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Book Review: Demon Seed by Dean Koontz

Updated on May 2, 2017

A Little About Dean Koontz

Born: July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pensylvania

Alma Mater: Shippensburg State College (B.A. English 1967)

Career: High School English Teacher, Author, Screenwriter and Poet

Introduction To Demon Seed

This book starts out with a single/widow woman who has a wait staff and a sprawling mansion with manicured grounds. Why is she single? This is revealed early in the book. She has planned on taking some time for herself and these plans are rudely interrupted by an "entity", that was created by her husband Dr. Harris. After her husband passed away, she and her house and ground staff (she thought) were the only ones at her home. This was not all the case, she was been watched at all times and she did not know it.

Mrs. Harrison was aware that her husband, Dr. Harrison had a "shop", in the basement where he did what she thought, was medical research. She had no idea what he was up to.

The entity that shares the home with Mrs. Harrison, is electrical and lives in the airways and can attack phone lines, computer programs and the security system of the house. The project was something that was being worked on in the lab by her husband. It is like a computer became evil and took over this woman's hi-tech mansion and she is being controlled by the computer, and she is trying every to get out of the mansion with her life.

Suspense Master Dean

Dean Koontz has sold over 450 million copies of his novels worldwide. He is famous for his novels which are splendid.
Dean Koontz has sold over 450 million copies of his novels worldwide. He is famous for his novels which are splendid. | Source
Dean Koontz is mainstream enough that he was featured in a clip on the Family Guy cartoon.
Dean Koontz is mainstream enough that he was featured in a clip on the Family Guy cartoon. | Source

Plot

The entity wants nothing more than to know what the flesh feels like. He will stop at nothing to find out what touch feels like, the touch of skin and hair and how it feels on the fingers. When you have never had the sense of touch, then you wouldn't know what it was like.

Since he doesn't have any hands, he must have someone to carry out his plot for him. The entity broke out his accomplice from the lab. His name is Enos Shenk. The entity known as well as "Adam Two".

The entity is able to imitate Susan's voice. He lets the entire wait staff and gardeners go with their severance pay. He leaves word for her lawyer that all this will be taking place and also tells him that she is going to be taking some time off for a while and may be do some traveling.

All of this is done without Susan knowing it that her staff has been let go and that the entity is making life changing decisions for her.

The entity has had her brought from the basement back up into her master bedroom by Enos Shenk his arms and legs. She did make threats to kill herself when she was in the basement. She is now tied up on her own bed because she is no good to the "entity", if she is not living.

His goal for getting a body and to know what flesh feels like, he must have a first have a body. He has decided that he is going to impregnate Susan and she can carry his baby.

Original Paperback of Demon Seed (1972)

Demon Seed by Dean Koontz is an international Bestseller. Personally, It's my favorite Dean Koontz book and I've read 15 of them thus far.
Demon Seed by Dean Koontz is an international Bestseller. Personally, It's my favorite Dean Koontz book and I've read 15 of them thus far. | Source

Dean Koontz CBS Interview

Grading Demon Seed

In this capsule I will give a letter grade on certain aspects of the book entitled Demon Seed.

Horror: The fear factor was phenomenal. The scenes in the basement are very intense. The book was hard to put down and at the same time, made your skin crawl. Grade A-

Suspense: The suspense in this novel kept you wondering what was going to happen next. The only complaint is that the book is too short. Grade B+

Action: The action in this book is very riveting but, there's just not enough of it. I never expected the book to take some of the turns that it did. Grade C+

Drama: The book was very dramatic and it made you feel for the main antagonist because it seems that she has no possible way out of her problem except for death. Grade A


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Dean Koontz Realism

All of Dean Koontz's Novels are written with intensity and a rare sense of realism. Even some of his far fetched ideas seem realistic because of his style of writing.

He is doing something right because, he is considered a #1 New York Time Bestselling Author.


* If you have read this novel or any other Dean Koontz book please feel free to leave a comment in the box located at the very bottom of this page.


Demon Seed: The Movie (1977)

Demon Seed was published as a book in 1972 and produced as a film in 1977. It was a huge hit as a novel and only moderately successful as a movie production.
Demon Seed was published as a book in 1972 and produced as a film in 1977. It was a huge hit as a novel and only moderately successful as a movie production. | Source

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Final Thoughts.....

Koontz is an American Author that writes novels that are described as suspense thrillers, horror, science fiction and mystery. Some of his books have been turned into movies. The book called Demon Seed is well worth reading and it's hard to put down even at the end of a chapter. The freak in the basement is the scariest part of the book and it's one of the scariest chapters I've ever read in a book. It really makes you feel like your trapped in that huge home and the basement especially.

Letter Grade: A-


If you have read this book by Dean Koontz called Demon Seed, I would love for you to leave you comments down at the bottom of this page.

Demon Seed Movie Trailer (1977)

Other Reads by Koontz

The Eyes Of Darkness
The Key To Midnight
Mr. Murder
The Funhouse
Dragon Tears
Shadowfires
Hideaway
Cold Fire
The House Of Thunder
The Voice Of The Night
The Bad Place
The Servants Of Twilight
Midnight
Lightning
The Mask
Dean Koontz has published over 100 books. Listed above are only a few. From those listed above, see how many you have read.

Birthplace of Dean Koontz (Pennsylvania)

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    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image

      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      What an Excellent Book Review! You have really worked on research and I can tell you may have even read the book! I am a fan of Koontz as the only book other than this one, I have read so far is.. The House of Thunder.

      These two books are both pretty intense.

      I am from Pa too. Maybe this is why I find him so fascinating! Shared, up! = useful, interesting and awesome the way you pulled it together. :-)

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