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Publisher's Summary

"The world is a machine that produces endless surprises and mysteries layered on mysteries."

"Wilderness," a darkly intriguing short story first published as an e-book original, was written as prelude to Dean Koontz's novel of mystery, suspense, and strange wonder - Innocence.

Addison Goodheart was born in an isolated home surrounded by a deep forest, never known to his father, kept secret from everyone but his mother, who barely accepts him. Only in the woods, among the wildlife, is Addison truly welcome. Only there can he be at peace. Until the day he first knows terror, the day when his life changes radically and forever....

Twelve of the other fourteen short stories and novelettes included in this audio anthology were most recently reissued in a print collection entitled Strange Highways, published by Warner Books (1995). The other two - "The Scariest Thing I Know" (2000) first published in Martha Stewart Living magazine and "Hostage Situation" (2009) in The New York Times Summer Thriller series.

Only the short work "Down in the Darkness," has ever been produced for audio.

"Wilderness" © 2013 by Dean R. Koontz. "The Black Pumpkin" © 1986 by Nkui, Inc., originally appeared in Twilight Zone Magazine, December, 1986; reprinted by permission of Nkui, Inc. "Miss Attila the Hun" © 1987 by Nkui, Inc., originally appeared in Night Visions 4, published by Dark Harvest, Arlington Heights, Illinois; reprinted by permission of Nkui, Inc. "Down in the Darkness" © 1986 by Nkui, Inc., originally appeared in The Horror Show, Summer 1986, reprinted by permission of Nkui, Inc. "Ollie's Hands" © 1972 by Dean R. Koontz, originally appeared in Infinity Four, edited by Robert Hoskins, published by Lancer Books; revised version © 1995 by Dean R. Koontz. "Snatcher" © 1986 by Nkui, Inc., originally appeared in Night Cry, Fall 1986; reprinted by permission of Nkui, Inc. "Trapped" © 1989 by Nkui, Inc., originally appeared in Stalkers, edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, published by Dark Harvest, Arlington, Illinois; reprinted by permission of Nkui, Inc. "Bruno" © 1971 by Dean R. Koontz, originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April, 1971; revised version © 1995 by Dean R. Koontz. "We Three" © 1974 by Dean R. Koontz, originally appeared in Final Stage, edited by Edward L. Ferman and Barry N. Malzberg, published by Charterhouse, New York, New York; revised version © 1995 by Dean R. Koontz. "Hardshell" © 1974 by Nkui, Inc., originally appeared in Night Visions 4, published by Dark Harvest, Arlington Heights, Illinois; reprinted by permission of Nkui, Inc. "Kittens" © 1966 by Dean R. Koontz, originally appeared in The Reflector, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; revised version © 1995 by Dean R. Koontz. "The Night of the Storm" © 1974 by Dean R. Koontz, originally appeared in Continuum 1 edited by Roger Elwood, published by G.P Putnam's Sons, New York, New York; revised version © 1995 by Dean R. Koontz. "Twilight of the Dawn" © 1987 by Nkui, Inc., originally appeared in Night Visions 4, published by Dark Harvest, Arlington Heights, Illinois; reprinted by permission of Nkui, Inc. "The Scariest Thing I Know" © 2000 by Dean R. Koontz, originally appeared in Martha Stewart Living. "Hostage Situation" © 2009 by Dean R. Koontz, originally appeared in the New York Times.
©1995 Wilderness and Other Stories is a selection from Strange Highways copyright 1995 by Dean Koontz. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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I'M NOT GOING TO PROSELYTIZE, (NOT)

I'M A GOOD MAN
This is a mixed bag of stories. Some are horror, some are Sci-Fi, and some are religious. Some are great, some are so-so, some are amateurish, and one is agonizing long and religious.

HER EYES, GOD, HER EYES
As a horror fan and one who likes his stories to have unexpected dark twists, I loved KITTENS. As someone who is in love with his Teacher wife and who knows what an extraordinary job she does, I loved MISS ATTILA THE HUN. OLLIE'S HANDS was a heart touching paranormal story. BRUNO, sounded like a good start to a paranormal series, similar to Dresden files, but since it was written in 1971, I guess that is not going to happen. The Black Pumpkin was scary. I also enjoyed WE THREE. WILDERNESS, was a prequel to his book INNOCENCE. The story was okay, but was not necessary to read before reading the novel. With the exception of one story the rest were fair to middle. The last story, TWILIGHT OF DAWN, is around two hours long and is agonizing. It is Koontz attempt to get you to believe in God. A lot of his stories, especially the latter written ones, have morality lectures, but if you have read Koontz before, than you are used to that.

I enjoyed this collection and if Koontz has more I will listen to those. If you are trying to decided though, King's Bazaar collection is much better.

I loved all the narrators, especially Dick Hill.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • Norman, OK, United States
  • 11-05-15

Dean Koontz Has Found His New Niche!!

Wow, I'm really impressed!! This thing doesn't even read like Dean Koontz (not that Dean is subpar by any means, but these stories are very intriguing and not his typical type of story). I really hope Mr. Koontz continues to drop these collections. I'm only halfway through the book but felt it necessary to share this news with my fellow bookworms. This book is very much worth a credit.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good stories

Most left you wanting the story to go on. A few of them had an ending that I did not see coming.

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Not a good read

Honestly, I would not recommend this book to anyone. I love dean koontz and this is the first book I've ever read from him that I didn't like. Not all the stories were bad but the good ones were few. I'm still a fan though!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Some good stories

The last story about a father's strong belief of there being no God and hating religion so much he overlooked one really important moments truly touched my heart and was beautifully if not sadly told. That story is a 5 star for me. The moment with the Cherry blossoms, so beautiful -sniff sniff-

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Pretty good book.

loved it...kinda got depressing towards the end though...the last 2 stories especially other than that I enjoyed especially Snatched

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Eh , ok

Some of this material feels very experimental, not bad but not fleshed out either. I enjoyed a few of the stories but Dick Hill has never been my favorite narrator.

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Some good stories. On par with King story collecti

Some of the stories here are really good if you like fantastical twilight zone style shorts.
Some of the readers here are awesome. Tanya Eby just does not pass muster though so I'm knocking a star off here.
I've read a couple of times how Koontz writes a story. Its unusual. He starts with page one. Edits it. Finishes it. Then works on page 2. On and on until the book is done. I can easily imagine him starting each one of these stories in the same vein only to find that he has reached an ending sooner than expected or that the inspiration peters out.
Some of the stories are bad. Some are good. Its a mixed bag.

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  • Carrie
  • Cedar Park, TX, United States
  • 10-22-14

Weird Mix of Short Stories

Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or the narrators?

I enjoy reading most Koontz books but this one was an odd compilation of short stories, some of which were decent and some of which were utterly horrible. It sort of seemed like a collection of unrelated ideas that never were fully developed into complete stories.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

Yes, I am viewing this book as an anomaly and will read other Koontz books.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No way.

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  • Michael
  • Staunton, VA, United States
  • 12-18-17

Very entertaining.

All the stories were very absorbing and entertaining. The only drawback was one of the male narrators spoke very much like Howard Cosell.

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  • Ian
  • 02-18-16

Very Enjoyable Collection

Where does Wilderness and Other Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A solid 8/10 in the horror/thriller short story collections. However, these are barely horror if you're looking for linger scares.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's got a good pace, some short and sweet, some longer stories.

Any additional comments?

Many of these stories feel like they should be made into larger tales.

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  • jean
  • 12-05-15

I enjoyed all of the story's some made my laugh

enjoyed all the story's .very much. some made me laugh .worth a second read .