The Early Thrillers of Dean Koontz

Essays on the Evolution of a Writer, 1973–1987

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About the Book

Born into poverty with an abusive home life, Dean Koontz found a respite in books. As he began a writing career in the late 1960s, Koontz began injecting the dark experiences of his own life into his literature, and autobiography became a central thematic element of his thrillers, science fiction and horror stories. Even Koontz’s earliest pieces, like Star Quest and Demon Seed, are tapestries of raw, varied and energetic storylines equally as worthy of examination as his later popular novels.
This compilation of essays examines the fiction of Dean Koontz, from his earliest literary efforts in the 1960s and ’70s to his emergence as a bestselling author of suspense. Written by some of the top experts in popular culture studies, these essays will appeal to the many fans of Dean Koontz’s work, as well as to general readers of popular thrillers. It is the first study to approach the evolution of major themes and intricacies in Koontz’s early career as a bestselling author.

About the Author(s)

Award winner Gary Hoppenstand is a professor in the department of English at Michigan State University. He has published numerous books and more than sixty scholarly articles on topics ranging from popular culture studies to literary studies to media studies. He lives in Holt, Michigan.

Garyn G. Roberts is a multiple award-winning author, university and college faculty member and administrator. He is the author of a number of articles and books on diverse American culture topics. He lives in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Gary Hoppenstand and Garyn G. Roberts
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3452-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4640-4
Imprint: McFarland