Every Sunday I offer a quote from something I’ve read recently. It’s usually from a book, but here I’m highlighting a quote from an interview. Be sure to check out the other Sunday Quotes and let me know your thoughts.
Suspense Author Dean Koontz on Evil and Satan
Anthony Weber’s excellent look at Saint Odd, the final book in the Odd Thomas series, got me back into reading Koontz after I hadn’t read anything from him in a while. Weber also shared a quote from an interview with Dean Koontz. I read the rest of the interview and I felt what he had to say about evil and its portrayal is worth taking the time to share and consider:
I don’t shy away from having violent things happen, but I don’t dwell on it. I feel, as a Christian, writing books that have a moral purpose to them, it’s actually incumbent upon me to write about evil, because this kingdom is Satan’s and he is the prince of the world. It’s here and it’s among us.
My villains are pathetic. I never glorify a villain. I couldn’t write something like Hannibal because there’s something there that makes the villain the most glamorous person in the piece. I can’t write that. I don’t find evil glamorous. You’ll never find it that way in my books…
Evil walks among us. We don’t always see it. Each of us, in our daily lives, encounters evil; we are tempted to evil every day of our lives. If we don’t want to read about it or think about it, I don’t think that’s a truly Christian point of view. We have to acknowledge it, face it and defeat it. That’s what each of my books is about. (Cited here; original here)
I think Koontz’s comments are well-worth considering. Evil is something that is foreign to this world. Satan and other spiritual powers are working to perpetuate evil in this world. We must not close our eyes to it, but rather, “acknwoledge it, face it, and defeat it” by the power of Christ.
I recommend Koontz’s works to you.
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Chatting with Koontz About Faith– You can read the whole interview here. It is worth the time.
Saint Odd– Read Anthony Weber’s post about the final book in the Odd Thomas series.
I haven’t read anything by Dean Koontz; I think I’ll read one of his books. Do you have a recommendation?
The vast majority of Koontz’s works are stand alone novels, so you could start almost anywhere. However, if you are particularly interested in his books that have worldview ideas most clearly shown behind them, from the ones that I’ve read I’d recommend From the Corner of His Eye or Innocence as a great place to start.
Awesome! I just added Innocence to my Christmas list. Thanks