Dream Monsters by Donna Galanti

October 9th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Giveaway, Guest Post 56 Comments

9th Oct

Today, I have Donna Galanti author of A Human Element here to share a guest post and fabulous giveaway with you all. Her novel A Human Element is a paranormal suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Be sure and check out the excerpt. Grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage and enjoy!


Donna Galanti

Dream Monsters

In some movies and books the monsters are obvious. They torment their victims and often pay for their crimes. Their story has a beginning and an end. But what about the monsters inside our heads–in our dreams? Who are they and how can we vanquish them?

In my paranormal suspense, A Human Element, X-10 appears to be the monster. He kills. He seeks blood and revenge. He has no remorse. Yet as we come to discover it’s a combination of his genes and environment, can we blame him?

And sometimes writers create the very monsters we fear who are really to be pitied, like Mary Shelley’s  character, Frankenstein. We can identify with him as we have all felt like an outcast, rejected and unloved at times. Is he truly the monster or is it the human who created him?

Is X-10 in A Human Element the true the monster in the book? And while his genes and environment have made him what he is, should he be feared or pitied? Or both?

I believe the true monsters in my book lie beneath the surface of characters that are not so obviously monstrous. The abusive foster father. The scientist who tortures his experiment. The doctor who sells a baby. The men who kidnap and torture a sailor. Do they get what they deserve in the end? You’ll have to read to find out…

And how did X-10 come to be? My dreams drove his fictional creation.

Do your dreams have power over you?

Mine do. Big, bad-ass scary dreams. For years they played out over and over in a serial nightmare I couldn’t escape at night. A man with a machete chasing me to whack off my head. Not my choice to exit this world. A monster to be feared, never pitied.

I ran for miles in my dreams avoiding decapitation from that unknown machete-wielding maniac. He swung blades of steel seeking my neck. Across dark woods. Through houses. Down lonely roads. He chased me and my loved ones. Their heads rolled, but never mine.

Then one day a crowd came. They surged onto the brute and whacked him to death with garden hoses. He disappeared and never returned. For the first time someone came to help me. And they destroyed the thing that haunted me most. They gave me hope. Someone finally came to my rescue. It was time for his end to come.

In A Human Element Laura Armstrong is haunted by nightmares of an evil man chasing her. Only, this man is not a figment of her imagination. He is very real and very capable of killing her from afar. And when her dreams become a reality and she discovers her stalker is part of her own destiny, she has to decide whether to kill him or redeem him.

The machete man hid inside me for years visiting only at night. To ward him off forever I knew I had to write about him. And I did. He became the villain in my book, X-10. Catch an interview with him here.

The Machete Man is gone from my nightmares now. He can’t hurt me anymore. If he does, I’ll send back in the angry hoard of garden-hose attackers to get him good.

And maybe this is the reason I write from the darker side with a touch of hope. No matter how dark things are, there is hope for survival.

Have your dreams had power over you? Do you have monsters in your dreams? Do you write about them?

Excerpt from A Human Element with X-10 “the monster”:

X-10 hovered over the doctor’s body. His anger drained away and he felt relief. He returned his mind to his body in the car. He needed to rest before continuing north. Traveling with his powers expended such energy it left him weak. But he needed to leave the car and hide out.

He walked into the woods, breathing deep of all the life around him. After heading half a mile into the woods away from the dirt road, he found a hollow and lay down on the ground covering himself in a mound of leaves.

Within a few minutes his body heat warmed him inside his cocoon and X-10 slept. It was his turn to dream of the girl. He chased her as he always did, toying with her before he shredded her throat. But this time she stopped running and turned to walk back towards him. He stopped in his tracks, amazed she would do that when she knew he would kill her.

“Charlie, come with me. I know what you are. We are the same.”

He shook his head, wanting to hate her. How did she know he wanted to be called Charlie? His mission had been to kill her. It had always been so. If it changed now, what would he do? What would he become?

“Don’t give into hate.”

“What do you know about hate?”

“I know hate. And it’s short lived. Love lives forever.” She held out her hand. “Come.”

“No!” He rushed towards her but she disappeared and he was left alone, as he had always been.

About the Author

Donna Galanti is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element (Echelon Press). She’s lived from England as a child to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. If she couldn’t write she would bike, hike, and kayak every day. Donna lives with her family in an old farmhouse in Pennsylvania with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs but sadly no ghosts.


A Human Element
A Human Element
Published March 10th 2012
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
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One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.

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56 Responses to “Dream Monsters by Donna Galanti”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh no, no more Scooby Doo or walking dead for you before bed!

  1. Tanja

    I haven’t heard of this book before but it does sound really scary. I never remember my dreams so I can only imagine how it is do dream one scary dream again and again. Great guest post 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Tanja, I never hit rem, so I rarely dream, unless it is a daydream 🙂

    • Donna Galanti

      Thanks for stopping by! I am handing off my sequel, A HIDDEN ELEMENT, to my publisher this month so hope you enjoy both books. Some old characters and some new…:)

    • Donna Galanti

      Sadly, I have had the real experience of the true monsters -those that are hidden beneath the veil of humanity. I can only hope, in meeting them, that it makes me more empathetic.

  2. Hillary R.

    I don’t dream of monsters. I don’t I ever have. Weird. But I do remember dreaming about zombies chasing me. Does that count? That was probably the only dream that ever creeped me out at all. Hopefully I never have one like that again 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes Hillary unless the zombie is the dude from Warm Bodies, I think zombie dreams quality as monsters…. 🙂

      • Donna Galanti

        Zombies are so monster dreams! Anyone read Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin series? Jeez, that gave me nightmares! Who is the real monster is the question there too!

  3. Michelle

    I have dreamt of monsters a few times, but what happens more often is a see a scary movie or something before bed, and when I am trying to fall asleep I will see all sorts of creepy monsters when I close my eyes or imagine them in my room. And that kind of haunts me

    Thanks for the great post and giveaway Kimba!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo I have done that Michelle, but mostly I am afraid to get up and use the bathroom. The hubby loves when I make him check the bathroom in the middle of the night..LOL

      • Donna Galanti

        I often leave the bathroom or hall light on at night…as I have a 10 year old I can pretend its for him. LOL! Its so for me of course….as my imagine runs away with me and I fear the dark, waking up to a man with axe chopping up me and my family. I think Stephen King has something to do with this fear.

        • kimbacaffeinate

          excellent idea, I also make my hubby sleep on the side closet to the door..hehehe! I love King..and yes I read The Shining and the Stand in middle school..eep!

  4. Stephanie F

    Years ago I kept having dreams of someone stalking me at night. Had the same dream for months then it suddenly stopped. Always woke me in a sweat and turning on the lights for hours.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, this was creepy, but I think you could probably handle it 🙂

  5. Giselle

    Since you know me you’re gonna laugh but I dream about zombies trying to eat me a lot LOL. And it really freaks me out I wake up all freaked out and out of breath haha. It’s like I was really running. But I’ve never had recurring nightmares though I imagine those are even worse! This book sounds pretty good! 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehehe…,that made me giggle because I know you love zombies as much as me! No Walking Dead before bed Giselle 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed Ellen, but it would be a good excuse to skip sleep and read 🙂

  6. Anita Yancey

    I have dreamed of monsters before, but not in a long time. They make for very scary dreams. I would love to read the book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Good luck Anita and glad it’s been a while since you dreamed of monsters.

  7. Donna Galanti

    Hi Everyone, thanks so much for chiming in! I’ve been traveling today and had some travel mishaps – so glad to be here now!

    I hope I didnt scare you all too much with “machete man”. I only dreamed of zombies once- and boy, was that enough!

    Don’t let X-10 scare you. You may feel sorry for him in the end – and if you want a more human look into him you can read a poignant story about him in my short story collection The Dark Inside. http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Inside-Human-Element-ebook/dp/B00BL8MDWS/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

    Do you all write down your dreams? I do and recently re-visited the dreams I had as a teen – talk about scary! I think hormones make us dream freaky…they really died down for me in my 20s. OR are they are fears as we grow to adulthood? Who are we? Who will we become? What do we fear?


    • Donna Galanti

      So glad you enjoyed the post, Berls! I hope you enjoy A HUMAN ELEMENT. I also have a short story collection out, THE DARK INSIDE (http://amzn.to/Xf1Prg), that features characters from A HUMAN ELEMENT and its upcoming sequel. It’s a fun sneak peek into the lives of the characters before the books!

        • Donna Galanti

          Hi Berls, oh yes you can read it before indeed! The stories of the characters from A HUMAN ELEMENT are all before the story happens except for a short one that is a chapter in the book – but no spoilers 🙂