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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Within these pages you will meet an array of characters. Choices are made that will change lives. Are they right or wrong? You decide. Each brief story deliberately distills a life’s essence. Mika Sugano’s original drawings compliment D. K. Cassidy’s flashes of fiction, heightening these refreshing ideas and themes on the page.

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Kindle Edition, 122 pages
Published July 18th 2014 by Pluvio Press (first published July 15th 2014)
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Jana Petken
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spilt Milk is delightful, disturbing, engrossing, and highly entertaining. Each story is brilliantly written. The paragraphs do not contain long phrases or prose, instead they hit the spot, with sheer descriptive and impressive writing. I found a writer's courage in each story. Ms Cassidy goes beyond the realms of reality, striding to bring just that something a little bit extra to her readers.

The characters in each story are often dark, verging on evil, suffering and desperate, however if you
Jennifer Theriot
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I had just finished Curious Reality by this author and decided to move into Spilt Milk. The title kind of screams "Read Me!" and I'm so glad I did. The idea of short stories is ideal for me, since my reading is done via my Kindle on my daily commute to and from work. I totally devoured this.
Dark and thought provoking are but a few of the descriptions that come to mind and I can't believe how these stories grabbed me. I was drawn in and felt like I had to keep going as I fell in love with
Chris Rose
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As with finishing any proper, great read, I’ll ‘sit around’ awhile; I’ll wallow in reflection of what’s just gone; spend time before moving on to something else – in a kind of regret that the book has come to an end, I guess; my glass is never half-full at these times, something’s over, never to be repeated. Now, when it comes to a brilliant collection of short stories, I feel even worse, and that’s because the short story is a mode/genre of writing I know I’ll never conquer. I feel envious, ...more
Brenda Perlin
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Spilt Milk: A collection of short stories” by Author D. K. Cassidy is a rich collection of well thought out pieces that reach deep. I loved the sweet illustrations and the clever title. I was instantly pulled in. This is a well done creative book which stories pulled on my heartstrings. Biting, at times. I felt so many different emotions as I read each stoey. I was moved and touched by the authors voice.

These short stories pack a punch. There is depth to the writing and it would be difficult
Gale Stanley
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Each story in this collection is a peek into someone’s slice of life. Some are shocking, all are thought-provoking. The situations are varied, and the characters are young and old, male and female, but the author manages to make a deep impression with each one and despite the brevity, I was vested in each story because Cassidy has a talent for squeezing an enormous impact into a few pages. When certain characters cross paths, it makes for riveting reading. Well done! I look forward to reading ...more
Robert Jr.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spilt Milk: A Collection of Stories (Kindle Edition)
SPILT MILK is a collection of short stories where each one takes you on a trip into its own unique world. These stories are not mundane, they are bold and far reaching - touching parts of lives that are often times ignored or brushed over with the shrug of a shoulder because the implications are a mystery or confusing, while in all reality they should be examined closely - mulled over in one's mind to pull the truth, feelings, and inner
Jennifer Loiske
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Flash fiction in its best! A marvelous collection of urban gothic stories, a fast read and a perfect book to pick up whenever you feel like taking a short break from the reality.

D.K. Cassidy has managed to squeeze quite impressing collection of thought provoking stories into this book. Each of them being different and taking the reader to a journey of someone else’s life. Very refreshing and powerful! If you think the short stories are kind of meh, think again! I can highly recommend these
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The author has crafted a selective collection of short stories {Spilt milk} that are thought provoking and the story of SuperFriends is thoroughly intriguing from the very start; I must admit I somehow like the lines when George the main character starts playing his game; There’s the mother-son bond readers would connect to and on the whole, Author has done a fantastic job in articulating the characters and base line of the story. Look forward to read more of her work. I was given this book to ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spilt Milk is a sly, engaging read. It contains a dozen literary slices of life. Each story is written in the author's lean, economical style, which casts a penetrating gaze on what at first seems a fairly ordinary scenario, but which invariably resolves in a way that leaves the reader feeling slightly out of kilter. Spilt Milk is well worth you time and money. Highly recommended.
Heather Osborne
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Spilt Milk: A Collection of Stories by D.K. Cassidy is a dark compilation of twisted tales. Several of the stories stem around George, an obese collector of things and Caleb, a young man who has an almost psychopathic streak. As the collection begins, we see stories that explain what happened during the childhoods of these two men. Subsequent stories provide insight into their lives as they grow up. Intermixed into these bizarre tales are stories ranging
P.J. Fiala
Several stories which depict slices of people's life.
A thought-provoking and clever look at how people handle situations. D.K. Cassidy has done a fabulous job of getting these stories on the page.

Joey Paul
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SPILT MILK is a collection of short stories. Some of which seem to interlink with each other. They include the birth of a child not wanted, the story of a young man who lives in his closet for safety and other stories, such as the one about a woman who feels she is free of her disability when she's in the water. I thoroughly enjoyed each little snippet and put together they make an excellent collection, allowing you to dip in and out of worlds that have been created for your enjoyment. D. K ...more
Sep 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Obviously my review of this book is to the extreme opposite of its other reviews. I found the book boring and trying, making it very difficult to get through. The stories and their characters are forgettable. I'm not going to go into details about the book ( you can read that in any of the other book reviews). Sad to say but this book is a dud.
Marika Germanis
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Within these pages you will meet an array of characters. Choices are made that will change lives. Are they right or wrong? You decide!
I was vested in each story because Cassidy has a talent for squeezing an enormous impact into a few pages. Well written and thought through. A great collection of creepy stories. Highly Recommended.
I was gifted this book for and honest review.
David Cook
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of twelve stories. Brilliantly told and evoked so many emotions. Flash fiction at its best.
Suzanne Steele
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great set of short stories...
Amalie Jahn
Quick read. Loved the way the author approached each topic. Made me think. Highly recommend.
Othen Cummings
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A collection of short stories and every one of them were very fulfilling. I will be browsing through this many times!
Bridgitte Lesley
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking - most definitely! A brilliant collection of stories!
This is a collection of gothic stories, that are unusal and thought-provoking. Stories are borderline disturbing, yet engrossing. The writing is descriptive to the imagination, yet do not contain long passages or phrases. The author takes you beyond the realm of reality.
The characters are quite dark, bordering on evil; however, if you scrutinize you will find the reality and truth underneath these disturbed minds. It gives a sneak peek into someone else’s minds and thoughts. Such people need
Kelsey Bohl
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I judge a good book by how long the story or, in this case stories, will stay in your mind after you finish, and this book will definitely stay with me forever! It’s a book that needs to be read more than once. When I read the description on Goodreads, I wasn’t too wild about it, but looking at the reviews it had all 5 star reviews, so I decided to give it a try. It was AMAZING! Spilt Milk is a collection of 12 different stories and only about 100 pages. I took a few days to read it, so I could ...more
Terry Reid
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spilt Milk is a collection of short stories by US writer DK Cassidy. On the surface of it the tales told within its pages seem to follow very different characters contending with very different situations and daily lives. But if you read it all the way through a lot of the characters actually cross paths: sometimes in major ways, sometimes in minor.

Something a lot of short stories struggle to do is build personality in their characters simply because of the limitation of space. However, DK
Stephany Tullis
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
DK Cassidy describes her urban graphic collection as "stories that are droll, horrible, and thought provoking." As you read this well written collection of short stories you are forced to think! The stories are cryptic yet powerful. Each brief tale thrusts the reader into the world of each character. Ms. Cassidy entices the reader with her unique storytelling style...where you meet the characters as they are. She challenges you to judge, accept, reject, or love...

I did not know what to expect
Dolores Ayotte
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spilt Milk: A Collection of Short Stories by Author Deborah Kappes-Cassidy

What a unique and captivating variety of short stories by Author D. K. Cassidy. I had no idea what to expect when I opened the pages to read Spilt Milk but I was immediately drawn into each short story as they unfolded. From an addicted young woman in labor about to give birth to Caleb, then on to the story of George, a young boy with a penchant for stealing…each tale grabbing my attention right from the onset. Octopus
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spilt Milk reminded me of being back at school - you know, those short stories that looked like nothing much but when you looked deeper, you discovered some real life themes that you could write a 3,000 word essay on.

The topics the author covers are in no means light hearted! They’re deep, a little disturbing but remarkably poetic.

My favourite thing about short story collections is that you’re able to like some and not like others - and that’s ok. My favourite personally was the cinderella one,
James Chalk
This aptly named collection of excellent short stories gives the reader brief, but illuminating glimpses of the various characters’ lives. The stories are exceptionally well written and extremely thought provoking. The author’s prose is clean, succinct, and captivating. Each story examines some important aspect of the human condition leaving the reader with plenty to contemplate and relate to. But, don’t misunderstand this is not a stogy philosophical tomb! Quite the opposite, these
Anna Burke
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spilt Milk is an intriguing title for an intriguing book. A collection of well-written short stories, each is dark, moody, and provides an unusual take on a sometimes disturbing vision or point of view on life. I normally don't read books with themes that run as dark as those explored in this book, but I found the writing and the originality kept me engaged. If you like dark and moody, quirky, even deeply disturbed characters then this book is for you and I highly recommend it. Even if it's not ...more
Ju Ephraime
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spilt Milk, collection of short stories by D. K. Cassidy is quite appropriately titled. I was not sure what to expect with a title like that. I thought it was a children’s book; but far from it. Although, all the characters in the stories have a certain child-like quality about them, whether real or imagined, the underlying theme in this collection of short stories is psychological dependency in some form or other. The author did a great job of keeping the reader turning the pages in this book ...more
Alan Hardy
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A series of tightly-observed, blunt and evocative stories, etching scenes and penning characters against a background of poverty, destitution, and dysfunctional parents, families and individuals. There are stories centred on childbirth; a child stealing toys and books, and progressing on to girlie magazines; let alone a quirky take on Cinderella. A number of stories revolve around the same characters, tales relating a life of squalor, despair, victimization, crime, imprisonment, and ultimately ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful collection of stories that doesn't pull any punches. The characters are well drawn and evoke attention. Some of them are not so nice, but all of them are fascinating. An added thrill is when a character from one story crosses the path of another in a different story and the reader gets to see the person through a whole new set of eyes.

This is a book that makes a person think. There is deep meaning in all the stories and much like peeling an onion, the more intense the
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D.K. Cassidy has been scribbling stories since she was a child and loves to write in various genres including Magical Realism, Urban Gothic, Science Fiction, and Literary Fiction. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington.

D.K. Cassidy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her greatest fans: her husband Mark, twin sons Aidan and Jared, and three cats. When not writing,
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