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Dismal Dreams by Red Lagoe
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it was amazing
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Red Lagoe has struck gold, once again, with her sophomore collection, Dismal Dreams!

It's no secret I'm a long-time fan of Red's. So much so, I practically begged her for an advance reader's copy of Dismal Dreams. My poor friend was probably scared not to send me one.

But I digress.

If you love short stories with strong female leads, if you love horror, and if you love a perfect balance of fun and seriousness, you should definitely grab yourself a copy of this collection.

All the stories are fantastic, but the standouts for me were:

Dismal Dreams - Dark, gritty, and disturbing, this may have been my favorite of the bunch.

The Creation of Man - Though I'm not a terribly religious person, this is a fun, quirky look at the Adam & Eve story. Very clever.

Flicker - I'd actually read this before. In fact, it's the very first story I ever read of Red's. And it's gruesome and terrifying.

Valentine's Day - Face it, ladies, I think we'll all be able to relate to this story on some level.

One Year Anniversary - This story was off-the-charts weird, and I loved every minute.

Never Have I Ever - I'd also read this story before, and it's always been a stand-out for me of Red's work. It's brilliant, plain and simple. I wish I'd thought of it myself.

As a side note, can we just stare at the cover for a while? Because it's lovely.

Great job, Red! I'm impressed!

Available June 25, 2021

My sincere thanks to Red for my review copy.

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Reading Progress

April 12, 2021 – Started Reading
April 12, 2021 – Shelved
April 12, 2021 – Shelved as: arc
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April 19, 2021 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Ceecee (new)

Ceecee That cover is really good!! Great review Bridgett ❤️

message 2: by Pat (new)

Pat It sounds excellent Bridgett!

Bridgett Ceecee wrote: "That cover is really good!! Great review Bridgett ❤️"

I'm 99% certain Red drew and designed it herself. And, it actually fits like a puzzle piece to the cover of her first anthology, Lucid Screams. She's very clever. :)

Bridgett Pat (not getting friend updates currently) wrote: "It sounds excellent Bridgett!"

Red's stories are always excellent. :)

message 5: by Doug (new)

Doug I hope whatever is going on with that review is a Goodreads issue. I know how you love Red's writing.

message 6: by Horror Lover (new)

Horror Lover Adding this to my list. Great review.

Bridgett Doug wrote: "I hope whatever is going on with that review is a Goodreads issue. I know how you love Red's writing."

It looks normal for me. I think Goodreads is switching things up...changing the look of the site. There are many glitches, I've noticed.

Bridgett Horror Lover wrote: "Adding this to my list. Great review."

Awesome! Hope you love it!

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