- Author: Brian James Freeman
- Artist: Vincent Chong & Glenn Chadbourne
- Page Count: 128
- Pub. Date: January 22, 2014
- ISBN: 978-1-58767-332-0
- Status: Out of Print
"Brian produces stories that are melancholy and chilling, and his work never cheats the reader."
— From the introduction by New York Times bestselling author Ed Gorman
Dreamlike States: Six Stories
by Brian James Freeman
Featuring an exclusive introduction by Ed Gorman and original interior illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne
About the Book:
This collection by Brian James Freeman features six dark stories that are a little different from his other works. Some focus on unusual characters and some are simply told in unusual ways. The last two are closely linked pieces, although the connection is hidden under the surface.
* When Sam discovers the jogger dying in the middle of the road in "As She Lay There Dying," he isn't ready for what she has to tell him: Sammy, we can't run anymore. He doesn't know this girl, so why is she talking like his dead wife?
* Assuming Michael manages to escape "The Punishment Room," he isn't sure if he'll be able to go on living with the knowledge of what he did to survive. But then again, that's a dilemma he wouldn't mind confronting, given the finality of the alternative...
* "The Gorman Gig" was definitely not going like the others, and Mike and Jimmy had no idea how badly this gig was going to end for everyone involved...
* When "One Way Flight" begins, the man in seat 36-B awakens to find everyone else on his plane is dead, including the pilot. Now the clock is ticking and the man doesn't have much time to figure out who he is, what has happened, and most importantly, how to get off the plane alive...
* In "The Silent Attic" Amy is haunted by the memory of her mother's last days, but will one last trip to the room where her nightmares were born set her free?
* Daniel Walker is driving to his hometown for the first time in years because his father is dying, but he knows there's more than a sick patriarch waiting for him in the house where he grew up. Daniel is traveling home with a heart full of questions, and all of his ghosts are patiently waiting with a few questions of their own in "A Dreamlike State."
These six thought-provoking stories show why David Morrell has called Freeman's writing "elegant and haunting" and why Michael Koryta has said Freeman writes "a taut, memorable tale."
Brian James Freeman is the author of The Painted Darkness, Black Fire, Blue November Storms, More Than Midnight, Weak and Wounded, The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book (with Kevin Quigley and Hans-Åke Lilja), and The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (with Bev Vincent). He edited Dueling Minds, published by Cemetery Dance Publications in their acclaimed Signature Series, and he is the Managing Editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Publisher of Lonely Road Books.
His novella, The Painted Darkness, took the Internet by storm during the summer of 2010 and was published in hardcover in December 2010 by Cemetery Dance Publications. Due to overwhelming demand from booksellers, the first printing went out of print on the day of publication and Cemetery Dance rushed a second printing. The Painted Darkness was also offered as the "Free eBook of the Month" by WOWIO.com in October 2010, and within two weeks it became the most downloaded title in the program's history.
Seven Stories, an eBook exclusive short story collection, was the #1 bestselling story collection on Amazon.com in the US, UK, Germany, Spain, and France, and #2 bestseller in Italy, during the first week of February 2012.
His short fiction has appeared in From the Borderlands, Borderlands 5, Shivers, Shivers II, Shivers III, Shivers IV, Shivers V, Shivers VI, Shivers VII, Corpse Blossoms, Shocklines, and many other magazines and anthologies. His essays, columns, and interviews have appeared in The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar series from Book-of-the-Month Club, Jobs in Hell, Hellnotes, and Cemetery Dance.
Visit him on the web at www.BrianJamesFreeman.com.
"Dreamlike States is quite the interesting read with one major theme — nothing is ever what it seems. I can't wait to read more from Brian James Freeman, an author who knows how to tell a spooky story, weaving an interesting tale with surprising and often shocking twists at the end that leave readers with their jaws hanging in surprise."
— G-POP.net, Melissa Minners
Published in two states:
• Hardcover Limited Edition of 750 signed (by Brian James Freeman, Ed Gorman, and Glenn Chadbourne) copies bound in full-cloth and Smyth sewn ($35)
• Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition of 26 signed (by Brian James Freeman, Ed Gorman, and Glenn Chadbourne) and lettered copies bound in leather and Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker ($175)
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