Maury has the power to pull dreams into the waking world, giving the dreams corporeal form. These dream-people range from seemingly human figures, to monstrous beasts compelled by the most primal urges. Once exposed to the real world, the dreams evolve, adapting to their surroundings. Maury is gathering dreams for display at Lucidity, the soon-to-open Museum of Dreams. From a boy named Kevin, he removes Mr. Freakshow, a nightmare feeding on the trauma of Kevin having recently witnessed his father's murder.
As Maury falls in love with a dream-woman named Joy, he realizes how wrong it is to enclose the dreams. During the Lucidity's Grand Opening, Mr. Freakshow escapes. To create a diversion, Mr. Freakshow frees the other dreams. The Nightmares, The Erotic Dreams, The Serenity Dreams - all of the dreams - invade the city.
Mr. Freakshow knows the rules that govern the dreams:
At first Maury seeks out Mr. Freakshow in order to stop him, only to realize there is only one way to accomplish this; he must find Kevin first, killing him before the nightmare has its way.
Kevin will do whatever it takes to be free of his nightmare, once and for all. Maury will do whatever it takes to protect the love of his life. Mr. Freakshow will do whatever it takes to realize his immortality. Will Kevin survive his nightmare?
©2010 Glen Krisch (P)2013 Glen Krisch
Troy Duran did an excellent job narrating this book. His performance was fantastic, perfectly paced with excellent use of tones and differing voices. (4/5 stars)
The story, however, was a little lacking. Don't get me wrong, the concepts are unreal. The characters are developed well. It isn't too slow or too fast. It's just not quite there...
There are times where Krisch has included graphic violence and language without it actually adding anything to the story... To the point of it feeling out of place... I couldn't help but think its sole purpose was to stand out and be "cool" for some of the readers who fit the "high-school" demographic.
This detracted from the overall story for me... I'm the polar opposite of prude, if anything I am crude... but a classy kind of crude. Also, I have zero tolerance for trying too hard.
So, in summary - this story is built upon intriguing concepts with some great character development and a solid pace. It just tries a bit hard in a few spots, which took it from a three star story to a two star story.
Finally, I wouldn't class it as a "horror". For want of a better vocabulary to describe it, I would say that while it has supernatural concepts, it is more a thriller than a horror.
3/5 Overall (splitting the difference)
I listen to a lot audiobooks and this was the best one I've listen to since Dr. sleep by Stephen King you will enjoy it from beginning to end
This was an entertaining story. A unique take on dreams. This story makes dreams of Freddy Kruger seem tame.
The story itself was satisfactory. The premise is interesting--extracting dreams from their dreamers and giving them reality. Good buildup of tension ad suspense.
Not without a preview to see if he has cleared up his problems with correct usage of words.
No, the story is complete, and the characters have finished their story arc.
My only beef was that Krish has a serious problem with language. He frequently uses words incorrectly. For example, "entail" for "recount." as in, "He entailed the events he had just experienced."
Or "His hands scrambled up the wall." Hands can't scramble. A person can scramble.
Or "Feelings bandied about in his mind."
Lots of things like that where the word doesn't quite fit. Straining a little too hard for colorful and interesting language.
"True unique horror"
My full The Nightmare Within review can be found at AudiobookReviewer dot com
What a story! Growing up I had been plagued by bad dreams and the bogyman and was very happy that they were not real. I am not sure what I would have done if the people and creatures of my dreams could become real. That's what happened here, they were extracted and collected in to live in a real museum, categorized by their type; nightmares, erotic, ect. Gruesome and suspenseful at times, without the porn show that many horrors can become, and at others seemed long winded. However Krisch was able to create a unique horror story the likes of which I have never heard before. Well developed characters that have extensive histories to create very complex beings, I would argue that there was too much going on with them, at times I found myself saying "Just get on with it". As they battle it out in the classic good against evil with several shades of gray mixed in for good measure. All in all The Nightmare Within was a success and I strongly believe that Krisch will only get better as his career continues.
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