The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room Charnel House Updates

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz is at the bindery and should ship at the end of December. I am sorry for the long delay on this title. Greg Campbell has bound the Charnel House editions by hand for the past couple of decades and I felt it a prudent decision to wait for him to set up shop in his new location.That said, these books don’t like to adhere to the schedules I set for them. This title fought me tooth and nail and I would like to thank my customers who have had great patience with me as well as the want of a fine hand made book. A pre-order E-blast will go out later this month for The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz which is already in production.

Source: Charnel House

Amazon Launching “Single Sitting” Imprint; Koontz to be included

LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 — Amazon has revealed a new publishing imprint focusing on fiction and non-fiction works that can be read in a single sitting, beginning with a story by Joyce Carol Oates and the story that inspired the Amazon Studios film Crown Heights.

W. Kamau Bell, Jade Chang, Eddie Huang, Janice Y.K. Lee, Walter Kirn, Dean Koontz, Wednesday Martin, Nick McDonell, Harold Schechter, Dan Slater, Dodai Stewart and Susan Straight will be among the other authors to contribute stories to the new imprint.

Read more at Maylay Online.

A Mr. Murder film starring Bruce Willis?

Here’s an intersting excerpt from Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories edited byPeter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman

Chapter 3: The Marketplace of Ideas

“MICHAEL WOLK: I had many experiences in Hollywood of not pitching original ideas, but of going into meetings with producers who had a property already and were looking for a way to ignite it. It was either something that had lain dormant for a while, or it was a new property, or a sequel they were trying to create, and they were pumping writers for ideas.

“I had a marvelous interaction with Dean Koontz, who is somewhat more popular than, let’s say, me. He had written a book called Mr. Murder, and it was being developed as a script for Bruce Willis. I really liked the book, and I had some great ideas how to make it better for the screen.

“I got down to the finals, and I was talking to Mr. Koontz himself over the phone. I was able to impart my story-making magic to Mr. Koontz, who listened. But in the end I was nixed for the job because, basically, Dean Koontz thought he’d written a pretty good story, and he didn’t think I’d written a better one.”

Beautiful Writers Podcast – Dean Koontz: Master of Suspense

500 million books sold. 38 languages. 14 #1 New York Times bestsellers. How is that possible? My guest co-host, Robert McKee, and I couldn’t wait to get the inside scoop on a bestselling career that has spanned fifty years and been compared to the Beatles. Welcome to the epic world of Dean Koontz, who is totally delightful and slightly worrisome, in a crawl inside your brain and lays eggs kind of way. (Wait. Don’t repeat that! In reality, what struck me as most odd is that he’s not at all creepy.)Dean’s new thriller, THE WHISPERING ROOM, drops TODAY and will leave you breathless. You might have to sleep with the lights on for a while, but you’ll beg for the next book in this series just the same because our protagonist, Jane Hawk, is that addictive.

She’s my shero. A rogue FBI agent on a mission to save her son, Jane is intuitive and fearless and perfectly on time with the times—putting the fear of God into abusive men everywhere. If only we could bring her to flesh-and-blood life. And then clone her on every street corner.

In this episode, you’ll learn the difference between suspense and mystery; how to “let the character be the character”; how to make the fictional world more real—to the point of being swept away by it; what readers are looking for in the first two paragraphs of a book to make them buy; the three things setting (or nature) must accomplish; why reaction is more important than action; how worrying about paying the rent discourages a lot of artists + and the mindset you must have to break through. Of course, there’s so much more—including a civilized disagreement about the existence of the muse and a little Hollywood bashing.

I feel so blessed the legendary Robert McKee is back on the show. Imagine, these two experts talking shop about Setting and Suspense and Opening Hooks and Dialogue and so much more. Speaking of dialogue, Robert’s latest book, DIALOGUE: The Art of Verbal Action for the Page, Stage, and Screen will floor you with how much there is to know about the act of talking. Who knew?! Fortunately, McKee does. The details are so detailed I thought about quitting writing to find a day job until I remembered I’m too old for that and took wild amounts of notes instead.

The show, as they say, must go on. So take a listen. You’ll see why the writers of Pixar (creators of TOY STORY and FINDING NEMO), consider McKee’s STORY seminar a rite of passage. And how alumni to his courses have earned 200 Oscar nominations (with 60 wins) and 1,000 Emmy noms (with 200 wins).

As for Dean and this thriller genre. If you’re tempted to think it’s not for you because you hightail it out of the room when the 10 o’clock news starts as if a quake just hit, and watch Abraham Hicks videos on replay in a desperate attempt to trust in a benevolent Universe, I feel ya. Same, same.

But with Koontz and McKee as our guides, we just might find a whole lotta heart and sanity in the story. Even after the sun goes down.

I’m so glad you’re here.

Welcome.
Linda

Buy a Zune get Black River

Ok, it was back in 2008, and that still wouldn’t have gotten me to buy a Zune but it turns out Dean’s Black River audiobook was part of a Microsoft Zune promotion…

Zune also now supports audiobook content from leading distributors including Audible Inc. Zune users can now explore more than 50,000 books, magazines and newspapers from more than 600 publishers and content providers at audible.com and sync it to their Zune. To commemorate the addition of audiobooks, Audible is offering all new and existing Zune owners a free copy of “Black River” by bestselling writer Dean Koontz.

Read the full press release @ news.microsoft.com.

Jane Hawk #3 title, draft cover art, and release date

Looks like book #3 is going to be titled The Crooked Staircase and is scheduled to be released on 8 May 2018.

From Amazon:
Jane Hawk—who dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room—faces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime in this electrifying new thriller by #1  New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.

“I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead.”

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom—and free will—of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was.

Jane’s ruthless pursuers can’t stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

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