girls would twine their hair together: best friends since time out of
their minds, approximately when Happy Days ruled the airwaves. Blonde
into brown; sweet hay against dried tobacco;flaxen gold unweaving from
a spinner's wheel. "
Reviewed by John D. Ritchie
describes stories of less than 1500 words. One often quoted example is
Ernest Hemingway’s six-worder. “For sale: Baby
shoes. Never worn.” This is an extreme example as most Flash
Fiction is a good deal longer, but it does serve to illustrate that
what you will read is not only extremely short but extremely clever.
These are tales where every word counts and often counts more than
once. These are stories that are written with a special kind of reader
in mind. A reader who is willing to invest some time and effort in
teasing out the deeper meaning of the piece. A reader who is prepared
to accept a brief description and colour in the rest themselves. That
these stories work at all is a tribute to the extraordinary talent and
skill of the people who write them and the
extraordinary imagination and patience of the people who read them.
When the two come together the result is magical.
HeavyGlow Flash Fiction: Two Years Burning Brightly is a collection of
Flash Fiction stories taken from the e-zine HeavyGlow that for two
glorious years offered a wonderfully rich and
eclectic mix of stories of every conceivable genre and style. Science
Fiction rubbed shoulders with Romance. Conflict cosied up with Horror.
You never knew when you entered a story where it would spit you out,
but you always knew that each and every story would leave you
irrevocably changed. The HeavyGlow web site has been bookmarked on my
computer since the day I first discovered it and has been required
reading ever since.
The first print anthology of this virtual magazine was produced in mid
2007 and is well worth acquiring regardless of whether you get an
actual hard copy or the PDF version. There are fifty-nine stories in
total re-printed exactly as they originally appeared. This is important
as none of these stories is more than 750 words long and they are all
honed to a fine edge.
In keeping with minimalist nature of the work this volume does not have
any decoration or illustrations. There is nothing to create images in
your mind until you dip into the stories themselves and there you will
find much that is rich and strange.
D. Ritchie has been a writer for as long as he can remember and a
reader for a while before that. He has written over two hundred pieces
of Flash Fiction and has published around a tenth of them in e-zines
and print publications in the United States and in Great Britain.
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