Not all writers have the gift of gab.
Dean Koontz does. From the moment he stepped on the stage of the Laguna Playhouse on Monday, he captivated his audience.
Koontz was hosted by the Playhouse Women, a support group started in 2007 to raise funds for the theater.
The event drew fans from all around Orange County to hear Koontz talk about his work and life, some lugging as many as 35 books (Jim Tucker from Tustin and Jeramie Anderson from Covina) and some buying books from Laguna Beach Books at the event to be autographed.
Koontz had the sold-out audience in stitches as he described his childhood, which looked at another way could have been called dreary at best. He lost his mother at an early age and described his father as a drunkard, womanizer and ne'er-do-well, who had 44 jobs in 25 years.
Ah, but his dad had a sense of the absurdity of life, which he passed onto Koontz, who explores the darker realms in his books, leavened with some laugh-out-loud passages tucked in among the shivers.