Thursday, October 24, 2013
Nightmare Man - by Alan Ryker - A novella of night terrors that become all too real
Alan Ryker's Nightmare Man is a look at a man who's life is slowly falling apart from some serious night terrors. They're so bad, they affect his work, his family, his entire life. He's already on the only available medication for the problem, but it no longer seems to be helping.
His shrink suggests he take part in a study of a new medication. He signs up, but that's when things go from scary to downright frightening.
I really enjoyed Nightmare Man. In the short time allowed by the story's length, Ryker does an excellent job of defining his characters and building relationships. In a single paragraph he manages to clearly define how much he cares for his young children, Logan (named after Wolverine), and his sister, Madison. "While I've managed to pass on my love of comic books and comic book cartoons to Logan (and he managed to get me into Power Rangers~I had no idea how awesome that show is), Madison hasn't taken to them. She likes Hello Kitty. Everything she owns costs twice as much as it should because it has that cat's round head stuck on it. We used to call her honey bunny which is both cute and a reference to Pulp Fiction. She now insists on being called honey kitty. I've tried to explain to her that it makes no sense and doesn't rhyme. She doesn't care."
Nightmare Man is a well-conceptualized story and the author has a reader-friendly writing style which made for a quick read.
Nightmare Man is available as a signed, limited edition, hardcover from DarkFuse and for the Kindle from Amazon.com. If you are a member of Amazon Prime you can borrow this book for FREE from the Kindle Owners Lending Library.