Book review: Dream Woods – Patrick Lacey


‘Dream Woods’ was the perfect book to enjoy once I returned home from terrorizing the locals on Halloween. The story follows the journey of a family that is slowly falling apart. Vince, his wife Audra and their two sons take a trip to defunct theme park ‘Dream Woods’, a tourist attraction that has a somewhat evil history involving a number of deaths, but now appears to have reopened?! The trip is supposed to reignite the passion and fun that Vince and Audra once shared but ends up becoming a nightmare as our unfortunate family become trapped at the park, pursued by Sebastian; the park’s mascot and his army of grey skins!

‘Dream Woods’ has a real old school, slasher vibe to it that I really enjoyed. It almost feels like a kind of homage to the video nasties from the 1980s in both its style, tone and execution. Lacey develops his characters pretty well in such a short book making you care for them, but particularly for the two boys, Tim and Andrew. The second half of the story sees things really begin to ramp up and there are some really good scares as we race towards a confrontation between the Carters and the parks staff.

As you can probably guess, I really enjoyed this quick but satisfying read from Patrick Lacey. Could there have been a bit more in the blood and guts department? yes, maybe, but it is still a hell of a fun read, perfect for this time of year.

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Dream Woods, Synopsis

  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Sinister Press
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2016

Follow your screams…

When Vince Carter takes a shortcut to work he notices a billboard that nearly sends him into an oncoming van.

The ad is for Dream Woods, New England’s answer to Disney World. It closed decades ago, but now that it’s back in business, Vince is eager to take his whole family, hoping the magic he remembers will save his failing marriage.

His wife, Audra, isn’t so sure. She’s heard the rumors of why the place closed. Murder. Sacrifice. Torture. But those are just urban legends. Surely there’s nothing evil about a family tourist attraction.

The Carters are about to discover that the park’s employees aren’t concerned with their guests’ enjoyment. They’re interested in something else. Something much more sinister.

Welcome to Scream Woods!

Patrick Lacey, Biography

Patrick Lacey was born and raised in a haunted house. He spends his nights and weekends writing about things that make the general public uncomfortable. He lives in Massachusetts with his Pomeranian, his mustached cat, and his muse, who is likely trying to kill him. Find him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter (@patlacey), or visit his website.

Praise for Patrick Lacey

“This collection has it all, showing the world that Lacey can write and do it well. From frightening, eerie, soul-stamping to funny and gross, this book has it all. The man’s imagination is incredible. A must read!!!!” – David Bernstein, author of A Mixed Bag of Blood

“It’s a rare and joyful thing for me to read a book and realize I’m in the hands of an author who can go absolutely anywhere, who works without a formula and without a net. Such is the case with this stellar debut collection.” – Russell Coy, Amazon Review

“This fast-paced novella has terror on every page and will keep you searching the shadows in your home far more often than needed.” – Russell James, author of Q Island, on A Debt to Be Paid


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2 Comments Add yours

    1. adishotbolt says:

      Cool. Thank you!


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