5 Less Known Books Inspired by Their Authors’ Dreams

One of the most interesting questions you can ask a writer is where did he get his or her inspiration to write a certain book, and given the fact that the history of literature registered so many great works, the answers are infinite and fascinating. And when it comes to world – famous writers and novels, things get even more interesting, as imagination seemed to travel to territories us readers don’t even begin to comprehend. But was it only imagination, creativity, a blend of personal experiences and fictional reinterpretations of reality that made some writers deliver outstanding creations, or was it more than this?

Today we will see five less known books inspired by their author’s dreams, and even you already are aware of titles such as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – which came from Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson’s dream of a man with multiple personality disorder, or Mary Shelley’s dream about what humanity will later meet as Frankenstein, there are other just as famous titles which can be traced back to their authors’ dreams.

5. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre’s story arc comes from a blend of lucid dreams, night dreams and even lucid visions Charlotte Bronte had and detailed. One of the biggest classic novels of all times, Jane Eyre may not have come directly and perfectly from her author’s hallucinations, prophecies, visions and dreams, but it is a product of them all, skillfully put by Bronte on paper, together with a touch of genius.

4. Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot

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Mr. King never neglected the dreams function and inspiring role into the life of a writer. While it is well known that terror / horror masterpiece Misery was inspired by a dream he had on the board of an airplane. The nightmare about a psychotic fan kidnapping a writer was so powerful, King soon translated the images into words, and this is how bestselling novel Misery was born. But King had other dreams, even as a child, and Salem’s Lot is the product of adult and established writer King going back to child Stephen and putting that old nightmare on paper.

3. H.P. Lovecraft’s The Statement of Randolph Carter and all his other works

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H.P. Lovecraft is the incontestable father of all things horror and all his works deserve a place in this list of less known books inspired by their author’s dreams, especially if we talk about The Statement of Randolph Carter, a dream the author just transcribed into words, adding some preface to make things clear. But Lovecraft is known for suffering from nightmares since his childhood years and critics safely assume that almost all his terrorizing stories about the Great Old Ones and the monsters he created can be traced back to his troubled dreams.

2. E. B. White’s Stuart Little

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Maybe this one isn’t all unknown to you, but it is still fascinating how one of children’s most favorite characters came directly from the author’s dream. He actually “saw” a young boy acting and looking quite well like a mouse, and here is where it all began. E.B. White confessed to this, but it took him nearly two decades to turn the dream into a story.

1. Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire

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If Stephenie Meyer did indeed dream about a sparkly old beautiful vampire falling in love with the girl next door, thus becoming one of the most successful Young Adult book (and movie) series in our modern times, back in the day, the mother of the most fascinating vampires that ever blessed literature and cinema was dreaming of blood, death and her very sick daughter, who eventually died of a severe form of leukemia, sending her mother to the edges of darkness and despair. Anne Rice maybe never dreamed about Lestat and Louis, but she did dream something so powerful, so unnatural, that it turned into one of the best and most appraised vampire sagas in all history. 

Surprising or not (and mostly not), in this list of less known books inspired by their author’s dreams, you can fit in almost all Edgar Allan Poe’s works, as he, just as Lovecraft, was a troubled man with vivid nightmares that are plausible to have turned later on in mind-blowing masterpieces, but literature knows many other works that came directly from their creators’ vivid dreams and visions.

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