What are Nightmares made of?

You may or may not know already that my current work-in-progress is a horror/thriller novel temporarily being called Dreamsters (that title is far too fluffy for the nature of this story so it will absolutely change). In the book, nightmares are a reoccurring thing.

I’ve personally faced graphic, realistic nightmares since I was a very small child (ask my mom, she can attest to this) so it’s pretty easy for me to pull ideas from my own history on this matter. But I realize that some of the scariest things to me might not be scary at all to someone else. For example, some of my scariest dreams don’t always have a frightening plot, the scariest part about them is that I can’t scream for help (like my mouth is sewn shut) or I can’t open my eyes wide enough to properly see the thing creating so much panic in me.

So, in an effort to make sure I cover all aspects of fear factor with these nightmares, I thought it would be wise to find out what others are afraid of; what nightmares they consider the most frightening and why.

Tell me about your scariest nightmare! What keeps you up at night?

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8 Responses to "What are Nightmares made of?"

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  1. edgyauthor

    March 5, 2013 at 7:17 am

    While I sometimes have dreams that take a turn for the graphic and creepy, I hardly ever consider those nightmares. (I find them oddly fascinating more than anything.) The dreams I find truly nightmarish are more mundane in nature. That’s one reason why they scare me more than other dreams–it feels so much like reality, it easily could be reality. The other, bigger reason why they’re nightmares to me is because these dreams never fail to make me wake up feeling worthless. Like I’m some kind of blight who shouldn’t have the gall to do this silly little thing called existing. I always wake up unsettled from dreams like this and wish I never had to sleep again so I could avoid ’em in the future…

    • SarahWhisted

      March 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      I understand this type of fear/nightmare and maybe Milo will feel a bit of that himself because he’s not a capable match for the dreamscape. More often than not, he will hinder Harper rather than aid her. It will do horrible things for his self-esteem.

      Thanks for your input!

  2. onegrapeshy

    March 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    The dream where I’m in trouble and keep mis-dialing 9-1-1. I have that one ALL the time!

    When I was a kid I had a recurring dream of being sucked into one of the walls of our house. *shudder*

    • SarahWhisted

      March 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I can see how mis-dialing 9-1-1 would make me panic like crazy in a dream. I can never seem to get doors to lock properly in mine to keep intruders out. Drives me nuts.

      And I LOVE the being sucked into the walls nightmare – so terrifying. Poor young Jeannine, that had to be horrific.

      Thank you, I really appreciate your input! :)

  3. Anonymous

    March 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    When I was kid I used to have this recurring dream of being held prisoner by a man who enjoys beheading people and dropping the heads in jars.
    I totally forgot about it until I read your post.
    Now if you put a huge hairy spider in any of my dreams that’s enough to turn them into nightmares.

    • SarahWhisted

      March 10, 2013 at 3:05 am

      I take it your scared of spiders in real life, too, then? And whoa at your childhood nightmare – heads in jars are always creepy!

      Thanks for sharing your fears!

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