Waking in the Dark novel
Waking in the Dark
Author Michael W. Freeman’s book “Waking In The Dark” is a collection of six eerie stories. (Graphic by Sherrie Smith.)

ORLANDO — Freeline Productions has released a collection of dark tales, based partly on the author’s dreams … and nightmares.

The book explores themes that range from modern day Antisemitism and a rising tide of extreme nationalism, to sexual paranoia, and whether aging historic properties truly can harbor malevolent spirits.

“Waking In The Dark” by author Michael Freeman is now available on Amazon and as a Kindle eBook.



A man at a small cafe comes to the attention of two unemployed factory workers who harass him verbally, at least at first …

… a business executive checks into a historic hotel in South Florida, not fully aware of the disturbing history in the room he’s renting …

… a man enduring a blistering hot July wakes up one morning to find it’s snowing outside his front door …

Welcome to “Waking In The Dark,” a collection of stories rooted partly in reality, but also in a far more fantastical, ominous and paranoid world.

“Waking In The Dark” is a collection of six eerie, sometimes humorous, but often tense and spooky stories rooted in dreams … or, more precisely, nightmares experienced in the pitch dark.

The stories include “Who Is Bill Topor?” about a man in a café who gets verbally harassed by two unemployed factor workers, unaware that they pose a far greater threat than just words; “The Golden Hotel,” about a historic South Florida hotel that’s popular with ghost hunters; and “Succubus,” about a man who rents the wrong Oceanside cabin at the wrong time.

All six tales look at the way our daily reality blends in with our dreams at night — and vice versa.

The author first began writing these stories in the 1990s. Several date back decades, while others are brand new. Each one explores the thin line between a life that seems routine and unremarkable, and the bizarre events that shockingly intrude into our daily lives without warning. Violence is always lurking right beneath the quiet surface.


The book is 320 pages long and is available in paperback or as an eBook.



“Waking In The Dark” is also available on Amazon for $11.73 or through the Freeline Productions online bookstore.



Michael Freeman, a resident of Orlando, has been a journalist since 1988. Throughout his career, he’s worked at some of the Sunshine State’s largest newspapers, including The Orlando Sentinel, The Lakeland Ledger, The Sun-Sentinel and The Jewish Journal.

Michael is also a playwright, active in Central Florida’s fast-growing theater community. He wrote and produced the original plays “Hooked,” “Copping a Craigie” and “Murder Sleep,” which premiered at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.

A passionate lover of theater and the arts, Michael is a guild member at The Orlando Shakespeare Theater and a member of the Playwrights Round Table in Orlando.

Michael is also the founder of Freeline Productions, a writing and editing service that distributes his fiction novels “Bloody Rabbit,” published in 2013, and “Koby’s New Home.”

Michael was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, and has lived in Orlando since 2002. Michael enjoys reading, traveling, the music of The Monkees, the films of Roman Polanski, catching re-runs of the 1970s TV series “Kolchak The Night Stalker,” and the great art of comic books.

Michael is also the proud papa of his cats Fluffy, Midnight, and Peaches.

Contact Freeline Media at Freelineorlando@gmail.com..

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