Friday, February 25, 2011

Author Guest Post + Book Giveaway: Savita Kahlan, Author of The Long Weekend

Savita Kahlan is the author of the chilling thriller, The Long Weekend. This book is absolutely terrifying, due to the subject matter and the author's skill at creating a tense, suspenseful situation where the lives of two boys are at stake. Though this book is thoroughly disturbing, I know that it takes a great writer to develop this type of character/ reader connection. I am highly impressed and completely freaked out.

For her tour stop at DeRaps Reads, I asked Ms. Kahlan to share a bit about a nightmare that she's had. As many of you know from previous posts, I have nightmares almost every night. In fact, I just had a horrific one last night, based on a book I'm currently reading. I'm glad to report that it wasn't as terrifying as Ms. Kahlan's, which you can read about here.

My Nightmare
“It’s dark and the streetlamps emit little light. I’m crouched behind a car, hiding. I’m alone. The street is eerily quiet and deserted, the houses on either side are abandoned. I don’t know how I ended up here all by myself with not a single living soul in sight. I’m catching my breath, thinking maybe I’m safe for a while. I’ve been running all night, running and hiding, running and hiding. Am I doomed never to see the light of day breaking over the horizon, the sweet chorus of birdsong, the rattle and clink of the milkman? I can hear a distant rattle and clink, but it’s not the milkman making early deliveries of bottles of milk. This is the rattle and clink of something else, something that may have once been human, but any humanity it once had has been lost for an age and it has no recollection of what it was like to be human.
The dreaded sound is distant, but I won’t be fooled by that. They almost had me before – yes, there is more than one, more than ten, perhaps twenty or more. I did not stop to count each contorted, disfigured being as they defied their stuttering gait, their misshapen limbs, and robot-like seethed across the fast dwindling space that separated them from me. I begin to move, slowly at first using the parked cars as my shield, then quicker as a glimpse of a rotting arm from the other side of the car. I begin to run. They’re closing in on me. Their guttural cries, their agonised moaning, their strange wheezing, the rattle and clink of the chains that once held them dragging across the ground, it all becomes louder. I run into an abandoned house, hoping to find help, but there is no one there, no weapons, nothing I can use to defend myself. I hear the shuffle of footsteps scraping across floorboards. They’ve followed me. I stifle a scream, my hand stuffed in my mouth, my heart beating so fast I think it might explode...”
And this is when I hope to wake up from the nightmare! Sometimes I do, sweating and panting and clutching at the duvet, other times the nightmare continues...
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And that's just a sample of the quality of Ms. Kalhan's terrifically terrifying writing. The Long Weekend is sure to have you feeling disturbed--even the most jaded of readers will have some heightened sense of fear or fright!

Ms. Kalhan is giving away one copy of her book to one lucky commenter. You have one week to enter this INTERNATIONAL giveaway (closes March 4th). Please leave a comment reacting to Ms. Kalhan's nightmare or describe one of your own. Make sure to leave an email where you can be reached if you are the winner.


  1. eeeek! I'm torn between wanting to know how it continues and leaving it alone. Very terrifying nightmare.

    I don't often have nightmares, but there is one where I find myself in a long line at the grocery story without a book to read while I wait, and it always frightens me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    missie at

  2. +JMJ+

    I've read some of the reviews on other stops on the blog tour and now know I'd love to win a copy of The Long Weekend. Please enter me, Mrs. DeRaps! =)

    My own nightmares usually involve having to run away from a threat to my life. Once it was a tiger; another time, it was a murderous gang! I almost always have to run up an incline that gets steeper and steeper, slowing me down considerably until I am certain I will be caught. I never am . . . but that's mostly because I wake up before I get to the top!

    @Missie: LOL at your dream. That would be a nightmare for me, too! ;-)


    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  3. Wow, really creepy nightmare. I can only remember having a handful of nightmares in my life. Not many, but the ones I did have will stay with me for some time. :shudders:

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  4. OMG! I cannot wait to read this! It looks so good! :D Thanks for the guest post!

  5. OMG my nightmares are always of something I hate and am terrifed of, like clowns r china dolls my worse fears lol. Scary!!!

  6. When I have nightmares they are of my dog dying. I wake up so scared. I have to shake her awake just to make sure she is okay.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  7. I loved Savita's writing and The LOng Weekend was a terrific story. Very fast-paced and creepy! Great post too.

  8. ohh This sounds like an amazing book!! Has me captivated for sure. I need to know more Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  9. Oh, how creepy. I don't know why I read these type of books but sometimes they just suck me in, even if they DO scare me on some level.

    I don't remember most of my dreams or sad dream I had though was that my mom was dying. I'd say it was a bit scary.


    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  10. :0 Scary!!! I don't really get nightmares, or dreams, or i just can't remember them.

  11. I love scary books and this looks wonderful!
    My nightmares tend to be about trying to get to school or class (almost always high school) and not being able to.

  12. Creepy!! I love scary but sadly I don't get nightmares. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I used to have nightmares about being driven off a bridge! Those have gone away though!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  14. In my nightmares it is less about what is happening - the fear is all in my mind.
    As a small child I had a reoccurring nightmare about people with webbed toes. For some reason they terrified me.[@]gmail[.]com

  15. I remember one very vivid nightmare from when I was pregnant with my first child. It was about werewolves in a Toys 'R Us store. Could it be that I was having a premonition of kids acting like wolves when it comes to toys? LOL!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. This book looks great! I've seen it on so many blog.

    michelle at hookedtobooks dot com

  17. I am one of those people who don't remember having dreams or nightmares. Resding the authors nightmare I am glad of that.

    That type of dream would be quite enough to put me off seeing horror movies or reading horror books for life !

    Thnaks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  18. Nightmares and horrible and that one is no exception! I have this one where I'm chewing gumball gum and it starts to stick to my teeth. I'm pulling it out and my teeth are coming with it! It just keep going and going! I've had it several times. Really not fun.

    themgowl at

  19. talk about a creepy nightmare! I've had a handful of nightmares mainly when I was a kid and would sneak around and watch horror flicks in the dark

  20. I had a nightmare where i was invited to a thanksgiving feast and ever thing was fine until i looked at someone's plate and I saw Cockroaches crawling in someones mash potatoes I nearly had a fit and keeled over from the fact i had already ate some of it!!! ughh just nasty!!!

  21. In my nightmares all my teeth fall out (no connection with the rest), a huge dog attacks my puppy, and when I try to save him, he ends up being torn in two... it's AWFUL! I lost my 11 year-old dog last year, so I'm really afraid of losing this one. >.<

  22. Very terrifying nighmare !!!

    In my nightmare, my mom is dying. It's so horrible.




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