Face-Off: Phantoms vs. Hellraiser: Hellworld

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The film choices for this Face-Off were inspired by the fact that Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will be facing off on the big screen this weekend in BATMAN V. SUPERMAN. The actors playing the titular characters in that superhero clash have a small number of horror credits to their names, but they did both do some time in the Dimension trenches – Affleck played a role in the 1998 Dean Koontz adaptation PHANTOMS, while Cavill appeared in the eighth installment in the HELLRAISER franchise, 2005’s HELLRAISER: HELLWORLD. This could almost be considered a “skeletons in the closet” edition of Face-Off, but thanks to Kevin Smith PHANTOMS is a very poorly concealed skeleton in Affleck’s past. It’s not likely that BATMAN V. SUPERMAN will have a clear winner, we know they’ll be teaming up by the end, but let’s find out what the outcome is when the battle is PHANTOMS V. HELLRAISER: HELLWORLD.
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Exclusive Extended Preview Of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #6

FrankStormSurge06-Cov-A-PonceWe have an exclusive extended preview for the final issue of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge. The series is written by Dean Koontz and Rik Hoskin with art byAndres Ponce.

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #6
writer: Dean Koontz, Rik Hoskin artist and cover: Andres Ponce

As the risen dead rampage through New Orleans like locusts, police detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison finally track down the source of the undead uprising – Victor Frankenstein! But can two detectives really stop a city on the verge of death?

See the rest @ Bleeding Cool.

World Over: The Relic of Perilous Falls with Raymond Arroyo

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A VERY SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WORLD OVER WITH RAYMOND ARROYO: DEAN KOONTZ, New York Times best selling author and master of suspense turns the tables on Raymond…Dean INTERVIEWS Raymond about his new book, WILL WILDER: THE RELIC OF PERILOUS FALLS…book one of Raymond’s new adventure series for kids of ALL ages…which hits book stores THIS WEEK.

This episode can be listened to on the The World Over show archive page. It was the most recent episode when I posted this but won’t be for long. Just search the page for koontz and you’ll find the correct link.

How’d you like to market Dean’s books?

Penguin-Random-House-interim-logo123Penguin Random House is hiring a Digital Marketing Assistant.

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The Random House Publishing Group, a leading commercial fiction and non-fiction division of Penguin Random House, is looking a Digital Marketing Assistant to join its Digital Marketing Department. This position offers the opportunity to learn about the entire process of marketing to the e-original market through assisting with blog tours, social media, advertising, and website management.

This role works across the division, marketing books for world renowned bestselling authors, such as, George R. R. Martin, Dean Koontz, Tess Gerittsen, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Danielle Steele and many more.

Full details @ Publisher’s Marketplace.

Rik Hoskin Talks Zombie Army In Frankenstein: Storm Surge #5

Frankenstein-SS-5-coverErik Mona, writer of Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #4, talks with writer Rik Hoskinabout Frankenstein: Storm Surge #5, both on sale this week from Dynamite. Art by Andres Ponce

ERIK MONA: Frankenstein: Storm Surge #5 starts with an army of zombies attacking the city during a storm. What are some of your favorite zombie influences, and how did they inspire the action in this issue?

RIK HOSKIN: My favorite zombie movie is Shivers directed by David Cronenberg, which has a nightmarish sense of mounting oppressiveness. That sense that you’re surrounded and completely on your own is a core fear, I think, and one that is carried through the best zombie fiction, extending to the fringes of the genre — stuff like Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Daniel A. Wilson’s Robopocalypse. My biggest influence for Frankenstein: Storm Surge, however, was picking up on the story and, crucially, style that outgoing writer Chuck Dixon had set in motion.

Read the full interview @ Bleeding Cool.

Dean Koontz’s $10 million devotion to dogs helping disabled feel his same joy

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He needed a small favor.

Who knew it would change his life?

Best-selling author Dean Koontz is describing how he and his wife came to donate more than $10 million to a worthy cause.

In 1988, Koontz was doing research for his book “Midnight.” He wanted to include a character in a wheelchair with a service dog named Moose, so he called the team members at Canine Companions for Independence in Oceanside and asked for help.

They invited him down and explained how they trained dogs for people with disabilities.

“Midnight” went on to become Koontz’s first No. 1 best-seller, and Canine Companions went on to offer him a retired service dog.

“We’re too busy,” he replied.

He’d always loved dogs, but he was writing several books a year.

“I knew having a dog was like having a child,” he says. “You need to devote a lot of time to it.”

Read the full story @ The Orange County Register.

Phone Call From the Dead?

From Katherine Ramsland:

red phoneWhen I interviewed Dean Koontz for abiography(link is external) about his life and work, he told me a number of interesting stories. The following one is appropriate for a spooky fall season blog:

On September 20, 1988, Dean had an experience that he would not write about for nearly a decade, but he claimed it in his essay for Beautiful Death as his one possible encounter with evidence for life after death.

Read the full story @ PsychologyToday.com.

Dean Koontz’s $10 million devotion to dogs helping disabled feel his same joy

New OCRcom logo final 3

He needed a small favor.

Who knew it would change his life?

Best-selling author Dean Koontz is describing how he and his wife came to donate more than $10 million to a worthy cause.

In 1988, Koontz was doing research for his book “Midnight.” He wanted to include a character in a wheelchair with a service dog named Moose, so he called the team members at Canine Companions for Independence in Oceanside and asked for help.

They invited him down and explained how they trained dogs for people with disabilities.

“Midnight” went on to become Koontz’s first No. 1 best-seller, and Canine Companions went on to offer him a retired service dog.

Read the full article @ The Orange County Register.