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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Have you ever gone days with no water? Weeks? Have you ever spent the night with a dead man?

A heinous nightmare. Frank bolts up in bed. Except he’s not in bed. His head slams into what feels like ten-million tons of solid rock. He rolls right, then left, only to be foiled by more rock. Like a stone coffin. What is this place? How did he get here? Maybe the dream was real,
Kindle Edition, 99 pages
Published December 13th 2018
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Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a book selected for its cover. Somehow I was in a mood to find a random short scary kindle freebie and this jumped out, for obvious reasons. It stands to mention, you get less of a story than you think, page count says 99, good novella length, but 50% of it is a preview, so you really just get a novelette and an offer for another freebie. The story was actually surprisingly (from an unknown) decent, the narration style took a minute to get used to, but it essentially read like a recurri ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great little short story. Brings back some old memories as a young boy entering some unknown caves and making those choices to continue any further down certain tunnels (not knowing where they might lead) or turning back; to have future adventures another day. Thank goodness my gut instincts paid off and the right decisions were made on those fun filled, yet unpredictable days. Recommended reading for all readers. Looking forward to another Jeff Wade venture soon.
Clint the Cool Guy
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well-written, but goes nowhere. Just a series of random events, not apparently amounting to anything. Because the writing is solid, I held on, hoping for things to come together and make sense. They never did. Not recommended.
Heather D
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unique perspectives

Dread by author Jeff Wade is a stream of consciousness book which takes us into the mindset of main character Frank as he desperately recognizes his demise. The author's writing style is extraordinarily descriptive; his flowing sentences are loaded with feelings, comparisons, and connections.

It was really interesting how Wade waits until the middle of the story to reveal some reality to the reader. The first part of the story reads like a hallucination, and although well wri
Leslie Hasty
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don't miss this classical horror story!

I really enjoyed this book because the plot twists were so frequent, and so dramatic, that I just kept wanting to know more. Honestly, I'm not much of a horror fan, but this was so well written that I read it all in one go.

'Dread' opens with a scene apparently underground, Frank (the main character), attempting desperately to figure out whether he's dreaming of remembering a real event. Why does he keep hearing himself ( or is it his brother Patrick?) repea
Mrs. Varela
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rollercoaster ride of horror and fear

Dread by Jeff Wade is a mind-boggling psychological thriller filled with plot twists in nearly every scene. It opens with a man questioning his sanity. He bolts awake wondering if he is dreaming or gradually recalling nightmarish events. He asks no one in particular, "Have you ever slept with a dead man?"

Four characters are introduced: Frank, his brother Patrick, their father and Frank's wife, Veronique. The closed-knit brothers are adventurers. Out of nowh
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever made a bad decision?

If so, then read the mysterious thriller entitled, "Dread" by Jeff Wade.

Frank considers his big brother, Patrick, his best friend. Patrick is a doctor just like his father, grandfather and uncle. In fact, Patrick is a trauma surgeon. Frank wants to be a musician and Patrick respects his brother's decision even though his father wants him to be a doctor. Patrick is a 6th-degree black belt and is also Frank's taekwondo instructor.

On Frank's first wedding anniversa
Adam E.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dread is a short story that is written in first person and reads like a dark dream because time shifts frequently and reality is blurred.
The storyteller recalls a time when he no longer wanted to live and he placed himself on railroad tracks in order to be run over by the oncoming train. Suddenly, he is in total darkness. Is he in Hell?, he asks himself and then he is floating above street lights without a body and he sees a boy holding a stuffed monkey toy which gives him a very eerie feeling
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give Dread by Jeff Wade, 5 stars.

Frank keeps waking up from crazy nightmares. Or are they memories? And where is he? He should be in bed, but he feels like he's entombed in stone. Follow along it slowly comes back to him. Or does it?

This is a horror/suspense short story that fits its title perfectly. You are kept on the edge of your seat, not really knowing just what is happening, but needing to find out more. At the same time, you're ready to hide under the covers, dreading what may come nex
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well oh well… where shall I start with this. I suppose it's worth a mention that Jeff Wade was a completely new author to me when I stumbled upon this twisted psychothriller. I knew nothing about the writing that would be between the cover that so intently drew me into reading this. I didn’t read the blurb I just dove right in and was so stinking thrilled that I did!

Dread takes the reader and thrusts you into the creepy and devilish world of Frank. While reading I will admit I was quite confused
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dread by Jeff Wade

4 Stars

So this is my first read by this author and I'm just not sure LOL This book scared the tar out of me, I tried really hard to keep up with what was going on and what was real and what was a dream, and what was a flashback...I had to reread a couple times just to stay straight and I think I did.

This is labelled a thriller and it contained everything a thriller should in my opinion. The cover was enough to scare me but it was also enough to make me give this book a try. I
Laura Furuta
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By: Jeff Wade
5 out of 5 stars

The story Dread by Jeff Wade is a short horror book that is wonderful to read and has moments when I got chills. It is a story that hooked me in from the start and I read the entire book in one sitting. The author has written a story that is page-turning and had me wondering what will happen next. The main character is intriguing as he tries to figure what has happened to him. There is a struggle to recalls events. This story takes the term psychological thrille
Kerry Baker
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dread by Jeff Wade is a fantastic book that will have you utterly captivated right from page 1. This is the kind of book that will have your heart racing and have you feeling like you are right there next to the character.
I found it really intense reading this book because this author does such a good job at creating the image and the feelings the character must be going through. There were times when it honestly felt like I were the one there, trapped, trying to figure out how to escape. There
Chantelle Smith
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a read! This read will totally have you on a rollercoaster. It is a well written, action-packed read that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time with the twists and turns that continuously have you turning the pages for more. This is a psychological thriller that at times is so believable that you think you are experiencing what the characters are at the same time, as though you are really there.
This is a quick read but is defiantly not lacking in action, imaginative d
Tausha Treadway
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dread by Jeff Wade. This is a creepy, creepy story. Don't read it home alone or at night! This is the story of 2 brothers Frank & Patrick who go in a cave to explore. What happens in the cave is not clear but it seems as if Frank is stuck in there with dead bodies and body parts. He wakes up or so he thinks to hitting his head on rock, as he rolls to the side its also rock. He's in a rock casket!!! He keeps thinking this is a dream and then his mind starts playing tricks on him making him think ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Woah! This short story packs a lot of fear, confusion, and just plain DREAD into it! As the first book I have read by Jeff Wade I was unsure what to expect. However with a title like Dread, and a cover that this book has I knew it wasn’t going to be my usual happy ending, love story! There were no rainbows and no unicorns in this story.

However there was a lot to think about in this story.

“There is no reply, as is God’s nature. He only sets the wheels in motion; how we choose to steer this runa
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This cover is not for me. Not only does it not having anything to do with the story but its garish. In this book the lines are so blurred between sleeping and awake, that it was hard for me to tell whether it’s a dream or its actually happening, because of that the story is confusing. I had trouble following along in this book. The thoughts and actions in this book are kind of scattered. The book ended at the half way mark, with a cliffhanger. And that’s for a story that's more confusing than sc ...more
Anna Hirsch
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dread by Jeff Wade
4 Stars

This short novella consists of two short stories. The first story is quite confusing and I didn’t know what was going on. The story ends and everything makes sense. It is quite gruesome and macabre. When I got to the end, I realized I loved the story. It was really well written.

The second story I feel should have been a full book. You get a glimpse into the mind of a psycho. The author gives enough info to have you care about the characters but then ends the story. I
Madilynn Dale
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dread by Jeff Wade


Dread was gripping and somewhat terrifying read. The author immediately pulls you in with his fluid writing style. The story itself captures you and won’t let you go until the end. This book was a short read but I highly recommend it. I felt as if I were living out the main characters situation with every page. I was torn with the decisions to be made. The description of each setting was easy to visualize. I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more fro
Anis Mahat
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm loking at some of these reviews and I'm slapping my forehead!!!. First, he offers them a FREE book... and a great little horror short story at that... and they complain it its TOO short. Then he gives provides for them a free exept for yet ANOTHER free book... and a link to download all of it FOR FREE... and they complain about that too because its an excrpt. Yes, Dread is a short story. And yes, theres a exept for another book that's maybe the same length as Dread. So what?!?! Just enjoy al ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is a psychological thriller that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. The twists and turns the characters take you on will keep you turning pages. The story is well written as well as the characters are engaging and make the story feel real. When Frank finds himself trapped in a cave, he starts to lose his mind. Will he make it out safely or will fate have something else in store for him. Is it real or is it a nightmare that feels real? I highly recommend reading this book.
Kerry  carr
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a short story about 2 brother's who go and explore and cave when as they are making their escape Patrick suddenly dies.

This leaves Frank stuck in the tiny tunnels unable to get passed Patrick's body. To deal with the situation Frank drifts off to a nightmare world and the story switches between his nightmares and the real situation.

I did enjoy the story but it was a bit confusing at the start trying to work out how to tell the difference between his nightmares and reality
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dread by Jeff Wade is a short psychological, horror story. This story starts with Frank wakes up and feels like he is in a coffin but what is really going on? I really liked the level of description and the depth of the story especially considering the length of the story. The story has twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat while I was reading. This was a good read and I read it in one sitting. I look forward to picking up more from this author in the future.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dread by Jeff Wade is a thriller/horror suspense short story. This story was horrific in its telling and my skin still crawls at times. The emotional elements of this story are off the chart and if it doesn't leave you wondering... well, you haven't read it thoroughly through. Jeff Wade is a scary writer and doesn't a chilling job of delivering something that hides in the recesses of the mind that many may wish to avoid.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
First things first, this short story is only half as long as it appears. Half of the actual content is a preview of another work. I was a. It startled when the story ended quite a bit before I thought.

Other than that, it was a creepy little tale. I was a bit unsure of what was going on at first, which was part of the appeal. As the story unfolded, things became a lot more clear, but even more horrifying. I really enjoyed it.
Ivy Murillo
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I bought this based on the reviews. I like horror writing but that's not what this is. The writing was good (hence the 2 stars). The story, to me, was pointless, confusing and non-substantive. Also! The book is 92 pages long but the story is only 50 pages of the book. The remaining is the first chapter of his novella "Finding Nowhere." Now the description may have said that somewhere but I don't recall seeing it. Just be aware that "Dread" doesn't fill the 93 pages.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's just confusing and awkward

I had no idea what was going on and by the time I seemed to grasp it the "book" was over. It reads like a long poem with unnecessary visuals and descriptions that leave you scratching your head. Immensely boring and not worth the time. It has no story to get lost in. Your just left lost.
Khoniker Musafir
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Personally I like the free book at the end, "Finding nowhere," better than this one. dON'T get me wrong, Dread is great if you like having nightmares. Still I couldn't resist taking a chance on it with that creepy monkey on the cover. You'll want to grab the free book too like I said it's even better than Dread IMHO.
Saiful Rakib
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