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Ashley McCormack was brutally abused as a child, but she's found a way to thrive as the sadistic Assistant Coroner at the City of Changusay morgue. Convicts from a nearby maximum security prison get shanked on a regular basis, and Ashley loves to play with their remains, picturing her estranged father with every slice of her scalpel. When the morgue is updated with the new Ashley McCormack was brutally abused as a child, but she's found a way to thrive as the sadistic Assistant Coroner at the City of Changusay morgue. Convicts from a nearby maximum security prison get shanked on a regular basis, and Ashley loves to play with their remains, picturing her estranged father with every slice of her scalpel. When the morgue is updated with the newest in "environmentally friendly" human disposal systems, the Alkaline Hydrolysis HT500, a fellow member of her dark web death group makes an offer she can't refuse. No really, she can't.


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Ashley McCormack was brutally abused as a child, but she's found a way to thrive as the sadistic Assistant Coroner at the City of Changusay morgue. Convicts from a nearby maximum security prison get shanked on a regular basis, and Ashley loves to play with their remains, picturing her estranged father with every slice of her scalpel. When the morgue is updated with the new Ashley McCormack was brutally abused as a child, but she's found a way to thrive as the sadistic Assistant Coroner at the City of Changusay morgue. Convicts from a nearby maximum security prison get shanked on a regular basis, and Ashley loves to play with their remains, picturing her estranged father with every slice of her scalpel. When the morgue is updated with the newest in "environmentally friendly" human disposal systems, the Alkaline Hydrolysis HT500, a fellow member of her dark web death group makes an offer she can't refuse. No really, she can't.

49 review for Soup

  1. 4 out of 5

    Renée

    Mmm… soup.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie Duncan

    DAMN. If soup is what you want then soup you shall receive. Ashley works as a assistant coroner in a morgue and is dreaming about owning her own morgue one day. Her days are busy with dead bodies, taking little trophies from them so she can present them to her audience online later. Ashley only takes trophies from men that are rapists, wife beaters and child molesters. See, Ashley had a terrible childhood and her dad was truly a monster. Her fascination with death and dead bodies is better than an DAMN. If soup is what you want then soup you shall receive. Ashley works as a assistant coroner in a morgue and is dreaming about owning her own morgue one day. Her days are busy with dead bodies, taking little trophies from them so she can present them to her audience online later. Ashley only takes trophies from men that are rapists, wife beaters and child molesters. See, Ashley had a terrible childhood and her dad was truly a monster. Her fascination with death and dead bodies is better than any real social interaction. One day, she gets an offer. An offer that is truly bizarre to her. What will she do? I flew through the pages. Loved it. I WANT MORE OF ASHLEY! I love short stories/novellas but sometimes I crave more.. lol this is one of those. I want to write the Author and tell her that I need more of Ashley.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diana Richie (Indie Book Addict)

    Ashley works in a morgue and hopes to soon own her own funeral home. In the meantime, she takes little trophies from work and discusses things in a chat room with like-minded people that also have morbid curiosities. All is well until a certain individual messages with a special request. Will she cross the line? Ashley had a rough life and often flashes back to the abuse she endured. This also reflects in her work, as she takes things out on the pedophiles and murderers she tends to. She has very Ashley works in a morgue and hopes to soon own her own funeral home. In the meantime, she takes little trophies from work and discusses things in a chat room with like-minded people that also have morbid curiosities. All is well until a certain individual messages with a special request. Will she cross the line? Ashley had a rough life and often flashes back to the abuse she endured. This also reflects in her work, as she takes things out on the pedophiles and murderers she tends to. She has very dark thoughts and often acts on them sometimes without much thought. I personally loved her character. DeJonge did a wonderful job making her a little mysterious wrapped in a whole lot of wickedness. If you enjoy horror and are looking for a quick read check this one out. It might even please the extreme crowd a bit.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alison Sweet

    soup du jour ! Well goddamn!!! Read it. Period. This is brilliantly crafted and so outside the box! Kate you better be already writing the sequel !!! 🍜🖤

  5. 5 out of 5

    Iamthez

    One of the most unique takes on the whole dark web trope. The main character alludes to all sorts of horrific abuse in her childhood but instead of letting it control her, she takes charge, finding a way to process the trauma while creating an epic social media persona. One day she gets an offer that rattles her, and leaves her wondering how far is too far. The writing is flawless, and flows beautifully. there was obviously research done and it shows with the masterful descriptions of the goings One of the most unique takes on the whole dark web trope. The main character alludes to all sorts of horrific abuse in her childhood but instead of letting it control her, she takes charge, finding a way to process the trauma while creating an epic social media persona. One day she gets an offer that rattles her, and leaves her wondering how far is too far. The writing is flawless, and flows beautifully. there was obviously research done and it shows with the masterful descriptions of the goings on in the coroner's office. My only complaint is that it feels like there is more to the story that maybe wasn't as fleshed out. Some of the ending seemed a little deus ex machina, a bit too convenient. I think that would have been solved if it was a little longer. A great entry into the world of horror novellas! If you enjoyed Meat or Tender is the Flesh, you'll like this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    A short story unlike anything I've read before - you won't look at soup the same way. This one was recommended in a horror group im part of and seeking something different I picked this up. It was quick and easy to read. While the premise was horrifying there wasn't too much gore or graphic violence. The idea that people do this stuff though is enough to keep you up at night. The author writes a complex and interesting main character. Trigger warnings for child abuse and scenes involving dead bo A short story unlike anything I've read before - you won't look at soup the same way. This one was recommended in a horror group im part of and seeking something different I picked this up. It was quick and easy to read. While the premise was horrifying there wasn't too much gore or graphic violence. The idea that people do this stuff though is enough to keep you up at night. The author writes a complex and interesting main character. Trigger warnings for child abuse and scenes involving dead bodies. Although your probably not looking for a fluffy feel good book you selected this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Smith

    One of the reasons I don’t read many short stories is because they always seem to end just as I’m getting invested and this time is no different! I need more chapters! I’m not easily grossed out, but warning to those who are a little squeamish!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Miltos Theodossiou

    I enjoyed this immensely. Great writing, terrific story, well-paced, plus a satisfactory ending. It's short but delivers aplenty: a coroner with some interesting perversions and a true passion for the dead tries to handle her experiences of child abuse by taking parts from the deceased (mostly criminals and abusers). This escalates quickly when a new process for the disposal of human remains, aquamation, becomes the new standard in the office. Then a dark web fan of hers makes her an offer. What I enjoyed this immensely. Great writing, terrific story, well-paced, plus a satisfactory ending. It's short but delivers aplenty: a coroner with some interesting perversions and a true passion for the dead tries to handle her experiences of child abuse by taking parts from the deceased (mostly criminals and abusers). This escalates quickly when a new process for the disposal of human remains, aquamation, becomes the new standard in the office. Then a dark web fan of hers makes her an offer. What follows is gruesome and gross, but no extreme horror fan should miss it! 4.5 stars rounded to 5.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Derek Thomas

    Well this short story is something. It's visceral, raw and quite entertaining. While Ashley's morals are questionable at best, the desecration of corpses that she undertakes are done on the worst members of society. Therefore, it is understandable and less offensive. I will say that the story left me wanting more. Hoping we get a follow up so we can see what happens with Ashley's "improved" life. Well this short story is something. It's visceral, raw and quite entertaining. While Ashley's morals are questionable at best, the desecration of corpses that she undertakes are done on the worst members of society. Therefore, it is understandable and less offensive. I will say that the story left me wanting more. Hoping we get a follow up so we can see what happens with Ashley's "improved" life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erica Fields

    This was so good, left me wanting more!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy Shelton

    For a short novella, this one packs a punch. I loved how the storey intwines sadistic behaviour, with the cold hard truth of human emotion. It tells how trauma effects the human psyche and shows how this impacts our wants, desires and choices. With gore that will make you want to heave, this short storey really is a little black gem. Thank you for sharing this with me Kate, I'll be sure to check out your other creations. Good luck. For a short novella, this one packs a punch. I loved how the storey intwines sadistic behaviour, with the cold hard truth of human emotion. It tells how trauma effects the human psyche and shows how this impacts our wants, desires and choices. With gore that will make you want to heave, this short storey really is a little black gem. Thank you for sharing this with me Kate, I'll be sure to check out your other creations. Good luck.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Serenity

    Ok reads I enjoyed the girls morbid sense of thought. I just felt like the writer was pushing a political agenda with a good bit of it. It was an ok read for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jazmeow

    I really enjoyed this book! It wasn't as disgusting as I expected but I liked the premise and thought it was executed well. I even found myself rooting for Ashley and her future endeavors. Plus it's always nice to see Canadian locations in books! I really enjoyed this book! It wasn't as disgusting as I expected but I liked the premise and thought it was executed well. I even found myself rooting for Ashley and her future endeavors. Plus it's always nice to see Canadian locations in books!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charity Moore

    loved it Great little story! Straight to the point and makes me wonder if this is something that people actually do in real life 😳

  15. 5 out of 5

    Justin Boote

    Grabbed this short novella the other day and pretty much read it in one sitting. And if the plot was dark already, by the time I got to the last third or so, it definitely got darker! Ashley works as a morgue attendant, which is fitting as she has a morbid fascination with death. She's quite the introvert, few friends and preferring to share her disturbing 'hobby' with those on a social media platform called Darklings. Then a new tool for 'cremating' the remains is introduced and Ashley, after su Grabbed this short novella the other day and pretty much read it in one sitting. And if the plot was dark already, by the time I got to the last third or so, it definitely got darker! Ashley works as a morgue attendant, which is fitting as she has a morbid fascination with death. She's quite the introvert, few friends and preferring to share her disturbing 'hobby' with those on a social media platform called Darklings. Then a new tool for 'cremating' the remains is introduced and Ashley, after suggestions by someone on a dark web site, is given the opportunity to make a lot of money. But, of course, something goes very wrong when disposing of one of the corpses.... I don't know if Kate has worked in a morgue but the attention to detail is very well done, putting us right in the scene. And the title of this novella, Soup....well you gotta read this and find out why. A dark, morbid tale that questions morals and the lengths some people will go to experience new thrills. Excellent, quick read!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nell

    When I really enjoy a book, I consciously don’t allow myself to finish reading it. This way I foolishly can permit myself to enjoy the story longer. Since “ Soup” is a novella I read it in very measured doses. DeJonge doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable or hidden nastiness of the human psyche. Her characters are real and “fleshy” even though only a couple are outside of the internet domain. If you are a fan of the macabre and gross….yes gross! This is a story for you. It is the stuff of nigh When I really enjoy a book, I consciously don’t allow myself to finish reading it. This way I foolishly can permit myself to enjoy the story longer. Since “ Soup” is a novella I read it in very measured doses. DeJonge doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable or hidden nastiness of the human psyche. Her characters are real and “fleshy” even though only a couple are outside of the internet domain. If you are a fan of the macabre and gross….yes gross! This is a story for you. It is the stuff of nightmares and has you longing for a sequel. This character needs her own “business”. You will want DeJonge to make it happen. Eat it up everyone…..soup’s on!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Besonen

    Really liked the originality of this story, and the fact that it centered around one central location. I thought the dark aspects were interesting, but I did feel like the ending ended rather abruptly. I was expecting one more chapter and it just kinda ended. Despite that, I liked this story and definitely intend to peruse more DeJonge works!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sally Murrey

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sami Kiriazis

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Henger

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin Sheehan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Gonsalves

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Honeyblood🫀(Sarah)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brendon Lowe

  27. 4 out of 5

    LM Kaplin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brady

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brett Burkhardt

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lina

  31. 4 out of 5

    Quake

  32. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Rollins

  33. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  34. 5 out of 5

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  35. 4 out of 5

    Horace Derwent

  36. 5 out of 5

    Tara

  37. 5 out of 5

    renee wicker

  38. 4 out of 5

    Emilie

  39. 5 out of 5

    Jesica Lancette

  40. 5 out of 5

    Emma Griffin

  41. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Manning

  42. 4 out of 5

    Ian Gielen

  43. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Nicole

  44. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  45. 5 out of 5

    Franchesca

  46. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Derwin

  47. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

  48. 4 out of 5

    Callie

  49. 4 out of 5

    Eden Brower

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