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Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories

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Brutal. Compelling. Sinister.

From wheat farms, roadhouses, caravan parks and beaches to quiet suburban streets and inner-city apartments, award-winning author Deborah Sheldon tells distinctly Australian stories about violence, loss, betrayal and revenge.

Figments and Fragments includes three new stories written especially for the collection.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 18th 2019 by Ifwg Publishing Australia
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Lynda Dickson
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 18+
Shelves: short-stories
This is a collection of thirty-six dark short (and extremely short) stories.
In “Basket Trap”, Helen uses the survival skills her father taught her as a child in order to survive an ordeal in the Brazilian wilderness.
In “Risk of Recurrence” Dr. Wainscott diagnoses a patient with cancer but doesn’t get the reaction he expects.
“Family Album” details the poignancy behind a family photograph.
In ”Farm Hands”, Carl hires two men to do some work for him and gets more than he bargained for.
In “Blue Ligh
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Joshua Hair
Mar 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Technically, these stories were superb. The problem here is that the title is far too accurate; these are figments and fragments of stories, not full stories. Don’t get me wrong, what’s here is some excellent and intriguing writing, but many of these little vignettes offer little beyond a quick tease of what could be. In the end, I give it 3.5 stars for the high level of writing combined with the unfinished feel. I will still be checking out more of the author’s work.
Alyson Rhodes
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the latest collection from Australian award winning author Deborah Sheldon. There are about 35 short stories here including some flash fiction (i.e. pieces under 1000 words). Some of the short stories have been published elsewhere, revealing an impressive range of magazines and anthologies in Deborah Sheldon’s CV but there are three new stories written just for this collection as well.
I first came to a Deborah Sheldon novel when I read and reviewed (for the Horror Tree site) her bio-horr
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Allen James
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this collection, unlike others I've read all the stories were interesting, well written and engaging, not just one or two. ...more
Alex
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“White Powder” is an amusing conte cruel. “Lopping and Removal in Three Parts” is a nice postmodern exploration of the structure of revenge stories and the narratives that bloom from smaller, more sterile accounts. “Crazy Town is a Happy Place” does a nice Twilight Zone treatment with an unreliable narrator and explores the impacts and morality of treating dementia.
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I'm an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. I write short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum of horror, crime and noir.
Some of my award-nominated titles include the novels Body Farm Z, Contrition and Devil Dragon; the novella Thylacines; and the collection Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories. My collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories won the Australia
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