Mayhem: selected stories

Mayhem cover

SATALYTE PUBLISHING CLOSED ITS DOORS ON FEBRUARY 2ND, 2017. MY SHORT STORY COLLECTION, ‘MAYHEM: SELECTED STORIES’, IS OUT OF PRINT AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Satalyte Publishing released my crime-themed collection, ‘Mayhem: selected stories’, in February 2015 as part of their Women’s Author Month. My collection is available both as an e-book and a paperback. Most Satalyte titles are available in brick-and-mortar Australian bookshops. For further information, here is a link to the Satalyte Publishing website with their in-house purchasing options: http://satalyte.com.au/product/mayhem-selected-stories-deborah-sheldon/

Here is my author interview: http://satalyte.com.au/2015/02/interview-author-deborah-sheldon/

And the listing with the Australian Crime Writers Association: http://www.austcrimewriters.com/releases/mayhem-selected-stories%20by%20deborah-Sheldon

BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB:

Dark: gritty: fierce.

A farmer is confronted by two desperadoes; a tourist does her terrible best to evade a tracker and his dog; a teenager discards his civilised mask inside a lonely roadhouse.

This collection of 28 short stories propels the reader through a kaleidoscope of Australian lowlife. In a range of styles, from dirty realism to noir, Deborah Sheldon pens the kind of fiction that is tough enough to shock, yet tender enough to hurt.

An exploration of what it means to be human in the face of brutality, Mayhem: selected stories, is perfect reading for pulp novices and crime aficionados alike.

Praise for Deborah Sheldon:
“[This is] short fiction told masterfully. Sheldon’s stories have that rare ability to speak volumes between each word. There are pieces of life’s puzzles the reader must complete, wonderfully unsettling strips of humanity that linger in the mind long after closing the book.” – Craig Bezant, Dark Prints Press

“Deborah Sheldon explores the rich vein of violence that runs through Australian society… The merely disconcerting and the deadly are juxtaposed and those who don’t know the difference, pay the price.” – Antonia Hildebrand, Polestar Writers’ Journal

“Sheldon specialises in the little moments that reveal the chaos and terror beneath.” – Elizabeth Rutherford-Johnson, The Short Review (UK)

WHERE TO BUY ‘MAYHEM: SELECTED STORIES’:

Paperback

Ebook

 

EXAMPLES OF READER REVIEWS:

Martin Cosby – 4 out of 5 stars:– This collection of short stories by Deborah Sheldon knocked me for six. At times challenging, realistic, creepy, evocative, shocking and yet always highly literate, it is one of my reads of the year. There really is something within for every reader of dark fiction – I read this collection more or less in one go and I would wager you will do the same. Highly recommended.

CRIME FACTORY MAGAZINE: REVIEW

http://www.thecrimefactory.com/2014/10/crime-factory-issue-16-out-now/

‘Mayhem’ is a collection of twenty[-eight] stories by Melbourne author, Deborah Sheldon, that focus on the darker elements that exist under the surface of the Australian landscape. Brutal and broken characters populate the urban and rural settings of Mayhem. These figures are the product of violence and corruption and Sheldon skilfully explores the fallout that results from their questionable actions. The first two stories ‘Farm Hands’ and ‘Griselda Gosh’, one about a violent encounter between a farmer and a pair of transients and the other about a young girl standing up to her abusive mother, make for a bit of a shaky opening. It isn’t until the third offering, ‘Basket Trap’, about an Australian tourist who is kidnapped in Brazil, that Sheldon starts to hit her stride and from here she pulls us into a world occupied by drug dealers, drifters and cold blooded killers.

Sheldon has a real knack for saying a lot with a simple sentence and often hints at entire stories hidden with a casual detail. It is what she doesn’t say and her restraint in elaborating that makes some of these stories truly compelling. I also found those that dealt not with crime and violence but rather with dark experiences like ‘Waiting for the Huntsman’ and ‘Blue Light Taxi’ were the stories that resonated with an intangible and unsettling dread. From the run down caravan parks and outback wheat fields to the inner city restaurants and suburban blocks, Mayhem is quintessentially Australian without crossing over into cultural cringe. As is sometimes the case with short story collections, ‘Mayhem’ is a bit of a hit and miss affair. However, whether or not you’re a fan of Sheldon’s writing, there are more than enough gems on display here to warrant picking this anthology.

– Addam Duke

 


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