Title: Escaping Lucidity by Ty Schwamberger
Genre: Horror – Anthology
Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing
Page count: 448 pages
Format: Ebook ARC
Publication Date: August 1, 2015
Rating – 4/5
Escaping Lucidity is the complete short works of Ty Schwamberger. Within this tome you’ll be taken on a terror-filled ride through dark woods, the desert, a graveyard and dark streets, where monsters and strange creatures run amok. The other half of this collection is filled with characters driven to the brink of insanity, coping with the loss of loved ones, spousal abuse and fighting crime on the mean city streets. You’ll also find “Author Notes” after each story written by Schwamberger himself giving insight on why he wrote each particular story, interesting facts about characters, the story’s setting and where the work first appeared.
Are you ready for a mind-bending ride?
If not, don’t say you weren’t warned… ‘cause bad things tend to happen when you’re trying to escape lucidity.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Escaping Lucidity! Thank you to both Ravenswood Publishing and Ty Schwamberger for the opportunity to read and review this book for an honest review!
Escaping Lucidity is a collection of short stories in the horror genre. I don’t read too many short story collections so I was excited to pick this one up. I thought all the stories were really interesting and entertaining. There were definitely some that had me a little freaked out because I, of course, read the majority of this book at night in my dark bedroom while everyone else in my house was asleep!
I really love the title of this book and really think it jives well with the collection of stories that comprise this book. It’s a pretty light read as far as length goes and reads pretty fast which I find a lot with the short story collections that I do read although I would say it even more with this one because I couldn’t put it down since I was so entertained by each one of these stories. As with each short story collection, I felt the stories were too short I wanted more! I’d love to read more horror from this author.
I don’t want to go into too much detail on what the stories are about because I think you should read the collection, but I did want to share that I enjoyed them and found them to be unique and interesting. Some of them were gory and some were weird and creepy. They feature a cast of characters that comprise the horror genre like murderers, psychos, paranormal creatures and the undead. It was super interesting and a good book to stay up at night with. Four stars and a recommend to horror fans looking for a quick read of diverse stories in the genre!
About the Author
Ty Schwamberger is an award-winning author & editor in the horror genre. He is the author of a novel, multiple novellas, collections and editor on several anthologies. In addition, he’s had many short stories published online and in print. Three stories, “Cake Batter” (released in 2010), “House Call” (released in June 2013) and DININ’ (optioned in July 2013), have been optioned for film adaptation. He is an Active Member of the International Thriller Writers. Learn more at http://tyschwamberger or follow along at @SchwambergerTy.
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