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Worst Nightmares Mass Market Paperback – March 30, 2010

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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.

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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: #426,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Lawrence on July 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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Dermot Nolan is an internationally bestselling author. His recent book even won the coveted British Booker prize. However, Dermot just cannot seem to get his thoughts together for his next novel, and the clock is ticking. He has already spent his half a million dollar advance, he's selling his artwork to pay the bills, and his agent won't stop calling.

When an elderly homeless man stuffs a manuscript into Dermot's mailbox, he jumps at it for ideas. But the story is a crudely handwritten diary about nightmares, which isn't something Dermot would normally write about. So he tosses it into the trash in frustration.

However, his wife and editor Neela, sees potential in the manuscript and urges Dermot to have another look. If Stephen King could do it, why couldn't Dermot? So Dermot takes a deeper look at the manuscript, and before long he realizes that the crimes are real.

The diarist of the manuscript is the Dream Healer. He lures his prey to his website by random flyers. He urges them to share their nightmares so that he can help heal them. But in retrospect, what really happens is that he stalks them until he brings their nightmares into reality.

Dermot, predictably, rewrites the manuscript and has it published as his own. It is a nationwide sensation. But someone else digs into Dermot's new novel, crime journalist Jeff Schipp. He receives tips that are too similar to Dermot's book to be coincidence. Dermot Nolan is soon living his own nightmare as the police get involved.

WORST NIGHTMARES is a superb debut. An addictive, terrifying and heart-stopping ride that will keep you up at night. If you love thrillers, you won't want to miss this one!
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This book was not a difficult read, which suits my schedule. Sometimes I would put it down for several days in a row and then pick it up again. I did figure it out before the end of the book and it seems that the author realized you would and tried to make it as gross as possible in the end. Worth what I spent on it and has movie potential with a good tight script.
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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.

Harriet Klausner
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