Back when he started out, i was a big Stephen King fan and my favorites were The Stand and the short The Mist. He is a good storyteller, but tends to get overly long on character development. about the time he was becoming repetitious for me i found a book by a writer new to me; Phantoms by Dean Koontz. He had me hooked from the getgo be cause the story blasted off in just a few pages and combined aspects of horror,mystery,and a touch of sci-fi.The following is a list of my best Koontz books.
Phantoms; When you arrive in this small town, the entire town is dead, in place, the food still warm on their plates.
The Good Guy; Workday is over and your having a beer in your favorite bar.A guy walks in,sits next to you and slides a manila envelope to you and says 'You get the other half when the jobs done' and leaves. You open it and theirs a wad of cash and a picture and info of a woman. Sitting there wondering WTF, another guy,cold as ice,sits next to you and says 'Is that the next job, slide it over'.
Watchers; If you ever had a dog.....
Whispers; Rustling in the closest....and a great twist....
note: although not part of the book, Phantoms is the best explanation in my alternate reality for the disappearance of the Dinos, and the movie was pure crap.Good Guy is not horror or sci-fi, just suspence.Whispers drags on for about half the book, then becomes a page turner.Do NOT have a light bulb burn out when reading Phantoms.Enjoy.