DEAN KOONTZ (Executive Producer, Screenwriter, Novelist).
When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic
Monthly fiction competition, and he has been writing ever
since. His books are published in 38 languages; worldwide sales
are nearly 200 million copies, and that figure currently increases
more than 17 million copies per year.
Seven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York
Times' hardcover bestseller list (Lightning, Midnight,
Cold Fire, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Intensity, Sole Survivor),
making him one of only ten writers ever to have achieved that
milestone. Eleven of his books have risen to the number one position
in paperback. His books have also been major bestsellers in countries
as diverse as Japan and Sweden.
Along with PHANTOMS, Koontz has written a screenplay for
the film adaptation of his novel Cold Fire; and he wrote
and executive produced The Face of Fear for Warner BrothersCBS
Intensity, which went to number one on the New York
Times bestseller list, was filmed by Peter Gruber's Mandalay
as a miniseries for the Fox Network, and aired initially in August
1997. Mandalay is also developing a miniseries based on one of
the author's most recent works of fiction, Sole Survivor, currently
scheduled for a Fall 1998 premiere. Meanwhile, ABC is developing
a miniseries of Mr. Murder.
The author signed a threebook deal with Bantam Books, the
first of which is Fear Nothing, on sale January 14, 1998.
The New York Times has called Koontz's writing "psychologically
complex, masterly and satisfying." The New Orleans TimesPicayune
said Koontz is "at times lyrical without ever being naive
or romantic. [He creates] a grotesque world, much like that of
Flannery O'Connor or Walker Percy... scary, worthwhile reading."
Of Cold Fire, a worldwide #1 bestseller, the United Press
International said, "an extraordinary piece of fiction. It
will be a classic."
Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from
Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University), and
his first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty
Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor under-privileged
children on a oneto-one basis. His first day on the job,
he discovered that the previous occupant of his position had been
beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help, and had
landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was
filled with challenges but also tension, and Koontz was more highly
motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. He wrote nights
and weekends, which he continued to do after leaving the poverty
program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban
school district outside Harrisburg. After he had been a year and
a half in that position, his wife, Gerda, made him an offer he
couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years,"
she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time,
you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda
had quit her job to run the business end of her husband's writing
career. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California.
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