This short story collection features a rare cast of characters flawed, foul mouthed, misguided and downtrodden, all of whom might be said to have, in one way or another, gone bad This is strong stuff, no holds barred and no punches pulled You wouldn t want to be sharing the last bus home with these people.Gone Bad has the distinctive flavour of north east England andThis short story collection features a rare cast of characters flawed, foul mouthed, misguided and downtrodden, all of whom might be said to have, in one way or another, gone bad This is strong stuff, no holds barred and no punches pulled You wouldn t want to be sharing the last bus home with these people.Gone Bad has the distinctive flavour of north east England and gathers together 18 titles, mixing flash fiction pieces with longer reads Within the pages you can meet a murderous little boy, a psychotic Scouse backing singer, and a wannabe crime fiction writer with a penchant for hands on research Add to that a dishonest lottery winner, predatory girlfriend, long suffering private detective and would be rapist and you re starting to get the lie of the land.Praise for Gone Bad This was a terrific read Highly recommended to any crime, drama, or thriller fans Smashwords Julie Morrigan is a rare find, tight smart prose used to tell dark, wildly entertaining tales of the darker side of the street I WANT MORE GoodReads Judging from this collection, it s safe to say that from the dark and gritty depths of urban noir a new queen has risen GoodReads
Gone Bad This short story collection features a rare cast of characters flawed foul mouthed misguided and downtrodden all of whom might be said to have in one way or another gone bad This is strong stuff
What Julie Morrigan does really well, exceptionally well, is structure her stories There is never a spare word, or a redundant description in her prose And she conjures the menace native to her fiction with ease from precise physical description I know how many legs you can take off a spider without crippling it, I know four different ways to set fire to ants These lines, from the opening and brilliant story Searching , set the tone for what is essentially a tight collection of nuggets from the [...]
The thing about Julie s stories is, there are two ways to enjoy them I read right through the first half of them and they impressed by their straight out character The logical progression of folks acting badly and being served a great big bowl of just desserts Serves em right those borrowing an Aussie term bludgers On the second half of the stories though, I took my time and and savored the tones, the settings and moods of the pieces As I read slowly through the second half I began to see the p [...]
Described by some as Brit Grit Noir, a description I love, Gone Bad is a collection of eighteen short stories The stories are dark and gritty, some with ending twists that might make you laugh Pick a Pig Night and It Could Be You both did that for me Other stories, like The Sins of the Father which is probably not what you d guess , have characters doing bad things where you can almost sympathize Clever and well written, if you re a fan of Noir, Gone Bad is definitely a keeper Originally written [...]
A few years ago my husband s work took him to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to help with the building of the Four Season s Resort He lived in Jackson Hole for two years, coming home on the weekends when he could and on occasion I would make the drive his way During one particular visit I presented him with a landscaping plan to complete the back and front yard we were in a newer home and the work still needed to be done in the back and I decided to add some different landscaping to the front while we we [...]
A weak hand grabs at my ankle I look down and his face is turned to look at me, all pleading eyes and bleeding nose Why does he think I d help him Keeping It Real Why indeed, as it quickly becomes apparent that the folks in the eighteen blistering stories in Julie Morrigan s collection, Gone Bad, are far from a warm, fuzzy, altruistic bunch.No, Morrigan has chosen instead to write a wickedly good group of stories which all revolve around some of the worst behavior and emotions which people are c [...]
Gone Bad is a collection of 18 short stories by Julie Morrigan Judging from this collection, it s safe to say that from the dark and gritty depths of urbane noir a new queen has risen Morrigan s stories are filled with traditional darkness, humanitarian horror, humour, torture and violence Keeping It Real is a perfect blend of noir and horror as an aspiring crime writer takes to torturing their victim to death for the purpose of capturing the perfect murder scene in their novel It Could Be You t [...]
This is an amazing collection of crime shorts that hits the ground running and doesn t let up til it has you breathless and begging for Desperate characters doing desperate things, tales of revenge creepy confessionals all race past at break neck speed All are told with verve and wit and most of them will have me coming back for Highlights include Devlin, Me Cherry B, Local Hero Twenty five Grand but all are worth your time and attention.I don t read short stories very often and when I have in [...]
I ve been dipping in and out of this collection over the past few weeks when I felt like a break from a novel or just fancied a little something to get my teeth into a little smackerel if you like.I ve really enjoyed spending time with Gone Bad It s populated by happenings which seem almost normal, but have been twisted out of shape into something tense, dark and dramatic.There aren t many happy endings, but there s a lot to think about and there is enought really dark tar humour to add contrast [...]
Gone Bad is 18 ball busting tales of nefarious and otherwise unseemly deeds from the warped mind of Julie Morrigan.In an interview, she gave a three word description of this collection sweary and violent I agree And that s how I like my fiction.At times hilarious, at times wrenching, and always moving at the speed of a cheetah on crank, this is a fun and freaky read Each story is about or at least includes someone who s gone bad thieves, rapists, murders, tranny beating arseholes, etc They re al [...]
If reading an Ian Rankin novel is like a long walk down a slightly spooky lane then reading Julie Morrigan s Gone Bad is like a short terror fuelled dash through the house of horrors with a machete wielding lunatic hot on your heels.These tales are short and deliciously nasty The characters are not people you will want to meet down a darkened alley Enjoyable stuff indeed No comfy, cosy, snugly endings here Julie keeps it real A great read and fantastic value for money with eighteen tales from th [...]
What a fantastic short story compilation Julie Morrigan is a master at leading you one direction and then turning everything on its head I couldn t do a breakdown for each story, and like with every short story collection I loved some than others and of course some had no effect on me at all What you get here though is a thorough understanding of the deepest darkest holes of human society, with a slight twist on what you might imagine might happen.
Julie Morrigan is a rare find, tight smart prose used to tell dark wildly entertaining tales of the darker side of the street She infuses fringe dwellers with both humor and that harder hat trick , humanity The only problem with this wonderful writer is, I can t find any other books by her I WANT MORE.
Dark, dirty and dangerous all of the characters in these stories fit that description 18 stories of desperation, danger and deceit and I just couldn t get enough of it Favourite stories were Sweet Charity , Devlin, Me Cherry B and Let s Dance.