Dean Koontz: Angels, Demons, and Our Mysterious World

The best-selling writer talks about why in the short-term evil wins, but in the end, good usually triumphs.

pfcpremosgirl

12/25/2010 10:55:44 AM

He is my absolute favorite author ever...he is a brilliant writer, and as a Christian, I always appreciate the spiritual and supernatural aspects in his novels. Thanks Dean!

earthangel770

09/16/2009 09:41:24 PM

Dean Koontz has gotten me through so many hard times in my life. There is something healing about his writing. Sometimes I come across a line so beautiful I have to write it down in my journal. I grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic sister. She tried to kill me and other members of my family more than once. I recognize my own grief and pain from the character who have to experience these things. Sometime something he says just hits home and heals me a little bit. I've always wanted to say thank you, but never had the guts to write him so I'll say it here. Thank you for the hope I always find in your stories. You never forget, but you can learn to forgive and let go.

johnmuirelcid

09/03/2009 10:38:05 PM

Sorry that things got so rough with his father. I'm even sorrier that the primary perspective on that in this article is the analytical labeling of a pathology by a psychiatrist. Ahistorical views like that are problematic in many cases. The discrepancy with the insights since Freud of "talk therapy" are glaring. Whatever skills such a therapist may have, much is wasted, since many branches of psychotherapy have therapeutic tools to address the childhood trauma that causes such pathology. What were DK's father's parents and upbringing like? The way it works is that he himself was traumatized by raging influences, probably his father. Schizophrenic calafragalistic expialadocious. I seem to recall one of Koontz's stories that I liked for an image of a child and a metaphorical situation. Nevertheless, Wilhelm Reich has an account of dealing with a man convicted of voyeurism successfully. The patient's parental upbringing had violated the healthy boundaries of a growing boy, and Reich's courageous approach addressed the issue. Milton Erickson used therapeutic communication in near miraculous ways to work with patients, which influenced NLP. Marshall Rosenberg started with the work of Carl Rogers to develop NVC. In my experience, these are in line with the inner work that can create some real spiritual insight. I look forward to experiencing some of Koontz's work, but my standards reflect the understanding of the level of films like The Fisher King, Analyze This!, and Antwone Fisher.

wheels

02/28/2009 04:49:33 PM

can you tell me how to email dean koontz.i am looking for a writter to do a book that is a true story.i was injured while shopping in a store.i spent a year on a vent.i am in a wheelchair now.i want to do a book to help someone elso.alice

suepw

02/20/2009 10:42:05 AM

I've read as many Dean Koontz as I can because they really speak to me both from life experience and on a spiritual level. I'm fascinated by his experiences with his father, because I have had a person like that in my life.

prettymarinemama

12/06/2008 10:48:09 PM

I have adored Dean Koontz for years and have enjoyed watching, through his character developments and plot lines, how he has grown in spiritual depth over these many years of his writing career. I think I've read every book he's ever written and always eagerly anticipate the next book's release. The one rule I have when a new Koontz book is in my possession: I cannot open it until I know I have at least two days uninterrupted time to become immersed because, like it or not, I WILL be stuck in that story until it finishes. I've found it easier to just give in and let him sweep me away. I also fancy myself a bit of a writer (only wish I were as fantastic as he is) and I too must allow my characters free will. People often ask me how I get the ideas I have for what happens in a story I've written and my only response can be, "The characters tell me. I just write it down for them." Thanks Dean, for all of the joy and entertainment and thinking times you've provided for all of us over the years.

elanenergy

11/21/2008 08:17:35 PM

This is a fascinating look at an author I have admired, but not researched, as my affinity for reading prevents me having the time to spend reading about the authors. I did not know Koontz was such a deeply devout man; nor so spiritual. Like Koontz, I used to explain away mystical happenings with logic, but when my only child Eric, died, he really showed me the truth, with lots and lots of "occurrences" like Koontz had with Trixie's butterfly. Suffering such grief, I thought I was certifiably crazy. Not crazy, divine. Now logic is the secondary explanation I turn toward when confronted with what seems like a totally incomprehensible occurrence. It is my son who is constantly telling me that he is proving the greatest mystery of the Universe, eternal life. Both devastating and miraculous.

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