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Dean Koontz: Collectible Writer with Staying Power

By Carrie Scott. Jul 9, 2018. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Horror, Science Fiction

Dean Koontz is an American master of suspense and horror who has sold over 450 million copies of his books worldwide. His works have frequently appeared on The New York Times bestseller list and more than 20 of his novels reached the coveted number one position.  


Although it was his science fiction that brought him into the public spotlight, Koontz has also written books of satire, mystery and even poetry. Before tying John Grisham as the United States' highest paid author, earning $25 million annually, he worked as a high school English teacher in Pennsylvania. Koontz wrote for ten years before his novel Whispers was published in 1980. His book Strangers, published in 1986, was his first hardback bestseller. Many of his novels were developed from earlier short stories including Beastchild, illustrated by Pamela Lee.

Dean Koontz has been a tremendous success across many genres, making him a collectible writer with staying power.

A Selection of Collectible Dean Koontz Books


The Book Of Counted Sorrows (Signed, Numbered Edition)

Originally a non-existant book that Koontz "quoted" in his works, The Book of Counted Sorrows is a volume of poetry. Before its publication, Koontz reportedly received up to 3,000 letters per year inquiring about the book. He describes it on the title page thus: "Being the mind-bending, heart-stopping, bowel-freezing, spleen-tickling history of the most dangerous book of poetry every written, including the text of that cursed book itself, with the prayer that god will protect you from a spontaneous head explosion (and even worse potential fates) if you dare read it." This edition is the first, numbered edition of 1,250 and comes in alike slipcase.  Details>>


Strangers - 1st Edition/1st Printing

A terrifying and deadly secret, a riddle that becomes reality--these are subconsciously shared by the protagonists of this relentlessly gripping novel. Not one of them knows what the secret is, nor do they know each other. All they know is that a special terror has come to dominate and warp their lives.This first edition print with dust-jacket is signed and inscribed to a Virginia collector by author Dean Koontz directly on the half-title page. Details>>



The Husband - Signed, Numbered Edition

This thriller begins with a kidnapped wife, a demand for ransom, and a murder. As always, Koontz weaves an intricate web, and readers are taken on a journey along with the protagonist husband that is filled with twists and questions of who can be trusted and, of course, what will happen next. This book is a most stunning first edition limited to 300 numbered and 26 lettered copies (this one being numbered) in unread condition in alike slipcase, signed by author Dean Koontz. Details>>


Every Day's a Holiday 

Koontz has ventured into the realm of children's literature more than once, and Every Day's a Holiday has become a favorite. He writes poems for various holidays, some well known and others more obscure. Each silly poem includes creative rhymes. The book is both educational and entertaining. Details>>


 Browse the Dean Koontz Collection

*Portions of this post were previously published on our blog.

Carrie Scott
Book enthusiast. Writes a little, reads a little more, and dreams the most.


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