From Going Bad to Worse

More short stories. I love these. Quick reads that pack a wallop.

Some of these tales are like flash fiction while some are longer. All are dark, twisted and shocking.

It starts off with Searching, a search for a missing girl, this story lets you know what you’re in for.

The people are diverse, a thieving grandson, trans bashers, rapists, debt collectors and bad  priests, nobody you really want to know.

The author managed to catch me on many of these. You’d think being so short, I would see the end coming, but with some of them, I didn’t. That’s the fun thing about this collection.

I especially liked Let’s Dance and Watching, but this collection of urban noir with a Brit flavor has something for everyone. I didn’t “meet” a story I didn’t like in Gone Bad.

Got to warn ya, these stories are all too real and come from the dark underbelly of humanity. They are nail-biting, cringe at the thought tales. Nothing warm and cuddly here.

About Julie Morrigan

Variously described as a crime writer, Brit Grit writer–and even “the new queen of urban noir”–Julie’s short stories have been printed in respected publications such as Bullet, Out of the Gutter, and Blink Ink, and online at such venues as A Twist of Noir, Thrillers Killers & Chillers, Powder Burn Flash, Pulp Metal, At the Bijou, and Darkest  Before the Dawn.

Julie’s first short story collection, Gone Bad, and her first novel, Convictions, were met with acclaim from readers world-wide–both appeared in the Gift Magazine readers survey for the best books of 2011, while Convictions was voted as one of the top five books of the year by crime and thriller fans at the Crime Fiction Lover website.

2011 also saw the publication of Julie’s latest novel, Heartbreaker(the thrilling story of the excess, betrayal, and guilt behind an English rock band), short story collection, The Writing on the Wall(a collection of weird and spooky tales guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine) and a new anthology of crime shorts entitled Show No Mercy. Julie’s next title will be Darke, a novel about a stage magician who has sealed a satanic pact. The stakes are high, there’s everything to play for, and there’ll be the Devil to pay if the game is lost.

Got to get me some of these. To purchase these books, just click on the images.

Short and Sweet?

I have great respect for authors who write short stories. Compressing so much detail into a quick, compelling story takes true talent.

L. Vera tells this story in a unique way, as personal diary entries, and I really enjoyed it. Well written and easy to follow, it is, literally, the diary of a madman.

The author’s choice of cover art is perfect. After all, it is a diary.

Todd Casil’s life is spiraling out of control. Experiencing episodes of missing time, he begins to question his own sanity when he discovers missing pages in his personal diary and entries he did not make. Who is killing the people around him, and why does he keep seeing green eyes?

Pulled into Todd’s life, I began to dread the conclusion that was racing towards me as I turned each page. You will too.

Also included are two bonus short stories.

I Hate Every Beautiful

This story will make you ask yourself whether you believe in coincidence or fate. The lives of 6 people are about to converge in a min-blowing final scene. The author knows how to wrap up an ending!


Henry awoke to find himself lying on the floor of his apartment. His attempt at suicide was a failure, just like his life.

An emergency broadcast on the TV warns everyone to stay indoors. Darkness has descended on the planet and there is something in it.

Now Henry must decided if he wants to live or die.

Open this book and prepare yourself for a gut-wrenching, edge of your seat buffet. L. Vera wastes no words, keeping these stories short and sweet. Well, maybe not sweet.

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