Just wanted to chime in that this is one of my all time favorite books. It's not just a horror story, it's really a commentary on humanity in general. Loved it, and had to giggle about the Koontz question. I can only imagine what his book was about.
Jainie - You should google Mary Shelley. Her life was almost as interesting as her book. And the story of how she wrote it is kind of neat too.
Liann, Thanks for the heads up, I'll google Mary Shelley. It sounds so interesting.