"She tried not to move, knowing that the man under the man was capable of anything. The man under the man who was her father once crushed her cat's skull against the wall while she watched. She said, "Daddy, please don't hurt Atom." But the man who might have listened wasn't there. The troll up from under the bridge came out when her father drank." (Elaine)
Every character has an own expressive style but the language is always full of emotion, almost brutal in the way these characters strip their souls.
"This is the woman I love. I don´t love her, I only need her because I´m getting old and there´s something she fulfills, some need or desire. Maybe the desire to hurt. I need to hurt someone and she needs to be hurt by someone. I´m angry at her because we´re stuck here." (Val)
"Why do I write such ugliness?", Preston asks himself in the hypertext. The novel is his way of exorcizing sad memories and a haunted present. The three characters are his own life, and, like them, he is perfectly conscious of what happened in the past that makes him unhappy now, but he just can´t change anything. Writing is the way of organizing our lives, he wants to get deeper and deeper into the world.
"I was and am interested in different things: The world beneath the surface of our daily world. What´s under the illusion of order. Language in disorder can open doors. There are events that disturb illusions. That´s what and how I write."
A dream with demons is not only about personal pain, but it is also concerned with ecological disaster, social disintegration, sexuality, identity and other crucial themes for the end of the century. Falco raises these questions pessimistically but honestly, hoping that the reader will be willing to go beyond the surface as well, identifying and isolating her own demons, because, as Elaine puts it: "Who´s not haunted?" Through Preston Morris mediation, Edward Falco looks the reader directly into the eyes:
"In the end, who´s left then? Only you. You in your own space. With these words before you."