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Dregs II: The Aftertaste by Rachel Jones

Book Blurb

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.

Best Book Editors Review

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?


About Rachel Jones

About the author

Writer of things that fascinate,

Rescuer of drowning flies.

Part-time human.









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