Watch You Drown by Chris Rhatigan.

Chris Rhatigan, drunk on the moon, noir, Pulp Metal Fiction, Pulp Metal Magazine

If ever there was an American equivalent of the Brit Grit writings of, say, Nigel Bird or Luca Veste, then it must be the stories in this fantastic début collection.

With Watch You Drown, Chris Rhatigan  mixes up micro fiction, flash fiction and short stories that show us slices of life that are far from cosy and that pull a tattered rug from under the protagonists without a moments notice.

Rhatigan shines a torch on people at the bottom trying to dig themselves out of a hole and only getting deeper and deeper under. People with no hope. People with messed up ideas. And people who can’t help but screw up. Crime, noir, social realism, black comedy and more. Just like in life.

Watch You Drown is a dark, realistic and funny collection of tarnished gems from a very talented craftsman. Highly recommended.