From Publishers Weekly
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.