Flames

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A woman finds the form of her missing lover in the flames of a fire, but lacks caution as to what they can consume. More

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About N. J. Greenfield

Nicholas is an English-Australian writer born in the UK who moved to Sydney, Australia at seventeen and remained there till the call of overseas adventure replaced a sense of complacency at home. Six years later and he has lived in Paris, Düsseldorf, Mexico City, Cottbus, Rome and Aachen. Embracing both the isolation and discovery of such a transient life, Nicholas’ short stories channel a grounded form of magic realism, while his longer works lean more toward suppositional fiction, exploring themes of personal transformation and urban dystopia upon backgrounds of suspenseful mystery.

In 2014, Nicholas published his first short story, Persephone, alongside Thomas Ligotti in the international publication, Die Novelle. That short story was a featured read of the influential Wattpad group, Literary Fiction, where it was described as ‘like looking at a painting by a master artist.’ Such attention soon led to it being picked to become part of the International Indie Collection published by Self-e and distributed to American libraries in late 2015. A second short story, Flames, was published on the intercultural writer’s website, www.cecileswriters.com in April 2016, followed by a companion piece to Persephone titled, Hades, appearing in Michelle Jo Quinn’ anthology Hearts On Sleeves, a collection which amassed over 250,000 reads on Wattpad. Later this year, the surrealist Snow, will feature in Katie Wyatt’s photo book, And In My Dreams, to be published by Inspiritus Press, while a contribution to R.S. Kovach and Evan A. Jordan’s new project, The Decameron 2.0, is also being prepared for publication in December. The flash fiction story, Fragment, is to be included in in Centum Press’ upcoming One Hundred Voices’ anthology, Volume 2, while one of his earlier works, The Beat, will be published by the online magazine, Fictive Dream, in early 2017.

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Review by: Jodi Birmingham on July 23, 2015 :
Flames is, truly, a wonderful read and a literary work of art. It’s a beautiful love story told after death has claimed a lover. The author, Nicholas John Greenfield, is fluent in the art of narrative imagery, allowing his readers the ability to fully experience everything his subject is experiencing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: KristenSto on July 22, 2015 :
This short story will truly captivate your senses with its emotional imagery. It conveys the emotional journey one takes to mourn a loved one. The language will fill you with its emotional intensity and melancholy. Whilst reading, I found myself lost in the passionate emotions felt through the sorrowful narrator. Let me tell you, rarely any story would allow me to feel that way, but the author's astounding writing ability enabled me to experience those emotions again. It is a must-read and it will leave you feeling reminiscent of a powerful love in your own life. It is also a story that you can read over and over again, yet still enjoy it's ingenuity and passion. A lot of work has been put into this, and the quality writing style proves it! Overall, this is truly extraordinary!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Juna Shinohara on July 20, 2015 :
This may be a short story, but the visual imagery that it conveys stays with you long long after you turn the last page. I love the mans journey into madness and how you used just the right amount of description to enhance the emotion that he was feeling. You can feel his desolation and emptiness, the way that color fades into the shades of grey only to bring him back into a short reality when he see's the red oozing from his slashed palm. I highly highly recommend reading and buying this story. Your eyes and mind will dance through the words that are written almost like a poem, but extended into this amazing story!! I'm so happy I have this story permanently in my collection!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: K.C. Knouse on July 20, 2015 :
Told from the perspective of a woman mourning the tragic death of her true love, Flames details her struggle to come to terms with his death, a struggle that leads to an unexpected twist at the end. Beautifully written, the author's effective use of imagery gives this short story the feel of a poem.
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