Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time.
– Dean Koontz
Because people see violence on the movie screen, they’re not going to go out and hold up a liquor store and kill somebody. It really doesn’t correlate.
Literary fiction, as a strict genre, is all but dead. Meanwhile, most genres flourish.
Although charismatic, James Dean is no Harrison Ford. In the majority of his movies, sooner or later he got the crap beaten out of him.
I think it’s perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion.
A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in.
I’ve not seen in my lifetime any politician who is a heroic figure. The manipulation that all politicians use on one level or another is so transparent.
Human beings can always be relied upon to exert, with vigor, their God-given right to be stupid.
If you want to publish two books a year under your own name and your publisher doesn’t, maybe you need a different publisher.
Although I’ve said a million times that I’m not a horror writer, I do like horror.
One of the things I like enormously about Bob Weinstein is that that he’s the only studio head I have ever known who will change his mind and say he was wrong.
I receive about 10,000 letters a year from readers, and in the first year after a book is published, perhaps 5,000 letters will deal specifically with that piece of work.
Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool.
Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love.
Somebody asked me about the current choice we’re being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it’s like two of the scariest movies I can imagine.
I don’t write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing.
I believe that I was a dog in a past life. That’s the only thing that would explain why I like to snack on Purina Dog Chow.
I try not to spend too much time on partisan politics. Life’s too short for that. I don’t really believe that there have been many human problems solved by politics.
In my books, I never portray violence as a reasonable solution to a problem. If the lead characters in the story are driven to it, it’s at the extreme end of their experience.
Books were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid.
I do give books as gifts sometimes, when people would rather have one than a new Ferrari.
I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.
I have avoided becoming stale by putting a little water on the plate, lying on the plate, and having myself refreshed in a toaster oven for 23 minutes once every month.
Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.
Your mind always does worse things than people can show in a movie.
I like to deal with EVERY aspect of our condition, and that means terror and humor in equal mix. Some books have more room for humor than others.
The hands of every clock are shears, trimming us away scrap by scrap, and every time piece with a digital readout blinks us towards implosion.
If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that’s more than just entertainment-which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people.
What we do as a society is seek simple answers.
My wife is my first audience. She’s a tough lady, so I can’t say that I ever scare her. Except, of course, when she sees me the way I look before breakfast.