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The Side Effects of the Medication

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A wife recounts her marriage--and her husband's other women, all of them dead. A college student in a strange universe goes to a party and accepts a dare. Prescriptions crystallize dreams. An investigator visits a defiantly unhaunted house.

Sometimes horror is only a side effect.
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Published July 17th 2013 (first published July 16th 2013)
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James Everington
Aug 13, 2013 James Everington rated it it was amazing
The Side Effects Of The Medication is one of the strongest short story collections I've read all year, and almost certainly the best from a début author bursting into the party out of nowhere. The stories veer between horror, crime, and even science fiction. The tone is equally varied, James handling black comedy and grim horror with equal aplomb. She even writes a story in the second person that doesn't sound awful.

Fences starts the collection and it’s a riveting tale about the fear of our neig
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Mary
Jul 28, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
I'm not a regular horror / dark fiction reader, so in hindsight I don't think I knew what to expect from this collection. The collection's descriptions are striking and its plots well-constructed, but I was most impressed by its diversity. The first story, "Fences," presented a series of weird but ostensibly innocuous events that nonetheless had me on the edge of my seat until their dramatic climax--a thoroughly enjoyable horror story in much the way I expected a horror story to be enjoyable ...more
Rebecca Ann
Sep 29, 2013 Rebecca Ann rated it really liked it
This collection provided a quick, but deeply disturbing read. The characters were extremely well drawn in a short space of text, and the tone of most of the stories was gritty and menacing. My favorite of the collection was the story it is titled for, The Side Effects of the Medication. In it, we get a flash of a dystopian world where dreams can be turned into pebbles by medication, so that the dreamer doesn't have to experience them. The kicker is (view spoiler) ...more
Martin Cosby
Aug 02, 2013 Martin Cosby rated it really liked it
The Side-Effects of the Medication is Lauren James's debut, and is full of interesting ideas and striking imagery; throughout the collection, her voice gets stronger, and the final couple of stories, The Devils and Full, really jumped out at me. The Devils begins as we meet the unwholesome Quentin Fisher, whose daughter Mellie is imprisoned behind bars in her attic bedroom. The reader is lulled into a false sense of security, assuming this to be a conventional tale of possession and exorcism, ...more
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