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Lucid Screams

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Mythical creatures, inner demons, and fear are a few forms in which monsters present themselves. When confronted by such savage beasts, the vulnerability of humanity is often exposed. Will we rise above, or will we succumb to our inevitable demise? These sixteen horror stories by Red Lagoe explore the supernatural as well as human horror associated with grief, guilt, sever ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published February 28th 2020 by La Red Books
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Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Red Lagoe's writing is always clever and on point.

I first discovered Red while reading If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of Karma and Fear. Her story was one of my favorites. She once again caught my attention six months later when If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of Supernatural Horror was released...again, her story was one of the standouts in the anthology. I was lucky enough to actually get to know her when both of our stories appeared in If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of Deadly Women and Retri
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
Would you please take a moment to bask in the beauty that is this book cover? The vibrant colors combined with the darkness of the birds? Ahhh, delightful! Horror comes in all colors, shapes, moods and flavors which is why I never tire of reading the genre. But a book, as we know, is much more than a pretty cover and it’s the stuff inside that counts.

Lucid Screams is a collection of short stories that is a nice mix of tragedy, grief, and creeping dread-fests with enough dark humor thrown in the
Well Read Beard
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
LOVED this book. I am not playing around - this needs to be added to TBRs across the horror community right now.

An absolutely indelible collection of real-life atrocity. There are a myriad of themes here but I leaned towards favoring the elements of day to day terror brought on by losing a child, battered women's retreats, and neglectful husbands. That good stuff, those twisty shocks. The turn of the page and physically shuddering at what you find. This is another one that doesn't have enough bu
Richard Derus
Aug 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
This book is FREE until 17 August 2020 in celebration of the author's birthday! ...more
Steve Stred
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

My first experience reading Lagoe’s work was in the anthology ‘If I Die Before I Wake; Vol 1.’ Shortly after my review was posted, she contacted me to see if I’d like to check out her upcoming collection ‘Lucid Screams,’ which I gladly accepted.

‘Lucid Screams’ is a brutal ride through some uncompromising subject matter. Lagoe caveats this by putting a warning/trigger warning blurb at the front with a link to a separate page that goes through
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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).

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
Sara Tantlinger
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Red Lagoe's vividly imaginative collection Lucid Screams is a great read from beginning to end! The title-named first story instantly grabbed my attention, and I loved seeing how it was framed with the ending, too. Each story offers something different, smartly showcasing Lagoe's range of ideas and writing. I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters, and especially getting to know their worst nightmares -- Lagoe does an excellent job at captivating a reader's interest right away with each t ...more
Red Lagoe
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I'm the author, so of course this review is biased.
Lucid Screams is like a metaphor for the work and emotion I’ve poured into my writing over the past few years. (“like a metaphor” is technically a simile, isn’t it?)
For the past few years, I've been writing horror and LOVING it! Lucid Screams is a culmination of my journey thus far. Several of the stories within have been published by Crystal Lake Publishing, Owl Hollow Press, Trembling with Fear, and more. Others have never seen the pub
Deacon D.

(I actually caught myself saying that out loud several times while reading this one.)

Lucid Screams by Red Lagoe is a solid collection of creepy, disturbing, haunting and wonderfully weird tales that I totally enjoyed. Not a dud in the bunch!

I highly recommend Lucid Screams, and I really look forward to more from the very talented Red Lagoe.
Danelle  @ Our-Wolves-Den
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-horror-tbr
So many wonderfully spooky short stories in packed into this book. I loved the connection with the 1st and last story. The book couldn't have ended in a more perfect way.


First off, I really respect the thought put into a disclaimer of sorts, stating that if you are sensitive to the death of children you should see a list of stories to skip. Being a person that unexpectedly lost my 14 year old 5 years ago, I really gained a lot of respect for this author before even reading the first sho
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like a good pun or wordplay, so the title was definitely some of the attraction. But really…it was free and short enough to make it seem worth checking out. Kindle freebies can go either way, when it goes nicely, it ends up something like this…a perfectly well put together, professionally edited original collection of short stories of things that go Boo in the night. Whatever trace amount of amateurishness there were definitely outweighed by the author’s creativity and pleasingly demented imag ...more
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
With Lucid Screams, Lagoe riffs on a “domestic horror” theme, exploring both relationship and familial trauma as supernatural forces. Featuring a cast of strong female leads, most of the stories in this collection examine different sociological pressures that likely many women readers will find familiar—and as a man, I was relieved to encounter a handful of complex and redeemable male characters rather than a bunch of abusive cardboard cutouts. Kudos to the author for writing such believable hum ...more
Isaac Thorne
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stellarly crafted nightmare vignettes populate this dark dreamscape. Red Lagoe writes unique tales with a strong voice. Lucid Screams is filled with characters and scenarios that claw at your imagination like the ragged fingernails of a corpse with which you've been buried alive. Read this. ...more
Nico Bell
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lucid Screams gnaws at the various layers of grief. It’s a beautiful and haunting collection that sticks with you well after the last page. There’s a beautiful and haunting connection between stories, which is woven with common themes of loss and terror. Relationships are explored, monsters are battled, and sins are redeemed. There’s a wide range of settings, but the heart of this collection is the pain of nightmares coming to life.

There are sixteen stories in this collection. It’s a blend of sh
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, haunting, evocative collection of horror shorts and drabbles. The subject matter varies enough to avoid ever feeling repetitive, but is connected enough to feel like a true collection. Lagoe has a strength and heart to her writing, evident from even the shortest stories. A few of my favorites were the two bookend stories, Lucid Screaming and Empty Nest, which were dark, haunting and heart felt. The Great American Eclipse had a novel and disturbing horror element, combined with inter ...more
Joshua Marsella
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection took me by surprise! I was expecting a straightforward horror collection but instead I got a mix of horror, grief, vengeance, and more. Red’s writing style is easy to appreciate and her stories felt familiar but still unique.

The stories that stuck out to me were SLICE, THE ASTRONOMER’S MISTRESS and EMPTY NEST. They were each very different and each struck a chord with me for different reasons.

I’m looking forward to reading more of Red’s work and I would recommend this collectio
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon.
Wayne Fenlon
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed all the stories in this collection.
Sandy Fehr
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is a great collection of short stories! I really liked reading them because first, if I only had a short period of time to read, I could easily get in a story or two. Second, I never knew how they would end until I got to the ending, and then in typical horror fashion, I was often jolted into a “oh, yuck” ending. Ms Lagoe inundates her real world into lots of horror fiction and her love of horror writing shows. She’s a master of enjoyable horror stories! I would recommend this book to anyon
Donna Hitchcock McCracken
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great collection of short stories...I received an advance copy of this.
Red is a combination of all my fav writers..she improves with every story.
Malignant Roots and Odor Mortis stick in my memory..its kind of scary..and where she gets the ideas kind of scares me more..But I hope she keeps it up..Love this collection, looking foreward to more. I have read some of her earlier stories, which are all very good...
Kayla Krantz
Filled with angst, suspense, and most importantly, horror. This is a fantastic collection of chilling stories that you won’t want to miss out on.

My favorites were:

Memory Lane: A parent’s worst nightmare—the death of their baby. With a special glimpse into the future, Victor is left feeling his child’s scorn.

Intimidating Smile: A girl’s hated “vampire teeth” actually become the key to saving her life.

Brush With Fate: Some art is to die for. With these paintbrushes, death is a relief.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Red Lagoe’s Lucid Screams is a delightful collection of 16 horror short stories. A few of them are creature features, but sometimes the horror is closer to home, and there are also plenty of horrific people and circumstances involved.

The first and final stories are connected. In “Lucid Screaming,” a heroin user (Elaine) has a hard time handling her children, Lily and Ben. This is a harsh and heavy story, tough to read. In the opposite side, “Empty Nest,” Elaine’s ex-husband, Joe, ruminates on wh
Erin Al-Mehairi
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I feel horrible I forgot to mark I finished this collection shortly after I read it way earlier this year. More review to come, which I’ll put in my blog and transfer here soon, but this is a wonderful, debut collection that’s well-done and entertaining as well as thought-provoking. The writing is concise and clear, the stories flow quickly, and some of the themes and plots were very original. I especially enjoyed the astronomy elements she peppers throughout it. This would be an excellent read ...more
Kris Kinsella
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully creepy and unnerving anthology, each story by a Red Lagoe has this overwhelming sense of dread, a world that isn’t quite right. Most anthologies, even the best, tend to have one or two stories that don’t quite measure up but I’m unable to think of one from this collection. Each story works extremely well and put together, they form a collage that compliments each other. If I had to choose, I’d say Luna’s Lure, Malignant Roots, and The Astronomers Mistress were my favorites in the col ...more
Miranda Chop
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story collection of horror shorts! The last story was a delicious wrap-up, bringing the reader full circle after surviving the juicy bits of gore and horror in between. Creative, dreadful, exciting, one of my favorite horror pieces this year! If you love horror, don't miss Lucid Screams! ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories are so creative - I only rated three of them lower than 3 stars. Short stories can be hit or miss, these are hits.
Super appreciated the content warning and author notes. I hope this becomes a trend in horror fiction moving forward.
I'd absolutely read more from this author!
Dean Reviews Books
This book was incredible!!

I don't think I've ever read an anthology this quickly. I gobbled it up with glee and horror. These stories made me feel the emotions of their characters and will stay in my mind long after today. Gripping!
Sonora Taylor
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ⭐️ Wonderful stories.
Elford Alley
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lucid Screams is a stunning set of stories, with characters (both human and otherwise) that will stick with you long after you finish it. You will be horrified, and be moved just as often. Definitely worth a read for any horror fan.
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Red Lagoe grew up on 80s horror and carried her paranoia of slashers and sewer creatures into adulthood.

When she’s not spewing her horror-ridden mind onto the page, or substituting at the elementary school like a normal upstanding citizen, Red enjoys amateur astronomy, and can be found lingering in the inky shadows among beasts for a better view of the stars.

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