Next in the expose we have Calvin Demmer, who's story of a washed up detective called upon to assist with a possible cereal killer is our next jaunt into the Monsters Exist anthology. The only question I have is, why don't "they" ever believe? Enjoy.
Story Behind “Never Sleep Again”By Calvin Demmer
Who doesn’t remember being scared at night as a kid? The main idea for “Never Sleep Again” came from that childhood fear some people have of an arm or leg dangling off the bed in the dark. I looked into different interpretations of possible monsters under the bed, but none really fit with the vibe I wanted to go with. So, I kind created my own monster based on elements I thought would terrify and linger in the mind. Having a reason for the monsters to come and actually take hands or feet was important to me, and I’m pleased with how that turned out.
I also wanted to show the story through the eyes of the main character. Once I had his basic characteristics and back story dev…
Coffee. (Sips.) Ah. What did they do to my leaf? Eh, maybe it's a Christmas poinsettia, or something festive. Or maybe a bodybuilder flexing his/her bisep?
Today, I ponder what it takes to become "famous."
Now lets think about this one. Is fame giving up things? Sacrifice? When you're famous, can you do the same things you loved before? Family life, video games, TV (place whatever you like here.)
But think about it. Sometimes it seems as though fame puts you on a totally different level. There are things you have to do to condition yourself to be more productive. And I know one can read about how to do this, or that, to help with writing time, and how to cut this and that to accomplish more creating. But is it just that? Or are those tactics just a way to get you ready, should you prove worthy to move into that slot, for success later on.
Do you really have to give up everything "normal" people do, or can you have a measured level of both.
It started as an experiment. No one was supposed to know they started testing on humans. Then it went to premature babies. They did it out of the country so there were no intrusions. Everything unrestricted.
Things were okay until they wanted to bring it back to the states.
That was a no no.
I ran the group that transitioned into the human studies, only one was above me, and he was the funding.
As things became intense, I found myself fielding questions from many organizations, trying to keep my head above water and not get into too many lawsuits.
Very soon things went south fast, and I was disappointed with the manner in which our financier was acting.
We needed test subjects, but no one wanted to volunteer after they found out what we were trying to do.
We were testing an alternative to cryogenic suspension. You saw this in movies like Alien and the other one where the couple woke up way too early amongst a group of travelers to another part of the universe.