4 of 5 Stars
Glen R. Krisch is a strong new voice in the horror genre. The Nightmare Within was his first book, released in December of 2010., and one I won't soon forget.
Maury Bennet has a gift -- the ability to draw dreams from the mind of the dreamer and bring them into the real world -- a gift he discovered after a fire gutted his family's apartment building, killing seven people and leaving Maury with severe burns over thirty percent of his body.
Now a practicing psychiatrist, Maury is brought into contact with Nolan Gage who is engaged in dream research. Together they embark on a project to open a museum of dreams to be called Lucidity. What could possibly go wrong?
One of the things I liked most about this work is the author's skill at taking ideas and situations that seem crazy and making them believable, something Krisch seems to do with ease. His characters are rich and diverse in nature...and expendable. More than once, someone you would expect to see at the end of the book, doesn't quite make it.
The Nightmare Within is imaginative, compelling and original. A very fine first book and I look forward to more from Glen R. Krisch. I've already read Where Darkness Dwells, which I can also strongly recommend.
The Nightmare Within is available from Amazon.com and if you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can borrow for free from the Kindle Lending Library.