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Shadow Dreams

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This collection of short stories offers a glimpse into the myriad worlds of Elizabeth Massie’s characters. These folks are normal, everyday people, living mostly in small towns, growing up or growing old and handling life’s problems like you and me. Except for one thing — these people are about to be touched by the cold shadow of fear, enveloped by a dark nightmare laced w ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published May 28th 2002 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
On the darkest of days, Morality and compassion take a holiday.
You’ll find no comfort here, Massie simply hands you a flashlight, so you may bear witness to her fears. Do not struggle; hold no hope to fight. Here lies the true face of humanity, Here…. lies insanity. I Loved It!!!!!!

Massie’s style of writing is poetic, enthralling and profound. Her work screams of the injustice shown to the innocent and the immense damage that occurs within ties that bind. Never choosing to take sides on any of
Ashke B.
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Gritty, uncomfortable, visceral short story collection. Worth adding to any horror collection.
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Terrific short story collection.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I can't vouch for E. Massie's skill with Southern Gothic Horror... the repetitive themes may well be part and parcel, and therefore not the handicap they hint at in this collection. Child sexual abuse, self mutilation, poverty, neglect, loss of potential, auto accidents, corrupt Christianity, mental and physical disability, torture, abuse of power, and turkey factories are the building blocks of each of these stories.

The language is middle school level, but this seems in keeping with the genre.
Jeff Jellets
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Dark, dark horror … graphic, disturbingly delicious and addictive.

Elizabeth Massie’s collection of short stories Shadow Dreams is a wicked feast of southern gothic horror, visceral and unsettling, and crawling with things that lurk at the end of back country roads, within the rotting hulks of dilapidated trailers, and in the scummy shadows beneath seaside piers. And while few of Massie’s monsters may have supernatural powers, they are no less the grotesque … damaged, delusional and outright dera
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a visceral collection of stories, all of which are very well-written in a no-holds-barred style with occasional large dollops of somewhat graphic sex and extreme violence. Definitely not for the squeamish, but a fine sampling of some of the best in modern dark fiction.
I liked some of the stories but if I really wanted to read about children and people being treated horribly I would read the news.
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Elizabeth (Beth) Massie is a 2-time Bram Stoker Award and Scribe Award-winning author of horror/suspense, historical fiction, media tie-ins, nonfiction, and short fiction for adults. She also writes novels for teens and middle grade readers. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, illustrator Cortney Skinner.
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