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Dreaming, Not Sleeping by [Kavan, Julia]
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Short story - approx 2,500 words

When night falls we can venture into danger within the safety of our dreams – where nothing can really touch us... or can it? One woman’s insidious fantasy threatens everything, but some nightmares are simply too good to resist.

So, I'm here. There's no turning back.

A few steps farther off the path and I will be consumed by the dark. A few steps farther and I will be embraced by the forest, wrapped in the musty smell of decay, held in its damp caress. A few steps farther and I will be lost forever.

Fallen twigs snap beneath my feet. Leaves whisper conspiratorially as I brush past. Twisted branches snatch at my face, scratch my cheek, draw blood. I press my fingers first against the wound, then against my lips, tasting the ferrous stain on my skin. I can hear my own breathing, my own heartbeat, over the wind whipping through the canopy of trees above me.
Not long now and I'll see him. Not long now and I'll be held softly in his arms and loved in a way I have only briefly tasted but often imagined.

(Contains scenes of a sexual nature)

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  • Print Length: 12 pages
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  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars From Red Adept Reviews: Dreaming, Not Sleeping. 13 May 2011
By Michelle R - Published on
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Overall: 3 stars

Plot/Storyline: 3 stars

The story description above is pretty much the story. Very simple. Dreaming, Not Sleeping was about a woman who cannot wait to go to bed because of a night visitor. A demon? An incubus? While the story deals with sexual longing, I think it's also the story about losing someone you love and being powerless to stop it, as well as falling out of love with one person and in love or lust with someone, er, something else. There is clearly a horror element here, a Hell Raiser vibe.

This is definitely a short story, but even taking that into account, the story seems ... insubstantial. I believe the story was meant to succeed by calling up dream logic, a dream landscape, but because there was nothing else -- no contrast or context - something vital seemed missing to anchor it all.

Characters: 2 1/2 stars

There's not a lot of characters. The only two characters, if you don't count the night visitor, are the husband and wife, and then story shifts between the two points of view. We get no hint of their daily lives as the story only concerns her desire to go to sleep and his increasing sense of loss and powerlessness.

The husband seems completely paralyzed. He sees his wife pulling away from him, and he sees something icky in the room, and yet his response is to ask his wife what happened and accept her saying that she doesn't recall. Other than that, he seems to stand by - sleep by? - and presumably hope it all sorts out.

I can't say I bought that. I'm not sure I know anyone, even the most passive person, who would really not say or do more than this character under the circumstances. I don't quibble with the husband feeling in over his head, or where the story ended up, but I don't believe the nearly complete inertia. I do suppose that inertia in a story about sleep has a certain poetry though.

Writing Style: 3 3/4 stars

The language in the story was nicely done. There's something about dreamscapes that brings out the baroque in writers and I love reading stories that capture that feeling. Dreaming, Not Sleeping because of the use of language felt sensual when needed and horrifying when needed. I believe horror is definitely a good match for the author's skills, I just wish that the depth of the story had matched her talent with words and her ability to set a mood.
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting story that makes your heart weep 21 November 2012
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I read this story thinking it was a Halloween horror type but what I found, quickly,it was more haunting than that. The author's lyrical quality immediately tangled within my own being. The author provides a glimpse into the realm of what lies beyond dreams for lovers battling a demon. I stopped reading this story a month ago and yet to remember the ending, each time, brings tears to my eyes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, erotic, and creepy 10 October 2011
By tucson_kap - Published on
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Dreaming, not Sleeping is a great mix of erotic passion and horror. I easily fell into each dream sequence and found the level of details interesting and well done. I sympathized with the character and chewed my knuckles the way I do when reading good horror. I highly recommend this short story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but a great read 5 June 2014
By davesangel - Published on
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the author had me turning the pages and wanting more. I would have loved for this story to go further.
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect horror story 3 March 2011
By Sue Roebuck - Published on
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I read this in bed and scared the living daylights out of myself! Lovers of horror will delight in this short read - it's well worth it - but you'll shiver as your worst fears are realized.