The Nightmare Affair
Author: Mindee Arnett
Cover Artist: Kate Forester
Publication Information
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: March 5th 2013
Pages: 367

The Nightmare Affair is the first book in The Arkwell Academy series by Mindee Arnett.


Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.



Chapter 1: Scene of the CrimeEdit

Dusty Everhart breaks into a neighbor's house in which she tumbled onto a pile of clothes. Dusty was born to a human father and a mother who was a nightmare. Her mother was a actually nightmare who sat on your chest while you were sleeping and gave you bad dreams. Nightmares would fuck the substance that dreams were made from: Fictus. To lives Nightmares would have to dream-feed. Including, Dusty who gained Nightmare powers.

Dusty approaches the "Subject" of her dream-feeding and notices it is the 'hot' Eli Booker. Eli Booker was the hottest guy from her old high school. As Dusty tries to run away but The Will stopped her and drags her back forcing her to complete the task. Dusty gives up and sits on Eli ready to enter his dreams and start the Dream-Feeding session. She enters the dream in full colour; her surroundings show a graveyard with a number of police entering.