Dean Koontz

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Birth Name: Dean Koontz
Born: 07/09/1945
Birth Place: Everett, Pennsylvania, USA

Dean R. Koontz was born on July 9, 1945 in Everett, PA. His childhood was wrought with poverty and abuse; his father had frequent fits of alcohol-induced violence and was later diagnosed with a mental illness, leading his mother, who was prone to illness, to shield Koontz from his father's assaults. To escape his painful home life, Koontz turned to books and began writing at an early age. In spite of his parents' lack of encouragement, he continued reading and writing fiction, some of which he wrote on tablet paper, stapled, and sold for a nickel to relatives and neighbors. At age 12, Koontz won a national newspaper essay contest on the subject, "What being an American means to me." His priz... Continue Bio >>

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