Was the Dean Koontz Icebound novel a baseline for multiple shows?

This is a timeline of how the book Icebound influenced other mediums, from movie to comic book. I liked the close confines of this story by Dean Koontz and how the characters were left to deal with situations in a more strict environment. Learn more about the the Evolution of Icebound.

What does is mean to be icebound?

The word ‘Icebound’ is an adjective, meaning someone or something is completely surrounded, obstructed or covered by ice. For instance, in 1915 polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, became icebound in the Antarctic.

Here is an excerpt from the Dean Koontz book ‘Icebound’: The arctic night is endless. The fear is numbing. Screams freeze in the throat. Death arrives in shades of white. And cold-blooded murder seems right at home. Conducting a strange and urgent experiment on the Arctic ice field, a team of scientists has planted sixty powerful explosive charges that will detonate at midnight. Before they can withdraw to the safety of their base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks loose… Read more

Icebound - A novel by Dean Koontz

The book ‘Icebound’ was originally published in 1976

under Koontz’s pseudonym David Axton.

  • In 1982 John Carpenter released The Thing. A movie about a group of scientists in the Antarctic who are confronted by an alien that is out to kill.


  • In 1993 the first season of the X-Files aired a show titled ‘Ice’. In this episode a team of arctic drillers suddenly disappear only to show up murdered.


  • In 1998 a comic book was released titled “Whiteout“. This story follows a U.S. Marshal working in Antarctica, and her investigation of a murder that takes place there. The story moves through many Antarctic stations, as she chases down suspects and finds more murders. Think Outland except on earth.
  • This comic was later turned into a movie in 2009.

Do I feel there is a pattern of evolution here? Yes, hence the title!

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I think Dean Koontz can take this one all the way to the top. Can you tell I’m a huge Dean Koontz fan? We have a fairly big selection of his books in hardcover on our book shelves. If you don’t want to purchase or rent a copy of this book at your local library, check this out:

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Getting back to Dean Koontz’s, his first published book ‘Star Quest’ was published in 1968. As of 2022, Dean Koontz has published over 100 novels and has written multiple books under different pseudonyms.

How do you feel about the evolution of Icebound? Let me know in the comments below. I’m always open to constructive criticism.

2 thoughts on “The Evolution Of Dean Koontz’s Icebound”
  1. I don’t think Whiteout resembled Dean Koontz’s Icebound at all. I never read the comic but did watch the movie and thought it was plain stupid. Sorry.

    1. Hi Anita, you don’t have to apologize. I saw the movie as well and didn’t care for it. The only point I was trying to make was the similarities between the two books. Nick

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