The Servants of Twilight by Dean Koontz

The Servants of Twilight, Dean Koontz, 1984

My favorite quote: “It began in sunshine, not on a dark and stormy night.” (Best opening line ever, IMO)

Notable characters: Chrsitine Scavello, the single mom; Joey, her son; Charlie Harrison, the PI; Grace Spivey, the leader of the religious cult for which the book is named; Kyle Barlow, her right-hand man

Most memorable scene: Mother Grace, watching Joey through the window. For some reason, that sticks with me. Probably because, Jesus, that’s creepy

Greatest strengths: Its hook. It will get you from page one 

Standout achievements: The villains. These are not the typical one-dimensional bad guys of (some) later Koontz novels … these ones are real people with real motivations … nasty ones, too  

Fun Facts: This book was originally published under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols and it’s title was … wait for it … TWILIGHT! LOL

Other media: The 1991 television film adaptation of the same name

What it taught me: How to properly “cat-and-mouse” in my own writing. I teethed on the chase scenes in this book 

How it inspired me: This was the second Koontz book I ever read and is one of the handful of horror novels I was reading when I decided I wanted to be a writer

Additional thoughts: This is, in my opinion, one of the best Koontz books out there. It has a lot of what makes Koontz great … and not much of what frequently works against him.

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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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