Book Review: LUCID SCREAMS by Red Lagoe

Lucid Screams is an impressive collection of short fiction from author Red Lagoe. The cover and the title immediately drew me in, and I loved that it started out with an introduction from the author (by now most of you know that I love author notes of any kind, even if it’s just a foreword or introduction).

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There were no stories in this collection that I rated below 4 stars. Each one was entertaining, and I enjoyed that there were a few shorter, flash-fiction style pieces in the mix. This author did a great job of creating stories that leave a lasting impression on the reader, even in just a few pages. Overall, the writing was atmospheric and haunting. These stories all gave me a different feeling—some pulled at the heartstrings, some left me shocked, and there were a couple of moments that made me giggle.

As usual with a collection or anthology, I’ve selected my Top 5 stories from the bunch. They are:

-THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE

-ABANDONED SOULS

-HELPING HANDS RETREAT

-SEVERED CONNECTION

-SLICE

I’d also like to give an honorable mention to the story Memory Lane, which I read previously in a Tales from the Lake volume from Crystal Lake Publishing. This story had a strong effect on me both then and now.

Red Lagoe is definitely an author to watch. I’m looking forward to her future work, and would recommend this collection if you enjoy short fiction. Lucid Screams has something for everyone; the writing is strong and covers a variety of topics. It’s a collection full of original ideas and unforgettable stories, and a great introduction to a fresh voice in horror.

4/5 Stars

Publication Date: February 28, 2020

Note: I  received an advance copy of this book from the author for review consideration.

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