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Phantoms [Hardcover]

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  • ASIN: B001W1MCJS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,270,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FanTasTic 13 Mar 2001
By A Customer
I saw the film and without realising i bought the book. If i thought the film was creepy, the book is terrifying. Koontz's descriptions makes you feel as if you are there or if he's is telling the story from experience. If you like horror and want to try a Koontz book then this should be the first you try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best horror book I've read! 14 Aug 1999
By A Customer
It was a while ago that I read this book but I remember it being the best horror book I've ever read. It really gripped me from the first few pages and I just felt compelled to keep reading. The story was enough to send a chill down you're spine while you read (unlike other horror books I've read). All in all I highly recommend this book to horror fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read 10 Oct 2004
IF you're a fan or horror and suspense, this book has got the lot.
What has happened to the town of Snowfield? Why has half the town vanished, and the remaining souls found dead in bizarre circumstances. ??
A gripping read that forces you to turn that next page. A well written horror that stabs at your fears and leaves you feeling rather alone and "venerable" in the house after you have put it down.
When books leave me with an after effect like this, I know I have be thoroughly entertained and my mind suitably messed with.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantoms: Genuinely scarey 10 Sep 2002
I never used to read much until I was given a huge pile of books from a friend who was going to throw them out - even then I didn't get round to reading any until one night nursing Insomnia I decided to read one - starting with Phantoms, I've got to say I loved it from the word go. Straight into the action and truly terrifying. I felt a bit stupid at first but it really is scary. However the ending isn't all that fascinating as the rest but still good. Full of twists and puzzles I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a god horror novel - well its got me started anyway!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional horror 31 May 2006
I thought that this was a great book!

It has all the aspects of a traditional horror story, but is also fabulously written, so it doesn't seem hackneyed in the slightest. The only thing that brought it down was the amount of swearing, which just got boring after a while.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly chilling read. 28 Jun 2004
I've read horror on and off for years and I can't say that many horror books manage to scare me. This book is different. Koontz delivers characters that you actually care about, with depth and feeling and places them in a nightmare that has you wondering what could happen next and hoping that they will make it.
He is a wonderful writer and this is well worth reading even if horror is not your usual genre.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-the-top horror, Koontz style 7 July 2005
"Writing PHANTOMS was one of the 10 biggest mistakes of my life, ranking directly above the incident with the angry porcupine and the clown, about which I intend to say nothing more."
- author's afterword, US paperback edition
Although Koontz wrote several books under pen names in the interim, PHANTOMS was the first book under his own name since WHISPERS. Since the publishing powers-that-be squawked whenever he produced a book differing from the previous book's perceived genre, he deliberately attempted a very different book from WHISPERS here. Ironically, PHANTOMS shackled him to the horror genre label for years to come.
PHANTOMS was meant to be an over-the-top horror story, with a full-blown monster but with a scientific explanation for everything that takes place. (Good luck working *that* out before the Big Exposition Scene, though.) Whether or not there are supernatural aspects to the monster, there are definitely scuzzy human villains littering the landscape. To crank up the tension, the story takes place in a very compressed timeframe once the action begins.
Drive-in totals (as Joe Bob Briggs, movie reviewer extraordinaire, would say)
- Small town? Check.
- Everybody missing except a handful of main characters? Check.
- Dismembered, mostly missing bodies, with occasionally body parts artistically planted where the characters have just passed through to add that special "we're being watched by a psycho" touch.
- Romance subplot, being Koontz.
Mind you, a lot of that would also apply to JURASSIC PARK, which didn't seem to be hurting any the last I knew. Still, if you read this one alone on a dark night, don't come crying to me if you can't sleep. You've been warned.
Not my cup of tea, but tastes differ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 13 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've only read 2 Koontz books before Phantoms. The Strangers I immensely enjoyed but Shadowfire disappointed me, so I began this book with a hint of scepticism.
I have never been so happy to be proved wrong. What an utterly fantastic read! It's jumped straight to the top of my favourite book list. As thrilling as it is truly terrifying it kept me enthralled from start to finish.
The characters are believable and the enemy is a bit too realistic. A definite must read for those that enjoy action, mystery and the supernatural.
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2.0 out of 5 stars There are characters, and there are characters..
Sisters Jenny and Lisa Paige, two sisters, return to Jenny's small hometown of Snowfield, California only to discover no one alive. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Deckard
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit pradictable but not a bad time filler
dean koontz is a good writer ,this is not one of his best but still a good time filler
Published 17 days ago by stephen wildman
4.0 out of 5 stars A
As ever, never disappointed, Another good read from one of my fav authors of the moment. Always a nice twist
Published 1 month ago by Noura4eva
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantoms
This was a great read from start to finish and very scary in parts.The battle of good over evil but can the goodies possibly win this time?
Published 1 month ago by Kath Pressey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Having read many other books by this author this one did not fail to keep me enthralled. Another exciting read. Captivated right from the start.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Haresign
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing
Another Koontz book that's hard to put down. I rather liked the concept behind this one, it certainly gets you thinking. Good escapism - in a scary sort of way!
Published 2 months ago by Dr K E Moffat
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz at his best
First read this book years ago. Found my old paperback copy which was tatty with being read more than once.and had yellowed with age. Read more
Published 3 months ago by pauld
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a spine tingle. Brilliant read, one of those books you can't put down and hope you never get to the end of.
Recommend it to anyone that like horror and suspense...
Published 3 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars The wife loved it
My wife passed away recently. I can tell you though that she thoroughly enjoyed this book. She had read most of his books.
Published 3 months ago by JMK
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very thought provoking, enjoyed it very much, liked the unexpected ending of the baddies. Thank you Dean Koontz, but Watchers was THE BEST EVER
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie
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