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)
Edited by Gary Hoppenstand and Garyn G. Roberts
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, index
Copyright Date: 2022