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The Pirate (Bloodlands Collection) – Book Review

Published Date: June 28, 2018

Publishing Co.: Amazon Original Stories

Pages: 67

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“In 1860, a sloop drifted into New York Harbor. Not a soul on board—just blood from cabin to deck. Looted coins led to Bowery thug Albert Hicks, the ax slayer who turned his shipmates into chum.

His crimes were absolutely fiendish. His execution was pure ballyhoo. It drew nearly ten thousand bloodthirsty sightseers to the city—including the enterprising showman P. T. Barnum. Refreshments were served as the most notorious and unrepentant mass murderer of the era made history as one of America’s first celebrity killers.”

I hope you’re not tired of hearing me talk about Last Podcast on the Left because here I go again….

I read this purely based on the fact that Marcus Parks of LPOTL, always highly recommends this author and frequently uses Schechter’s works in his research.

The Bloodlands Collection is also on Kindle Unlimited so I had nothing to lose by checking out this short story.

Historical true crime fans, dig in. It’s great.

Fire and Flesh – Short Story Review


Published Date: October 24, 2016

Publishing Co.: Self published

Pages: 109 (Most of it is a peek at Beyond Redemption.)

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

If a story starts with a character tearing strips of his rotting flesh off and tossing it overboard to feed the fish, you know you’re in for a good time. A good time if you like dark, disturbing things. Which, I do.

One man who burns people alive at a small release of his power and another man, his flesh slowly rotting away while he never dies, travel by ship at the King’s command. One must destroy the other if he becomes too insane. But when both of you are losing your grip on sanity, how do you decide who is more insane than who?

This is a short story of depression, insanity and unstable power, set in the world of Beyond Redemption. This is a good place to decide whether you can handle the dark world Michael R. Fletcher has created.