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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, ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published February 28th 2020 by La Red Books
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Well Read Beard
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Steve Stred
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

My first experience reading Lagoes 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 Id 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 the
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Jamie
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 its 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
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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.

Update:

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
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Nico Bell
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lucid Screams gnaws at the various layers of grief. Its a beautiful and haunting collection that sticks with you well after the last page. Theres 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. Theres 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. Its a blend of short
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Brad
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. Shes a master of enjoyable horror stories! I would recommend this book to anyone
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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...
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 Ive poured into my writing over the past few years. (like a metaphor is technically a simile, isnt 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
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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 isnt quite right. Most anthologies, even the best, tend to have one or two stories that dont quite measure up but Im 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, Id say Lunas Lure, Malignant Roots, and The Astronomers Mistress were my favorites in the ...more
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Red Lagoe grew up on 80s horror and carried her paranoia of slashers and sewer creatures into adulthood. She never realized how helpful her love of horror was until she applied the lessons learned to traversing the campus parking lots at night.

Horror stories have always been in her head, but instead of using her ever-so-useful Independent Studies degree in a creative field, she went to work in
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