Dean Koontz was born July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania
He attended Shippensburg State College with a degree in Education. A former high school English teacher as well as a teacher-counselor with the Appalachian Poverty Program, Koontz began writing as a child to escape an ugly home life caused by his alcoholic father. A prolific writer at a young age, Koontz had sold a dozen novels by the age of 25. Plots that make the character think and feel have always been important to Koontz. In his more recent work, he has begun spending more time on characterization and setting. Basically an optimist, Koontz does not want to promote a sense of disaster or doom for humankind; rather, he wants to show that people can be strong and noble. Koontz believes that the world can be improved, and he sees his novels as bearing that upbeat message, in spite of their horrific events. He is presently an internationally acknowledged suspense master. Several of his titles were #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He currently resides in California George Guidall George Guidall is one of the most prolific narrator of audiobooks in the world. He has recorded nearly 650 unabridged novels, everything from Crime and Punishment and The Iliad to Snow Falling on Cedars. He began his career as an actor, appearing on Broadway and touring Europe with Helen Hayes in the Glass Menagerie, Miracle Worker and The Skin of Our Teeth. He received an Obie Award for Best Performance Off-Broadway, and has continued his performances in theater for over 40 years. Guidall has also appeared on television, with roles on the soap One Life to Live and Law and Order, and in movies such as Malcolm X and Tales from the Darkside. His first job reading audiobooks was for the Library of Congress' American Foundation for the Blinds' Talking Books. Since then he has won the most prestigious Audiobook Award, the Audie Award, for Best Unabridged Narration of a novel for his recording of John Irving's A Widow for One Year. He won the Audie again in 2000 for Wally Lamb's I Know This Much is True.