Dean Koontz Biography
Dean Koontz Age
He was born on 9 July 1945 and is currently 74 years old as of 2019.
Dean Koontz Nationality
He was born in the United States and is therefore of American nationality.
Dean Koontz Spouse
He is married to Gerda Ann Cerra Koontz since 1966.
Dean Koontz Weight And Height
His height and weight are still under review and will be updated as soon as possible.
Dean Koontz Religion
Koontz went on to write over a dozen science-fiction novels. Seeing the Catholic faith as a contrast to the chaos in his family, he converted in college because it gave him answers for his life.
Dean Koontz Early life
He was regularly beaten and abused by his alcoholic father, which influenced his later writing, as also did the courage of his physically diminutive mother in standing up to her husband. In his senior year at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, he won a fiction competition sponsored by Atlantic Monthly magazine.
After graduation in 1967, he went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. In the 1960s, Koontz worked for the Appalachian Poverty Program, a federally funded initiative designed to help poor children.
In a 1996 interview with Reason Magazine, he said that while the program sounded very noble and wonderful, in reality, it was a dumping ground for violent children and most of the funding ended up disappearing somewhere. This experience greatly shaped Koontz’s political outlook.
Dean Koontz Disputed Authorship
During the 1960s and 1970s, a number of letters, articles, and novels were ostensibly written by Koontz. However, he has stated he did not write them. They include 30 erotic novels, allegedly written together by Koontz and his wife Gerda, including books such as Thirteen and Ready!, Swappers Convention, and the last one, Hung, published under the name Leonard Chris. These include contributions to the fanzines Energumen and BeABohema in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including articles that mention the erotic novels, such as a movie column called Way Station in BeABohema.
He has stated on his website that he used only the 10 known pen names and there are no secret pen names used by Dean; he adds that his own identity was stolen by a person he had previously worked with professionally, who submitted letters and some articles to fanzines under Koontz’s name between 1969 and at least the early 1970s. Dean has stated that he was only made aware of these bogus letters and articles in 1991 in a written admission from the identity thief. He has said that he will reveal this person’s name in his memoirs.
Dean Koontz Net Worth
He currently has a net worth of $145 million as of 2019.
Dean Koontz Essays and Introduction
- Of Childhood Reflector in 1966
- Ibsen’s Dream Reflector in 1966
- Introduction to Great Escapes: New Designs for Home Theaters by Theo Kalomirakis on October 15, 2003.
- Foreword to Love Heels: Tales from Canine Companions for Independence on October 1, 2003.
- Foreword to A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement by Wesley J. Smith in April 2009.
Dean Koontz Nonfiction
- How to Write Best Selling Fiction in 1981
- Writing Popular Fiction in 1972
- A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie in 2009
Dean Koontz Screenplays
- CHiPs episode 306: Counterfeit as Brian Coffey in 1979
- Phantoms in 1998
- Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein in 2005
Dean Koontz Genre
His writing is categorized into suspense, horror fiction, science fiction, thriller, and fantasy.
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— Dean Koontz (@deankoontz) April 2, 2019