One story in particular buried itself in my mind and left me emotionally captured.
Hopefully Rachel is sitting at her keyboard working on her next collection.
Following hot on the heels of the magnificent “Dregs – The First Batch”, comes a new phenomenon.
“Dregs II – The Aftertaste”. Just when you thought it was safe to pick up an anthology again, here’s something very disturbing indeed.
Yes, it’s true!
Dregs is back; and this time it is wearing shoes.
As before, you will find poetry, short stories, angst, and thoughts about frost-bitten buttocks.
Everything you need to read, but nothing you want to think about.
Give it another go.
You know you want to.
This is a captivating anthology of short stories that immerse readers in a range of thought-provoking narratives. The storytelling seamlessly transitions between genres and themes. We go from sinister gnomes, through mythical goddesses, to life conditions. We have observational poetry, too. Something for every taste.
While never preachy, and often very funny, we can pull relevant meaning for coping with today’s society from the narrative. It’s funny, it’s sardonic, and sometimes it’s sad. Each story showcases the author’s ability to craft engaging plots and characters within the short story format. Was this book slightly darker than the first one? I’ve read both and loved them. Each diverse story is perfect for a short-of-time dib-in. You will never predict what’s coming next.
The prose is evocative, and laced with subtle social commentary, making these stories linger—the aftertaste. Most readers will find pieces that resonate with them, even if it isn’t based on personal experience. But haven’t we all experienced loneliness for instance? If you’re a fan of speculative fiction or enjoy well-crafted short stories that explore the complexities of the human experience, this anthology is a must-read. It will leave you waiting for more from the author. Dreggs III—The Washing Up?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2023
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.