With this novel, Dean Koontz has shown himself to be a definitely humanist author. This feature could be sensed in some of his earlier works such as Hideaway (1992) or Winter Moon (1994) although it wasn’t so clear like in the present book.
By the Light of the Moon begins in an exciting way: a mysterious and strange doctor breaks into several rooms of a motel located in one the bedroom communities of Arizona.
He gags the occupants and injects them with a weird substance that, according to him, is the work of his life. Then, the doctor flees after warning his victims about some bloodthirsty murderers whose mission
seems to be to execute all carriers of the substance.
From that moment, Dylan O’Conner and Jillian Jackson, together with Dylan’s autistic brother, take a frantic flight. The constant fear that the first effects of the injection appear don’t make this flight easier.
This road-movie-like plot allows the author to explore a host of themes such as fate, responsibility, meaning of life, faith and the role that technology plays in human nature amongst others. In fact, the way Dean Koontz explains these topics gives us the key to consider him to be a humanist.
Koontz conceives human being as an entity created in the image and likeness of God.