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By Nicholas Shewprasad
Early Life
Koontz was born July 9, 1945 in
Everett, Pennsylvania to Ray and
Florence Koontz.
 Koontz was abused by his al...
Growing Up


Although poor, Koontz was
able to enjoy simple
childhood pleasures.
He enjoyed Donald Duck

comics


Koont...
College Years
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After graduating high school,
Koontz attended Shippensburg
State College
Majored In English with ...
Post-College
After graduating Koontz
went to work for the
Appalachian Poverty
Program
 Working there made
Koontz develop ...
Post-College


Koontz then taught high school
for two years while pursuing a
part-time career as a writer
Sold three nov...
Writing Career


In 1968, Koontz created Star Quest, his
first novel.
This was a science fiction novel



Koontz wanted...
Writing Career Pseudonyms

Gothic Romance

Horror

Deanna Dwyer

Owen West

Suspense

K.R. Dwyer

These pseudonyms irritat...
The True Beginnings
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Career launched after Chase
Chase told the story of a
Vietnam veteran (Ben Chase)
returning...
Continued Success
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

After Chase, Koontz’s
next success was
Whispers, created 8
years later.
Whispers is a tale of
horr...
Mr. Murder





One of Koontz’s
famous
horror/mystery stories
is Mr. Murder
Story is told from two
different perspectiv...
Frankenstein Novel & Comics
Koontz’s version of Shelley’s
classic
 Frankenstein (Helios) tries to
create alternate life
...
Odd Thomas Novels
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



Horror/Thriller, New York Times Best Seller
Odd Thomas is a cook, but has the talent to
speak to...
Influence
Koontz has gotten a lot of influence
from the people around him.
 His mother was the basis for the
maternal cha...
Influence
Dean’s father became
characters within Koontz’s
books
 Ray Koontz is the basis for all
weak characters, especia...
Trixie
Koontz was greatly
influenced Trixie,
who Koontz
believed to have
been an angel sent
from God.
 Koontz believes
Tr...
Writing Process
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
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Koontz writes on
an 18-year-old
computer with no
email/internet
Process has
evolved over the
ye...
As an Author







Dean Koontz books cover a
number of genres.
By using pseudonyms, Koontz
was able to collect knowl...
The Beginning



The door disappears to all characters
except Jess, the main character
The story does not seem to be hor...
The Door Appears

The Door becomes the horror aspect of the story
The Door Appears, Again




Jess is fearful of what he will find in the
cellar.
Koontz creates a sinister tone by omitti...
The Darkness



Notice Koontz shows that the darkness
is almost absorbing the light.
Creates a spooky setting where many...
The Darkness



Notice the use of the word corruption
Corruption is moral perversion; depravity
This almost foreshadows...
The Darkness



Jess has not reached the ground floor
yet.
The darkness seems to envelope more of

the light


Instead ...
The Bottom




Strong diction is used to convey to
readers the abysmal setting.
How does this passage relate to
corrupti...
Mr. Phu





Jess finally puts the pieces together and
realizes that Mr. Phu was once his
abuser in Vietnam
Does any dic...
Tables Turned



How would you interpret the basement?
I interpreted the basement as a door to hell
It can also be inte...
The Horrors appear


How would you interpret Phu’s death?
Was it justified for Jess to allow Phu to
be killed by the horr...
The End


How would you
interpret the
ending?
Possibly Jess was

consumed by the
darkness and
continued to kill off
thos...
Is this horror?



Yes, may aspects of horror are present
Can you name any aspects of horror
that are present?
Psycholo...
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  1. 1. By Nicholas Shewprasad
  2. 2. Early Life Koontz was born July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania to Ray and Florence Koontz.  Koontz was abused by his alcoholic father, Ray, and grew up in poverty.   Ray Koontz had 44 jobs in 34 years Later on, his father was diagnosed as schizophrenic and attempted to kill adult Dean twice.  Dean’s mother was a strong woman, who protected Dean from his father as much as she could. 
  3. 3. Growing Up  Although poor, Koontz was able to enjoy simple childhood pleasures. He enjoyed Donald Duck comics  Koontz felt that stories helped him cope with his troubles and began writing stories at 8-years-old and sold them for 5 cents.
  4. 4. College Years     After graduating high school, Koontz attended Shippensburg State College Majored In English with a Minor in Communications. Won the Atlantic Monthly Creative Writing Award for a story he wrote for a class After graduating, Koontz married Gerda Ann Cerra.
  5. 5. Post-College After graduating Koontz went to work for the Appalachian Poverty Program  Working there made Koontz develop a high distrust for the government and politics  This distrust in the government is evident throughout many of his works, such as “Dark Rivers of the Heart.” 
  6. 6. Post-College  Koontz then taught high school for two years while pursuing a part-time career as a writer Sold three novels and short stories  Seeing his potential, Gerda offered to support them for 5 years so Dean could pursue his career full-time Gerda was able to quit her job and manage Dean’s successful writing
  7. 7. Writing Career  In 1968, Koontz created Star Quest, his first novel. This was a science fiction novel  Koontz wanted to explore all genres and created numerous pseudonyms
  8. 8. Writing Career Pseudonyms Gothic Romance Horror Deanna Dwyer Owen West Suspense K.R. Dwyer These pseudonyms irritated critics since it made it difficult for them to track Koontz’s work
  9. 9. The True Beginnings     Career launched after Chase Chase told the story of a Vietnam veteran (Ben Chase) returning to civilian life Ben becomes an alcoholic to escape his pain and believes a psychopath is out to kill him. “When society is sick, the mad are sane - and persecution is a killer's game...” (Back cover of Chase)
  10. 10. Continued Success   After Chase, Koontz’s next success was Whispers, created 8 years later. Whispers is a tale of horror where Hilary Thomas becomes the target of her psychopathic neighbor.
  11. 11. Mr. Murder    One of Koontz’s famous horror/mystery stories is Mr. Murder Story is told from two different perspectives Story revolves around the uncertainty of the mind and how it plays tricks on us.
  12. 12. Frankenstein Novel & Comics Koontz’s version of Shelley’s classic  Frankenstein (Helios) tries to create alternate life   These life forms are electronic based like computers The Monster (Deucalion) tries to stop the creation of Helio’s artificial life  Readers who read Frankenstein are likely to see the similarities within the series.  TV series was in development by TNT, but was cancelled 
  13. 13. Odd Thomas Novels    Horror/Thriller, New York Times Best Seller Odd Thomas is a cook, but has the talent to speak to the lingering dead and becomes a friend of Elvis Odd converses with the spirits and helps solve disaster before it happens, but also discovers that his talent is a menace to both the living and the dead
  14. 14. Influence Koontz has gotten a lot of influence from the people around him.  His mother was the basis for the maternal character within Dragon Tears  Janet Davis, the mother, protects her son from the horrors of abuse and poverty, scavenging for food  Koontz’s mother is the basis for many of his female characters, where the female character always finds the strength to overcome the impossible. 
  15. 15. Influence Dean’s father became characters within Koontz’s books  Ray Koontz is the basis for all weak characters, especially antagonistic males  The mention of alcoholism/abuse is always a direct referral to his father  After his father attempted to kill him at a nursing home, Dean became well versed in police procedure and incorporated this knowledge into his books. 
  16. 16. Trixie Koontz was greatly influenced Trixie, who Koontz believed to have been an angel sent from God.  Koontz believes Trixie made him see the beauty in the world around him.  Koontz wrote a memoir and children’s book about her. 
  17. 17. Writing Process     Koontz writes on an 18-year-old computer with no email/internet Process has evolved over the years Involves spiritual power Dean refers to himself as a suspense novelist
  18. 18. As an Author      Dean Koontz books cover a number of genres. By using pseudonyms, Koontz was able to collect knowledge about each and use them in his stories 14 novels were #1 in New York Times hardcover best seller list 16 books were #1 in paperback Best seller in Sweden and Japan
  19. 19. The Beginning   The door disappears to all characters except Jess, the main character The story does not seem to be horror in the beginning as Jess and his wife go house shopping There is really no conflict present at the beginning except for the conflicting opinions of the home
  20. 20. The Door Appears The Door becomes the horror aspect of the story
  21. 21. The Door Appears, Again   Jess is fearful of what he will find in the cellar. Koontz creates a sinister tone by omitting all aspects of light
  22. 22. The Darkness  Notice Koontz shows that the darkness is almost absorbing the light. Creates a spooky setting where many unknowns hide within the darkness.
  23. 23. The Darkness  Notice the use of the word corruption Corruption is moral perversion; depravity This almost foreshadows what’s to come later in the story.
  24. 24. The Darkness  Jess has not reached the ground floor yet. The darkness seems to envelope more of the light  Instead of the light cutting the darkness, the darkness is eating the light
  25. 25. The Bottom   Strong diction is used to convey to readers the abysmal setting. How does this passage relate to corruption? The corruption is the solitary confinement of the soldiers/the way they were treated
  26. 26. Mr. Phu   Jess finally puts the pieces together and realizes that Mr. Phu was once his abuser in Vietnam Does any diction foreshadow what is going to happen in the future? Yes, Jess turns the tables by putting Phu through a living hell.
  27. 27. Tables Turned  How would you interpret the basement? I interpreted the basement as a door to hell It can also be interpreted as a place where people repent for their sins Jess says he will “assist fate” assuming he has come to bring justice on the sinners
  28. 28. The Horrors appear  How would you interpret Phu’s death? Was it justified for Jess to allow Phu to be killed by the horrors within the dark? Phu was killed by his own personal demons Jess was merely the messenger, who could have possibly summoned the past to kill Phu.
  29. 29. The End  How would you interpret the ending? Possibly Jess was consumed by the darkness and continued to kill off those who bothered him
  30. 30. Is this horror?   Yes, may aspects of horror are present Can you name any aspects of horror that are present? Psychological horror – Jess’s frame of thought Monsters – Jess’s dead buddies as skeletal creatures

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