As part of my excitement that my urban fantasies are at an all-time low price of only 99 cents (Tangible) and 1.99 (Disciple), I’ve been nagging author friends about what they find scary. The premise of Dreamwalkers is that certain human brains make nightmares that can come to life and eat people. The secret organization that exists to fight the monsters and train the dreamers is called the Somnium. Oftentimes these nightmares take the shape of popular culture creations, but sometimes there are classics.
So today I asked DB Sieders…
1) What are the scariest movies, TV and books you can think of?
Stephen King is a master, and I can think of a half-dozen short stories that have kept me up at night (his Nightshift anthology comes to mind). Hannibal Lecter is super scary. Thomas Harris’s most famous villain was masterfully written, and Anthony Hopkins brought him to life in the most disturbing and terrifying way in the film adaptations of The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. For television, Outlander fan that I am, I’d have to go with episodes featuring Black Jack Randall. The final two episodes of Season 1 were truly gut wrenching, but the scene in “The Garrison Commander” episode in which actor Tobias Menzies delivers a chilling account of BJR flogging Jamie Fraser within an inch of his life, describing his scarred and bloody back as “the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen,” chilled me to the bone.
2) What monsters do you think your brain would create or has created in your books? (Caveat: real world human monsters don’t tend to get created, just things like vampires and mega spiders, and the size of the monster tends to be between 3-12 feet. If your nightmare is more of an “event”, like falling or appearing in public naked, I bet there’s a monster that represents that kind of horror!)
I hate clowns, so I’m guessing my brain would conjure something like that. The clown (Pennywise/It) from Stephen King’s It comes to mind – go ahead and throw in that creepy clown from Poltergeist that attacks the little brother. Total nightmare material!
As far as my own books, I’ve conjured a handsome/charming yet scary-as-hell Grim Reaper, elemental shapeshifters that can transform into fearsome water dragons and horrendous flying monsters resembling wasps, and a couple of really psycho ‘mean girl’ types.
3) What kind of dreamwalker hero or heroine do you think would be required to dispatch your nightmares? (Romance optional!)
You know, I think I’d want someone like professor Lupin from Harry Potter. Laughter is the best medicine, so if you can find a way to laugh in the face of your fears, you’d stand a pretty good chance of defeating them. So whip out the wand and cry, “Riddikulus!” to banish those awful clowns, shapeshifter, and mean girls!
4) Bonus question: What pop culture monsters do you think the dreamwalkers have the most trouble killing?
Soap Opera villains! They ALWAYS come back 😉
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