On this day in horror history, author Dean Ray Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania in 1945. He has published over 105 novels, novellas and collections of short stories, and has sold over 450 million copies of his work with 14 hardcovers and 16 paperbacks reaching the number-one position on The New York Times Best Seller list.
His books have been turned into movies time and time again.
Examples include Demon Seed with Julie Christie and Fritz Weaver, Whispers with Chris Sarandon, Servants of Twilight with Bruce Greenwood, and Hideaway with Jeff Goldblum, and Alicia Silverstone.
Not to mention Phantoms with Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, and Peter O’Toole, Intensity with John C. McGinley, Molly Parker, and Piper Laurie, and Mr. Murder with Stephen Baldwin, Julie Warner, and James Coburn.
And who could forget the Watchers franchise which includes Watchers with Corey Haim, Watchers II, Watchers 3, and Watchers Reborn.
Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including Aaron Wolfe, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, K.R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Owen West, and Richard Paige.