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Lucid Dreaming

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Ashley, a twentysomething California girl, is a postpunk who would rather be called Spike and who worries about money, her family, and freeway traffic. She’s also a violent paranoid schizophrenic living in a state facility west of Los Angeles, her disorder kept under control by confinement and the drug Prolixin.

One day Spike is shocked to find her cell door open and so sh
Nook, 94 pages
Published June 22nd 2011 by Crossroad Press (first published September 1st 2009)
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Ashley, who prefers to be called Spike, is doing time in Oxnard, an overcrowded, state-funded mental health facility about an hour from her home in Los Angeles. Her crime was stabbing a homeless man who was rummaging through the trash at her apartment complex while she was off her meds.

While Spike is serving her sentence, bizarre events begin to take place at the institution, and suddenly it seems as if she is the only one who is sane. Spike is a paranoid schizophrenic
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Sep 13, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Spike is a 20 something violent paranoid schizophrenic who was locked away when she forgot to take her meds and went a little crazy with a knife on a homeless man. Her life consists of living in a medication muted haze surrounded by other various levels of disturbed folks. Recently her predictable world has been interrupted with an increased number of inmates and the place is getting terribly crowded. One day things are ominously quiet, her favorite nurse never arrives with her meals or meds and ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Lou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: august-read-list
A wacky tale of the mentally ill, the story was creative and strange amidst an apocalypse. This story could easily fit into the bizarro genre. There was a few elements missing for me that made me really like it more.
I make no secret of the fact that I am a Lisa Morton fan.

This story is an original and will keep you on the edge of your seat till the last page.

A must read. 10/10
Aug 30, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Morton’s The Lucid Dreaming won the 2009 Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction and is still available from Horror Mall in a signed/numbered limited edition trade for around 16.00. In addition to a great story you also get some wonderful art from artist Zach McCain. The Lucid Dreaming takes the best of “survival horror” from managing to invoke the humor of Zombieland, the destruction and devastation from The Stand, and the isolation from 28 Days Later’s stellar opening scene while maintaining a ...more
Jessica Brake
Oct 28, 2015 Jessica Brake rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could have been so much better...

I was really glad this was a shorter book, because it went in a completely different direction than I thought. And that's not a compliment. There was poor character development, with the stereotypical "angry alt-girl". Plus, there really was no resolution. All that aside, the thing I really despised, was the relationship between Ashley (Spike) and Teddy. The author just had to "modernize" everything, and have the main character be in an interracial relationship.
David Agranoff
Dec 14, 2010 David Agranoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it too long ago to give it a a real review but I liked it alot. Lisa Morton is one of my favorite writers.
Jan 01, 2013 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a longish short story. I liked the premise but felt happened so fast without enough exxplanation. That said, it was a quirky and quick read.
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Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of horror fiction, and Halloween expert. She is a winner of both the Black Quill and Bram Stoker Awards, and her short stories have appeared in more than 50 books and magazines. Her first novel, THE CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES, was released by Gray Friar Press in 2010, and her first collection, MONSTERS OF L.A., was published by Bad Moon Books in October 2011. She i ...more
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