Bloody Gullets

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
333 Pages
Reviewed on 07/16/2016
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Author Biography

Michael Golvach is a freelance writer and author living in Grayslake, Illinois. He is the author of several books, screenplays and many short stories. When he's not busy sleeping, he's writing. Either that or working with other writers and, hopefully, making the world a better place. You can view his work on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and on his website

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

Bloody Gullets by Michael Golvach contains a group of stories that run the gamut from psychologically entertaining to philosophically astute to whimsically provoking; all of which will rock your mind. Mr. Golvach is blessed with an ability to write provocative stories, with a sprinkling of blood and gore that clarify several abstruse concepts of the human condition. I loved each and every one of the eighteen stories (one of which has three parts) but my favorites were:

“Believer” — where a prisoner practices a reverse form of mind control on a guard to get himself released. Included here is the abstraction that “We are hamsters. All of us. Running at breakneck pace on our wheels, trying to outrun ourselves. But the wheel never stops turning until we drop from exhaustion or death. All of us.”

“The trick is to feel like you believe what you say, and then believing what you feel. And, once you’ve figured out how to make yourself believe what you say, as fantastic as it seems, making other people believe what you say is easy.” A crafty bank robbery, an engaging interrogation, and a mind-boggling conclusion make “Led Dogs" one of my favorites.

“Infection Is The Game” is the last story in the book and ranks among my favorites as it describes the potentially horrific results of today’s explorations into mind-control technology. Mr. Golvach’s presentation of the concepts in this story is indicative of his authoring genius and understanding of the realities of the world in which we live. And the ending? Well...

These are stories I will read again and again. Each of them stands alone in character and concept - some are light, some are heavy, but they all provide insight into the human psyche and truths of human behavior. Exceptionally well written and edited. A great read.

Rabia Tanveer

Bloody Gullets by Michael Golvach is a collection of twenty short stories for those who love their books on the dark side. It is not gory, but it is dark where it matters. It is a collection of psychological thrillers that show you inside the dark spaces between the killer and his kills. Everything is not black and white, nor is it grey; sometimes it is red too. What I loved about this book is the fact that every single one of these stories has character. They have their own atmosphere that is thrilling and goose bump inducing.

Golvach did a great job with creating his characters; they weren’t sociopaths, but they weren’t exactly model citizens as well. In short, his characters are humans like you and me, and it just made this book that much likable and somewhat scarier. These stories are about surviving, fighting the inner demons and the dark elements inside each and every one of us. It is dark fiction without being gross and too bloody to stomach.

The story entitled Bloody Gullets was my favorite. From the beginning to the end, you have a complete story that piques your curiosity and makes you shiver. The three Dead Men stories were also really good. Darkness and Cruelty were dark enough to make you wish you were sitting with someone while reading them. This is an intense mix of stories that you will definitely keep with you and maybe give to friends who like to read dark stories too.

Stefan Vucak

In ‘Infamous,’ the first story in Michael Golvach's short story collection, Bloody Gullets, Stanley Mendlesohn, orphaned a year after his birth, is shunted from foster home to foster home. As he grew older, he recognized the evil around him and the temptations laid at his feet. He accepts the voice of God telling him that he must cleanse the world of sin. This leads him to a fatal confrontation with his latest foster parents. ‘Believer’ is an amusing rendition of a smooth talking prisoner who manipulates a hateful guard into believing that he is paroled and the guard releases him, which leaves the guard with an awkward explanation on his hands. With ‘Object Lesson’, Ray, a mob enforcer, is instructing a 20-year-old sidekick how to handle targets. He visits a victim who owes 5K, but the slob says he doesn’t have it and wants more time... In ‘Small Deaths,’ Marcus Freedman wakes up every morning with no recollection of what happened the previous day. A bookmark in a pulp novel tells him his name and the name of his current girlfriend, Beth. He wakes up in a motel room with a girl in his bed. She asks who is Beth? A real death right then would have been good. There is lots more for readers to discover in this collection.

In Bloody Gullets, Michael Golvach explores with effortless skill the macabre, the chilling and horrifying things that lurk within everybody, which sometimes force people into behavior that turns the blood cold. The stories are superbly written, taking readers along dark, twisted corridors of delusional and deranged minds, places where few dare to venture. I relished opening windows to spine chilling experiences waiting for me in Bloody Gullets. To relieve tension from some of the more morbid tales, Michael Golvach treats readers to several satirical, whimsical stories that raise a smile and a chuckle. Understandably, some readers may not be amused. I found this compilation thought provoking, sometimes startling, but always entertaining, leaving me wanting more.

Kim Anisi

Bloody Gullets by Michael Golvach is a collection of short stories of varying lengths. Some are very short, some not so short, but all have one thing in common: you don't know what you'll get. The stories explore the darker side of the human mind - what goes on in the mind of someone who robs a bank, but apparently did not? What goes on in the mind of a young man just out of foster care who seems to have a foster sister that wants to seduce him, but who might very well just be the devil in disguise? How much control do the voices in your head have over your actions? Who really controls you? Is there a difference between evil and good? The stories raise a lot of questions in the reader's head, and each story has its own strangely alluring atmosphere.

As far as the writing style goes, Bloody Gullets by Michael Golvach is great. For some reason, the writing just draws you in. This book is a good read for breaks in between when you are sick of the everyday short story that is just more of the same. The stories in Michael Golvach's Bloody Gullets are not light reading. They are short stories, yes, but definitely not light short stories. The stories will appeal to readers who like the darker side, who don't always want happy characters and happy endings.