“LUCID SCREAMS” – Book Review

Red Lagoe known for Fair Haven, releases her second book that isn’t a collaboration with any other authors entitled. Lucid Screams. And the synopsis is has follows.

Monsters take many forms—mythical creature, human, inner demon, fear… When confronted by such savage beasts, the vulnerability of humanity is often exposed. These sixteen horror stories explore the supernatural, as well as real life horror associated with grief, guilt, severed relationships, and severed limbs.

Red Lagoe’s Lucid Screaming isn’t just another horror story or in this case stories, real life takes a toll on us. And deep down inside, our own lives can be a living hell or even worse, we face our deepest fears or regrets or addictions. Causing everything around us to become none existence, or destroyed. What we once loved about ourselves or something else can change within a blink of an eye, and within those two seconds of a total horror show, it could change our lives forever. Leaving us haunted by visions we don’t want to ever remember.

These stories can act as an eye opener. Causing the potential reader to stop and set the book down while going through their own life. Could any of these short stories be a call out? To reach within their own lives and subconsciously slap us in the face? Maybe these stories aren’t meant for some to read, as these topics are very straight forward losses. Whether we’ve lost a child of our own, Red has a “warning” section in the back of the book just in case some topics are too much for the reader themselves to handle, because they have experienced the topic at hand.

Mrs. Lagoe doesn’t shy away from specific topics while throwing in some sci-fi tales and well a very interesting random surprise which makes the subconscious mind relax and ponder away from the real life factors. Each tale strikes a different “lucid scream”, it feels so surreal that once we uncover the blinded eyes and really dive into the pages. Everything becomes apparent, and some can even take our own breathes away.

In conclusion, Lucid Screams by Red Lagoe has a nice blend of fiction, nonfiction and a straight up random ass story that helps ease the mind back into the horror we all know. Goofy, random, alienated and well… Surprised. It’s hard nowadays to tackle some topics but I feel Red does a great job capturing the imaginations of the “what could” than the “what if’s”. Lucid Screams will grab onto you and it won’t let go until you’ve faced your own fears.

Lucid Screams Available February 28th 2020
Learn more at http://redlagoe.com

Who is Red Lagoe? (Courtesy from Red’s Amazon’s Profile)

85022213_2488962781317793_4976685164013813760_oRed 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 the veterinary field. Here, she learned first-hand to identify the smell of death and burnt flesh. She’s had her hands inside the warm abdominal cavities of living things, and assisted on surgeries where limbs and eyeballs were removed. Putrid infections, maggots, rabies, and diseases riddled her day to day. She put seven years of own (literal) blood, sweat, and tears into her job but needed to step away.

She made the painful decision to leave her beloved nine-to-five to spend more time with her two spawn and to pursue her buried passion for writing dark fiction.
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.

Red’s stories have appeared in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Shallow Waters Volumes 1 & 2, Trembling with Fear’s Year Two anthology, Owl Hollow Press’ Under the Full Moon’s Light anthology, and Z Publishing’s books America’s Emerging Horror Writers and Virginia’s Emerging Writers. Her viral apocalypse novel Fair Haven was released in 2017.

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