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Fans of Stephen King's novella Secret Window, Secret Garden will enjoy seeing how Briant handles a similar plot in his creepy debut. A deranged vagrant, Albert K. Arnold, delivers a manuscript titled My Worst Nightmares—My Delicious Memoirs to bestselling author Dermot Nolan at Nolan's converted warehouse home in downtown L.A. My Worst Nightmares chronicles the atrocities of a serial killer who lures victims through a Web site, Dream Healer, and then slaughters them in ways that conjure up their worst phobias. After Arnold dies from a fall from a building, Nolan, who's in a profound writing slump and under increasing pressure to produce a new book, appropriates the manuscript and publishes it successfully as his own work. Growing evidence that Arnold's writings weren't fiction causes Nolan and his family no little concern. While many will anticipate the real villain's identity, Briant has crafted an exciting page-turner that bodes well for future thrillers from his pen. (May)
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About the Author

Shane Briant is an actor and novelist who studied law at Trinity College Dublin before becoming a professional actor at age twenty-one. Starring in films and television opposite Paul Newman, Rosemary Harris, Jeremy Irons, John Hurt, Olivia de Havilland, George Chakiris, and Jack Palance, among others, Briant has worked with directors such as John Huston, DavidWolper, Glenn Jordan, and Just Jaekin. The first short film Briant wrote, A Message from Fallujah, won the “Best of the Fest” award at the 2005 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and was in the final mix of ten shorts for consideration for an Academy Award that year. Worst Nightmares is his first novel. He resides in Sydney, Australia.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159315576X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593155766
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shane has starred in 36 films in the U.S.A, the U.K., Europe and Australia,14 television plays and mini series for the B.B.C. and I.T.V; and in the USA starred in 3 Prime Time networked telemovies, playing Dorian Gray in Glenn Jordan's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', a three hour special for the ABC produced by Dan Curtis; starring with Timothy Dalton in 'The Flame is Love' for NBC; and guest starring opposite Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland in NBC's 'Murder is Easy'

He worked with Paul Newman and James Mason in 'The Mackintosh Man', played Jack Palance's son in 'Hawk the Slayer,' starred opposite Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson in 'Shaker Run' to name but a few films during this period.

His most notable television appearances in the U.K. are Jack Gold's 'The Naked Civil Servant' with John Hurt, and starring with Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons in Warris Hussein's 'Notorious Woman' which won Rosemary Harris the Emmy that year.

Following a promotional tour of Australia for Columbia Pictures to promote 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' in '82, Shane continued to work in the U.K. and America. In Australia he has starred in 13 feature films including 'Bruce Morrison's award-winning 'Constance', 'Shaker Run' co-starring with Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson, Simon Wincer's 'The Lighthorsemen', 'Minnimurra', starring with Jeff Fahey, Mark Joffe's 'Grievous Bodily Harm', and John Seale's 'Till There Was You', starring with Mark Harmon and Jeroen Krabbé. He's also made several mini series, including George Miller's 'Anzacs' and Pino Amenta's 'Nancy Wake'. Also two-hander 'Twisted Tales' with Geoffrey Rush.

In 2007 he was cast as Appsley in 'The Children of Huang Shi', U.K. director Roger Spottiswoode's new epic, starring Jonathon Rhys Meyers, Rhada Mitchell and David Wenham.

He is also the author of 6 best selling novels - "The Webber Agenda" (1994), "The Chasen Catalyst" (1996), "Hitkids" (2000), and "Bite of the Lotus" (2001). All have been optioned for film. His sixth novel, already optioned, was published in October 2005 - "GRAPHIC."

His sixth novel, 'WorstNightmares' was published by publisher of the year 2008, Vanguard Press in America in May 2009.

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Dermot Nolan is a New York Times bestselling author who is suffering from a bit of writers block. He's already spent the million dollar advance he received from his publisher His bestselling book is being made into a movie. All of this success should be inspiring, but his creative juices are tapped out.

Then one day, Nolan notices an old man depositing something into his mailbox. It's a manuscript detailing a series of horrific murders. Each murder is described in such vivid detail Nolan begins to wonder if they are real. The killer refers to himself as the The Dream Healer, and his Web site promises individuals relief from their nightmares. Unknowing victims log on to this site and reveal their nightmares, in real time, to The Dream Healer. Those suffering from nightmares due receive a release from their nightmares, but not the way they intended. The Dream Healer hunts them down and kill them by reinacting their nightmares.

Nolan's wife, Neela, and his long-time friend Nick encourage Nolan to use the manuscript as a basis for his new novel. Nolan begins to research this crimes and discovers evidence the crimes were real. He allows the book to be published and it's an instant bestseller. However, The Dream Healer hasn't stopped killing. When a number of crimes detailed in Nolan's novel take place, he becomes a person of interest. His life and the lives of those he loves are put in danger. What will it take to stop The Dream Healer?

I read Worst Nightmares while on vacation. It's not a short book, 352 pages, but I literally read it in one sitting. Briant's writing is chilling, his descriptions are so vivid and detailed that I literally had to stop and catch my breath. Not for the weak at heart, but a must for someone who craves excitement and a thrill.
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In downtown Los Angeles homeless bum Albert K. Arnold accosts bestselling author Dermot Nolan at the latter's warehouse home. Dermot's first reaction is the visitor is crazy. Still, he accepts a manuscript from the derange person mostly to get him out of his face.

Nolan puts aside My Worst Nightmares, a journal of an abusive serial killer who catches his victims over his net site Dream Healer before committing atrocities based on the prey's biggest fear. When Arnold dies, Nolan takes a closer look at the manuscript. Suffering from writer's block since his last book was sold to Hollywood last year, Nolan and his wife adapt Arnold's book and publish it as his. However, there is one problem that surfaces with the plagiarism of the manuscript; evidence mounts that My Worst Nightmares records real homicides that make the writer a person of interest to LAPD, the FBI and a serial killer working the Internet to ensnare his targets.

Mindful of A Murder of Crows starring Cuba Gooding Jr., WORST NIGHTMARES is a terrific thriller as Nolan crumbling under writing pressure to produce his next novel takes a seeming shortcut that leaves him in a greater pressure cooker. Readers will know who his antagonist is, but not care as the fun in the tale is to see whether the novelist can extract himself and his wife out of peril from a lethal serial killer and with the law that believes he is the lethal serial killer.

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Award winning author, Dermot Nolan is under pressure. His half-million dollar advance is spent and he can't seem to produce results. An unsolicited manuscript ends up in his mailbox. It's written by Albert K. Arnold and appears to be a memoir of a serial killer. Nolan and his wife investigate the murders to see if these were based on real people. What he discovers is chilling.

When Arnold apparently jumps off a roof and dies, Nolan takes the man's work and publishes it as his own. Months later, when the book is a success and there is talk of a movie deal, Nolan gets a phone call. Seems like Albert Arnold wasn't the jumper on that roof and Nolan's worst nightmare begins to take form.

The ending of the book was left to the reader's imagination. Normally, I'd throw a fit when this happens. With this story, it worked. When I finished the last page, I was done. I felt I knew what happened next and I didn't want anyone to tell me different.

This phenomenal thriller and I can't wait to see what Shane Briant will come up with next!
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The main character, Dermot Nolan, is an accomplished, award-winning writer who is also struggling with a writer's block. He and his wife have pretty much spent the fortune that his previous bestseller earned him and Dermot cannot deliver another smashing work of fiction. Things are looking really gloom for him as his agent and publisher growing impatient and the million-dollar advance is gone without one page to show for it. Only Dermot's beautiful wife Neela and his best friend Nick know the desperate condition Dermot is in. Therefore, when a mysterious manuscript lands in Dermot's hands, they all see it as a possible means to end the financial and creative troubles. The manuscript, titled My Worst Nightmares - My Delicious Memoirs, is truly horrifying and gives gory, nightmarish descriptions of each victim's death based on his/her worst nightmare. The author's mind is truly sick and twisted but that's not what's bothering Dermot and Neela the most. The whole memoir is written in a crude but strangely authentic voice. So authentic that they decide to dig a bit deeper and see if by any chance all those deaths are not imaginative but real. What they discover is at once chilling and inconclusive. Dermot finally decides that the incidences were not real and goes ahead and submits the improved manuscript to the publisher as his own. And that's when all hell breaks loose.
Let me just get what I didn't like about Worst Nightmares out of the way. I figured out who the murderer was one third of the way. In that sense, it was unfortunately pretty predictable. The most disappointing thing about it was not even that I figured out who it was so soon, but why it happened shortly after (probably half-way through the novel).
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