Mick’s crowing about his latest reviews for Arse(d) Ends, his first collection of darkly comic stories. I have a soft spot for the old boy, so I thought it might be an idea to give him a little update on MY website.
I know it’s a weird title. I know some people don’t like it, but Mick does and he’s sticking with it. You can’t deny the title suits the mood of each story. Mick is Celia’s alter ego. Remember him? You can find out more about him here.
One reviewer, Juliet on Amazon.co.uk has said the stories in Arse(d) Ends are ‘ a cross between Alan Bennett and Tales of the Unexpected.’
We like that. A lot.
There aren’t many words in the English language ending with the letters a.r.s.e. Mick took six of them as inspiration: Parse, Sparse, Enhearse, Coarse, Unrehearse(d) and Hearse.
These are stories with a twist. Humour with a hidden dagger. (Metaphorically speaking)
‘Even good people have a dark side that comes out every so often.’
Of course, Mick is more highly tuned into the things that are likely to go wrong, so while Celia moves on with her women’s fiction, Mick gets free rein in his own favourite shadowland.
The Dark Side
We’re not talking horror or fantasy or sci-fi. No. It’s more fantastical sic-fic. (I just made that up. Do you like it?)
Real life settings with real life characters but with some very odd situations – just like real life where dark and light and funny and sad can happen all at the same time.
So there are some unusual combinations in Mick’s stories.
and deadbolts feature in one story in the collection. According to Mick, it’s often these unusual combination of elements that make for the liveliest stories.
In another of Mick’s stories, Ted is sick to death of his wife’s hobby – making Teddy Bears. Who knew Teddy Bears could be so offensive?
A reviewer on Amazon France says there’s something Dahlesque about the tales in Arse(d) Ends. A wonderful compliment, but if you don’t believe me, the review is there for all to see on Amazon. fr. It’s a pity all the reviews don’t show across each platform so that whether a customer is buying from .com., .uk., or any other Amazon site, they’d be able to see all the reviews if they wished.
Here’s a link to the Amazon UK page where you can click to read a sample of the first story.
Alternatively, you can listen to a short reading here.
Should I mention Arse(d) Ends would make a lovely stocking filler?
Oh, go on then.
Arse(d) Ends would make a lovely stocking filler.
Till next time,