Dean Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author best known for his novels which could be described broadly as suspense thrillers. He also frequently incorporates elements of horror, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with ten hardcovers and fourteen paperbacks reaching the number one slot. Early in his career, Koontz wrote under an array of pen names.
Koontz appeared in "Brian in Love". Brian is driving down a forest-lined road when he accidentally runs over a man. After getting out and running to him, Brian asks if he is King, and the man identifies himself as Dean Koontz, so Brian gets back in his truck and runs him over again.