin" (American Art Enterprises, 1983 and Cameo, 1970), Protest Ball by "Ann Griffin" (published by American Art Enterprises in 1989 and originally published in 1970 by Cameo); and Sharing by "Richard Young" (published by Barbizon in 1973, originally published under the title Share the Warm Flesh by "Gracie Amber" in 1970 by Cameo). Dean Koontz has denied having ever written any erotic books with the exceptions of Bounce Girl (Cameo, 1970) which credits Dean Koontz and his wife as authors without benefit of pen names, and the “Leonard Chris” book "Hung"; but these denails appear to be inconsistent with prior statements made by Koontz himself.

In an article written by Dean Koontz entitled "Dean's Drive" in the sci-fi fanzine Energumen #8 (6/71), Dean admitted to writing 30 erotic books in 1970 in addition to Pig Society and The Underground Lifestyles Handbook (both of which were also published by Cameo books in 1970). One of the titles that Dean Koontz admits to having written (at the time he wrote this article) is Thirteen and Ready, which was written under the penname of "Ann Griffin" – the initials A.G. being those of his wife in reverse. In an early sci-fi fanzine, Beabohema #8 (1970), Dean Koontz again talks about writing a number of adult books for Cameo. Dean Koontz's writing how-to book "How to Write Popular Fiction" (1972) also refers to these books and specifically to the "Ann Griffin" penname. The Library of Congress apparently has confirmed that Gerda Ann Koontz (Dean's wife) holds the copyrights to a number of the adult books attributed to Dean Koontz which he now denies having authored.

Additional evidence suggestive of Dean Koontz’s use of these pen names (alone or together with his wife) is as follows: The “Ann Griffin” Cameo book Protest Ball lists the author's address as Harrisburg, Pennsylviania, which is where Dean and his wife were living in 1970, the year of its publication. "Ann Griffin" is one of the five names listed in the dedication of the gothic romance Demon Child (which Koontz wrote under the penname of “Deanna Dwyer”). All five of the first names listed in the dedication of Demon Child match the names of authors of Cameo erotic books that have been attributed to Dean Koontz.

Note: This information is adapted with permission from information provided by online bookseller “fbks68”, who reports verifying all the above information from the original publications.

Short fiction

wikipedia:Dean Koontz bibliography#Short_fiction has a number of stories that we don't have on ISFDB. The Wikipedia entries do not provide reliable sources and so the lists below are stories that should first be at least verified in reliable secondary sources before adding them to ISFDB.

Per a comment on Wikipedia these stories first appeared in "The Reflector", a magazine issued by Shippensburg University, Pa., when Koontz was a student."

  • This Fence (1965)
  • The Kittens (1965) (later revised [1966] as "Kittens") in Strange Highways.
  • Of Childhood (1965) (Reflector, 1966) (essay?)
  • A Miracle is Anything (1966)
  • Cloistered Walls (1966)
  • Flesh (1966)
  • For a Breath I Tarry (1966)
  • Hey, Good Christian (1966)
  • Holes (1966)
  • It (1966)
  • I've Met One (1966)
  • Mold in the Jungle (1966)
  • Sam: the Adventurous Exciting Well-traveled Man (1966)
  • Some Disputed Barricade (1966)
  • Something About This City (1966)
  • The Rats Run (1966)
  • The Standard Unusual (1966)
  • Where No One Fell (1967)

These stories are listed on wikipedia:Dean Koontz bibliography#Short_fiction but not found on ISFDB

  • Little Goody Two-Shoes Chapter One (1967; in "SF Opinion #4" (Dean Koontz fanzine))
  • Little Goody Two-Shoes Chapter Two (1967; in "SF Opinion #5" (Dean Koontz fanzine))
  • Little Goody Two-Shoes Chapter Three (1969; in "SF Opinion #7" (Dean Koontz fanzine))
  • Love 2005 (1968)
  • Glunk (1969; in "SF Opinion #7" (Dean Koontz fanzine, special Vaughn Bode issue)); based on Bode's comic strip "Junkwaffel"
  • The Face in His Belly Part One (1969)
  • The Face in His Belly Part Two (1969)
  • Whoop, the Dead Gerkle (1969; in "SF Opinion #7" (Dean Koontz fanzine)
  • Emanations (1970)
  • Bruno (1971) [a Jake Ash story] revised in Strange Highways
  • Cosmic Sin (1972) [a Jake Ash story]
  • The Terrible Weapon (1972)
  • Night of the Storm (1974) {re-issued as a graphic novel in 1976} revised in Strange Highways
  • Weird World (1986)
  • The Monitors of Providence (1986) {collaboration}
  • Pinkie (1998)
  • Black River (1999)