Am I mentally unstable, or just a very good writer? My friends are firm in the belief, my stories are so gripping because I am a very good writer. In the words of my editor "When you are not in the black hole, you are totally awesome!"
An unanswered question. Personally, I am not so sure. Is it possible to write stories which give the author bad dreams, and not be unstable. When I wrote The Descent of Mark Johnson, the comment from my editor was this is an amazing account of a man going through a mental breakdown. Wharfemere Finale, which is the re-edited version is even creepier in my view, and about a third longer. When I wrote the latter stories of Pat Canella -- which won't be published -- I had the same feelings.
Bad dreams from dark places. Both stories gave me bad dreams for the period I was writing the stories. At one time, I questioned was the Pat Canella series haunted? The first book The Dockland Murders, almost didn't get started, and the final chapters of the last book almost got lost at various times.