BOOK REVIEW: Dreams & Awakenings (2014)

Dreamscapes for Avid Readers

By Woofer McWooferson

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Author: Claus Holm; Editors: Melinda B. Bowman, Ellen Taylor, and Woofer McWooferson; Publisher: CreateSpace; ISBN-10: 1500510106 | ISBM-13: 978-1500510107; Media: Paperback and ePub; Length: 294 pages; Genre: Horror | Fantasy; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2014

Dreams and Awakenings is a 2014 short story collection by Danish author Claus Holm. Inspired by such shows as The Twilight Zone and its ilk as well as authors such as Stephen King, Claus has penned stories worthy to be made into episodes of The Twilight Zone itself. Stories range from slightly fantastic to science fiction to downright spooky. In all cases, however, they flow with an ease that enables the reader to sail through the stories, eager to reach the end and what it will reveal. Starting with The App, a story that focuses on death and loss, and ending with To Share Like Brothers, a story that focuses on life and acquisition, Dreams and Awakenings runs the gamut of emotions. Indeed, it is like meeting with an old friend with many new stories to tell.

Claus’s ability to easily convey things that are as well as life in the US is laudable. He has his finger on the pulse of the US life, and it is clear in his stories. Not only can he paint a picture of life in the US through his prose, his grasp of American dialogue is uncanny. He weaves story narrative and dialogue seamlessly, and his stories are accessible to all readers.

As is evident from the editors listed above, I am one of the lucky folks who had the pleasure of reading some of these stories before they went to publication. It was a great pleasure for me to work with Claus, and I am eager to do so again in the future.

You can find out more about Claus on his Facebook page, and you can purchase his books through Amazon.com. Through Monday, his ebooks are free at Amazon.com. You can also hear Claus read some of the stories on his YouTube channel.

10/10 claws – Worthy of multiple readings!

Posted by Woofer McWooferson

Woofenstein “Woofer” McWooferson is a writer, editor, proofreader, researcher, reviewer/critic, and werewolf active in the horror community. A werewolf from birth, Woofer had an otherwise normal childhood. Woofer grew up in a suburban home and found more friends in books, television than at school. In college, Woofer undertook an honors degree while majoring in English with a minor in criminal psychology. Woofer later earned a Master’s degree in English, focusing on the modern British novel and then pursued a degree in Metaphysics at Miskatonic University. Woofer was a contributing author for William Castle Presents: Scare It Forward: “Angel Island” (2010) and an editor for Blake Petit’s Opening Night of the Dead (2012) and Claus Holm’s Dreams and Awakenings (2014) and Tempus Investigations (2016).

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