This Ragged, Wastrel Thing by Tomas Marcantonio: Available now!





“I really enjoyed This Ragged, Wastrel Thing a dystopian noir set in gloomy, booze-drenched streets crawling with scoundrels. Tomas Marcantonio’s writing is slick and intoxicating.”

– Adrian J Walker –
Author of The End Of The World Running Club

This Ragged, Wastrel Thing is alive with colour, energy and vibrant language. Marcantonio possesses the rare ability of enticing the reader to turn the page, not only to discover what happens next, but to experience yet another visceral and original turn of phrase. A beautifully vicious read.”

Adam Lock
Author of Dinosaur

This Ragged, Wastrel Thing is a neon distorted, gritty reflection of humanity and its quest to find belonging – dystopian novels haven’t had it this good since Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale.”

Ross Jeffery
Author of Juniper and Tethered

“A beautiful mash up of grim noir and Japanese flare with a beating heart of motorhead vigilantes. It’s Sons of Anarchy meets Sin City.”

 – Dan Stubbings –
The Dimension Between Worlds

“A cinematic and theatrical neo-noir painting dripping old-school masters of the genre on to a new canvas using rare concentrated pigments. With beautifully rich backdrops, scenes and characters – it’s a real treat for the imagined senses.”

– John Bowie –
Bristol Noir

“Within the first pages of Tomas Marcantonio’s searing new book, we are utterly caught up in the crazed action of a world alight with neon fire. Filled with stunning imagery that blends beauty with horror, and sanity with absurdity, the language gives life to a world that feels so intensely realised it is as though we are walking the streets alongside Dag, Fairchild and co. With elements of Watchmen – particularly Rorschach’s diary – but also of Philip. K. Dick, and Ballard, This Ragged Wastrel Thing is entirely unique and never anything other than compelling and exciting.”

– Professor Wu –
Nothing In The Rulebook

“This Ragged, Wastrel Thing is a brilliant debut, wonderfully executed by Tomas Marcantonio. Not many futuristic noir novels can be described as retro but This Ragged, Wastrel Thing has pulled it off and it gives the book a really unique feeling. The odds are it wasn’t on your radar previously, but it needs to be.”

– Fallen Figs Book Blog – 

“The descriptions of Sonaya are extremely vivid and captivating; the blinding neon-lit streets, the dingy, seedy bars and alleyways, and the smells and sounds of the city which creates an atmosphere and tone that is incredibly unique and realistic. Marcantonio does a fantastic job at building a sense of tension throughout the book that culminates in the final pages – I cannot wait to jump back into the bizarre but wonderful world of Sonaya in the next two books of this trilogy.”

– On The Bookshelf –

“Tomas Marcantonio has written an entertaining noir that sits comfortably between ‘In the Miso Soup’ by Roy Murakami and ‘The Plotters’ by Un-SunKim. Dark black shadows splashed with blade runner neon nuances provide the perfect backdrop to a world alien to even the most adventurous tourist. Easy to read with clever turns of phrase, This Ragged, Wastrel Thing could be the start of a bold series.”

– Sebastian Collier –

“This witty, futuristic, dystopian noir has some fucking pair of legs! It hits the ground running and doesn’t let up until the very last page. It’s all drugs and guns and soju and sake; grungy bars and rooftop parties, metalhead biker chicks and corrupt politicians; revenge and deception and dark city underbelly. Sonaya is an absolutely brilliant and fascinating character all on its own, and our protagonist Dag is one of the most strangely likeable leads I’ve read in ages. Go and get yer mitts on this one!”

– The Next Best Book Blog –

After serving eleven years in The Heights for the murder of his childhood sweetheart, one-eared vagabond Daganae Kawasaki is finally free. But beneath the neon glare of a sprawling Sonaya, he soon discovers the backstreets are bursting with strange new shadows. Confronting plucky street orphans, bitter biker girls and down-and-out expats, Dag is swiftly embroiled in a fresh homicide case – and finds his murky past isn’t done with him yet.

This Ragged, Wastrel Thing is the first instalment of the Sonaya Nights trilogy; a new dystopian noir series set in the fictional city of Sonaya. Deep in The Rivers, through the winding web of neon alleys, we follow our troubled protagonist, Daganae Kawasaki, as he scours the streets to uncover the truth behind his eleven-year stint in The Heights. But will his search for answers in the dingy basement bars and seedy homework clubs finally distinguish friend from foe, right from wrong, or will he uncover more bitter untruths than ever before? Will he finally find freedom from the pain of his past or will new revelations ignite a lust for revenge? Discover a new voice in modern noir fiction and join Dag on his painful pursuit for salvation and sake.

“The Rivers. A spiderweb of alleys for the drunk and destitute, weaved together from stones and shadow. Winding backstreets forking off like rotten veins plunging into every shady corner. The greasy smell of glass noodles and exhaust fumes from late night scooters. Neon blinking on every grimy surface and crooked alleys disappearing into a black and sorry night. Home.”

Daganae Kawasaki – 
This Ragged, Wastrel Thing

Tomas Marcantonio is a novelist and short story writer from Brighton, England. He graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Language and Film, and his fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, both online and in print. Tomas is currently based in Busan, South Korea, where he teaches English and writes whenever he can escape the classroom. You can follow him on Twitter @TJMarcantonio.
(author photo by Seung-Jin Yeo)

You can discover more about Tomas Marcantonio and read a selection of his previously published short stories and poems further down the page.

The publication of This Ragged, Wastrel Thing marks a very special milestone for STORGY Books. In 2019 we published our very first short story collection by a single author; Hopeful Monsters by Roger McKnight, and a little under a year later, we are immensely proud to publish our very first novel; This Ragged, Wastrel Thing by Tomas Marcantonio. Both Hopeful Monsters and This Ragged, Wastrel Thing demonstrate our dedication to discovering new talent and publishing emerging authors from across the world. We are committed to our authors, from first publication in STORGY Magazine, to subsequent publication by STORGY Books. We love the words of our all our talented authors and we hope you love them too.
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Recent reviews of
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Bristol Noir

The Dimensions Between Worlds

On The Bookshelf

Nothing In The Rulebook

Fallen Figs Book Blog

Gnome Appreciation Society

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Tomas Marcantonio’s previously published short stories and poems. Enjoy…

Red Hair and Rain
Toasted Cheese Literary Journal – June 1, 2017

One Piercing Eye
Limnisa Short Story Competition – 2017

Firefly Magazine, Issue 13 – March 3, 2018

Last Embers
The Fiction Pool – March 27, 2018

The First Step
The Cabinet of Heed – May 27, 2018

Wild Hairs
Okay Donkey – July 13, 2018

The Tumbadora
The Blue Pages – September 6, 2018

The Artist
Soft Cartel – September 18, 2018

The Eros Bar
Schlock Webzine & Schlock Quarterly – September 23, 2018

Just Married on Brighton Pier
X-R-A-Y Magazine – October 19, 2018

Plastic Lives
Exoplanet Magazine, Issue 2 – December 2018

When Summer Came to Brighton
Ghost City Review – March 30, 2019

one star, three times daily
Lucent Dreaming, Issue 4 – May 15, 2019

Metaphorosis Magazine – May 31, 2019

The Breakout
The Cabinet of Heed – June 11, 2019

Above the Ginkgo Trees
Twist in Time Magazine, Issue 4 – July 1, 2019

The Festival of the New Moon
Schlock Webzine & Schlock Quarterly – September 22, 2019

Metaphorosis Magazine – January 17, 2020

Reflex Fiction – April 3, 2020

About Time
‘Lost’ Anthology, Creative Writing Institute – December 4, 2017

The Superhero
Exit Earth, Storgy Books – December 2017

First Untruths
Ellipsis Zine ‘Two’ – May 24, 2018

Song of the Redwoods
Tales of the Forgotten World – November 16, 2018

To Brighton Pier
Ellipsis Zine ‘Five’ – March 2019

Ellipsis Zine ‘Six’ 2119 – October 31, 2019

Storgy Flash Fiction Competition – December 2, 2019

Trial of the Six
The Colored Lens – April 7, 2020

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