Winter Moon by Dean Koontz

Winter Moon, Dean Koontz, 1994 (originally titled “Invasion” under the pseudonym, Aaron Wolfe, in 1975)

My favorite quote: “Maybe when all was said and done, the imagination was the most powerful of all weapons.”

Notable characters: Jack McGarvey, the cop; Eduardo Fernandez; the father of Jack’s late partner; the Giver, a dangerous and mysterious being

Most memorable scene: The rise of the corpses

Greatest strengths: Its creep factor

Standout achievements: This book has some of the best horror scenes you’ll ever read

Fun Facts: Aaron Wolfe is just one of several Dean Koontz used to write under. His other nom de plumes include Owen West, David Axton, Leigh Nichols, Deanna Dwyer, and Brian Coffey

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: That even elements of sci-fi (my least favorite genre) have their place … as long as they’re really horror-y, that is

How it inspired me: While it isn’t a story about zombies, per se, Winter Moon has some of the goriest, most gruesome depictions of them out there. It made me want to write a zombie novel … and I’m not even into that

Additional thoughts: Anyone who knows me knows I have a love/hate relationship with Dean Koontz, and this one, Winter Moon, is a solid example of why I love him when I do

Haunt me:

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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