Dean Koontz Book List

Koontz Books, Stories, and Other Writings

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Dean Koontz went from being the quintessential struggling writer to dominating the suspense thriller genre with works in the fields of horror, fantasy, science fiction and mystery. He was hardly an overnight success, but his lengthy list of works are evidence of his popularity and longevity. In time, many of his novels were released as big-screen movies.

Koontz has been publishing books, stories, novellas, comics, and graphic novels for six decades, using his own name and the pseudonyms K.R.

Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, Brian Coffey, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, Richard Paige, Deanna Dwyer, Leonard Chris, and David Axton.

Here is a complete list of Dean Koontz's books and writings under his name and all his pseudonyms by year.

1965-1969: Koontz Early Works

Much of Koontz's early work was in the form of short fiction. He wrote evenings and weekends while working as an English teacher. When his wife offered to support him for five years while he tried to make a go of being a writer, he was free to kick-start what would become a long and impressive career.

  • 1965 - "The Kittens" short fiction
  • 1965 - "This Fence" short fiction
  • 1965 - "The Reflector" poetry collection
  • 1966 - "Some Disputed Barricade" short fiction
  • 1966 - "A Miracle Is Anything" short fiction
  • 1966 - "Ibsen's Dream" essay
  • 1966 - "Of Childhood" essay
  • 1967 - "To Behold the Sun" short fiction
  • 1967 - "Love 2005" short fiction
  • 1967 - "Soft Come the Dragons" short fiction
  • 1968 - "The Psychedelic Children" short fiction
  • 1968 - "The Twelfth Bed" short fiction
  • 1968 - "Dreambird" short fiction
  • 1968 - "Star Quest"
  • 1969 - "Fear That Man"
  • 1969 - "The Fall of the Dream Machine"
  • 1969 - "Muse" short fiction
  • 1969 - "The Face in His Belly: Part One" short fiction
  • 1969 - "Dragon In the Land" short fiction
  • 1969 - "The Face in His Belly: Part Two" short fiction
  • 1969 - "Where the Beast Runs" short fiction
  • 1969 - "Killerbot" short fiction
  • 1969 - "Temple of Sorrow" short fiction
  • 1969 - "In the Shield" short fiction

1970-1979: Koontz Receives Hugo Award Nomination for Beastchild

The '70s were formative years for Koontz as he experimented with different genres. His first formal recognition of success came with a Hugo nomination for his novel "Beastchild."

  • 1970 - "Hung" (as Leonard Chris)
  • 1970 - "Hell's Gate"
  • 1970 - "Dark Symphony"
  • 1970 - "Dark of the Woods"
  • 1970 - "Beastchild"
  • 1970 - "Anti-Man"
  • 1970 - "The Underground Lifestyles Handbook" (with Gerda Koontz), nonfiction
  • 1970 - "The Pig Society" (with Gerda Koontz), nonfiction
  • 1970 - "Soft Come the Dragons" short story collection
  • 1970 - "Unseen Warriors" short fiction
  • 1970 - "Shambolain" short fiction
  • 1970 - "The Crimson Witch" short fiction
  • 1970 - "Beastchild" short fiction
  • 1970 - "Emanations" short fiction
  • 1970 - "The Mystery of His Flesh" short fiction
  • 1970 - "The Good Ship Lookoutworld" short fiction
  • 1970 - "Nightmare Gang" short fiction
  • 1970 - "A Third Hand" short fiction
  • 1971 - "Legacy of Terror" (as Deanna Dwyer)
  • 1971 - "The Crimson Witch"
  • 1971 - "Bruno" short fiction
  • 1972 - "Warlock!"
  • 1972 - "Time Thieves"
  • 1972 - "Starblood"
  • 1972 - "Demon Child" (as Deanna Dwyer)
  • 1972 - "A Darkness in My Soul"
  • 1972 - "The Dark of Summer" (as Deanna Dwyer)
  • 1972 - "Children of the Storm" (as Deanna Dwyer)
  • 1972 - "The Flesh in the Furnace"
  • 1972 - "Chase" (as K. R. Dwyer)
  • 1972 - "Writing Popular Fiction" nonfiction
  • 1972 - "A Mouse in the Walls of the Global Village" short fiction
  • 1972 - "Ollie's Hands" short fiction
  • 1972 - "Altarboy" short fiction
  • 1972 - "Cosmic Sin" short fiction
  • 1972 - "The Terrible Weapon"
  • 1973 - "Shattered" (as K. R. Dwyer)
  • 1973 - "Demon Seed"
  • 1973 - "A Werewolf Among Us"
  • 1973 - "The Haunted Earth"
  • 1973 - "Hanging On"
  • 1973 - "Dance with the Devil" (as Deanna Dwyer)
  • 1973 - "Blood Risk" (as Brian Coffey)
  • 1973 - "The Undercity" short fiction
  • 1973 - "Terra Phobia" short fiction
  • 1973 - "Wake Up To Thunder" short fiction
  • 1973 - "The Sinless Child" short fiction
  • 1973 - "Grayworld" short fiction
  • 1974 - "Surrounded" (as Brian Coffey)
  • 1974 - "After the Last Race"
  • 1974 - "Night of the Storm" short fiction
  • 1974 - "We Three" short fiction
  • 1975 - "Wall of Masks" (as Brian Coffey)
  • 1975 - "Nightmare Journey"
  • 1975 - "The Long Sleep" (as John Hill)
  • 1975 - "Dragonfly" (as K. R. Dwyer)
  • 1975 - "Invasion" (as Aaron Wolfe), reissued as "Winter Moon" in 1994
  • 1976 - "Prison of Ice" (as David Axton), reissued as "Icebound" in 1995
  • 1976 - "Night Chills"
  • 1977 - "The Vision"
  • 1977 - "The Face of Fear" (as Brian Coffey)
  • 1979 - "The Key to Midnight" (as Leigh Nichols)
  • 1979 - "CHiPs episode 306: Counterfeit" (as Brian Coffey), screenplay

1980-1989: Whispers Becomes Koontz's First Paperback Bestseller

Comfortably established in a style The New York Times called "psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying," Koontz saw "Whispers" become his first paperback bestseller in 1980.

  • 1980 - "Whispers"
  • 1980 - "The Voice of the Night" (as Brian Coffey)
  • 1980 - "The Funhouse" (as Owen West)
  • 1981 - "The Mask" (as Owen West)
  • 1981 - "The Eyes of Darkness" (as Leigh Nichols)
  • 1981 - "How To Write Best-Selling Fiction" nonfiction
  • 1982 - "The House of Thunder" (as Leigh Nichols)
  • 1983 - ​"Phantoms"
  • 1984 - "Darkfall"
  • 1985 - "Twilight Eyes" reissued with extension in 1987
  • 1985 - "The Door to December" (as Richard Paige)
  • 1986 - "Strangers"
  • 1986 - "The Black Pumpkin" short fiction
  • 1986 - "The Monitors of Providence" short fiction
  • 1986 - "Snatcher" short fiction
  • 1986 - "Weird World" short fiction
  • 1986 - "Down in the Darkness" short fiction
  • 1987 - "Watchers"
  • 1987 - "Shadow Fires" (as Leigh Nichols)
  • 1987 - "Graveyard Highway" short fiction
  • 1987 - "Twilight of the Dawn" short fiction
  • 1987 - "Miss Atilla the Hun" short fiction
  • 1987 - "Hardshell" short fiction
  • 1987 - "The Interrogation" short fiction
  • 1988 - "The Servants of Twilight" (as Leigh Nichols)
  • 1988 - "Lightning"
  • 1988 - "Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages" a children's book
  • 1989 - "Midnight"
  • 1989 - "Trapped" short fiction

1990-1999: Koontz Novels Reach No. 1

The prolific Koontz, who says he works 60 to 70 hours a week, continued to turn out suspenseful books. "The Bad Place" and "Hideaway" reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in this decade.

  • 1990 - "The Bad Place"
  • 1991 - "Cold Fire"
  • 1992 - "Hideaway"
  • 1993 - "Mr. Murder"
  • 1993 - "Dragon Tears"
  • 1994 - "Winter Moon"
  • 1994 - "Dark Rivers of the Heart"
  • 1994 - "Strange Highways" short story collection
  • 1995 - "Icebound"
  • 1995 - "Strange Highways"
  • 1996 - "Intensity"
  • 1996 - "Ticktock"
  • 1996 - "Santa's Twin" a children's book
  • 1997 - "Demon Seed" (revised)
  • 1997 - "Sole Survivor"
  • 1998 - "Fear Nothing"
  • 1998 - "Seize the Night"
  • 1998 - "Phantoms" screenplay
  • 1998 - "Pinkie" short fiction
  • 1999 - "False Memory"
  • 1999 - "Black River" short fiction

2000-2009: Koontz Introduces Popular Character Odd Thomas

By this time, Koontz novels were frequently on the bestseller lists, but the introduction of a new character, Odd Thomas, kicked off one of his most popular creations and series of books, Few central characters capture the hearts of readers like Odd Thomas, the unassuming short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities.

  • 2000 - "From the Corner of His Eye"
  • 2001 - "One Door Away from Heaven"
  • 2001 - "The Paper Doorway : Funny Verse and Nothing Worse" a children's book
  • 2001 - "Qual Con" short fiction
  • 2002 - "By the Light of the Moon"
  • 2003 - "The Face"
  • 2003 - "Odd Thomas"
  • 2003 - "Every Day's a Holiday : Amusing Rhymes for Happy Times" a children's book
  • 2003 - "The Book Of Counted Sorrows" poetry collection
  • 2004 - "The Taking"
  • 2004 - "Life Expectancy"
  • 2004 - "Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin" a children's book
  • 2004 - "Life Is Good! Lessons in Joyful Living" (with Trixie Koontz), nonfiction
  • 2005 - Frankenstein's "Prodigal Son" (with Kevin J. Anderson), Book One in Koontz's Frankenstein series
  • 2005 - "Velocity"
  • 2005 - "City of Night" (with Ed Gorman), Book Two in the Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series
  • 2005 - "Forever Odd"
  • 2005 - "Christmas Is Good!: Trixie Treats And Holiday Wisdom" (with Trixie Koontz), nonfiction
  • 2005 - "Dean Koontz's Frankenstein" screenplay
  • 2006 - "The Husband"
  • 2006 - "Brother Odd"
  • 2007 - "The Good Guy"
  • 2007 - "The Darkest Evening of the Year"
  • 2008 - "Odd Hours"
  • 2008 - "In Odd We Trust"
  • 2008 - "Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life" with Trixie Koontz
  • 2009 - "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie"
  • 2009 - "Nevermore"
  • 2009 - "I, Trixie, Who Is Dog"
  • 2009 - "Breathless"

2010 to Present: Odd Dominates

Responding to the wishes of his readers, Koontz turned out several more Odd Thomas novels, as well as a digital series and a graphic novel based on the popular character, in addition to other work. Toward the end of the decade, Dean Koontz stated he fell in love with a new character, Jane Hawk, in "The Silent Corner" and anticipates several novels featuring the new character.

  • 2010 - "Darkness Under the Sun "(novella)
  • 2010 - "Odd Is on Our Side"
  • 2010 - "Trixie & Jinx"
  • 2010 - "What the Night Knows"
  • 2010 - "Frankenstein: Lost Souls"
  • 2011 - "Frankenstein: The Dead Town"
  • 2011 - "77 Shadow Street"
  • 2011 - "Dean Koontz's Nevermore" comic book
  • 2011 - "Nevermore"
  • 2011 - "Fear Nothing, Volume 1" graphic novel
  • 2011 - "The Moonlit Mind" (novella)
  • 2012 -​ "House of Odd" (graphic novel)
  • 2012 - "Oddkins" (digital book for children)
  • 2012 - "Odd Apocalypse"
  • 2012 - "Odd Interlude "(3-part digital series)
  • 2013 - "Deeply Odd"
  • 2013 - "Wilderness" (short story)
  • 2013 - "Innocence"
  • 2014 - "You Are Destined to Be Together Forever" (novella)
  • 2014 - "Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn"
  • 2014 - "The Neighbor" (novella)
  • 2014 - "Saint Odd"
  • 2014 - "The City"
  • 2015 - "Last Light" (novella)
  • 2015 - "Final Hour" (novella)
  • 2015 - "Ashley Bell"
  • 2017 -​ "The Silent Corner"
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