Philip Gorski is a graduate of Edinboro University’s English/Writing program. While studying in the frozen north of Pennsylvania, he learned he enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction in almost equal parts. When not writing, he enjoys video games, entirely too many TV shows and movies, reading, and talking to people. He tweets under the name @SnarkAndBourbon, and maintains Phil’s Misadventures in Fiction at

Joshua Harkin and the Wicked Nightmare King

It all started with a bad dream; one that came back and haunted Joshua, every night, with the feeling of being chased by some dark, unseen force every time he fell asleep. As his restless nights lead to missed school, avoiding his friends, and a powerful feeling of hopelessness, Joshua is told to ask his Grammy Estella, who many believe to be a witch, for help. Grammy Estella gives Joshua a colorful glass bauble, and and when she sends him off to bed that night his problems seem to go away.

That is, until one day when Marcus and Amelia, Joshua’s two best friends, visit. Marcus demands to know what the bauble is, and taunts Joshua for having a silly little dreamcatcher. While throwing the bauble around, it breaks on the floor, and all of the wickedness trapped within, captured from Joshua’s worst nightmares, escapes. It whisks Marcus off to a world of dreams known as the Sleep State, and forces Joshua on a journey that will span both the Waking World and Sleep State in order to rescue his friend and finally confront the nightmares that plagued him for so long.