Lisa Morton

Author, Screenwriter, Halloween Expert…what's next?

The Lucid Dreaming, originally published by Bad Moon Books in 2009, trade paperback limited to 150 copies; lettered hardback (with additional short story) limited to 26 copies. Reprinted by Cemetery Dance as an e-book with new cover by Lynne Hansen, 2018.

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Dark Scribe says: “In her new novella, The Lucid Dreaming, Lisa Morton takes an apocalyptic theme and doses it with psychotics until the usual notion of the apocalypse is a mere fever dream. Inject a searing-dry wit and cynical, post-punk protagonist, and you’ve got a night terror of a tale…The Lucid Dreaming is one candy-coated pill you should swallow willingly.”

In Cemetery Dance #64, Robert Morrish notes: “…it’s certainly not ‘standard fare’…Indeed, there are moments of grandeur to be found in these pages”.

From Bookgasm: “…an intriguing take…sharply written…an odd but appealing energy…a pleasantly twisted kicker of an ending…”.

Monster Librarian says “The Lucid Dreaming is one of the best novellas I have ever read…Morton gives the reader a bit of everything within less than 100 pages… action, suspense, thrills, romance, and of course, horror! She’s definitely an author to keep an eye out for in the future. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”

Horror Fiction Review says: “Morton’s novella is a fresh take on the apocalyptic thing, complete with interesting social commentary, a cult of brainwashed rednecks, and much food for thought. And with a satisfyingly eerie conclusion, you can’t go wrong with this LUCID DREAM.”

And this from “I appreciated Spike’s sassy, world-weary point of view, which lends the perversely ironic culmination of her odyssey a satisfying resonance…with one of the most memorable final lines I’ve encountered in some time.”

King of the Nerds says “This is really a great little story that I highly recommend fans of horror and particularly post-apocalyptic fiction take a look at.”

The Lucid Dreaming was named one of the best books of 2009 by Dead Lines.


The Lucid Dreaming won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction.

The Lucid Dreaming received an Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 2009

The original, never-before-published short story that provided the basis for The Lucid Dreaming is on view at

This is the cover of the original trade paperback publication by Bad Moon Books, featuring art by Zach McCain. It’s now out of print in trade paperback, but you might still find a used copy by searching at .

Categories: Novellas

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