// Book Review // Dreamland by: Nick Clausen

Dreamland: A Ghost Story by: Nick Clausen
Published March 19, 2019
Horror/Young Adult/Paranormal

Some nightmares never end

In his sleep, Louie starts visiting a magical world where he meets his father, who died when Louie was still a baby. But nothing turns out to be what it seems, and great horrors loom very close by …

Welcome to Dreamland

Francesca M. Healy

I would like to give a HUGE thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read his book and review it! I like quick reads, especially ones that make it difficult to put down. Why must I have to go back to reality? Can’t I have my OWN dreamland? Without the demonic sirens?

Do you often remember your dreams? Most of the time, I don’t and I always saw it as more of a blessing than anything. Who knows what my head concocted in my sleep. How about dreaming of someone whom you never really got to meet? Louie is twelve and never got the chance to know his father before he died of cancer. Now, he’s dreaming of a man in a blue suit, who happens to look like his father and knows stuff about him and his mother.

Louie is dreaming of his father and they can talk and be together in a place called Dreamland. Sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled! Everything has a price.

It’s hard explain to his mother, however. Louie knows things his father told him that he couldn’t possibly know from anybody else. So…what is this Dreamland and is it too good to be true?

This novel is the first one I’ve read from Nick Clausen and like I said, it was difficult to put down. I enjoyed the way the story was written. It’s not told in any specific point of view from the characters, so you’re able to know what’s going on with this situation and the other without having to switch POVs.

Sirens are no joke! If you’ve read any bit of Mythology, you would know just how awful these creatures are. They are fun to read about, but damn, I don’t want them in my dreams, not ever.

I would definitely categorize this as horror, but not going as far as to say Stephen King or watching an episode of the Twilight Zone. I think of it more as Goosebumps or Are You Afraid of the Dark? Don’t knock that show. That was my show growing up in the 90s. I’m babbling, which is part of my charm.

I enjoyed reading this story and I felt bad for Louie and his mother, but I’m happy with how it ended and feel like there would have been no other way to do it. A quick read…but not in the dark.

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