“Beneath the rule of men entirely great…” by John Ritchie

John Ritchie - Beneath

John is principally a Flash Fiction writer having been writing in this form for over six years. During this time he has written some 500 pieces most of which are currently in his WriteWords archive though a few are scattered around amongst the Doorknobs and BodyPaint Anthology, the Heavy Glow Anthology, an Every Day Fiction Anthology, MicroHorror, Bewildering Stories, Duck and Herring, Twisted Tales, Mytholog, and Five Minute Fiction.

John likes Flash Fiction for the intellectual challenges it offers. Flash Fiction has to be written within a thousand words or less and yet must be a complete story, with a beginning, a middle and an end. The great proponents of the art make it seem easy, but in reality it is a demanding discipline. You can decide for yourself how good John is when you read his stories here in PP&P.

John has occasionally been asked about themes and threads in his writing, but if there are any he hasn’t a clue what they might be. His stories are mostly character driven, so his theme, as far as there can be said to be one, is people’s interactions. Communication, or more exactly the infinite number of ways people mis-communicate and the consequences of those mis-communications fascinate him. A mistake in inflection, or a word used out of context can have far-reaching consequences and in that there are a thousand stories.

Some of the many books John has not written.

Some of the many books John has not written.

John doesn’t spend much time fine-tuning his work. What he writes down, apart from grammatical or punctuation errors which he, hopefully, finds and corrects, is what remains. In that sense he is more sculptor than painter, what he creates initially, stands. He feel this is not only more honest, it also removes the not insignificant risk of ruining, with endless fiddling, something that was right in the first place.

Some of John’s Published Work:
*****
Microhorror
Bewildering Stories
Doorknobs and Body Paint

Why are physicists looking everywhere for Dark Matter? John has it.

Why are physicists looking everywhere for Dark Matter? John has it.

The author's current residence. Bag End, Hobbiton

The author’s current residence. Bag End, Hobbiton

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8 thoughts on ““Beneath the rule of men entirely great…” by John Ritchie

  1. Oooh – a nasty end for Jonathan! A good little piece of flash.

    If I may make a comment regarding the image, John, I think it’s a bit close to the prose, as I knew what was coming.

    PS I love your wee house at Bag End! 🙂

    marion

  2. Pingback: John Duncan Ritchie • Belated Obit. | Parallel Oonahverse

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