Ever since a shift in reality twenty years ago, peoples’ dreams and nightmares come alive, spreading chaos and destruction. Monsters ravage cities, bottomless chasms split roads, and gold rains from the sky – the possibilities are limitless, unpredictable and often deadly.
Eden Maybrey is a hunter of these “shades”. When a friend tasks her with tracking down and eliminating an evil shade, the hunt threatens to expose Eden’s deepest, darkest secret. To find her prey, she is forced to team up with Vaughn Taylor, a hunter who hates shades with a passion – and who won’t hesitate to put a bullet in Eden’s head should he find out her secret.
Preorder Nightmare City now. To be published as ebook and print-version on Amazon on November 26.
This book has been a long time coming.
I had the initial idea for the premise of dreams “coming true” over 10 years ago. At the time, I wrote a short story about a young girl who sees a Santa Claus plummeting to his death from the top of the Ulm cathedral’s spire right into the crowd of the annual Christmas market.
Nobody else sees this happen; but not half an hour later, the traumatized girl is picked up by agents of a secret organization that polices people’s dreams – and recruit her into their team, because she has the ability to see the dreams.
As you (will) see, the premise has now turned into a completely different story. I put that short story away and wrote different stories for several years. But the idea of dreams coming true, including nightmares, never fully let me go.
I dug it back up in 2011, when I took a long distance correspondence course on screenwriting. The final exam to be handed in was the first 20 pages of an original TV- or movie script. I decided to go with my dream-idea and make it the pilot episode for a TV series. I came up with a new and entirely different angle on it and wrote the whole thing in two weeks. I received an A on those first 20 pages.
Because getting your pilot episode filmed is even more difficult than finding a publisher for your book, I decided to rewrite the script as a novel. It took me about a year, during which the story went through a lot more changes than I had anticipated. The book is now, again, quite a bit different to the TV pilot script.
But it’s better for it. The story is now the best version of itself that it could be – and I had a lot of fun penning it. Preorder it here to read it on November 26.