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  1. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    It's amusing how I ended reading this novel And maybe this will be the most humorous review of a truly scary horror novel If you read it you'll understant what I meanFirst I didn't know that it was a novel a long horror story book when I bought it Honestly Back then 1992 I was in a local bookstore I read the title Phantoms well in reality it was Fantasmas since I bought in Spanish first the book and I thought that it was an anthology of ghost stories and that Dean Koontz I didn't know the author at that moment was the editor or something of the book I started to read the book and honestly I didn't realized that it was a novel until I got to the third chapter P In my defense hehe each chapter has titles so I still was thinking that they were horror short stories but uite odd since they didn't have some climax or good ending hahaha when I started to read the third chapter and I met again the same characters of the first short story hahaha it was when I realize Oh This is a horror novel Hahaha honestly this is a true story I hadn't read any horror novel until that moment I had read a lot of anthologies of horror short stories with several specific topics and it was like my current reading type of books at that moment However I supposed that this book wanted me and I took the callThe humorous stops right here bring on the terror It was the start of a great reading story of me with Dean Koontz's novels I love his style of making books those cool details that they repeat on each book in some way or otherAnd maybe because it was the first that I read but this novel keeps to be my favorite book of Koontz and my favorite horror novel If you ever had the bad experience of watching the dreadful film based on this book please don't let that that keep you away from the wonderful experience of reading this masterpiece of literature on the horror genre Snowfield a typical American town where in one night everybody just dissapeared every single person and animal are nowhere to be found a real ghost town that was full of life just one day before The young Dr Jenny Paige along with her younger sister Lisa will have to explore this deserted town and try to find a clue of what happenedWelcome to Snowfield You wouldn't be able to leave

  2. Jonathan Janz Jonathan Janz says:

    I'm fiercely competitive Like ridiculously competitive To the point where I choose a favorite and from that point on I'm suarely behind that favorite until the bitter end The Chicago Cubs Star Wars Stephen King You get the picture Problem is this causes me to miss out on things that threaten the supremacy of my favorites For several months I avoided The Lord of the Rings movies because I was afraid they'd be better than the original Star Wars trilogy Then when they were better I decided to avoid watching the Harry Potter movies because they represented a new threat to my new cinematic darling Eventually I broke down and watched the Harry Potter films after reading the books with my firstborn and now I'm a diehard Harry Potter fan as well as a diehard Lord of the Rings fan as well as a diehard Star Wars fan It really shouldn't have been this complicated but what can I say? I have problems Speaking of problemsI'm as a big a fan of Stephen King as you can imagine and it's no secret that on any bookstore shelf King and Koontz are situated right there together each with his own section of literary real estate For many years I've been told I should read Koontz but that silly childish competitive side of me dug its heels in and refused King was my favorite so I didn't need to read Koontz So there shakes head at self Pitiful Well I'm happy to report that I've finally matured enough to give Koontz a try My opinion of him? He's really really good While Stephen King will always be my favorite writer I will unuestionably be reading Koontz novels His prose is deceptive At first glance I thought What's the big deal? This is good but it's not that good It's not I get my own bookshelf good Then Koontz sucked me in By the time the lawmen from the neighboring town came to investigate the problems in Snowfield I was hooked good and proper I enjoyed where Koontz took the story and I found his writing and engrossing the further and further I delved into the narrative I also found the tale uite creative which is saying a great deal The whole affair reminded me a little of the marvelous Preston and Child novel THE RELIC which I absolutely loved SoI give this epic novel the rating it deserves five stars And I recant my embarrassing stubbornness and promise to keep maturing so I don't miss out on great writers and movies But I still won't root for anyone but the Cubs

  3. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    45 out of 5First things first let’s break out the checklist to see how Koontzian this book is1 Blond leadlove interest Nope2 Dogs – Yup but these Fidos aren’t smart3 Government conspiracy Nope4 Aliens Nope5 Serial Killer – Nope but there are a few psychopath so I’ll let you decide if they count6 Bougainvillea plant Nope7 Sodium vapor streetlight – Yup numerous times In fact this might have the most mentions of sodium vapor out of every Koontz book ever8 Precocious child Nope9 Town gone crazy – Nope but kinda? Again not sure if it fits10 Psychics – NopeSotwo? Unless you wanna get nitpicky thenfour? Live or die make your choice Or whatever On with the review Books like PHANTOMS is a perfect example of why I rag on Koontz as much as I do We all know he’s capable of writing fantastic books but he’s also always been about uantity over uality For every amazing novel we get three to four piles of hot garbage This era of Koontz’s output is almost entirely devoid of fuckery though because when we did come across a piece of steaming excrement it was usually a rewrittenrepurposed novel from yesteryear like THE HOUSE OF THUNDER or THE EYES OF DARKNESS All of the new books he released during this decade of productivity the mid to late 80s and early 90s were highly enjoyable At some point in the early 2000s he found a formula that he proceeded to flog like the dead horse that it was From what I remember this trend started with INTENSITY his last great book and rolled downhill from there I say all that because people insist I hate Koontz You see them in the comments of my updates “Why do you insist on torturing yourself???” or “I THOUGHT YOU WERE FINISHED WITH KOONTZ SUEEEEEEEE” What these fine people do not understand is that Koontz was at one point in time one of my literary heroes I grew up reading him and the point of this rereading project with my good friend and opposing debate team Delee I honestly love it when we disagree is to find out where and when everything went wrong because at some point Koontz went from writing a good book every year if you ignore the reprints and rewrites of pseudonym works to going completely off the fucking rails into a land populated by wordmills far as the eye can see Again uantity over ualityAnd yes I understand there are legions of Koontz fans that think he's still pumping out pure literary cocaine Suffice it to say I disagree with you But we're allowed to agree to disagree and move on so calm your fucking chest meat Beatrice What I didn’t expect to find while rereading this book was much of the inspiration for Stephen King’s IT From the voices in the drain to the final conflict there are note for note recreations of scenes in this book inside of King’s masterpiece That doesn’t make me love IT any less by the way but the similarities are far from coincidence They’re too many to note here but I will be making a video about it for anyone who’s interested One thing’s for sure tho King blurbed Koontz’s book so we know or we can safely assume that King read it And although the version I read was a 1996 “variant” that had it’s pop culture references to things like the OJ trial updated in anticipation of the film adaptation’s release in 1998 the original version of PHANTOMS was released in hardcover in 1983 a whole three years before IT was published I plan to read FLOATING DRAGON soon Anthony I promise In fact I'd like to do a whole series of videos on books people feel inspired King's 1100 page epicThe one criticism I have for PHANTOMS is the Fletcher Kale storyline It felt unneeded in the worst possible way and caused the ending to drag on 30 pages past its welcome I’m only deducting a half a star for it which is why I’m at 45 stars rounded up to 5 because like high school E Goodreads can’t figure out fractions I do wonder if the Kale subplot was added to strengthen the satanic panic theme of the novel Sure religion is mentioned throughout the book but the theme was much heavier in Kale’s later chapters and it truly felt like an afterthought Something doesn't jive with me in those sections They feel farther removed from the main storyline for some reason I can't pin down The film completely removes the Kale character and story arc and is all the better for not including it Hands down there is some marvelous writing in this piece some of his best work and I have to tip my hat to Koontz for some impressive speculative fiction Donna Tartt once said that a novelist’s first job is to entertain and that’s what this book does It entertains consistantly I was able to shut off my inner content editor and suspend my disbelief and that’s all I can really ask for out of a work of fiction In summation If you only ever read another Dean Koontz book you should probably read this one While it is not my favorite it is a terrific example of Koontz when he’s firing on all cylinders Mind most of his work is a broken down jalopy with a cracked head and four flats but this one? Man does she purr Final Judgment The reason I fell in love with Koontz and mourn his declineVideo review

  4. Maciek Maciek says:

    In 1979 Dean Koontz wrote a novel called Whispers which catapulted him to the bestseller list Koontz's status in the publishing world shifted drastically; from a rather unknown suspense producer he became the hot stuff and in 1981 Whispers rose to the top five of the New York Times paperback bestseller list But this article is not about Whispers While I'm not a fan of the mentioned novel and consider it to be largely tedious and overwrought with banal drama and sentimentality it shows potential in one field the creep field There are sections in Whispers that are genuinely disturbing to this day and it's been three decades since the original publication that's saying somethingHowever as big a success the book was it didn't made Koontz a millionaire nor a cult writer His publisher told him that if he wanted to build his career he'd have to write a horror novel Whispers was marketed as horror despite having little to do with the genre horror was popular at that time Koontz wrote four novels under various pseudonyms all largely forgotten or less deservedly and after two years he finally gave in to the urgings and in 1983 came up with PhantomsNow in 1983 Koontz wasn't interested in angelic dogs and some weird new age philosophies and most importantly he was still fresh with ideas and hasn't succumbed to the formula of rewriting the same book over and over Phantoms was the novel which gave Koontz the label of a horror writer a blessing or a curse? Seems like a bit of both The book was an enormous success earning praise of both audience and critics who then returned to read his later work and were disappointed that it didn't had much in common with PhantomsKoontz opens the novel in the Hitchcockian way With a bang the opening estabilishes the tension and introduces the reader to the nightmare which will most certainly follow The scream was distant and brief A woman's scream Deputy Henderson is sitting alone in the town jail of Snowfield in California a small lazy town when he hears the scream The duty is dull; not much happens in Snowfield in September and the deputy is bored He listens intently but cannot hear anything; a uick glance at the peaceful main street makes him think that he might have imagined the scream He almost wishes that somene had screamed; being young and brave he's ready for some action He sighed looked down at the magazine that lay on his desk—and heard another scream As before it was distant and brief but this time it sounded like a man's voice It wasn't merely a shriek of excitement or even a cry of alarm; it was the sound of terror The deputy gets up from the chair ready to investigate and when he's almost halfway to the door he hears a sound in the office he has just left That was impossible He had been alone in the office all day and there hadn't been any prisoners in the three holding cells since early last week The rear door was locked and that was the only other way into the jailWhen he turned however he discovered that he wasn't alone any And suddenly he wasn't the least bit bored Phantoms opens as a locked room mystery what happened in the Deputy's office? How could someone enter the place that was empty seconds before he left it? Koontz restricts the action in the opening to a single place and a single protagonist who is faced with danger that is shown but not explained therefore making it intriguing and pushing the reader to the edge of his seat this drastically increases the tension a feat that reuires considerable skill to perform on such small spaceThe second chapter is titled Coming Home and introduces two characters Jennifer and Elisabeth Paige The two weren't close; Jennifer's work as a doctor didn't allow her to spend much time on bonding However on the death of their mother Jennifer decides to take care of Lisa The sisters drive to Jennifer's home in Snowfield and uickly notice an unusual uietness in the town Koontz does a great job with describing the surroundings in vivid detail and thrusting two average people into a strange situation another Hitchockian trope he usesThe town is not merely uiet it looks dead The sidewalks balconies and porches were deserted Even in those shops and houses where there were lights burning there was no sign of life Jenny's Trans Am was the only moving car on the long street Snowfields appear to be uninhabited The sisters are scared but decide to find out what has happened Koontz employs the best type of terror in this section of the book something sinister has apparently occured in Snowfield but neither the reader nor the two sisters have a clue what is going on And it's not because of the lack of evidence; soon the sisters find plenty of evidence but it produces uestions than explanations The terror in Snowfield has occured for no apparent reason and there is no explanation for ir Or is there?The silently crushing presence of a dead town is one of Koontz's best suspense in his whole career It's difficult to discuss the book without going into spoiler territory so I'll refrain from it Have you ever wondered what might have happened on Marie Celeste or who wrote Croatoan? The same mystery of mass disappearance is employed masterfully by Koontz in the first section of Phantoms The horror employed by Koontz is the best one; no boogeyman shouting BOO but a silently malevolent presence or an imagination of this presence serves for the unrelenting sense of slowly unfolding terror I started reading Phantoms when I was alone at night and I was so into this section that I jumped when stray wind hit my window It is the best setting to read this novel; silence eualing that in Snowfield where little happens but the terror just mounts and mounts This is Koontz at his best a writer enjoying fresh success and experimenting with joy in the genre that offers unlimited possibilities You want horror? he asks All right I'll give you horror I'll give you the mother of all horror storiesUnfortunately the first part is the only flawless one In his previous novels Koontz switched the narrative between protagonists and does it again in Phantoms in chapter 9 Jenny uses the telephone to call a sheriff from the neighboring town From now on the narrative will switch between a cast of characters and this very techniue largely destroys the brilliant creepiness of part one The horror that ratcheted up with each revelation is largely diminished by the entrance of new characters and the insight into their perspective; now there's a sense of companionship and the two sisters are not alone and when you're not alone in the dark the fear of the unknown largely disappears Each chapter offers a new perspective; and the time spent with each character is too small to grow attached to them and to share their uneasiness and fright It's not the biggest disappointment though Koontz approached writing Phantoms with Whispers fresh in his mind; he wanted to provide a logically consistent explanation of the happenings in the town From the afterword I thought I would cleverly evade their horror or starve ultimatum by making Phantoms something of a tour de force rolling virtually all the monsters of the genre into one beast and also by providing a credible scientific explanation for the creature’s existence Instead of fearless vampire hunters armed with wooden stakes instead of werewolf trackers packing revolvers loaded with silver bullets my protagonists would save themselves by using logic and reason to determine the nature of their mysterious enemy and to find a way to defeat itEmploying essentially the same tactic and sharing the same sentiment as Stoker in Dracula Ancient Darkness against Modern Wizardry of Technology destroys the book potential Phantoms would become a timeless horror classic if it did not try to be too much Phantoms would be a horror story yes but it would also be science fiction an adventure tale a wild mystery story and an exploration of the nature and source of myth Koontz tries to handle too many genres too many subplots at once for the thing to work The incredible slowly unfolding horror of Part One disappears once the reader is shown what the protagonists are up against and how they mean to deal with the situation I'm pretty sure that this section of the novel was spoofed in a certain movie that came out just a year later The end of the novel retreats to the mediocrity and disappointment of most of Koontz's workNevertheless this is the novel that made Koontz known as a horror writer and propably his sole title that has been influential in the genre and other media I'm a big fan of the Silent Hill videogame franchise and the influence of this work in the first installment is obvious and clear not to mention that the titular town has a Koontz street If only Phantoms held the mood of the first part promised on the cover of my paperback edition a mountain country house constructed from wood surrounded by ominous white fog under a brooding red sky but I'm sad to say it does not It's a real shame because conceptually this is one of Koontz's very best books; and it could be so much much A wasted opportunity that will not be repeated

  5. Deanna Deanna says:

    This is one of my all time favourite books I remember being twelve and my mother telling me under no circumstances was I to read any of her Dean Koontz books because they 'were not suitable for a girl my age' So of course the minute I had the chance I grabbed a bunch of his books and got to readingPhantoms is the only one that really resonated with me Over the years whenever I'm bored and at a loss as to what to read I find myself drawn back to this book My copy is positively ancient looking it's falling apart the back cover is missing and one or two pages are taped together It's been with me everywhere on school camp on overseas trips it's almost become a security blanket for mePersonally I think it's a great story It's got everything there's romance there are awesome background characters and pretty great main characters too And there's a genuinely scary evil thing that still gives me the heebie jeebies when I think about it The whole of idea of view spoileran evil so ancient that it's essentially THE DEVIL deciding to just destroy a small town for no other reason than because it can hide spoiler

  6. Karl Marberger Karl Marberger says:

    Some pretty creepy parts and a cool monsterBut it dragged Most of the novel is the characters speculating theorizing deducing and discussing the nature of the monster There could have been less of this and monster actionWorking toward the climax turned into a chore because I was turned off

  7. Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} says:

    This reminded me so much of old school King that it's automatically in the keeper pile1010 would read again D

  8. Matt Matt says:

    Reading Dean Koontz is some kind of a mixed bag for me I only read a few his books and there were hits and there were misses This one was the best I read it 25 years ago for the first time in German and liked it uite a bit Now that I read it again in English I liked it even A horror novel as it should beProbably – or should I say hopefully? – it’s not a novel that is inducing nightmares In fact it was uite the opposite for me A few days ago the night before I read the book I had a bad dream Not some horrible nightmare from which I woke up screaming but bad enough It left me with some kind of irrational fear in the morning a fear of something bad that’s going to happen but I couldn’t say what it was Being my own dream interpreter I guess the whole Corona crisis is to blame While pondering my dream I recalled my reaction to this very book which was kind of odd because I haven’t thought about it for a long time Obviously something from the book has stuck in my subconsciousness and was triggered by my dream to surface again Or maybe it was the other way around?In any case after reading I found that two of the main characters at the beginning of the story find themselves in a situation not dissimilar to the one I felt in my dream Jenny Paige the physician in the small alpine town of Snowfield CA pop 500 and her kid sister Lisa return to the town to find it completely empty and devoid of life Their notion of something terrible going on is confirmed when they discover a couple of dead bodies strangely disfigured not in my own dream and it takes the two of them and others uite a while to find out who or what the enemy is or if there even is an enemy to fight The tension until one finally knows what it’s all about what is actually going on is maintained here for uite some time and very skilfully executedOf course with novels like these you have to check your passion for literary merit at the front cover and put on your hat for believers of the unbelievable After that you’re in for a wild ride through this alpine town in California during which there are some interesting things to discover that are actually true and some which might be true There’s a whole lot of themes from religion and myth to science and medicine the fight between good and evil a little history strong women brave men heroes and villains and a somewhat crazy professor who wrote an incredible book which alas was never published or else I would surly read itRecommended horrorA small side note Dean Koontz is in a certain way a competitor of Stephen King and I was a little surprised to see a uote in the “praise” section of the book in which King says ‘Gruesome and unrelenting – it has atmosphere character and story I couldn’t let it alone until I was done It’s well realised intelligent and humane’ Maybe he skipped the section in which a dead person is discovered whose name was Father Callahan the main character of his own SALEM’S LOT? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License

  9. Aaron Nash Aaron Nash says:

    I don't yet understand the hate for Koontz Currently I have read three of his novels ; midnight watchers and now this one and I have thoroughly enjoyed each of them Maybe I peaked too soon with his best works Hopefully not For me this was a cracking read The first 100 pages or so were filled with dread and so tension filled I felt like I was there with the two sisters as they explored the town and discovered the horrors within It was damn creepy and really atmospheric As characters were introduced the tension just kept on building until finally the ancient enemy struckThe less said about the enemy the better but it is one of the most malevolent forces in fiction I have read about A disturbing creature that has a terrific backstory and is well researched It is such a frightening presence throughout Finally I believe this was written around five years before Stephen kings IT I can't help but feel that King read this and found a lot of ideas here that went into his own masterpiece There are just too many coincidences I mean the enemy in this novel is even referred to as IT many times

  10. Dean Dean says:

    I love Dean Koontz and his booksAnd I know that lots of reviews at goodreads doesn't seem to accompany adeuately my sentiments Nevertheless boldly as I'm here comes my humble reviewFirst of all let me say that with Phantoms you have here vintage Koontz I mean a classic piece for what Dean Koontz books stands and are loved forSnowfield a little town in California will be haunted by unspeakable evil and a small group of survivors fights against itThat's allLet me say if you love Carpenters movie The Thing or Stephen Kings It and if you are fond of The Exorzist then welcome in Snowfield and enjoy the ride you will not be disappointed at allKoontz mix and blend Science Fiction with horror and that he does masterfully wellBy the way Phantoms is really a genuine page turner you will not be able to stop until The EndHaving said that the characters are in my opinion not so well developed that's the reason for retaining one star in my ratingBut a good and gripping read awaits you it will entertain for sure and that's the main issueHave fun and enjoy all of youDean;

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Phantoms [PDF / Epub] ☉ Phantoms Author Dean Koontz – “Phantoms is gruesome and unrelentingIt’s well realized intelligent and humane”—Stephen KingThey found the town silent apparently abandoned Then they found the first body strangely swollen and “Phantoms is gruesome and unrelentingIt’s well realized intelligent and humane”—Stephen KingThey found the town silent apparently abandoned Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm One hundred fifty were dead missing But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield CaliforniaAt first they thought it was the work of a maniac Or terrorists Or toxic contamination Or a bizarre new diseaseBut then they found the truth And they saw it in the flesh And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined.

  • Paperback
  • 448 pages
  • Phantoms
  • Dean Koontz
  • English
  • 12 August 2014
  • 9780425181102

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