Many people have had moments in their lives when something extraordinary occurs with no rational explanation. Best-selling horror novelist Dean Koontz received a phone call from who he claims was his mother - 20 years after she died - and her warning allegedly saved his life.
Read on to find out more about the creepy Koontz call.
Dean Koontz Claims He Received A Phone Call From His Dead Mother
In September of 1988, author Dean Koontz was working in his office when the phone began to ring. Koontz answered the receiver and heard a weak, far-away voice on the other end of the receiver. The voice warned, “Please, be careful.” Koontz asked the person's identity, but they did not respond to his inquiry. Instead, they repeated their warning three additional times before the line went silent. Koontz was in shock. The voice sounded just like his mother, except his mother had been dead for nearly 20 years.
His Phone Number Was Unlisted
Koontz's phone number was unlisted, which means it was intentionally not listed in phone books. If you have a private number, you usually do not have to worry about getting calls from telemarketers, prank calls, or being contacted by people you do not know. The fact that Koontz did not have a listed phone number makes the phone call all the more interesting. Although it could have been a case of a person calling the wrong number, the warning the woman gave him on the phone could very well have been about an incident that occurred only two days later.
Koontz Believes His Mother Was Warning Him About His Father
Two days after Koontz's strange phone call, the retirement home where his father was staying contacted him. His father, Ray, would often cause problems at the facility, but the problems were escalating, and he had become violent, punching another resident. Nurses at the facility were concerned and asked Koontz to speak with Ray and try to calm him down.
When Koontz arrived at Ray's room, his father wasted no time and proceeded to grab a knife from a drawer and attempted to stab his son. Koontz had to fight off his father, and he eventually was able to get the knife away from him. Police arrived, and they took Ray to a psychiatric facility, which everyone felt was the best place for him.
Koontz Wrote About The Experience In An Essay
It took Koontz a long time to talk about what he felt was a fateful phone call. Once he felt comfortable sharing his story, he did what he does best and wrote about it. In a book titled Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery by photographer David Robinson, you see morbid, yet beautiful photos of tombstones and cemeteries. You will also see that the introduction is written by none other than Dean Koontz. In the introduction, Koontz writes an essay about his phone call experience, sharing the book's theme of exploring death.