“Night Terror” is a horror suspense story about the rise of an immortal sleepwalker with homicidal tendencies.
Dr. Otis Foster invites patient Chris Gray to his office to cure him of a sleep disorder. What Otis really plan to do is use his unsuspecting patient to eliminate potential whistleblowers to his medical billing scheme.
Otis is taken aback when death and destruction comes about in a way he could never have imagined.
What will become of a gentle giant in denial of his ghastly curse.
Follow along on this mind-bending suspense that leads to an ironic confrontation.
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
There's been cases of homicidal sleepwalkers for hundreds of years. Some defendants used this as a defense during a criminal trial and were exonerated. Some weren't.
As a child prone to prime time news, the actual Kenneth Parks case in Canada planted the seed for this story that collected dust in my cognitive compartment over a great many years.
The sleepwalker killer is an interesting concept we don't often see this struggle in movies or books. I always figured someone would come up with my ideal story despite already having one planted.
It never happened so I brushed off the dust off this tale and decided to share it with the world. Years of gathering ideas and events for the story was an endeavor worth taking.
It was a joy to write this story and I hope the readers get as much enjoyment out of it. If I scatter the seeds of suspense among you, that will be icing on the cake.
Enjoy "Night Terror".
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I use real life people in the course of my life.
Mostly, I use former teachers because seeing their highs and lows in controlling a classroom environment, it is easy for me to recall their moments of frustration, anger, happiness, regret, optimism, etc.
Sure, I have seen outbursts from children such as myself, but there was something amusing about a teacher's range of emotions. I had good teachers and not so good teachers.
The memories are endless with a diverse of real life characters. It's easy for me to predict their most likeily course of action in a given situation.
Outside of marriage and having a child, my other wonderful memories come from childhood. I have teachers to thank for that!
Otis continued. "Right now, this terminal brain cancer is only lingering in your thoughts. It is no more and no less. Consider it a product of your mind…nourished and fed by your fear. In due time, you will overcome this fear. Once all doubt is removed, the terminal illness in your body will cease to exist."
Otis studied Lois carefully while fidgeting his prized golden skull.
"Sit up straight in the chair."
Lois pulled herself up.
"Good. Now return your pupils at once."
Lois shut her eyes. She reopened them, and her pupils were now visible.
"Outstanding. Now, you are no longer a slave to fear."
"Otis stood with a disposable lighter in hand. He went over to Lois. He held it over her hand and flicked it. The small spark of flame touching her knuckles did not disturb her. Her susceptibility to pain had been suspended along with her subconcious mind.
Otis knelt beside her. "Tell me your full name and age."
"Lois Jennifer Kidder," she answered flatly. "I am 68 years old."
"What brought you to my office today?"
"To get medical help for my terminal brain cancer."
"According to your physician, how much longer do you have to live?"
"Four months at the most."
Otis laughed merrily. "Good heavens. That's a shame. Before your diagnosis, had you ever considered hypnosis as an alternative medical treatment?"
"I didn't think so." said Otis, as he gently patted her shoulder. "Soon, your health insurance provider will wish you never walked into my office. It's going to cost them big." he chuckled.
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