|The original synopsis
(June or July 2010) at Amazon.com for "What the Night Knows," to
be published Dec. 28, 2010, was:
"Police officer Kirby Wayland is on his way home late one day when he sees a stray dog along the highway - a Belgian sheepdog with no collar - so he brings it home for the night. From that moment on, Kirby experiences a continuing strangeness about this canine. Man and dog quickly develop a bond, though there is always something very unsettling about it. Kirby, against the advice of colleagues and friends, takes a six-month leave from the police force and decides, entirely on intuition, to take a road trip. Where? Why? Kirby says, "I don't know. I think…I think that's up to the dog." On the road, Kirby and the dog - who by now has acquired the Ahab - have a series of rapidly escalating adventures and enter on a hair-raising quest that will ultimately have enormous emotional effect as the truth of the situation brings breathtaking revelations."
A month or so later, I discovered it had changed to:
"In the late summer of a long ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy.
I wrote to Dean Koontz, explained the issue and asked him what was going on. I never, to be honest, expected a response - I thought that at best somebody would 'send a memo to somebody or do something to get it fixed.' To my delight, 10 days later I received a large envelope from Dean Koontz, with a personal letter from him. It was enclosed with a "canned" letter that explains why he typically doesn't have time to respond to letters and his newsletter. Here is what he wrote in the letter:
"You ask why WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS was first described on Amazon and elsewhere as a scary road novel featuring a dog and a lead named Kirby Wayland--but is now described as a scary ghost story with a lead character named John Calvino and no mention of a dog. The answer is simple: I am a master of confusion! Wherever I go, I spread puzzlement, bewilderment and perplexion! Let me try to clarify:
So there you have it: a bit of trivia for "What the Night Knows" AND the synopsis of an as-yet-untitled "dog book" to possibly be published after 2012!
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