The new Alan Wake title, American Nightmare, is not so much a sequel as a "stand-alone spinoff." In the first game, novelist Alan Wake narrated his attempts to locate his missing wife in a world populated by characters he created - and didn't remember creating. Alan Wake's American Nightmare sees Wake caught in an episode of "Night Springs," a Twilight Zone-style TV series that Wake wrote a few episodes for early in his career. He must battle his evil double, Mr. Scratch."Wake is a champion of light, while Scratch is a herald of darkness," says Ozz Hakkinen, head of franchise development at Remedy Games, the company behind Alan Wake. "Mr. Scratch is darkness shaped in Wake's image. He is the classic idea of a boogeyman; say his name too many times and you invoke him. He's a supernatural serial killer on his way to do horrible things to Wake's wife."