Worst Nightmares

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"Dermot Nolan is an international, award-winning, bestselling author who seems to have it all - a successful career, fame, fortune, and a beautiful wife. Between the royalties coming in from his most recent book, and the revenue he has received from the film company that bought the rights, Dermot seems every bit the literary darling." "And yet, for the last year, he has suffered from a bout of writer's block and in the process has grossly overspent his income. So when Dermot comes across an unsolicited horror manuscript stuffed into his mailbox
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Overview

"Dermot Nolan is an international, award-winning, bestselling author who seems to have it all - a successful career, fame, fortune, and a beautiful wife. Between the royalties coming in from his most recent book, and the revenue he has received from the film company that bought the rights, Dermot seems every bit the literary darling." "And yet, for the last year, he has suffered from a bout of writer's block and in the process has grossly overspent his income. So when Dermot comes across an unsolicited horror manuscript stuffed into his mailbox from one Albert K. Arnold entitled My Worst Nightmares - My Delicious Memoirs, he cannot help but feel intrigued. It tells the story of the twisted, homicidal "Dream Healer" who snares his victims via his website worstnightmares.net, seduces them into revealing their innermost fears, and then kills them by revisiting their very own nightmares upon them, magnified a hundredfold. And while Dermot is disgusted by the horror of Mr. Arnold's manuscript, he is also deeply intrigued, so much so that he seeks to solve his writer's block by rewriting Arnold's novel as his own." Sweeping aside the threatening prospect of plagiarism, Dermot begins to rework the novel while simultaneously researching Arnold's stories. In his search, he slowly begins to realize that the novel may not be entirely fictional, that these poor characters may have perished at the hands of a twisted torturer. Could the Dream Healer be real? Could these innocent cyber-surfers have fallen victim to a raving maniac? And could Dermot be writing his own ticket to death ... his very own worst nightmare?
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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593155148
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted March 20, 2009

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    A terrific thriller

    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 seemin 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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  • Posted August 25, 2009

    Captured me from Page one

    This was just an all around enjoyable read for me. Some edge of the seat moments, some 'I cant believe someone thought of this stuff' moments and alot of I cant wait til the end of my day to take in a few more chapters.

    Exactly what I seek for in a thriller/suspense.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

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    Goodreads for me has been a fun and exciting place. Shane Briant was nice enough to friend me there, and because of that I learned of his novel. I have to admit right from the get go I was a bit taken aback by the whole thing. It is an unusual novel filled with so many different elements; it is difficult for me to tell you it fits this genre or that. That I think is the beauty of the novel.
    Worst Nightmares is a major roller coaster of a ride. I think it would have been fun to have been a fly on the wall as Shane Briant possibly sat down and laid this all out before he started to write it. He has created a very eerie and emotionally charged microcosm for his core group of characters. Each has their own issues and none of them seems to be equipped to help the other out. They are jaded, condescending and totally wrapped up into themselves. Amazingly, by the same token, Shane Briant brings his writing skills to bear and helps us to become emotionally invested in these same characters so we have a sense of caring in what happens to them at novel's end. The tension builds the entire novel to an ending that I don't think most readers would expect, right up to the last line.
    Shane Briant is working on the sequel to this and he has told me when he started the project he had always envisioned a trilogy; I am in on that. I want more; the story and the plotline are that good. Is this a: Horror novel? Action/Thriller? Mystery? Tale of legal suspense? Western (just checking to see if you were paying attention)? I am going to go with all of the above. Opening the pages of this novel is going to give you a ride, a unique departure from the norm that is going to leave you thinking and shaking your head. I was glad to have been able to have this novel brought to my attention; for me that is the fun of the Goodreads website. Make sure that at the minimum you put this in your -to read- list there and have some fun with it; I know I did.
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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    A Heart Pounding Ride to the very end

    Worst Nightmares opens with Dermot Nolan a novelist, suffering from writer's block. Just two short years ago he had written an award winning NY Times bestseller, there was even a movie deal in the works. But now working on his second book and with the deadline in sight he still has nothing to give his literary agent, Esther Bloom. Worse yet the million dollar advance for the promise of a new book has been spent.

    Salvation is hand delivered one day in the form of a manuscript by a old man with a fringe of orange graying hair, cloaked in an old low-rider's coat which he stuffs into Dermot's mailbox. The manuscript reads more like a journal, a personal diary of a series of horrific murders. The reader soon discovers that this fictional serial killer goes by the name of The Dream Healer who has his own website, www.worstnightmares.net,and promises his viewers relief if they tell him their nightmare.

    Neela, Dermot's ever encouraging wife and Nick Hoyle their long time friend persude him to use the old man's manuscript to help jump start his novel, a decision that when made leaves Dermot no way of turning back.

    Worst Nightmares will leave you double checking your door locks for weeks to come; just the thing for those long hot summer nights when you can't sleep anyway. It's a heart pounding ride to the very end.

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