Jessie is not living the life he imagined. He spends his days working a job he hates. He spends his nights tormented by night terrors. He once had goals and dreams. Now he’s just trying to get by. Unfortunately for Jessie and his family, while he’s given up on his dreams, his nightmares haven’t given up on him. And right now one is crossing over into the waking world.
I didn’t pay attention to the fact that this was a novella when I started it – not that it makes a difference because I like reading them.
The story is well told and moves along at a pretty good pace. The Nightmare Man is a formidable figure who decides tormenting Jesse isn’t as much fun as tormenting Jesse’s wife and son.
While reading the story, Nietzsche’s quote about staring too long into the abyss makes the abyss stare back kept coming to mind. I think it is the essence of the story. When we look at how terrible we think our lives are or how bleak our dreams have become, we stare into that abyss and what stares back is bitterness and anger.
I enjoyed the story and the conclusion is one that most of us would shake our heads at and say “well, of course”. Great read – soon to be out on bookshelves everywhere. I give the story a B+. I would have liked it a little better if he had explored some of the stuff with the shrink but he still made it to the right conclusion.
I was given an advance copy of this story from Netgalley.com to read and post a review – negative or positive.