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A World Full of Strangers by Stephen J. Golds -- Book Review

A World Full of Strangers by Stephen J. Golds is a short story published on Bristol Noir.


While writing this review I was careful to not spoil it entirely for anyone because every reader deserves to have the same first impression as I did when I first read it.

The tragedy in life is that even when something gruesome happens the world will continue to go on as though nothing happened. Life doesn't pause.

When we die, however we die, the world continues to go on without us. The only mark we leave on this world is the scars we leave on others.

Author, Stephen J. Golds, writes in a way that offers an effortless read as well as one that sucker punches the reader. A World Full of Strangers is a story that you cannot help but get lost into its grim imagery.

The kid was dead by the time we got to him.

You can always tell from a story's opening line whether or not its a hit or miss.

Stephen J. Golds had my attention front and center in the first eleven words.


A World Full of Strangers follows a man who fails to save a boy from himself and witnesses that boy jump with a noose around his neck. This short story dives deep into the emotional turmoil that hangs over the protagonist's shoulders thereafter the suicide.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short story. From beginning to end of this enthralling read I was hooked by the specific imagery that makes a reader not feel like they are reading but that they are living the story alongside the characters.

The only bad thing I have to say about this short story was that it did not go on forever. I need a full length novel complete with between 60,000 to a 100,000 more words. I want a movie, I want a commentary, I want the whole damn franchise.

Any story that can draw me in as quickly as Golds had done and continue to even after it is finished is a story that is worth reading.

This is a quality of writing that reminds me of all of the books and authors that I have admired since I first understood what Transgressive Fiction and Dirty Realism were.

Stephen J. Golds is an ingenious writer that I believe is developing a classically unorthodox style. He is an author that I hope to continue to see more of in the future.

A World Full of Strangers is a dark, magnificently written, dangerously truthful piece of writing.

About the Author, Stephen J. Golds

Stephen J. Golds was born in London, U.K, but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life. He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling, boxing, and listening to old Soul LPs. Glamour Girl Gone his debut novel will be released by Close to The Bone Press January 29th, 2021.

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