Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, One Two wins the 2017
Millennium Book Award
When the average circular saw tears through flesh, meat or anything that lives, breathes and bleeds, no matter how long you let it run afterward, the teeth will be sparkling clean when it finally comes to a stop. But the evidence of the damage is still there. Because of its functional design, the blood wells up in the gullets. Those places where the teeth intersect. The stories in this collection don't represent the teeth. They represent the spaces in between. The places where things can get ugly. Still, and this is just common sense, watch out for the teeth. Without them doing the heavy lifting, the gullets never get fed. More importantly, let me ask you this;_
When every day is your first, how can you be sure it won't be your last?
If God and the Devil worked together to achieve world peace, how could we to stop them? And why would we?
How can you ever really exact revenge on a dead man?
And how many times is enough?
Are you ready to find the answers?
Anthologies have to consolidate, to ensure that every word is meaningful, and that’s certainly the case with Bloody Gulletts where Michael Golvach treats his readers to an enthralling collection of bite-sized mind benders. Each one telling its story so strongly through the lives of superbly nuanced characters, that we not only forgive the brevity of Golvach’s words, but welcome the suspension of disbelief without question. Readers familiar with his novel Missing Pieces will know there is an impressive tonal quality to his work which makes it quite distinguishable and once again he uses this to powerful effect. This is a darker realm he takes us into and whilst the bloodletting is indefatigable it never displaces meaningful character development, or equally as important, narrative ingenuity. He gives us atmosphere and apprehension, but ensures sensational shocks are measured. In doing so he ratchets up the tension time and time again, commanding our contemplation and unease throughout.
Simply excellent, Bloody Gullets proves a genuine jewel amongst its anthology counterparts and perfect for those who easily get bored with longer fiction. Recommended without reservation it deserves to be at the top of your ‘to read’ list for the weeks ahead.
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