Review and Giveaway of The Nightmare Within by Glen Krisch

The Nightmare Within
by Glen Krisch

Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins

Published by Glen Krisch, 08-30-13

Genre: Horror

Reviewed by Paul (The Audiobook Reviewer)

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: 
  • A dream-person achieves immortality by killing its dreamer.
  • If a dreamer dies for any other reason, the embodied dream disappears forever.
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


This will be my first experience with any of Glen Krisch’s work.  The summary sounds pretty terrifying and interesting and straight out of a nightmare. Straight up horror hasn’t always been my thing but I find myself drawn to the genre, especially with the more and more zombie audiobook I listen to. I think it would be difficult to write a horror story as it has to be absolute frightening to many different people otherwise whats the point? I enjoy getting scared by audiobooks so I am looking forward to this one. The thing that I have noticed and am weary of with many horror stories is the seeming necessity to be overly explicit, some I would put in the same category as snuff films and or hardcore pornography, I really hope that this one does not go there. 

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.

Troy Duran has a voice that rumbled to my core, deep and vibrant. This was my first time experiencing a performance by him. I am always surprised when a narrator with a huge deep and polished voice can display a range that is suitable for younger children characters I love it. Completely embodying Mr. Freakshow’s menace and hatred. The only negative thing I can think of is his pacing, he read a bit slow for my tastes and yes while this can sometimes create even more tension, I don’t think it was entirely successful here.

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