Heikki Hietala


Heikki Hietala learned to read at five but is still trying to learn to write. His World War 2 era debut novel, “Tulagi Hotel”, was first published by Diiarts (England) in 2010, and is now reissued by the Pennsylvania-based Pfoxmoor Publishing. Even if he is a native Finn, he writes in English. He holds an MA from the University of Jyväskylä where his major subject was English Philology.

Hietala has written some forty short stories, most of them falling into the speculative fiction genre, but also real life and humor stories have appeared to the surprise of many. His flash piece “Lord Stanton’s Horse” won the Flash500 competition in September 2010, and “The Campsite vol. 1” was highly commended in the Global Short Stories competition in March 2011.

Hietala’s work has appeared in five short story anthologies so far, and shown on websites such as Emprise Review and Escape Into Life. Two of his stories were included in the anthology “Words to Music”, for which forty authors were sent a random song to use as inspiration. His flash fiction has appeared in the Rammenas collection”In These Hands”.

He is a member of Year Zero Writers and is active in the Book Shed writers’ conclave. Hietala is able to quote Monty Python interminably.

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  • Uneasy Living on July 18, 2011

    Pete Morin is a true talent in the short story genre. It is rare to see someone move so fluently between moods and ambiences, creating believable worlds in few words and letting the story proceed at its own pace. In this compilation I especially liked "Celestial", which is a story verging on speculative fiction. Pete brings to life the main character effortlessly and believably, and the piece leaves the reader with a sense of wonder. Another favorite is "Joyful, Joyful", which rang so very true with me, due to my own experience after my father passed away. I marveled at the depth of Pete's perception and the frankness of his thoughts. In this piece his insights really shine, and one cannot read this short story without being moved. "A Dirty Angel" shows Pete's flawless handling of sequencing, a thing which has always been is forte, especially in his book "Diary of a Small Fish". I am eagerly awaiting more in this line of short stories, action-packed but fun. In all, I'd say any serious fan of short stories has to read these stories; it will leave him with a sense of contentment.