“Brian produces stories that are melancholy and chilling, and his work never cheats the reader.”
— From the introduction by bestselling author Ed Gorman
This collection by Brian James Freeman features 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 job was going to end for everyone involved…
• As “One Way Flight” takes off, 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 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.”
Reviews & Praise:
“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
• Cemetery Dance Publications
Signed Limited Edition Hardcover: $35
Deluxe Traycased Lettered Edition: $175
Publication Date: January 2014