Awake While Dreaming is a collection of short stories from author and filmmaker Christopher J. Aran crossing into the realms of fantasy, horror and love; sometimes all at once. Born from dreams and raised on pages, each story is bound to take your imagination for a ride…
About Awake While Dreaming
Originally conceived as ideas for potential film projects, the book compiles stories that chronicle a creative process that must inherently discard or repurpose many (if not most) ideas into a form most suited to each one.
In fact the central story intended for inclusion in Awake While Dreaming, And Then I Woke Up was made into a movie and thus omitted, while The Arms has exceptionally entered development for an upcoming film.
An additional book of short stories is already in the works, including a free experimental crowd-sourced fanfic section to encourage public collaboration (with public co-writing credit of course). Please subscribe to this website for details or if you would like to participate…
The 10 Stories of Awake While Dreaming
This website contains excerpts for each story accessible from the Contents page, or by clicking on the titles below:
A disenchanted photographer wishes for true creative freedom, then receives it. But at what cost?
Jeff will stop at nothing to catch up with the woman he believes he is meant to be with. Even when his own mind stands in his way.
Layla is tormented by nightmares that become reality, forcing her to understand her father’s ignorance.
When a man wanders in search of true love, he find the gateway to his happiness through a kite.
The innocence of youth unknowingly wanders into a a corrupt home.
Examines the aftermath of a heartbreak.
A sniper sent to eliminate a target in a rouge jingle growing on mars, discovers his true self on the journey in solitude.
Virgil, the target of bullies at school, learns a hard lesson about the difference between compassion and corrupted power.
Explores the effects of fear and laziness.
At a nightclub where the young can’t wait to be older, they meet a woman who wants to be young again.
Awake While Dreaming | The Next Chapter
Whether purposive or happy accident, Awake While Dreaming is a continuation of a Chris Aran’s creative process weaving together love and fantasy with other contrasting emotions, and a journey that we can expect him to continue as filmmaker turned author that will result in future stories exploring new realms of imagination.
Additional information on upcoming books, films and other projects is available at ChrisAran.com