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The Last Laugh by John Ritchie/Stacey Law

Art Credit - Stacey Law
Art Credit – Stacey Law

John Ritchie 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.

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 the many books John has not written.
Some of the many books John has not written.

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

The author's current residence. Bag End, Hobbiton
The author’s current residence. Bag End, Hobbiton


Stacey Law is an author of poetry and an artist. She published her own book of poetry, Beauteous be Poesy, available on Google, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. She has also been published in several anthologies such as Who’s Who in Poetry, Invoking the Muse, and Best Poems & Poets of 2005 and has won several awards. Her poem The Storm was just recently published in an exquisite book called Aqueous.
Stacey is currently working on another book, for which she is doing her own paintings. Some of her paintings are available for purchase; she can be reached via email at
Artist/Author Stacey Law

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