Welcome back, short story lovers, to this round of battles.
Dreams are an enormous part of storytelling. Sometimes they come in the form of prophecy, other times they can be a person realizing a very troubling truth that their conscious mind would not let them see. They can be crystal clear and set the hero on a journey, or they can be vague and cloudy to enhance a mystery.
This week we wanted our authors to write us a story about dreams. And to clarify, we wanted real dreams, not ambitions or goals. Our combatants were tasked with taking us to their own dreamland, nightmare, or serene lucid dream. The story doesn’t have to entirely take place in the dream, but dreams should be a central component.
Representing the arena this round is Joseph Devon.
Challenging him, with his second appearance in the arena, is B.T. Joy:
B.T. Joy is a short fiction writer with a particular interest in the horror genre. Born in Glasgow in the mid-1980s, he lived in London from 2007 to 2009, where he received a first-class Honours degree in Creative Writing and Film Studies.
Later, in 2012, he was part of the last cohort to undergo teacher education at Jordanhill College. He has worked in a range of fields; most recently as a high school English teacher.
His short horror stories have been included with Static Movement, Surreal Grotesque, James Ward Kirk Fiction, Human Echoes Podcast, MircoHorror, Flashes In The Dark, Forgotten Tomb Press and Chilling Tales For Dark Nights.
B.T. Joy is also a practicing poet and has had verse in various forms published in journals, magazines and anthologies worldwide.
For further information his writing and publications please visit his website.
The Bedtime Battle begins tomorrow!