Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz also writes as: Leigh Nichols, David Axton, Brian Coffey, Deanna Dwyer, Owen West and Aaron Wolfe.

Recent/Upcoming Dean Koontz Books

September 24th, 2024: The Forest of Lost Souls

May 20th, 2025: Going Home in the Dark

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Dean Koontz Stats: The highest rated book by Dean Koontz on Book Notification is A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog, the 4th novel in the Trixie Koontz series. The second-highest rated book is Final Hour (Ashley Bell #2).

The most read book by Dean Koontz on Book Notification is Odd Thomas, the first novel in the Odd Thomas series. The second most read book is The Silent Corner (Jane Hawk #1).

Below is a complete list of Dean Koontz books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series.

List of Odd Thomas Books in Publication Order

List of Odd Thomas Graphic Novels in Publication Order

List of Jane Hawk Books in Publication Order

List of Jane Hawk Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Black Bat Mystery Books in Publication Order (as Brian Coffey)

List of Moonlight Bay Books in Publication Order

List of Santas Twin Books in Publication Order

List of Nameless Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.1
In the Heart of the Fire
2019
2
7.8
Photographing the Dead
2019
3
7.8
The Praying Mantis Bride
2019
4
7.3
Red Rain
2019
5
7.5
The Mercy of Snakes
2019
6
8.1
Memories of Tomorrow
2019
7
8.4
The Lost Soul of the City
2021
8
7.2
Gentle Is the Angel of Death
2021
9
6.4
Kaleidoscope
2021
10
6.4
Light Has Weight, but Darkness Does Not
2021
11
6.8
Corkscrew
2021
12
8.4
Zero In
2021

List of What the Night Knows Books in Publication Order

List of Innocence Books in Publication Order

List of Ashley Bell Books in Publication Order

List of The City Books in Publication Order

List of Trixie Koontz Books in Publication Order

List of 77 Shadow Street Books in Publication Order

List of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Books in Publication Order

List of 's Frankenstein Graphic Novels in Publication Order (with Chuck Dixon)

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.5
Star Quest / Doom of the Green Planet
1968
2
6
The Fall of the Dream Machine / The Star Ventures
1969
3
6.5
Fear That Man / Toyman
1969
4
Dark Symphony
1970
5
Hell's Gate
1970
6
Dark of the Woods / Soft Come the Dragons
1970
7
Beastchild
1970
8
8
Anti-Man
1970
9
The Crimson Witch
1971
10
6
Demon Child ( As: Deanna Dwyer)
1971
11
Legacy of Terror ( As: Deanna Dwyer)
1971
12
Warlock
1972
13
Starblood
1972
14
The Flesh in the Furnace
1972
15
Children of the Storm ( As: Deanna Dwyer)
1972
16
Dance with the Devil ( As: Deanna Dwyer)
1972
17
The Dark of Summer ( As: Deanna Dwyer)
1972
18
A Darker Heritage
1972
19
10
Darkness in My Soul
1972
20
Time Thieves
1972
21
9
Chase
1972
22
8.7
Demon Seed
1973
23
7.5
Shattered
1973
24
6
A Werewolf Among Us
1973
25
The Haunted Earth
1973
26
6
Hanging on
1973
27
Strike Deep
1974
28
After the Last Race
1974
29
Nightmare Journey
1975
30
The Long Sleep
1975
31
8
Invasion ( As: Aaron Wolfe)
1975
32
Dragonfly
1976
33
8.4
Night Chills
1976
34
Prison Of Ice
1976
35
8
Icebound
1976
36
8.5
The Vision
1977
37
6.7
The Face of Fear
1977
38
8.5
The Key to Midnight
1979
39
9
Whispers
1980
40
10
The Voice of the Night
1980
41
8
The Funhouse (As: Owen West)
1980
42
9
The Eyes of Darkness ( As: Leigh Nichols)
1981
43
8
The Mask (As: Owen West)
1981
44
6
The House of Thunder
1982
45
8
Phantoms
1983
46
10
The Servants of Twilight
1984
47
8
Darkfall / Darkness Comes
1984
48
8
Twilight Eyes
1984
49
8.7
The Door to December
1985
50
9.5
Strangers
1986
51
8.2
Watchers
1987
52
7.8
Shadowfires ( As: Leigh Nichols)
1987
53
8.6
Lightning
1988
54
Trapped
1989
55
8
Midnight
1989
56
7.6
The Bad Place
1990
57
7.7
Cold Fire
1991
58
7.2
Hideaway
1992
59
8
Mr. Murder
1993
60
6
Dragon Tears
1993
61
7.3
Winter Moon
1993
62
8.3
Dark Rivers of the Heart
1994
63
6.3
Intensity
1995
64
9.2
Tick Tock
1996
65
6.3
Sole Survivor
1997
66
7.2
False Memory
1999
67
7.8
From the Corner of His Eye
2000
68
7.8
One Door Away from Heaven
2001
69
Watchers & Mr Murder
2001
70
9
By the Light of the Moon
2002
71
9
The Face
2003
72
8.3
The Taking
2004
73
8
Life Expectancy
2004
74
7
Velocity
2005
75
6.7
The Husband
2006
76
7.7
The Darkest Evening of the Year
2007
77
8.4
The Good Guy
2007
78
9
Your Heart Belongs to Me
2008
79
5.5
Relentless
2009
80
6.8
Breathless
2009
81
9
Devoted
2020
82
5.8
Elsewhere
2020
83
7.3
The Other Emily
2021
84
6.4
Quicksilver
2022
85
6.6
The Big Dark Sky
2022
86
8.3
The House at the End of the World
2023
87
6
After Death
2023
88
8.3
The Bad Weather Friend
2024
89
The Forest of Lost Souls
2024
90
Going Home in the Dark
2025

List of Anthologies in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Childrens Books in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of Graphic Novels in Publication Order (with Keith Champagne)

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
10
Nevermore (With: Keith Champagne)
Nevermore (With: Keith Champagne)
2009

List of Dean Koontz Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Infinity Five
1973
2
Wondermakers 2
1974
3
Final Stage: The Ultimate Science Fiction Anthology
1974
4
Continuum 1
1974
5
The Bone Yard
1988
6
Horror Factor 7
1988
7
Night Visions 4
1988
8
Tropical Chills: Fourteen Tales of Scorching Horror to Make Your Blood Run Cold
1988
9
Under the Gun
1990
10
Night Fears
1990
11
The Architecture of Fear
1991
12
The Ultimate Witch
1993
13
October Dreams
2000
14
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance
2009
15
Suspense Magazine January 2010
2010
16
10
Detours
2016
17
Exit Wounds
2019
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Dean Koontz: Biography

Dean Koontz (Dean Ray Koontz) was born on July 9th, 1945 and is currently 78 years old. Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, USA. Koontz attended Shippensburg State College where he received a B.A. English.

Dean Koontz (Dean Ray Koontz) is probably best known for his Standalone Novels. There are currently 90 novels available. The first standalone was released in 1968 with the novel Star Quest / Doom of the Green Planet. The most recently released novel was The Bad Weather Friend which was released in 2024. There are 2 upcoming standalone novels: The Forest of Lost Souls which will be released on September 24th, 2024 and Going Home in the Dark which will be released on May 20th, 2025.

Dean Koontz has also written the Nameless series which has 12 books including In the Heart of the Fire and Photographing the Dead.

In 1988, Dean R. Koontz was nominated for the "Professional" award, a World Fantasy Special Award for his service to the field. In 1989 he was nominated again this time for his writing.

Dean Koontz has made one appearance on Japan's prestigious Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! list. In 1994, his novel Watchers was ranked #4 on the international list.

Dean Koontz: Awards & Accolades

Koontz's books have won multiple awards, The Architecture of Fear won the World Fantasy Award, Anthology, in 1988. Saint Odd won the Goodreads Awards, Best Horror, in 2015. Watchers won the Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, in 2019.

The following novels by Dean Koontz were nominated for these awards:

  • Strangers: British Fantasy Award, Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award) (1987). World Fantasy Award, Novel (1987).
  • Night Visions 4: World Fantasy Award, Anthology (1988).
  • Midnight: Bram Stoker Awards, Superior Achievement in a Novel (1989).
  • Hideaway: Bram Stoker Awards, Superior Achievement in a Novel (1992).
  • Fear Nothing: Bram Stoker Awards, Superior Achievement in a Novel (1998).
  • Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin: Bram Stoker Awards, Superior Achievement in Work for Young Readers (2004).
  • Life Expectancy: Gumshoe Award, Best Thriller Novel (2005).
  • Velocity: International Thriller Writers Award, Best Novel (2006).
  • Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance: World Fantasy Award, Anthology (2010). British Fantasy Award, Best Anthology (2010).
  • What the Night Knows: Goodreads Awards, Best Horror (2011).
  • Odd Apocalypse: Goodreads Awards, Best Horror (2012).
  • Deeply Odd: Goodreads Awards, Best Horror (2013).
  • The City: Goodreads Awards, Best Horror (2014).
  • Elsewhere: Suspense Magazine Awards, Best Horror (2020).

Dean Koontz: Lists & Other Mentions

  • Cold Fire was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1991.
  • Hideaway was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1992.
  • Dragon Tears was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1993.
  • Sole Survivor was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1997.
  • From the Corner of His Eye was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2001.
  • One Door Away from Heaven was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2002.
  • The Husband was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2006.
  • Odd Hours was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2008.
  • Relentless was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2009.
  • What the Night Knows was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2011.
  • 77 Shadow Street was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2012.

Related Authors

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Dean Koontz are:

  1. Stephen King, author of The Dark Tower Series.
  2. James Patterson, author of the Alex Cross Series.
  3. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  4. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.
  5. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.

Dean Koontz: F.A.Q

When was Dean Koontz Born? How old is Dean Koontz?

Dean Koontz was born on July 9th, 1945. Dean Koontz is currently 78 years old.

Where was Dean Koontz Born?

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, USA and is American.

What book awards has Dean Koontz won?

The Architecture of Fear: World Fantasy Award Anthology (1988).
Saint Odd: Goodreads Awards Best Horror (2015).
Watchers: Audie Award Best Male Narrator (2019).

What was the first book Dean Koontz wrote?

The first novel written by Dean Koontz was Star Quest / Doom of the Green Planet, published in 1968.

What was the most recent book Dean Koontz wrote?

His most recently released work was The Bad Weather Friend on February 1st, 2024.

Will there be any more books by Dean Koontz?

Dean Koontz has two new books coming out: The Forest of Lost Souls will be released on September 24th, 2024. Going Home in the Dark will be released on May 20th, 2025.

How many books has Dean Koontz written?

Dean Koontz has written 163 books across 28 series, excluding contributions to anthologies.
  • 9 books in the Odd Thomas Series
  • 3 books in the Odd Thomas Graphic Novels Series
  • 5 books in the Jane Hawk Series
  • 1 Jane Hawk Short Stories/Novellas
  • 3 books in the Black Bat Mystery Series
  • 2 books in the Moonlight Bay Series
  • 2 books in the Santas Twin Series
  • 12 books in the Nameless Series
  • 2 books in the What the Night Knows Series
  • 2 books in the Innocence Series
  • 3 books in the Ashley Bell Series
  • 2 books in The City Series
  • 6 books in the Trixie Koontz Series
  • 2 books in the 77 Shadow Street Series
  • 5 books in the Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Series
  • 2 's Frankenstein Graphic Novels
  • 90 Standalone Novels
  • 2 Anthologies
  • 4 Non-Fiction Books
  • 3 Childrens Books
  • 5 Deanna Dwyer Standalone Novels
  • 1 Short Stories/Novellas
  • 2 Leigh Nichols Standalone Novels
  • 2 Owen West Standalone Novels
  • 1 Aaron Wolfe Standalone Novels
  • 1 Short Story Collections
  • 1 Graphic Novels

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    It’s hard to be a horror fan and not know the name Dean Koontz. His books are well paced, entertaining, and engaging.

    His imagination is rather unique and his ability to tell a story is very enjoyable, skillfully mixing in humor into his books to nice effect.

    Koontz also does an incredible job of illustrating the many ways that dogs are beloved creatures and should be treated as such.

    Midnight and Watchers are probably his best books, with Intensity being a pretty captivating read as well. They are books I still go back to some decades after they were released, and have read many times.

    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    Thank you for this book list of one of my favorite authors of all time. I have been following Dean Koontz for several years and have read practically everything he had ever written.

    I find Koontz to be an incredible writer that can paint brilliant pictures with words and evoke deep emotions every time he puts pen to paper.

    Gentle is the Angel of Death has for a long time been my favorite Koontz work. It harks back to the topic of the angel of death that has always elicited controversy, shock and attention. Right from the time I started reading of some angel of mercy that was offing ugly people, I knew I had hit a rich vein of what would become my favorite Koontz series.

    My second favorite novel in the series is probably Zero in. I have to admit that I cried tears of triumph and sadness reading it and learning that it was the last in the series.

    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    Dean Koontz is a famous and one of my favorite suspense authors up to date.
    He is known worldwide because of his tales, characters, and adventures that cut through to the center of what it means to be human.
    In Odd Thomas, Koontz crafts a likable and interesting character in Odd.
    Odd has what he calls psychic magnetism that gives him a fun perspective on the supernatural shenanigans happening.
    The debut is a well-organized and charismatic read for everyone.
    Jane Hawk Series is also a thrilling story full of twists and suspense to keep you hooked to the end.
    It’s no surprise that most of Dean Koontz’s books have been adapted into movies. I loved Black River film based on the novella and Odd Thomas based on the novel.

    Teddy B.
    Teddy B.
    2 years ago

    One of the most successful and celebrated authors of mystery, thriller, and science fiction stories, Dean Koontz’s work has served as an inspiration over the years.

    I admire him a lot for achieving worldwide fame and popularity.

    The Jane Hawk series penned by him is quite remarkable. It features a dashing new heroine in the form of an FBI agent named Jane Hawk.

    Dean Koontz’s other novel series like Moonlight Bay, Odd Thomas, Nameless: Season One, etc., are also quite popular.

    The long list of books of this author includes more than 105 novels, numerous short stories, as well as novellas. His success and popularity can be measured by the fact that more than 450 million printed copies of his books have been sold worldwide.

    I have been blessed to have come across this wonderful author and hope to read many more exciting books of his in the years to come.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    Dean Koontz writes horror. That is probably the most surprising discovery of my year so far. Why have I always associated him with romance? I don’t get it. If I hear the name ‘Dean Koontz,’ my brain immediately jumps to romance. I can’t figure out what happened in my childhood to create that connection.

    Fortunately, I now know better. Interestingly enough, I am a massive Stephen King fan, and now that I know of Koontz’s horror roots, I have suddenly noticed the thousands of threads on the internet comparing Koontz and King.

    I won’t add my voice to that argument because I’m only two books into Koontz’s bibliography. I need to read at least a dozen of his novels to determine how he compares to Stephen King. But for the moment, I love the intensity Koontz injects into his stories.

    Tracy Morgan
    Tracy Morgan
    2 months ago

    One of the greatest horror writers around. On part with Stephen King. Love his stand alone build but also really enjoyed the Odd series.

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