LUCID Nightmare

Rated 4.45/5 based on 11 reviews
Author E. Clay's new novella LUCID Nightmare is a paranormal thriller about the nexus between the sleep state and the spirit world. Fiction inspired by my personal experiences from March to November 2016. More
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About E. Clay

Never in a million years did I ever think I would become a writer, or that I would find it so fullfilling and rewarding. If the test of a true passion is the love of its drudgery, then I am certifiably hooked. The entire writing experience is a joy.

I created this webpage so you can follow my works and hear the latest news on my progress. I enjoy communicating with my readers and reviewers about my characters, my plots and most importanly my message. If you ask me a question, I will make every effort to respond in a timely manner.

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LaylaM1 reviewed on May 14, 2017

excellent writing, intriguing plot, vivid details, and believable characters. “LUCID Nightmare” by E. Clay is a hauntingly literary delight that will suck you into the story before you know it! I’d planned on only reading a few chapters for the night, but ended up reading all of it…. and yeah, try sleeping after that! Haha. It was very easy to fall into, and my curiosity was piqued right away with the initial opening (the radio interview) and then we get to know Clay better and see what is happening in his life, and how things spiral downward to a very dark direction. Clay is a likable protagonist, and I appreciate the fact that his actions make sense and none of this felt contrived for the sake of drama. Yes it is a ‘paranormal’, so it stretches the bounds of the normal everyday world. Yet it is believable in the way that the characters’ actions made sense and it was intelligently constructed in a way that kept me guessing. This book is on the shorter side, so it’s a pretty quick read… but certainly memorable. Highly recommend for fans of supernatural/paranormal thrillers.
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Darla Ortiz reviewed on May 11, 2017

"LUCID Nightmare” is very different from the books I’ve been reading lately. Warning, it is not for the faint of heart. This book will get inside your head and probably creep you out a few times, and maybe even horrify you at times…... There is no “being a bystander” in this novel…E. Clay pulls you into the dark and dirty plot and minds of the characters and won’t let you escape. I thought it could benefit from a little better proofreading to trim some excess wordiness in places, or unnecessary scenes/conversations, but overall this is a book that genuinely kept my interest, and after I put it down (once - to eat dinner) I was eager to resume where I’d left off. A must-read for fans of paranormal, suspense, and psychological horror.
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SherriWarner reviewed on May 11, 2017

Amazing. Disturbing. Creepy. This is a book that I won’t easily or soon forget. It and the author E. Clay has branded a part of my psyche with his dark and gripping and evocative tale unlike anything I’ve read, and if this has any basis in truth that makes it even more crazy! I admit I’m fond of reading about characters who are flawed/unbalanced or disturbed in some way with a darkside (they are just so interesting!) and Mr. Clay did a wonderful job of bringing the crazy! I liked that it wasn’t like every other ghost story out there, and at times had a more surreal, psychological bent that goes deeper than your ordinary “boo- I’m a scary nightmare” type book. This is a shorter read, one I finished in an evening. I’d definitely be interested in reading more from this talented author to see what other tricks he has up his sleeve.
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JTHACK reviewed on May 7, 2017

I’ve read a lot of paranormal, and I’ve read a lot of suspense/horror novels. But I’m hard pressed to remember one that was not only crazy intense and gripping, but so well written, while some parts almost bordered on terrifying. This is a dark literary paranormal/thriller/ghost story that is both easy to read, yet deeply intense at the same time. I thought the story to be extremely well-rounded and the characters fleshed out where we understand Clay’s psyche and motivations, even if we don’t agree with his actions. The blend of dream/real life was a cool angle, and if this is ‘true’ then that is insane! Warning, this novel is dark and has its twisted moments. It can be downright disturbing. But it is a great read, one with an interesting payoff at the end. I would certainly recommend “LUCID Nightmare” for fans of literary suspense and paranormal/ghost. But it might make you afraid to go to sleep!
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CamJones reviewed on May 7, 2017

"LUCID Nightmare” by E. Clay is a haunting and compelling page turner-- 100%. It was different from what I normally read, but it sounded good and I liked the opening sample so I’d thought I’d give it a shot. Plus I’d read a different book from this author last year (“The Syndicate”) and knew that E. Clay could deliver a powerful and moving story. Well this one did not disappoint, and I got actual chills several times. I thought the writing was quite strong, and the plot was evenly- paced with short chapters (and scenes within) that kept me on my toes. I thought Clay and Claire were great characters and things that happened to him were believable, even for being so wildly ‘unbelievable’. . The descriptions and actions seemed so real, at times I almost felt like it was happening to me! It was tough to read at some parts, only because the writing felt so real it was super unsettling. But I’m glad I read it and would recommend to fans of Steven King and James Patterson type novels.
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Jesse Thomas reviewed on April 26, 2017

"LUCID Nightmare” packs a whole lotta story for such a short book (it comes in at just under 100 pages), and is an intelligent, well-written story that held on to my attention the entire time. I was almost disappointed when it was over, but the ending was like, “whoa” and I wish there was more! I liked how everything was connected in ways we didn’t see at first, and personally I wish the nightmare part started a bit sooner – I know the backstory of Clay’s life and problems were important, but the real action was in the nightmare part of the book, I believe. The author says that it is based on real events and names the title of the book in the book “LUCID Nightmare” as well (how meta) and the author/main character share the same name (Clay). So in that regard this book is very unique and more impactful than just a typical ‘horror’ or ‘ghost’ story. It wasn’t predictable at all, though, and I appreciated the originality, especially for being in a genre where so many books seem the same. This one had a fresh, distinctive flavor to it and was entertaining to read and experience.
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Anabella Johnson reviewed on April 26, 2017

3.5 stars
This novella by E. Clay was so much more than just a simple ‘horror’ story to me. The writing is so good…strong prose that really sweeps us along in the story. I did feel that perhaps the beginning was a bit slow and took too long to get to the inciting incident, especially for such a short book. Seemed to be a bit too much “setting up” before the hook, and some scenes and conversations that didn’t really seem necessary (more filler, chit-chat). The pacing did pick up however, and I didn’t want to stop reading from about halfway on… Overall the plot had more depth and complexity than I anticipated, and the several parts truly shocked me. Nice twist at the end, and while I think it could have been a little longer and further fleshed out, “LUCID Nightmare” is certainly worth a read for fans of horror/suspense/paranormal, and it is interesting that the story is based on real events. I’d be happy to read more from E. Clay in the near future.
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Kaylee Stevens reviewed on April 26, 2017

just a heads up - when starting “LUCID Nightmare” make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with an enticing beginning where we meet author (and protagonist) Clay Thompson and he is talking about his unique experiences with dreams… and their connection with the dead. When his life takes an unfortunate turn, he gets caught up in some horrifying ordeals that causes his dreams to become nightmares in the worst imaginable way. The characters were genuine and believable, and I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like we are really there in Clay’s mind as this story unfolds, feeling the things he is feeling and seeing. Loved the unpredictableness, and the fact that this wasn’t just a cliché ghost/nightmare story. This went much deeper than that- on a dark psychological and moral level, and I was truly impressed with the author’s storytelling skills to pack such a punch in such a short book (novella). Although it’s a fairly mild book in terms of content and language, it is probably most suitable for adults. Recommend.
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Brenda Maxwell reviewed on April 24, 2017

Yikes, this is inspired by ‘true events’? Crazy. “Lucid Nightmare” was well-written and kept my attention the whole way through. There is some setting up the stage of action on the beginning, and I did think it took a bit too long to get to all the paranormal/creepy/scary stuff (about ½ way in….) and for such a short book I just would have liked to get to that part sooner. But once it starts we are quickly caught up with the bizarre, surreal blend of Clay’s dreams and how they are threatening his real life. The characters are good, and there are some surprising turn of events I didn’t see coming. It is a quick read, one I finished in the course of an evening. I was genuinely surprised at a few things that happened, and thought the tension and narrative and dialogue all was great. I will be looking forward to reading more books from E. Clay soon. Recommend reading for fans of literary novellas with a darker twist.
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Jenna Brewster reviewed on April 13, 2017

"LUCID Nightmare” is an excellent novella that captured my attention from the beginning and never once let it go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well written. The descriptions were very good. There was no lull in the action…All in all a compelling story that kept me eagerly glued to my kindle. I like that Clay is relatable in a way that many of us can understand… he faces some unexpected financial issues and is forced to behave in an unethical way, and this leads him to making some bad choices. When his dreams become nightmares that can kill him, he has to find a way to stop them before its too late. The only thing that bothered me honestly was the fact that Clay (the main characters) and his girlfriend, Claire’s, names were so similar. When I was reading fast I’d get tripped up on occasion and wish they would have been more distinct from one another. A few minor proofing things, but nothing bad. Nice ending having it come full circle. Recommend to anyone who enjoys reading a story was crazy weird… in a good way!
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